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The top five things to do in Paris

Written in INTERNATIONAL DESTINATIONS

The real challenge in Paris is not so much which gallery, show, attraction or monument do I visit, it’s ‘I can’t possibly see them all so which top 5 do I choose?’. Your first decision, however, is where to stay. Cheaprooms.com have more than 500 hotels to choose from and the range of discount rooms in Paris won’t disappoint. Like most major cities, the quality varies greatly so make sure you check our reviews to see what others are saying about your possible choice.

Public transport on the Metro is very good and easily navigated by foreigners. Paris is used to tourists! You can get most paces by Metro so the main thing to look for when choosing a hotel is where the nearest station is. The best attractions in Paris are close to areas like the Latin Quarter or St Germaine and there are good deals on Cheap Rooms for these areas.

So what are the top 5 attractions in Paris? Clearly your personality and interests will really define this, but most people agree that The Louvre is the grandest museum in Paris, if not the world. The treasures you will se here include, of course, the Mona Lisa, as well as the Venus de Milo, the massive canvas depicting The Wedding Feast at Cana, the statue called Winged Victory and Liberty Leading the People. You could spend days here, so if you have limited time, see the pieces above and perhaps one of the exhibitions that are bound to be on when you visit.

All the world loves an artist so why not see them in their natural habitat at Montmartre – Paris’ favorite suburb. Montmartre is on the brow of a hill and the famous church is well worth a visit as are any of the coffee shops or small bistros around the area. Sure, they’re a bit touristy and you may fight to find a seat, but to sit and people watch, looking at the artists plying their wares and enjoying the sunshine whilst feasting on a baguette or croissant with a milky Parisian coffee is one of life’s great pleasures!

One of the best things to do in Paris is free! How about that! The Cathedral de Notre Dame is an exquisite gothic building. Huge up close and just as amazing on the inside, it’s a place you can sit and stare at, seeing more detail in the stone masonry every time you glance at something new. Notre Dame dates back to some time in the 11th century and took almost 100 years to complete. Somehow it survived the French Revolution and various world wars and to this day it stands as one of the most famous Cathedrals in the world. Walk the general area around the cathedral and capture pics from every angle. You’ll marvel at the pics for years to come!

Yet another famous landmark is proud to call Paris home. And the Eiffel Tower is a Paris must-see. You can choose to go to the very top and see the flat landscape of Paris laid out before you or you can choose to take one of those photos of your partner ‘holding’ the tower between two hands. Go on, everyone else does it! The final must-see attraction in Paris is a boat-trip on the Seine. There are dozens of tour companies providing trips and you can choose a big trip with lunch and drinks or a simple flit up and down the river. It gives you a great look at the geography of Paris as well as sights of the more famous landmarks.

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Welcome to the city of lights

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Paris is the golden city; the most visited city in Europe and the city that has the most movies set in it. You know you’ve traveled when you get to Paris. And thankfully CheapRooms.com can make sure your hotel room is as cheap as possible in the world most popular city.
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Getting to Paris is easy – the vast majority of major airlines stop in Paris, so you can get there from all over the US. So why visit Paris? The answer lies in the massive amount of things to see and do as well as the brilliant deals on Cheap Rooms which means that you have all the extra money for shopping!

The best way to see Paris is on foot. The city’s big attractions are all within walking distance of each other, and the best way to get the feel for Paris and its quarters is by discovering it slowly. Find the Champs Elysee and walk it to say you’ve done it (it’s now a tatty fast food boulevard), but at the end of it you’ll find the monument of monuments – the Arc de Triumphe.

One of the most beautiful churches in the world is Notre Dame and you must visit this fabulous place on your Parisian visit. It’s open 360 days of the year from 10am until 5.30 or 6.30 depending on the season. It’s register about a 12 out of 10 on the Kodak scale on the outside and it’s pretty spectacular inside too. One of it’s most famous attributes are the world-famous organists who play the churches organ. they’re appointed for life and the performances are quite extraordinary.

