5 Tips To Get The Most Out Of Your Paris Trip

Hello everybody and welcome Friday! Today I’m so excited to share with you my last travel #ThrowBack before starting to fill this blog with brand-new content (okay, the last #tb I gonna make will be my first and by far the only one book review, but that’s another story :D). So, I’m inviting you to dive into my last trip to Paris and experience this city as never before. Enjoy! ;)

No matter whether you’re visiting Paris for the first time or have already been there before, this magical city will always have something else to offer. Frankly speaking, there can never be enough of Paris. And when you’re done with the Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe and Champs-Élysées, consider a few tips to get the best experience and to explore Paris from inside out!

1. Think contemporary
Paris is magnificent with its medieval charm, old streets, splendid palaces and historical buildings. Well, with no doubts, French history fascinates me (and not only me). But Paris can be much more than history. When you’ve seen every single place on your historical sights list, consider exploring contemporary Paris which is not limited only to Centre Georges Pompidou. Ever wondered what those modern towers somewhere on the horizon are? Take the first line of metro in the direction of La Défense and in a few minutes you’ll find yourself in a smaller version of New York, surrounded by skyscrapers and modern architecture. However, Paris always remains Paris: between the buildings you can clearly spot Arc de Triomphe : )  Apart from changing the view a bit, there are many many great shopping opportunities in La Défense.
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2. Think naturally
Paris is amazing all year round. If you’re lucky enough to be in Paris during springtime you will see it in its blossom (quite literally!) thanks to many outstanding parks that are found all around the city. However, even if it is winter, Parisian parks are always a good idea. Here are the three green spots I would recommend stopping by to have a picnic or a pleasant walk.
  • Parc Monceau

Located at 35 Boulevard de Courcelles, Parc Monceau is my favorite spot in Paris. It is small and elegant and just an excellent spot for any occasion, whether you’re on date, a morning run or out on a picnic on a sunny day! A piece of tranquility in a busy city.

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  • Jardin du Luxembourg

Or Luxembourg garden, was created in the beginning of 17th century as the garden of a newly-built Luxembourg Palace. A favorite place for locals to relax or do some sports. The garden is located between Rue de Vaugirard (the longest street inside Paris’ walls) and Boulevard Saint-Michel, which practically is a students’ street.

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  • Parc des Buttes-Chaumont

Another beautiful and tranquil spot, a fifth-largest park in Paris area, located in the 19th arrondissement. Every September the park hosts Silhouette Short Film Festival and gives the visitors a rare opportunity to discover the park after dusk – which can be an exciting adventure combined with a fest : )

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3. Explore Paris by night
This is a must-do for everyone, not only for couples seeking for some romantic night-out while on a trip (but obviously, for them as well : ). Paris is called “the city of lights” and every night this name is proven by tones of lights and never-ending night life. Paris is incredible by night. Still haven’t fallen head over heels with French capital? Then it’s time for you to take a drive or a walk along it’s streets after dusk. Useful tip #1: Every hour the Eiffel Tower begins to shine which is absolutely worth seeing! Useful tip #2: Take a walk through Louvre courtyard while on your night discovery tour – the illuminated palace looks even more magnificent.
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4. Check out underground Paris…
…and I’m not talking about Paris catacombs, though they’re, with no doubts, deserve attention. But now I gonna tell you about less horrifying underground spot which can be easily accessed in almost any time of the day. Paris metro is not only mystical but also an artistic place; you never know what you gonna find there. Why not stopping by to admire the creative Arts et Métiers station? Take a ride along Line 3 or Line 11 to find yourself inside a submarine! Well, kind of : ) The station opened back in 1904 and was restyled to a current state in 1994 and is truly one of the most picturesque stations of Paris metro. And why not combining it with a visit to Musée des Arts et Métiers?
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5….And overground as well!
While Eiffel Tower and Tour Montparnasse sits leading positions when talking about breathtaking views of Paris there are many, many more sights to admire the spectacular panorama. My favourite is the roof of Galeries Lafayette. Great view? Checked! Comfy place? Checked! Go through the Galeries and climb up the roof to  enjoy the view from a cozy terrace.
It’s not always all about shopping : )
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Obviously, there are many more greats spots all around Paris and there’s always room for more exploration. Be bold and don’t be afraid to explore – you’ll be surprised by all the hidden gems every city has to offer. What are you favorite places in Paris? Share in comments and head to my Instagram and Twitter accounts to share your thoughts!
Love,
       Valérie
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