Hello, and welcome to Paris. This week we
are exploring the city of love, city of lights and city of art. This video will be showing
you the top 50 things to do here. Earlier this summer we spent a whole 10 days
in Paris and we decided we wanted to highlight some of the best attractions and activities
around the city.
Over the course of our visit we came up with 50 things to do in Paris,
but of course, there are plenty more things you could experience here. We hope this guide
will you plan your trip to Paris, and let us know if there’s anything else you would
add to this list. Now let’s get started! So we are now standing in front of a landmark
that needs no introduction. This is one of the most recognized sites in all of Paris
and all of France really.
So I present to you the Eiffel Tower. The Eiffel Tower was designed for the the
1889 World Fair, and while people hated it at the time, we couldn’t imagine Paris without
it today. Champ des Mars is a large public green space
right in front of the Eiffel Tower and it’s where people go to get those postcard perfect
shots. So today is our first day exploring Paris
and we thought we’d sample a bit of the local cuisine.
We came across a little stand that
was selling crepes, so I ordered one with jambon au fromage. This one is ham and cheese.
It looks delicious. We’ve been walking around for hours and I’m starving so I’m so excited
to just bite in to this. Another thing you absolutely have to do while
in Paris is try crpes with Nutella.
Notre-Dame is the most visited church in all
of Paris and it’s a great example of French Gothic architecture. Don’t forget to set foot
inside for a glimpse at the spectacular rose window. The Arc de Triomphe honours those who fought
and died for France in the French Revolutionary and the Napoleonic Wars. Underneath the vault
you’ll find the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier with an eternal flame, that commemorates the
dead who were never identified during the world wars.
So we are now going for a stroll down the
Champs-lyses, an avenue that is known for its luxury and opulence. You can buy all
sorts of things here. We’ve seen luxury cars, luxury handbags, jewelry. And yeah, it is
also a great place to people watch with lots of little cafes.
So today we are having a nice little picnic
in the outskirts of Paris. We just felt like we needed to get out of the city for a bit.
So we went to a grocery store, we picked up a few snacks and now we’re in the Bois de
Boulogne and we’re going to be having a nice little picnic outside and it is a great day
for it. So I’m excited to dig in to all of this food. Oh la la.
Oui! Bois de Boulogne is the the second-largest
park in Paris. It was once part of the hunting grounds for the French monarchy, but these
day’s you’re more likely to find people jogging, rowing, and enjoying picnics. We’re on a boat, on a lake in the Bois de
Boulogne and Sam is going to row me around for a whole hour. Yeah! Hmmmm.
So this one is for those of you who have a
major sweet tooth. When you come to Paris you have to try the Macaron. And we’ve picked
up a cute little box from a little Patisserie. And they look so nice I almost don’t even
want to eat them.
But we’re going to be sampling them. I did read up on these and they are made with
egg whites, icing sugar, regular sugar and then some almond powder. And they also use
a little bit of food coloring to give them different colors. So as you can see here we’ve
got four different variations with four different flavors.
Though technically not in Paris, Versailles
is a short train ride away. We ended up joining a biking tour and our first stop was the Versailles
Market to pick up some picnic items. Once in Versailles, we dove into the Marie
Antoinette’s world with a visit to the Queen’s Hamlet. So just now we are visiting the Petit Trianon
and this would have been kind of like a make belief village where Marie Antoinette could
escape the palace and just leave everything behind.
No one actually lived in these homes
but she would hire peasants to just come around and pretend like they were going about their
daily routine just so she could have some company but not have people stare at her.
So it is kind of like an artificial village and it is really weird but really pretty at
the same time. After biking down the boulevards and picnicking
along the shores of the Grand Canal, our day concluded with a visit inside the Versailles
Palace. So another fun thing to do in Paris, if you’re
here during the summer months, is to head down to the banks of the Seine where there
is lots of different dance parties taking place. As you can see behind me there is a
few different circles, lots of Latin music playing and everyone is having a great time.
I think it is like eleven PM and the party is still going.
