During my business trip to Paris I tried my best to visit at least the most important places in the city. I’ve never been to Paris before and I’ll for sure come back to this city. Let me show you why 💕.
I was super lucky as I was traveling at the beginning of March but it already felt like spring and the sun was out on two of the three days I was staying there. My hotel was close to the Opéra as it was close to my business but it’s in general a good area to stay. There are plenty of shops and restaurants around and you’re not to far away from the most important places you might want to visit.
As I’m quite sportive and in the need of some exercise after sitting in the office the whole day I explored everything by feet. Paris is mostly flat so it’s not very exhausting. The longest walk was around 45 minutes to an hour when I walked to the Eiffel Tower but even that was well feasible and if you’re exhausted there are Metro stations everywhere.
The river Seine and the Eiffel Tower
So one day after work as the sun was still out I decided to go for a walk along the river Seine to the Eiffel Tower as recommended by my French co-workers. My first stop was on the way to the river – The Jardin des Tuileries and the Louvre. Even though the Louvre itself was closed due to the Coronavirus, the whole place is well worth a visit. The Jardin des Tuileries is a huge garden surrounded by beautiful baroque buildings located between the Louvre and the Place de la Concorde. The gardens have been created by Cathrine de Medici and became public after the French revolution. The Place de la Concorde on the other side of the parc is the largest square in the city and was the site of many public executions during the French Revolution.
Leaving this beautiful place you will pass the Grand and Petit Palais on your way to the Eiffel Tower. The Eiffel Tower itself is really stunning, it’s 324 meters tall, accessible by lift and even offers restaurants on the first and second floor. Beyond the tower you can find a huge parc called Champ de Mars – also well worth a visit.
Sacré-Coeur and other nice places
I also went to the Sacré-Coeur another evening as it was only 30 minutes by feet. On the way I passed a big department store called Au Printemps – you can find many of them around Paris. They are focused on Beauty, Lifestyle and Fashion as well as men’s wear. From the Sacré-Coeur you can enjoy a beautiful view over the whole city as it is somewhat higher than the city center and its surroundings.
Also nice to see is the Opéra which is located where the Boulevard des Capucines meets the Boulevard des Italiens. You can find plenty of stores in both directions – happy shopping! 🛍
My thinkings about Paris
Paris is definitely worth a trip. I guess three to four days should be enough to see all the famous places and builidings without being in a rush. The people I met in Paris where super nice, open-minded and helpful. I love meeting new people and hear their stories, you can always learn something new and sometimes when you hear the stories of others you realize again how lucky you are and should be with your own life.
There is definitely much more poverty than back home in Zurich which made me think. I’ve been told by my coworkers that you should avoid going to certain places mainly in the outskirts but in the city itself I always felt safe.
You can easily spend a whole day just with shopping as there are so many shops in Paris so maybe you should stay a day longer if you want to do so.
You can really feel that Paris is a city where fashion plays an important role, there are so many people who are either super well dressed or very fancy. As fashion is something I really love I enjoyed seeing people who just dressed the way they feel without giving a f*** about what others think. I guess in this city you can wear whatever you want – you will not attract much attention 😄.
As I want to go back to Paris one day I’m happy to receive tipps and ideas from my readers.
Merci pour la lecture! 🇫🇷