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Things to do in paris

Paris is enchanting. From the architecture, history, cafes, and ambiance, it is just pulsing with beauty and romance. There is so much to see and do that if your itinerary is less than 4 days, you may be wondering what things should make your list. I got you covered with the 10 best things to do in Paris.

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A walk about Paris will provide lessons in history, beauty, and in the point of Life. -Thomas Jefferson

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Best Things to do in Paris

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Notre Dame Cathedral I am writing this mere weeks after the tragic fire at Notre Dame. I was and still am heartbroken because this is my #1 favorite place in Paris. The latest seems to be that the outside was saved but sadly tours inside or up to the bell tower will not be happening for years to come. But this shouldn't stop you from seeing it in person. The outside of the cathedral is breathtakingly beautiful. The craftsmanship, the details, the history. It is a marvel.
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Picnic by the Siene Picnicking is a thing in Paris. And for good reason. There are so many beautiful spots to sit down and enjoy some bread, cheese, and wine! One of my favorite places is doing it right on the Siene.
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Eiffel Tower at Night The Eiffel Tower is impressive anytime but it is magical at night. Every hour on the hour the tower lights up in gorgeous twinkling lights. It is very romantic and something not to miss.
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Musee d'Orsay

A dinner cruise on the Seine is so romantic and one of the best experiences you can have in Paris. The Bateaux Parisiens Seine River Dinner Cruise is the best one. This cruise serves a delicious french dinner and has live music. It also has floor to ceiling windows for unobstructed views of all the Paris sights.

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Sit outside at a Cafe Paris has a cafe in almost every direction you look. They all have tables and chairs outside. Have your meal outside or just stop off and have a pastry and coffee. Just sit and people watch or absorb the beautiful ambiance and surroundings. You will most certain see plently of lovers as Paris is the city of love after all.
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Sainte-Chapelle This is a royal chapel built in the 13th century. It has incredible stained glass all throughout and the architecture is simply beautiful. This really is a must see!
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Take a stroll in one of the many different arrondissements Arrondissement is basically districts. Each has its own unique vibe and there is no better way to experience Paris than immersing yourself in it. Take a stroll around Saint-Louis, It is small and charming with great views of the Siene and Notre Dame. Le Marais has so many great restaurants and bakeries. Saint Germaine is a beautiful and vibrant neighborhood with so many cafes and shops. The Latin Quarter is more of the hip student type area with plenty of shops and restaurants with a very cool vibe.
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Arc de Triomphe

The Arc de Triomphe has so much history and is awesome to see in person. If you go to the top you will be rewarded with panoramic views of Paris. This is another attraction covered in the Paris Pass.

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Louvre If you have time in your itinerary then you must go inside the Louvre. But it is massive and if you don't have much time in Paris then I would skip going inside and just go and see the infamous glass pyramid. It is definitely worth the trip.
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River Cruise on the Siene

This is a museum that houses impressionist art. The building itself, which used to be a railroad, is itself beautiful and overlooks the Siene. This is a great alternative to the Louvre which is amazing but hard to cover if you are limited in time. This is one of the attractions covered in the Paris Pass.

Things to do in Paris

Paris is one of those cities that you go to and fall in love and can’t wait to go back. There is so much to see and do and experience that it can be hard to narrow things down. I hope this helped give you ideas on the top things to do in Paris and would love to hear about your Paris experiences below!

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