Experience the Culture of Paris

After spending a few days in London, we traveled via Eurostar to Paris! This was our second time staying in the romantic city of lights. Paris is large city rich in culture, fashion, and cuisine, offering visitors something new and exciting each time they visit. Here are some of our favorite ways to enjoy the Paris!

Eiffel tower

Tip: One cool thing about Paris is that you can experience so many highlights of the city in one day! Learn about what you can see in one day with this itinerary!

Go up the Eiffel Tower. 

Whether you’re a first time traveller to Paris, or a repeat traveller, going up the Eiffel Tower offers a beautiful panoramic view of the city. You can either buy tickets for going the entire way up or to the lower levels. The view from the lower levels are just as beautiful as the top! Make sure to allot some time for visiting the Tower, it’s one of the busiest sites in Paris. Going up in the Eiffel Tower is a different experience depending on if you visit at night or during the day. Both night and day views are breathtaking!

experience the culture of paris

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View the City from the Seine River.

If you want to view the highlights of the city from a lower perspective, take a sunset river cruise. These cruises take you under the bridges and along side some of the most iconic sites in the city, such as the Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame, and D’Orsay.

Have a Picnic.

Go to a grocery store or a cafe, pick up some cheese, bread, pastries, and a bottle of wine and find a garden. Having a picnic in one of the many gardens in Paris is a wonderful way to spend lunch or the afternoon. Built in 1564 by Queen Catherine de’ Medici, the Tuileries Garden is a stone’s throw from the Louvre. The Garden remained royal property until after the French Revolution where is became a public park. Take a walk around and enjoy the 17th century sculptures and beautiful foliage.

The Luxembourg Gardens, located near the Gothic Quarter is another beautiful garden fashioned after the Bobili Gardens in Florence, Italy. These gardens also feature a unique aspect of Parisian history, beekeeping.. The beehives, located in the corner of the gardens near the rue de Fleuris entrance, were founded in 1856 by Henri Hamet. The beekeeping school across the way is still active, teaching the skills of beekeepers. If you want to feel like a local in the evening, take your picnic down to the Seine riverside during sunset. See the Luxembourg Gardens and Beehives below!

Luxembourg Gardens

Luxembourg Gardens

Luxembourg Gardens Beehives

Luxembourg Gardens Beehives

View World Renowned Art. 

Paris is home to some of the most world renowned artworks of Da Vinci, Monte, Rodin, and Degas. For first time visitors to Paris, visiting the Louvre is a must do in terms of art. The Louvre is iconically known for housing the Mona Lisa; however, the expansive museum features ancient Roman and Greek work, Renaissance paintings, antiquities, and the royal apartments of Napoleon III. When visiting the Louvre, have a plan of which exhibitions to visit. The size and crowds can make the Louvre an overwhelming experience, especially if you don’t have an idea of what you want to see. Beware! There will be lines to enter the museum.

If you’re more into Impressionism, there are two museums in Paris dedicated to the art. At Musée D’Orsay, you can see range of Impressionist work from Degas, Pissarro, to Monte. If you want to see Monte’s Water Lilies, visit Musée de l’Orangerie, an entire museum dedicated to these pieces.

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Musée de l'Orangerie

Musée de l’Orangerie

Monet's Water Lilies

Monet’s Water Lilies

Visit a Church. 

Two of the most well known churches in Paris are Notre Dame and Sainte Chapelle. Notre Dame is a medieval cathedral decorated with the finest examples of gothic architecture. Constructed 8 centuries ago, Notre Dame is an icon of Paris. The bell tower contains 10 bells with the original bell dating back to 1681 that still rings today. The bell towers can be toured! During a visit to Notre Dame, you can see the beautiful stained glass and artworks.

Sainte Chapelle, known for its magnificent stained glass is not far from Notre Dame. This royal chapel was commissioned by King Louis IX to house the Passion relics. The stained glass windows tell the stories of the Bible from The Book of Genesis to the rediscovery of Christ’s relics. The lower lever of the chapel contains the oldest remaining fresco in Paris.

Notre Dame paris

Notre Dame

Sainte Chapelle paris

Sainte Chapelle

See a Cabaret Show.

If you’re feeling romantic, see a traditional cabaret show. With it’s recognizable windmill, the Moulin Rouge is best known as the birthplace of the can-can dance and cabaret shows in Europe. The Moulin Rouge today still performs live shows.

Another option is the Nouvelle Eve cabaret show. We went to this show during our second trip. With musical, dance, and comedy numbers, this show was full of talent did not disappoint! Each ticket included a glass of champagne and a night of fun. I still get some of the songs stuck in my head every one in a while!

See the Arts District: Montmartre. 

Located on one of the few hills in Paris, is the historic Montmartre. This area is known for it’s artistic history and movie features in Beauty and the Beast, Amelie, and Moulin Rouge. Montmarte features another iconic church, Sacre Coeur Basilica.

If You’re Up for Indulging, Shop on Champs Elysees. 

Paying the Champs Elysees a visit is worth it. The Champs Elysees, one of the most famous boulevards in the world, is home to luxury (and affordable) shopping, cafes, and the beautiful Arc de Triomphe. Here visitors can either indulge in some shopping or take in the grandeur of the street.

Visit Pere Lachaise.

 If you’re a fan of Oscar Wilde, Jim Morrison, or Frédéric Chopin, you can visit their final resting place at the Pere Lachaise Cemetery. The cemetery is largest in Paris, the most visited in the world, and is noted as the first garden cemetery. The graves range from simple, unadorned headstones to monuments and  mini chapels.

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