It is just getting started. So I’m not sure how much longer the railings
can hold on but if you do happen to visit Paris with a loved one you can always lock
your love. This reminds me of our time in Korea when
we locked our love on top of Seoul Tower. Aw.
So today we are visiting the neighborhood
of Montemarche and one of the main attractions here is the church Sacr-Cur. And there
is the option of climbing up to the dome where you get some really great views of the city.
So that is what we’re doing right now. 300 Steps to the top. I’m already a little out
of breath and we’ve only just begun.
Lead the way. Let’s keep going. Aside from climbing the dome of Sacre Coeur,
you can also visit the interior. The basilica has the unique distinction of sitting atop
the highest point in the city.
We’re going to be having something called
Croque-monsieur so I’m going to show you what that looks like in a second. So as you can see over here the Croque-monsieur
looks a lot like a grilled cheese sandwich. So it is just two slices of bread, ham and
cheese in the middle. You can also have Bchamel sauce and then there is more cheese over top
and that has been grilled and melted and it looks ooey and gooey so I’m going to let Sam
take the first bite because I’m always eating the food first.
You sure are. Here you go. Wow! Is that ever good. Basically my best
way of explaining this is if you’ve ever had a grilled cheese before this is like a premier
It has an extra layer of cheese on top, plus you get the ham in the middle
and I just love how I think they put a lot of maybe butter on the bread or on the toast.
And it just gives it that greasiness that makes it so tasty. Well, well it is time for another French dessert.
So today we are introducing you to the Eclair. And I have two clairs in here that I just
picked up from a little bakery shop. And it is time for the unveiling.
Alright, so I went for the classic chocolate
topped Eclair. So basically it is just a long doughy pastry. And the inside is supposed
to be filled with cream. And it has chocolate icing on top.
But let’s bite in to make sure. Quality control over here. How is that? Actually, mine is not cream.
It has like a creamy chocolate pudding in the middle. And chocolate icing on top.
That is almost like a filled churro. And the taste? Yeah, it is delicious. It is
amazing. And I mean the pastry, it is almost like a puffed pastry, it is very light.
it is hollow inside so then they just fill it. Is it overly sweet? It is not overly sweet.
It is more creamy than anything. It is like pudding. That is really good.
Surprisingly good. Originally built as a church, the Panthon
was eventually turned into a mausoleum for Frenchmen who sacrificed their lives for their
country. Right now we’re visiting Pre Lachaise which
is Paris’s largest grave site. And it is the final resting place of some pretty famous
people including Oscar Wilde and Jim Morrison.
So does this place remind you of anywhere?
It actually does. When I was in Buenos Aires it reminds me a lot of a place called Recoleta.
And I have to say along with that this is the most impressive cemetery I’ve ever visited. We have now arrived at the Tuileries Garden
and it is starting to get a little bit dark so it might be a little hard to appreciate
but I assure you it is really pretty in the daytime. So now let’s continue on towards
The Tuileries Garden is a public garden located
between the Louvre Museum and Place de la Concorde. Grab one of the free chairs around
the water fountains and enjoy the views. Behind me is the Louvre, one of the most famous
attractions in all of Paris. The Louvre is the most visited museum in the
They say that if you were to admire every piece of artwork, you’d be there for
months. One great way to experience Paris is by taking
a boat tour. The Bateaux Mouches are open excursion boats that allow you to soak in
the sights while you float down the river Seine. Alternatively, you could rent a bicycle and
pedal your way across the city.
Paris has the Vlib which is a large-scale public
bicycle sharing system. Or you can see Paris by segway. The
Plant Garden is a large botanical garden in
the city and within its grounds you’ll also find the National Museum of Natural History. The Pompidou Centre is a multicultural complex
for the arts and culture.
The unique architecture is worth a visit even if you only admire it
from the outside. Le Marais was once the French nobility’s favorite
place of residence, but we went there in search of street art – and there was lots to see! There are lots of celebrations throughout
the year and we just happened to be in town for Bastille Day. Check your calendar before
you visit and see if there are any special holidays coming up. So we are now visiting the Luxembourg Gardens
which are probably some of my favorite gardens in the whole city.
