In case you missed this travel update post, Dave and I are travelling the 2018 European summer with Busabout and exploring over 20+ countries this year (and yes we are super pumped about it).
The first leg of our Busabout trip began in France. During this stop we spent four nights in Paris, the cultural capital of the world. We were surprised at how many famous spots and landmarks we saw in such a short time. From the Eiffel Tower to Notre Dame, to Champs-Élysées and the Louvre, just to name a few, there are so many extravagant tourist sites to see in Paris.
I wish we had more time in Paris, there is so much more to see, enjoy, eat and do. I would recommend spending at least a week in Paris to fit in as much as you can and also get some time to relax.
Here are 5 things to do or check out in Paris – yes they are touristy but you have to see them:
Don’t blame me if you get some serious wanderlust here…
1. Visit the Louvre
No trip to Paris is complete without a stop at this iconic museum. Even if you are on a budget and don’t pay to go inside the museum you need to see the pyramid and buildings surrounding it, they are really impressive.
The Louvre is known for its well-preserved artworks from ancient cultures like the Romans and Greeks and most importantly it’s home to the famous Mona Lisa painting by Leonardo Da Vinci.
After checking out the amazing architecture you can walk through to Jardin des Tuileries. This is a beautiful public garden and promenade filled with people relaxing in the sunshine with ice creams and cold drinks.
2. Grab yourself a french baguette and have a picnic in the gardens below the Eiffel Tower.
The iconic Eiffel Tower and gardens surrounding it had to make this list, I mean check out the photos below…
3. Spend a full day at the “happiest place on earth”
Disneyland in Paris is a once in a lifetime experience and I loved every minute of it. Perfect for both little and big kids, just be prepared to wait in the lines! Make sure you catch the Disney parade and hang around for the closing fireworks.
4. Stop by the Arc de Triomphe
The Arc de Triomphe is one of the most recognisable and famous monuments in Paris, standing at the western end of the Champs-Élysées.
It’s almost impossible to cross the crazy and busy roundabout at the Champs-Élysées, but fortunately there is an underground tunnel that takes you to the the arch. Tickets to go into the arch are €12 per person, otherwise you can view from across the road and still admire and appreciate its beauty.
5. Wander the streets of Central Paris
Just wandering the streets of central Paris is so amazing, you can walk to most landmarks and check out the beautiful and historic architecture.
Audrey Hepburn was right when she said “Paris is always a good idea”.
You should also check out or do these things in Paris:
- Have a picnic along the Seine River
- Explore the beautiful streets of Montmartre
- Spend the day at the extravagant Chateau of Versailles
- Drink french champagne at one of the street bars and watch the world go by
- Shop your heart out along the Champs-Élysées
- Go past the Moulin Rouge (get a photo with the iconic windmill)
- Go on a foodie tour around the city
You can experience this location on the Busabout Hop-on Hop-off Europe network. Check out the Busabout website here for more details. The Busabout team also have a handy little guide on things they would recommend to do in Paris, including foodie spots and hidden gems, find their mini Paris guide here.
Please note: The Wild Hideaway travelled as partners of Busabout, we are spending the 2018 European summer blogging about all of our exciting experiences and adventures with Busabout. As always anything you read here is my personal and honest opinion.