“Paris is always a good idea” – Audrey Hepburn
The city of love – France’s capital Paris makes for an amazing romantic getaway, this city is brimming with things to see and do. Whether it is appreciating the beautiful architecture or famous landmarks Paris has to offer, it really has a relaxed feel, a place where you can sit back and watch the world go by.
The best way to really experience Paris is to take a long walk along the river Seine, as most of the major landmarks are located either side of the river, such as the Eiffel tower, the Louvre and Notre-dame, plus it is a great way to keep fit.
Paris is really a city that has everything to offer, from culture and history, great food + drink, theatre and fashion. Why not visit one of the many patisseries in Paris and enjoy a lovely treat with your afternoon tea?
WHERE TO STAY?
Arc de Triomphe
THE HOTEL SPLENDID ETOILE
Located a stones-throw away from the Arc de Triomphe, Hotel Splendid Etoile has without a doubt one of the greatest views of the Arc de Triomphe and Place de l’Etoile in Paris, all from the comfort of your own balcony. Located right next to Champs-Elysées and the Palais des Congrès, it is a great way to see Paris without much walking and makes the perfect romantic or business getaway, with the metro station just a few steps from the front door.
Hotel splendid Etoile also boasts excellent cuisine – its gastronomic restaurant Le Pré Carré excels in creating traditional French cuisine, tinged with modern twists and not to mention it has a fantastic breakfast!
Visit Website: hsplendid.com
St-Germain (The Latin quarter)
Hôtel Verneuil Saint-Germian Des Pres
Hotel Verneuil has a great location, located down a quiet street but within short walking distance to attractions like Musée d’Orsay, the Louvre and the Café de Flore makes Hotel Verneuil the perfect getaway if you are looking for some peace and quiet, with some great walking opportunities and who knows you might even be lucky enough to meet one of the many writers, actors or top fashion designers who live in rue de Verneuil.
The hotel has fantastic service waiting for you, with staff that are willing to go the extra mile, including excellent room amenities such as your own dringme phone with free unlimited 4G and free international calls.
Breakfast is served in the beautiful basement and don’t forget to ask for how you like your egg’s done in the morning, as nothing is too much for the staff at Hotel Verneuil.
Visit website: en.hotel-verneuil-saint-germain.com
WHERE TO EAT?
Half-way between a Parisian café and a cake shop, Ladurée Fabricant de Douceurs is the temple of gastronomy and pastry innovation where each creation moment is of high intensity.
Famed for it’s amazing selection of Macarons, Ladurée is the perfect indulgent afternoon treat whilst out exploring Paris.
Visit website laduree.com
THINGS TO DO?
THE EFFIEL TOWER
One of the most iconic landmarks in the world, the Eiffel tower is as beautiful in real life as it is in the movies. The tower is deceptively small from a distance, but once you are up close and personal you will see just how gigantic this tower really is and the great thing about the tower is that it really comes alive at night.
The Eiffel tower started contruction in 1887 and took just two years to complete, sat alongside the river Seine and standing at a height of 324 meters (equal to a 81 story building). The 10,000 ton iron tower was engineered by Gustave Eiffel and once stood as the tallest tower in the world until the Chrysler Building in New York was built in 1930.
We have all heard the story of the hunchback of Notre Dame but although Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris is not the tallest, biggest or oldest cathedral in the world it is extremely well know and a must thing to see whilst visiting Paris.
The cathedral began construction in 1163 and it took around 200 years to offically complete in 1345, this is really a fine example of gothic architecture and if like the hunchback you fancy climbing the bell towers you will get a great view of the decrorative gargoyles and an amazing lookout across Paris. In 1792 the cathedral was significantly damaged by revolutionaries and in 1845 an large restoration project began, headed by architects Eugene Viollet-le-Duc and Antoine Lassus, the restoration would take another 25 years before it was finally completed, further restoration and maintenance also took place in 1991.
Home to many famous artworks, including the world renowned painting the Mona Lisa. The Louvre museum is iconic for it’s tall glass pyramid entrance, designed under huge controversy by I.M. Pei. The museum is housed in the Louvre Palace, which was originally built as a fortress in the late 12th century. Did you know that during the French revolution the museum was renamed Musée Napoléon?
CHAMPS-ELYSEES/ARC DE TRIOMPHE
Champs-Elysees is a stretch of road that runs between the Place de la Concorde and the Place Charles de Gaulle and is where the famous Arc de Triomphe is located. With many luxury shops, theatres and cafes in the area, it is a popular place to explore in Paris.
The Arc de Triomphe was built in honour of those which fought and died for France in the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars and was ordered by Napoleon to commence construction in 1806. It was not finished until 1836 which was almost 15 years after Napoleon had died, however in 1810 whist returning to Paris with his new Austrian bride (Duchess of Parma) Marie-Louise, a wooden model was built for him to pass.
Opening in 1992 Disneyland Paris (originally Euro Disney Resort) was Walt Disney’s European adventure. A second theme park, Walt Disney Studios Park, subsequently opened in 2002.
If you have children or are young at heart then Disneyland Paris is a fantastic day out.
Feature Image Credit: Hernán Piñera