It is a great place to
relax, come have a picnic, visit the palace or just enjoy the gardens. Luxembourg Palace was once a royal residence,
but today it is home to the French Senate. So up next we’ve visiting a place that is
called Les Invalides and this used to be an old hospital and retirement home for war veterans.
These days it is more of a military museum that you can visit. And it also holds the
remains of Napoleon Bonaparte.
The Petit and Grand Palais are right across
from each other. The Petit Palais houses a fine arts museum and the Grand Palais hosts
numerous changing exhibitions. An alternative way to experience Paris is
in a romantic car ride in a deux chevaux. Sainte-Chapelle is a medieval Gothic chapel.
The lines were too long for us to go in, but it has one of the most impressive collections
of stained glass in the world.
If you want to see the Eiffel Tower from a
different vantage point than Champ de Mars, Trocadro is an alternative. Right now I’m visiting Parc des Princes stadium
home of Paris Saint-Germain football club. And if you’re a football fan this is where
you want to come. The Moulin Rouge is one of the most famed
cabarets in Paris and the birth place of the can can dance.
You’ll want to secure a ticket
well in advance because this place is popular. Next up we visited the Montmartre Cemetery
which is the final resting place of many famous artists who lived and worked in this area. Moulin de la Galette is a former windmill
turned restaurant and it earns a spot on this list because it was painted by many artists
including Renoir. Le Consulat is a little restaurant in Montmartre.
It has been featured in many films and its a great place to people watch.
There’s also a museum in the area, the Montmartre
Museum, which contains paintings, photographs, and posters that depict the history of the
neighborhood. So you can’t come to Paris and not try all
the delicious pastries they have in store. So today I have picked myself one of these.
This is called Mille-feuille. Which means thousand leaves.
And that is just because
you can see all the different layers of dough. They are super thin. And it looks like has
some kind of custard filing and icing on top. So let’s dig in.
Oh, crunchy. That was a horrible bite. One of my favorite desserts I’ve been picking
up from the Ptisseries here in Paris have been these awesome tarts. This one here is
a lemon tart and it is my favorite.
Let’s have a look. Oh la la. Galeries Lafayette is a huge department carrying
high end brands. The interior is beautiful, but unfortunately we made the mistake of visiting
on a Sunday when it were closed.
This unusual building is La Madeleine. It
was meant to be a temple to glorify Napoleon’s army, but halfway through construction plans
changed and it became a church. So our preferred method of getting around
in Paris is definitely by Metro. There is a really intricate network of different lines.
And to save money you can get a pack of ten tickets and it’ll save you several Euros.
It is definitely the way to go.
The metro encompasses 5 zones, but we found
that we stayed within zone 1 the whole time we were in Paris. Keep this in mind when you
purchase your metro tickets! So we’re wrapping things up here. What would
be your one tip for visiting Paris? Well, I have recently spent a whole ten days here
in summer. I would say that if you really want to visit the art galleries, the museums
and all of the main attractions you should probably avoid summer and like either come
in the spring or the fall or even winter.
Because the lines are insane and sometimes
you have to wait like an hour and a half or two hours just to go inside a museum or go
inside a church. And you just kill a lot of time. So that is my one tip. Try and avoid
summer when the crowds are just everywhere and it is also a bit too hot in my opinion.
But that is just me.
So how about you? What are your final thoughts
on Paris? So my finals thoughts is obviously Paris is one of the top cities in the world
in terms of attractions. But it is like any other big gritty city. And you have to come
with realistic expectations. There is going to be garbage, there is going to be lines,
there is going to be some areas that are a bit of an eyesore.
But there is also a lot
of beauty and there is also a lot to do here. So I highly you recommend coming but just
don’t have Paris on such a high pedestal that you’re going to be disappointed. And that concludes our guide of the top 50
things to do and see in Paris. We hope you enjoyed watching, and let us know if there
are other places you would add to this list.
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