Paris is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Europe. The City of Lights brims with world-famous landmarks, delicious food, stunning green spaces and mind-blowing art collections. It is also a renowned fashion capital. Here are some of the places to explore when spending three days in Paris:
It seems spending three days in Paris would be incomplete if you do not stop by this iconic, wrought-iron tower from the late 19th century. You can get to the observation deck of the Eiffel Tower through taking the stairs or hopping on the elevator. If you do not fancy climbing the stairs all the way to the top, it is best that you book your tickets in advance as you can expect long lines to the elevator.
conquering the dizzying height of the Eiffel Tower, it might be a good idea to
take a break and enjoy a picnic at Champ de Mars. This landscaped park has
scenic paths and the trees surrounding it provide great shade. And its
extensive lawns provide a perfect venue for picnics, with the Eiffel Tower on
aficionados, the Louvre Museum is a must-visit when in Paris. Formerly a palace
with a colourful history, it is now home to a massive collection of artworks, including
Roman sculptures and the iconic “Mona Lisa” by Leonardo da Vinci.
admiring the artworks at the Louvre Museum, take a stroll to Place de la
Concorde and marvel at its fountains and statues. The 18th century
public square is also famous for the Egyptian obelisk within it.
de la Concorde, continue your afternoon stroll along Champs-Élysées, by far the
most famous avenue in Paris. It is lined with shops and cafes that it can be
definitely a treat to walk along it and window shop or perhaps take a quick
stop to grab a bite of crepe.
Champs-Élysées from Place de la Concorde will lead you to the celebrated Arc de
Triomphe. This Parisian landmark stands in the middle of Place Charles de
Gaulle, formerly known as Place de l’Étoile. There are several restaurants near
this star-shaped juncture; so if you’re ready to have dinner and have some
drinks, you need not go far.
Three Days in Paris: Day
Two – History and Culture: Île de la Cité
day with a visit to this island within the city of Paris. If you’re having
doubts about taking a boat ride, you need not worry because you can easily visit
Île de la Cité through one of the bridges connecting it to both sides of the
Seine. Pont Neuf is
recognized as the oldest bridge in Paris, which was opened in 1607. Pont Saint-Michel dates back
to 1857. If you have read “Les Miserables”, you would be familiar with Pont au Change, built during
Napoleon’s reign in the mid-19th century. Then there’s Pont d’Arcole, famous for its
role in the August 1944 Liberation of Paris.
Gothic-style Sainte-Chapelle royal chapel on Île de la Cité dates back to the
13th century. It is regarded as one of the prime examples of
Rayonnant Gothic architecture, and has an impressive collection of 13th
century stained glass.
14th century royal palace and French Revolution prison was where
Marie Antoinette was incarcerated. It is now mostly used for law courts. The
public is welcome to some parts of this monumental building.
Next stop: Place
du Tertre. This small, cobbled square is lined with cafes. It is also a popular
hangout for buskers and artists. While there, you can have your portrait by one
of the artists or simply enjoy the street entertainment provided by the
visit to the district with exploring the Montmartre Cemetery. This memorial
park is home to the graves of famous artists, including Vaslav Nijinsky, Edgar
Degas and Émile Zola. It is also where you can find the grave of the well-known
French singer, Dalida.
Three Days in Paris: Day
Three – Souvenirs Shopping
As one of
the fashion capitals of the world, Paris offers a great selection of fashion
pieces. You can visit Boulevard
Saint-Germain for chic outfits. Les Halles was once the
central fresh foods market of Paris but is now a largely underground, modern
shopping mall. If you prefer something high-end to take home with you, Triangle
d’Or would be your destination. Triangle d’Or is formed by three Parisian
streets: Avenue George V, Avenue Montaigne and Rue François 1er. For elegant
pieces, check out the boutiques along Rue de Rivoli. All over Paris,
you can find a number of Hermès and Louis Vuitton shops.
If you are on the hunt for cosmetics to bring home for yourself or a loved one, there are several shops on Rue du Commerce specializing on beauty and skincare products. Yves Rocher is one of the most popular French cosmetics brands and has several stores in the City of Lights. You can also find shops of other French beauty and makeup brands in Paris, like Caudalie and Melvita.
Vintage and Antique Pieces
Planning to take home something that reminds you of French antique and vintage charm? You might want to stop by Le Village Saint-Paul in the Le Marais district of Paris. This old-fashioned enclave is home to several antique shops, art galleries and eateries. There’s also Au Petit Bonheur la Chance for old toys and vintage notebooks. Carré Rive Gauche is an association of vintage and antique stores and features arts and antiques from its member stores. For something to remind you of your Louvre Museum visit, there’s Louvre des Antiquaires. Along Rue du Marché Popincourt, you can find a couple of antique shops where you can browse for souvenirs.
souvenirs – why not? GUERLAIN is a French perfume house with several shops in
Paris. You might have passed by one during your stroll along Champs-Élysées. Then there’s Officine
Universelle Buly 1803 on Rue
Bonaparte and Rue de Saintonge.
To have a
memorable view of the City of Lights at night, you can visit the Montparnasse Tower.
The skyscraper has an observation deck on its 56th floor where you
can take in breath-taking panoramas of Paris.
your Paris visit with an evening stroll along Pont Alexandre III would also be
nice idea. This arched bridge is styled in Beaux Arts fashion and is famous for
its golden statues, cherubs, nymphs and Art Nouveau lamps.
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