Happy New Year! First post of the year and hopefully loads more to come, one of my resolutions is to spend more time doing the things I love and focus on things that brings me joy and this blog is for sure something that I love. Another year posting on here and I want to thank you for reading and supporting me!
Currently in the third national lockdown, sitting at home for the foreseeable – I’m just wishing to travel again and thinking back on my past travel destinations. When I was looking back on my pictures from my trip to Paris with my boyfriend, Connor, I realised that there were parts of the city that we didn’t get to see and that I’d love to see if we go back again.
1. Visit The Palace of Versailles
This is slightly out of the city, a train journey away from Paris – technically shouldn’t be on the list as it’s not in Paris but as it’s close by I think we can let technicalities slide! The royal residence turned museum was once home to Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette before the French Revolution and the monarchy was removed. The Palace was turned into a museum to show the history of France with paintings and statues showing historic periods like The Crusades and The Napoleonic Empire.
One of the most famous rooms in the Palace that I would love to see is the Hall of Mirrors – from the photos to describe it in one word would be – LUXURIOUS. This room was used for balls, royal weddings and was where the Treaty of Versailles was signed, a treaty that ended World War I.
2. See a Show at The Moulin Rouge
According to reviews online, A Cabaret show at the Moulin Rouge is a must see! The Moulin Rouge is the birthplace of the Can-Can dance; I’d love to see the dancers perform and appreciate the extravagance of their stunning costumes and headpieces. When we went during the day we saw the famous red windmill on the roof, at night it lights up and looks amazing – if you get excited at sparkly pretty lights like I do, I suggest going to see the Moulin Rouge at night as well as going to see the Eiffel Tower light up!
3. Go on a Seine River Cruise
Going on a cruise is one the best ways to see the city and if it’s a guided one tour cruise you can also learn about the history of the city. The Seine River goes through the heart of Paris. From having a look at some cruise routes online, by seeing the city this way you can see most of the tourist attractions from the river; Point Alexandre III, The Louvre, Grand Palais and The Eiffel Tower.
4. Visit The Musée d’Orsay
This museum is famous for the collection of paintings by Manet, Monet, Renoir and Van Gogh – one piece that I would love to see would be the Starry Night Over the Rhône by Vincent Van Gogh. As one the most visited museums in Paris, advice online states that it is best to buy tickets online to avoid the queues.
5. Go to the Top of The Arc de Triomphe
On our walk down the Champs-Élysées we stopped at the Arc de Triomphe, unknowing to me at the time, you can actually go to the top and see a beautiful view of Paris. You can see a lovely view of Paris including The Eiffel Tower, Champs-Élysées and the Sacré-Cœur Basilica in the distance. Online, people have argued that this is actually a better view than what you see from the top of the Eiffel Tower because you can actually get a good picture of the Eiffel Tower. An argument I get because you can get a good picture of what we visualise Paris to be, a photo with the Eiffel Tower in the distance.
Hopefully one day I will go back to Paris and do these all these activities on my wishlist!
Have you been to Paris? What was your favourite thing to do there?
Thank you for reading,