Thinking of Visiting Paris? Find Out Why Now is the Right Time to Go
With terror attacks and flooding resulting in a fall in visitor numbers to the ‘City of Light’, Paris tourism authorities plans to win back tourists with a number of incentives.
According to Travel Mole, these include hiring students to act as guides around major landmarks, funding English lessons for taxi and bus drivers and installing mobile police stations throughout the city.
A City Pass is also on the cards, for use on public transport and for entry into attractions. These measures should go a long way towards seducing tourists back to the romantic city and some are set to roll out from Christmas, leading into summer next year.
If that’s not enough to entice you, let’s take a photo tour of the city’s most incredible, ‘must-see’ attractions.
The Eiffel Tower
Love it or hate it (as many Parisians do) the Eiffel Tower is the most iconic site in Paris and one that tops bucket lists across the world. You can travel to the point for views over the city, but simply glimpsing the structure from different angles, as you wander around town, is a thrill in itself.
Depending on how much you love museums, The Louvre could keep you occupied for weeks. You’ll need to set aside half a day at least, just to get through the line to enter. Of course, the mysterious allure of the Mona Lisa is the highlight of the world-famous museum.
Arc de Triomphe
The crowning point of the elegant Champs Elysees, the Arc de Triomphe offers one of the best views of the city, when you climb to the top. However, it’s just as much fun to circle it in a car or bus, to watch the crazy traffic entering and existing the round-about below.
The Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Paris is a Roman Catholic church, with the touristy vibe of buskers and picnics in the park. You can climb the spiral steps to the dome for stunning views and postcard pictures, before stopping on the stairs for lunch and people-watching.
Jardin du Luxembourg
As far as beautiful landscapes go, the Luxembourg Garden lives up to its reputation. It’s arguably the most popular park in Paris, especially during summer, with fountains, statues, a tennis court and ample space for lazy picnics in the sun.
Notre Dame Cathedral
The medieval, gothic cathedral of Notre Dame is a ‘not to be missed sight’, both inside and out. As with the Louvre, you’ll need to get there early for entrance to the towers, but this is where you’ll see the famous gargoyles gazing out at the city.
A trip to Paris just isn’t the same without spending a day among the splendour of Versailles. The former residence of King Louis XIV is truly lavish, with gardens, the Hall of Mirrors and Marie-Antoinette’s Estate to explore.
Strolling around the cobbled streets of Montmartre gives you the sense of another time and place, though the ‘starving artists’ have long since departed to make way for tourists. To top off your trip to Paris, you must watch a show at the famous Moulin Rouge.
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