I haven’t been fortunate to visit Paris yet, but the City of Light has always been on my bucket list. And no, I’m not romanticizing the capital of France, but I do keep my expectations high. There is no way a city with rich historic and literary heritage could be disappointing, and I can hardly believe someone would really suffer from Paris syndrome. Yes, there is a special term which is used to denote a severe case of culture shock caused by discovery that the city is different from what a person had anticipated it to be. However, being a victim of pop culture clichés is a sad thing to start with, and it has nothing to do with Paris.
Things to do and see in Paris
The key to having a delightful Paris experience is to listen to the voice of your heart. For example, I don’t think I would waste time visiting the Eiffel tower when in Paris. Sounds like a sacrilege?:) Yes, perhaps I would lose a chance to take a very instagrammabel picture, but rather than that… the global cultural icon of France really doesn’t speak to me. But here’s a list of places I wouldn’t skip for the world:
Three literary museums: the Maison de Balzac, the Maison de Victor Hugo and the George Sand. I love these three writers tenderly for “Father Goriot”, “Les Miserables” and “Consuelo” respectively, and it would be interesting for me to see where they used to create their novels.
Notre Dame Cathedral. The structure is undoubtedly a feast for the eyes for anyone with the slightest interest in Gothic architecture.
The Louvre. A day or two in the world’s largest museum is the time well spent (if the crowd is tolerable, of course).
The Seine river. Strolling along its scenic banks or even going on a cruise would be fun.
Père Lachaise cemetery. Tranquil and quiet, it’s an ideal place to sort out one’s Paris impressions. Visiting graves of many famous composers, artists and writers is an added benefit.
The Arch of Triumph. Not only it’s a notable monument, but it allows for a spectacular view over Paris from atop.
The Marché aux Puces flea market. With more than 3000 stalls, isn’t it a great place to pick up a cute and extraordinary souvenir?:)
How to get there
Now, once you fly into Paris Orly Airport, one of the easiest ways to get to the city is by taxi. I would go for this option as most of my trips are very short term and I wouldn’t like to waste time in a new city figuring out the way public transport works. T2 Transfer is a prominent company that provides cab, taxi and shuttle services. Whether you go to the city center or a train station, they’re ready to help you reach your destination. The service is invaluable when arriving late – once the transfer is booked online, they keep an eye on the flight and track the latest changes. The drivers are courteous and knowledgeable about the city.
So, by carefully selecting the sites and allowing a reliable service to smooth my travel experiences around the city, I hope to make the most of my epic trip to Paris.
Have you ever been to the French capital? What was your experience.
The post is sponsored by T2 Transfer. As usual, the opinions are all mine.