Seeing the Eiffel Tower in person was definitely something I could cross off my bucket list and seeing it for the first time was a main character moment for sure. I’m not sure it I’ll ever be back to Paris but I have some recommendations for those of you looking to visit … you must visit at least once in your lifetime.
PLACES TO SEE | Paris is full of free historic monuments and landmarks to marvel at. The Eiffel Tower is pretty visible from any point in Paris and each angle you look at it from provides a different perspective and something else to appreciate in it. Be sure to admire it during the day and during the night as well. It lights up at dusk, so around 10 PM during the summer, and it sparkles for 5 minutes every hour on the hour. It is truly a magical experience to witness. Grab a blanket, some wine, and a crepe from a nearby street vendor and watch it glisten.
Known as one of the romantic bridges in the city, Pont Alexandre III I was familiar with because of Emily in Paris. The gold accents are stunning and you also get a view of the Eiffel Tower in the distance.
If we had had more time in Paris, we would’ve walked through the Louvre and admired the artwork, but we were already stretched so thin on time. I didn’t realize how massive the museum actually was. It was beautiful on the outside, so I can only imagine what inside was like.
The Arc de Triomphe has so many intricate details to commemorate those who fought and died for France in the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars. To get up close to it, you have to take stairs and walk underneath the road. I would not recommend trying to cross the street around it. You can climb up the arch as well for a view of the city, but we did not do that, so I don’t know if it’s worth it or not.
THINGS TO DO | I was on the fence about trying escargot first too, but it was absolutely delicious. Take the leftover butter and sauce with the snails and dip some bread in it. I fully believe that you must try the cultural food wherever you are visiting. Paris is known for their pastries, escargot, and duck. All of which are amazing and you must taste for yourself.
If you have more time than I did, our Tour Director said the museums in Paris are amazing, so that is something that I would recommend and wish I had had the chance to do. Paris is filled with many museum options.