Surely the most impressive gallery in the world, the Louvre starts impressing you as soon as you see I M Pei’s diamond entry pavilion, keeps on impressing as you stroll the marble halls, viewing impossible painting after magnificent sculpture. You’ve seen the Mona Lisa in countless magazines and books and seeing it up close can be a little … underwhelming. That said, you have to tick it off your bucket list because iot is, quite simply, the most famous painting in the world.

Now, if you have any soul about you, you’ll want to visit one of the Paris’ finest bakeries (or boulangeries, as the Parisians like to say). You’ll do a lot worse than visit Pascal Barillon, Au Levain d’Antan” 6, rue des Abbesses, Paris 18th. They won baguette of the year in 2011 and you can trust them for high quality pastries and a typically Parisian air of arrogance, industry and loud courtesy!

 

When you’re tired of Paris…

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…you’re tired of life, as the saying goes! If you’ve never strolled across Pont Neuf, climbed to Montmartre, looked out over Paris from the Eiffel Tower and queued to see the Mona Lisa, well, you haven’t lived! Paris is indeed everything they say it is – romantic, impossibly chic, exquisitely dressed and a gourmand’s natural habitat. And expensive – unless you check out Cheap Rooms, and their vast range of cheap hotels in Paris – in whatever location suits you best.

Getting flights to Paris is easy – almost every airline in the world connects to Paris and there are deals from most major hubs in the US. The City of Lights is an exciting, cultured city with all the expense that means – so make sure you check Cheap Rooms for the best deals (and don’t forget the lowest price guarantee).

So, you’ve landed in Paris, squared away the luggage in your (cheap) hotel room, and now you’re looking for something to do. Easy! If it’s first thing in the morning, get yourself up to Montmartre. You’ll know where it is by searching for the white-domed Basilica of the Sacré Cœur on its summit and once you get there you’ll love the marvellous views across Paris it delivers. It’s an arty hangout, full of touts and sidewalk caricature artists, but it’s also genuinely pretty, with loads of little shops, boutiques, cafes and bars. At night it’s a clubby hangout with plenty for the night owl.

So you’re not really the arty type and all you really know is the Mona Lisa? (You can see that at the Louvre.) But what you really should see are the Impressionists at the Musee d’Orsay. This most impressive of art galleries boasts the best collection of Impressionist paintings in the world. The biggest names in the world – Edouard Manet, Edgar Degas, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Claude Monet, Camille Pissarro, Alfred Sisley, Vincent van Gogh, Paul Cezanne, Paul Gauguin, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, Auguste Rodin – sit side by side in room after room. It really is a jaw-dropping place and you’ll see why they’re regarded as the best artists in the world.

One of the most famous museums and art galleries in the world – indeed, one of the most famous buildings in the world is The Louvre. It’s worth the queues, worth the effort. Inside this glorious building is some of the most well-known art in the world, including the Mona Lisa. It’s free to get in on the first Sunday of the month. It’s everything you’ve ever heard and more. Explore the galleries and revel in the collections of everything from paintings to sculpture, design and more. You’ll even see Napoleon’s private apartments. Our tip is to get there early on a weekday morning. Avoid peak summer season when large numbers of tourists are in Paris.

If you enjoy your shopping then Paris has something special for you! Head to an area called Saint-German-des-Pres and roam streets full of galleries, beautiful boutique clothing shops (that are priced for the average Joe), bars, boulangeries and cafes. The area is slightly edgy and there are street performers, beautiful apartments and lovely parks all within walking distance. It’s just across the river from the Louvre and close to the Musee d’Orsay.

Paris has so many attractions it’s hard to list them all. Start with the Eiffel Tower of course and walk along the Seine, but the one ‘must see’ in Paris in our opinion is Notre Dame. This extraordinary building is in the heart of Paris and is impressive from afar – and spectacular up close. This classic of gothic architecture was started in 1160 and completed almost 200 years later. If you’re lucky you’ll be there for an organ recital, you may hear the bells too. Entry is free.

A magic trick done well is a brilliant thing! Enjoy:

 
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