Things to do in Paris France

There are many fun things to do in Paris France on vacation.

The main attraction of Paris...is Paris itself!

You can visit the Eiffel tower, the Musee du Louve, Notre Dame Cathedral and Musee Picasso.

You can also do some incredible Paris shopping.

And the list goes on!


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Eiffel Tower

The Eiffel Tower

The Paris Experience
The site seeing, shopping, visiting various attractions and shopping are all part of the Paris experience.

Sometimes just wandering about (assuming you have time) and poking your head into various shops, restaurants, and attractions (that may not be on tours) can be a lot of fun; especially in a romantic and fairy tale town Paris.


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The Eiffel Tower
No trip to Paris is complete without seeing this icon of Paris…especially at night. It is one of the most recognizable manmade landmarks. There is a fascinating history of trials and tribulations of building the Eifel Tower.

If you decide to go up in the tower and want to have lunch or dinner consider the Jules Verne Restaurant (Le Jules Verne Restaurant). You will probably want to make your reservations very early (and don’t expect it to be inexpensive!).

Musee du Louve
The Louve was the largest palace in the world (it was converted into a museum after the revolution). It is one of the greatest and largest museums of the world. It houses a collection of up to 208,500 works of art. The Mona Lisa is one of the most famous pieces here and is essentially always swamped by patrons.

Many tours make the mistake of only spending a short time in the Louve. You can invest days to see and enjoy the art here. If you can allow at least a day, that would provide a good start to enjoying this amazing museum.

A guided tour is suggested as you can easily get lost. It lasts about 90 minutes. Then once you know a little about your way around, you may want to venture out on your own.

Notre Dame
This Cathedral is incredibly large, ornate and beautiful. Walking into it is a humbling experience by the sheer size, history and Gothic flavor to it.

There are many famous historical events that occurred at Notre Dame. For example, the boy monarch Henry VI of England was crowned king of France here in 1422. This was during the hundred year war. It was in Notre Dame that Napoleon took the crown from Pope Pius VII and crowned himself and Josephine emperor and empress.


More Fun things to do in Paris on vacation

Musee Picasso
This museum has the greatest collection of Picassos in the world. There are over 200 paintings, over 150 sculptures, around 1,500 sketches, 1,600 engravings and more.

Shopping in Paris
Paris is famous for its Perfumes and Cosmetics. There are many fine brands such as Chanel, Schiaparelli, Guerlain and more. They are usually cheaper than in the US and it is always fun to purchase high quality products from “the source.” There are also other fine products to consider such as Baccarat crystal, and Lingerie.

Dining
Dining in Paris is an event. There are many fine restaurants. The French take their food seriously. Taking the time to go to a nice French restaurant or two is a worthwhile experience during your visit.

The list of fun things to do in Paris is long. Please feel free to contribute your favorite place below!

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