Paris is full of treasures and wonderful things to see and do. These are not in any particular order but are the things that I think you should not miss from visiting this beautiful city.

I always wanted to go to Paris, cliché, I know, but why travel to other places if we haven’t gone to this “cliché” city? May of 2015 is when we went for 3 days, from Saturday to Monday. A long weekend is never a bad idea when you visit a city, but be prepared to walk!!

This post it’s written in a simple way. First, because there is a lot to see and we didn’t have much time. Secondly, because I had everything planed and as you can see from the pictures it was a bit rainy so my plans were all changed.

1. Eiffel Tower

Built in 1889, the Eiffel Tower was meant to be temporary but now-a-days attracts more visitors than any other paid tourist attraction in the world. There are queues in these desirable places so get there early. It only opens at 09:30, but it’s good to get there nice and early so you avoid the biggest crowds.

To go up the Eiffel tower there are 2 options, stairs or lift, of course everyone chooses the lift (we were no different) but the queue for the stairs is substantially smaller. There are 2 levels in the tower, the top, the highest point of Paris where you have a restaurant and a panoramic view over the city. This level can only be accessed by lift. The first level is much bigger than I would expect and is the one where you can find some souvenir shops. If you decide to go by stairs up to this level there are more than 300 stairs.

2. Notre-Dame

If you are a Walt Disney fan and if you’ve seen The Hunchback of Notre Dame, it is just like going back in time. It’s so amazing when you’ve imagined something since you were a kid and you get to the place and see that it’s there and it’s real!!

3. Chateau de Versailles

Versailles was built to impress, there are more than 700 rooms, 1,200 fireplaces and 60 staircases. It’s located about 10 miles (16 km) southwest of Paris and to get there you can use the bus, taxi or train. The first two in my opinion are not the best choice, going by train is a option simple and cheap. You can click here for more info.

4. Musée du Louvre

The Louvre holds one of the most important art collections in the world and has a history extending back to the medieval times. A tip if you are planning to go there but don’t have much time to see everything-grab a map at the entrance and see where you want to go and stick to it! To avoid queuing buy your tickets online! Like we didn’t!

5. Arc de Triomphe

The construction was ordered by Napoleon to honour the Grande Armee after conquering most of Europe.

6. Champs Elyées

It’s a beautiful street that starts with the Arc de Triomphe and has all the designer brands. Great for that luxury shopping!

7. Palace de la Concorde

Located between the Champs Elysées and the Tuileries Gardens, it is one of Paris’ most iconic public spaces because of its history.

8. Sacré-Coeur

This place has such amazing views over Paris. There is a lot of stairs to climb but the reward is a good one. Just have in mind there is a lot of people trying to sell you stuff as you climb the stairs but if you show no interest you should be fine.

9. Opera Garnier

Probably the most famous opera house in the world!

10. Galerie LaFayette

A beautiful store with a dome of coloured glass!

11. Moulin Rouge

It’s a good idea to see it at night so you can see all the lights in the street-it really makes a difference. We went at the end of the day saw we so the transition from day to night.

12. Invalides

13. Passerelle des Arts

Mostly knon as the brige with the love lokers!

14. Night Cruise

To finish this “City of Love” trip, why not try and do an evening cruise and see Paris from another perspective, what an amazing idea. Paris at night is just so romantic.

15. The food

From cheap to expensive everything that you eat food wise is just good. Parisians are very proud of their food, as you might know Paris is known for it’s high quality cuisine and a diversity of meal dishes.

Thank you for reading, I have so much more to share, please feel free to leave comments! Safe travels everyone!

Ana Castro