What to do in Paris For the Seasoned Visitor

if I had a month spare I would ……..

  • English: Catacombs of Paris Français : Catacom...

    Catacombes de Paris (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

    Visit Les Catacombes de Paris –they’re really good but get there an hour before opening at least in the Summer months! The queues are preposterous

  • Cooking class in Paris for the day – market visit then cook lunch
  • Photo walking tour of Paris with professional photographer – really fun and worthwhile! Small group. ($190 pp) for day tour. Just great if any are photography enthusiasts. Highly recommended. BYO camera.
    If your goal is to see the sites and take   pictures, learn more about photography, build your own portfolio of amazing Paris photographs, or maximize your photography opportunities while travelling, I have something for you.”
  • Do a in the steps of the “French Revolution” Guided Walk
  • Catch a temporary exhibition at le Grand or le Petit Palais
  •  Guided tour in English of le Opera Garnier –magnificent!
  •  Velib bike ride around Paris – there is a knack to this
  • Visit la Basilique de Saint Denis – burial home to all the Kings and Queens of France going back to the Dark Ages – as well as home to the tiny heart extracted from the Dauphin (son of executed Louis 16th) who was abused to death by his gaolers in La Conciergerie (the DNA from this was matched to a lock of his hair thus ending a 200 year old mystery…. magnificent.)
  •  Visit la Conciergerie & see where Marie Antoinette spent her final days

Visit the must-see Museum experiences – less well known ones and Kate’s favourites because they are formidable! ( I have 11 must see Museums – see my blog again)

  • Under Le Parvis de Notre Dame – the Roman up to Medieval remains of ancient Paris , then climb the Notre Dame to the remarkable bell-tower. Breathtaking.
  • Watch Tango and Samba dancers au bord de la Seine –participate with them (if you can dance) one evening
  • Segway round the streets of Paris
  •  Ride on the Vedettes de Paris from Pont Neuf
  •  Ride a barge down the Canal St Martin area – catch metro out to Republique, walk to the Canal and wander over the bridges and ride then a barge back to Paris
  •  Picnic in les Jardins de Luxembourg
  • Take a guided tour of La Sorbonne university
  •  Train to Monet’s garden at Giverny for the day
  • Go to Epernay in Champagne and do a degustation tour and tasting at Moët et Chandon, Pol Roger or Mumm
  • Train to the palace of Fontainebleau or the palace of Vaux le Vicomte.

    south wing of the former stables of Château de...

    stables of Château de Vaux-le-Vicomte, France (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

  • Make a day of it and train down to Versailles then hire a bike and ride in the gardens of Versailles, boat ride on the Grand Canal, visit Les Trianons and Le Hameau (train to and from Paris)
  • Visit le medieval Chateau de Vincennes in Paris at the end of metro Line 1
  • See an English speaking movie with French sub-titles at an MK2 at eg Les Halles or at Odéon near St Germain des Près
  • Visit a different part of Paris – the Oberkampf district: the most action-packed few blocks of rue Oberkampf are between the Avenue de la République and rue Moret. To absorb some Oberkampf action, take the metro to Parmentier (line 3) and stroll up the hill until you find a café (or three).
  • Some suggestions: Chez Justine, at number 96; Café Charbon, at number 111; the jazz bar Le Styx, at number 126.
  • Go to a musical concert at Église Saint Roch in the 1st  – all kinds of concerts (chamber music, solo, etc) Often Vivaldi and Bach concerts. 296, rue Saint Honore. Every Tuesday 12:30-1:15pm
  • Eglise Saint Eustache (1 rue Montmartre) in the 1starrondissement. Beautiful Schubert-Schumann festival with chamber music recitals. Sometimes some jazz & it’s always a great atmosphere
  • Cerise 46 rue Montorgeuil music every wed June to (October 6.30 -7.30 pm)

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