Marie marshaled her little Montmartre tour group and handed out the priority access tickets for the Musée d’Orsay. Soon we were off up the hill into the narrow streets of one of Paris’ most bohemian quarters. Shops were opening and local residents stirring, buying papers and baguettes and all manner of deliciously fresh and fragrant produce; as Marie pointed out, Montmartre has become a bit of a gourmet paradise, with plenty of cafés and restaurants as well as award-winning boulangeries, patisseries and fromageries.
Each year a mind-boggling 14 million people visit Notre Dame Cathedral on Paris’ historic Ile de la Cité, an island in the Seine River. It’s the biggest Gothic church in the world with a roof 115 feet (35 meters) high and spires reaching 223 feet (68 meters).
Put simply, the Louvre is huge. It’s also crowded and confusing, with more than 35,000 artifacts on display from a repository of 380,000. My husband and I had only one afternoon to see the treasures of the biggest museum in the world, so we did the sensible thing and joined a guided skip-the-line tour walking tour of the Louvre.
The Eiffel Tower is Paris’s best-loved monument. Seven million people visit it each year, making it the most popular visitor destination in the world. I’ve been up there before. Do I need a guided tour? Well, yes, as it turned out. Visiting the Eiffel Tower is not straightforward these days; signage is unclear, systems and lines non-existent and security heavy. The skip-the-line ticket was worth its weight in gold, saving us a lot of confusion and around an hour in waiting time at 10am on a sunny May Saturday.
Heavy rains over a period of days in Northern France have led to massive flooding, with the River Seine in Paris reaching its highest levels in nearly 35 years and overflowing its banks in some sections.
Paris is one of the most exciting cities in the world, with more than 22 million visitors stopping by each year. As the iconic landmark of Paris, it’s small wonder that lines are stupendously long outside the wrought-iron gridwork of the Eiffel Tower everyday; here are five tips on visiting the Eiffel Tower and beating the queues.
You may not have a Paris sewers tour at the top of your must-do vacation list, but for those looking for an offbeat sightseeing experience both uniquely fun and interesting, this is the thing for you! Here are seven reasons you shouldn’t miss a tour of the Paris sewers.
Paris is called the “City of Light” because for centuries, artists and poets have found inspiration in the unique way the sun plays on the urban landscape. But for those who are fans of seeing Paris at night, the city’s nickname takes on an entirely new meaning.
The Seine is the heart of Parisian life; it’s nearly impossible to spend time in the city and not stroll along its banks at some point. And if you’ve done so, you may have seen the river cruises gliding along, or the house boats and barges moored at docks. Wouldn’t it be cool to combine the two? Well, now you can – with an overnight Seine River cruise!