Why do they call Paris the ‘city of lights’? Good question.
I never actually thought about it, until I set foot in Paris. I have always thought it has this ‘nickname’ because of literally all of the lights in the city plus the shining Eiffel Tower. In doing some research, there was a general consensus that its called the ‘city of lights’ because it was one of the first European cities to adopt street gas lighting. Interesting, huh? It also played a major role during the Age of Enlightenment.
Upon arrival in Paris, I was starstruck. I was captivated by its populous streets, diverse inhabitants and of course, its food. Oh, and did I mention macaroons? We landed in Orly airport from Barcelona (you can find super cheap airfare tickets using Ryanair or Vueling) and had to take a bus to get to the city of Paris. Luckily, our cousins live in Paris and so we got to not only be tourists, but also Parisians (yes, that is a word).
Though people say Paris is huge (which it is) and it needs a lot of time to fully see everything (which it does), you can get the basics touristy stuff done in one day. THEN, you would need to go back and visit each museum separately and explore the real Paris (and by real, I mean not jus the Eiffel Tower and the Louvre, etc…). When in Paris, make sure to visit: Eiffel Tower (duh), Notre-Dame Cathedral, Musee du Louvre, Le Marais, Sacre- Coeur, Musee d’Orsay (there is an elephant statue outside of this museum that is just the cutest thing), Arc du Triomphe, Chateau de Versailles (breath-taking), Champs-Élysées and the Tour Montparnesse (a 210-metre skyscraper where the view covers a radius of 45 km). The list could go on and on, but we were only there for 3 days. One place I wanted to visit but did not get a chance to was the Pont des Arts where there are ‘love-locks.’ Guess I’ll just have to save it for my next visit!
My biggest suggestion for when in Paris is to book/reserve museum tickets or the Versailles Palace tickets in advance, on-line. You can then cut the huge lines of people waiting outside to purchase their tickets. Waiting in those lines could easily waste about 1-2 and maybe even 3 hours of your time.
Nonetheless, however you do it, Paris is breathtaking and rich in beautiful sights. Like I say in every post of mines, pictures are worth a thousand words.
…and that’s a wrap for Paris 2017. Please feel free to message me with questions, comments or suggestions. Sending much love your way.