Things to Do in Paris

Image courtesy of Pixabay


What more can be written about Paris that has not already been scribed, spoken or filmed? It’s one of the foremost cities of the world, twinned exclusively and singularly with Rome, the only other city that the two feel are equals. For a large, sophisticated city, (population about 2.2 million), it has a surprisingly earthy feel, thanks largely to extensive parks and ample foliage, even on city streets. With the River Seine running through it, like most cities (rivers are key to cities), Paris has a unique charm, part all-French, part understanding how to live life well.

The main central areas of Paris are arranged in “arrondissements”, or municipalities. There are 20 of these and their layout helps make it easy for visitors to find their way around. The first arrondissement is right smack in the centre of Paris and the rest, going up to 20, are laid out in a clockwise spiral. Therefore, if you are at the tenth, you can fairly easily figure out where you are now and how to get to the arrondissement you want to reach.

Paris can be overwhelming; there is so much to see and do. Some attractions are expensive, like Disneyland Paris. Some are affordable, like some of the smaller museums (there are dozens!) and lots of Paris is free; this is place for those who enjoy exploring on foot. Take a stroll by the Seine, walk along the Champs-Elysées, climb the hill at Montmartre, burrow down into the Paris Catacombs, or wander the many lush parks.

Paris has something for everyone, from kids to romantics. It’s the centre for fashion, food and art. The capital of France, Paris can be daunting, but take your time, prioritize what you must see and what you might check out of there is time left over. This is not a city you can get to know well in a weekend getaway!

0

Things to Do in Paris

Disneyland Paris

What is different about Disneyland Paris? It’s in French! Disneyland is more than just an attraction in any location where it exists. The one...

Eiffel Tower

A true icon of Paris, the Eiffel Tower almost got torn down soon after it was built. The Parisians hated the ugly structure, made of...

Notre Dame De Paris

When fire hit this venerable cathedral in April of 2019, thousands quickly donated to its restoration. Thousands more criticized people for sending money to a church...

The Louvre

You don’t have to be an art aficionado to love The Louvre. The building itself, a former (centuries old, from Medieval times) palace, could...

Arc De Triomphe

Erected in a time when male ego was top of mind, L’Arch de Triomphe (arch of triumph, or victory) was built as an extension...

Musee Dorsay

For every classic work of art at The Louvre (just across the nearby bridge), the Musée Dorsay has one from the world’s greatest...

Catacombs Of Paris

Possibly the best-known catacombs in the world (there are seven major ones), the Catacombs of Paris are not the oldest nor the largest. Whereas the...

Grand Palais

Still looking much as it did during the Universal Expo (aka World’s Fair) of 1900, the Grand Palais is still in use as a large...

Montmartre

On the right bank of the River Seine, in the north section of the city of Paris is the popular tourist area of Montmartre. Think...

Sacre Coeur Paris

This Catholic basilica sits at the apex of the Montmartre knoll area in the 18th arrondissement of Paris, north of downtown on the right bank...

Things to Do in Paris

What more can be written about Paris that has not already been scribed, spoken or filmed? It’s one of the foremost cities of the...

Destinations to Discover

Things to Do in Paris

What more can be written about Paris that has not already been scribed, spoken or filmed? It’s one of the foremost cities of the...

Canadas Most Scenic National Parks

From sea (Pacific) to sea (Atlantic) to sea (Arctic), every province and territory in Canada boasts designated national parks for visitors from around the world...

Things to Do in Athens

Athens, Greece, has been the city of cultural imagination and classical history for over three millennia. The largest city in Greece, Athens, the namesake of...

Things to Do in New York City

New York City is an expensive place to live (it boasts the highest number of resident billionaires of all the cities on earth), with the...

Things to Do in London

London, England. The words still evoke an era, probably the 1960s and 19670s of mods and rockers, Carnaby Street, youth culture, Princess Margaret, the Beatles...

Most Amazing Festivals in the World

We humans work hard and when we play, we celebrate. The array and variety of amazing world festivals is an example of how lavishly we...

Things to Do in Aruba

Part of the Netherlands Antilles group of Caribbean islands — the “A” in the “ABC” (Aruba, Bonaire, Curaçao) — Aruba is surprisingly affordable. It lacks the...

Amazing U.S. National Parks

The United Sates of America is vast, and not only contiguous; it has offshore islands and territories in faraway locales. Its large northern peninsula, the...

Incredible Must See Sacred Places

Where is your sacred place? What is a sacred place to you? For those of us living in modern times, a sacred place might literally...

Things to Do in Venice

In the global battle for most romantic city in the world, the Venice versus Paris finals often switch winners, but here at Affordable Travel, we...