As soon as you get to Paris, you will see why it is one of the most romanticized cities in the world. A top travel destination, this historic city has stunning architecture, beautiful gardens, and amazing foods to make a combination that can’t be beat by any other city. Paris is a place that people dream about. It is more than cobblestone sidewalks and corner bakeries. It a place where art is born and bred. It is a place where history comes alive. It is a place that you must make the most out of on your short 3-day visit. Paris has so much to offer visitors, so here is an itinerary to make sure you see all the highlights on your visit.
If you are traveling internationally, you will more than likely be arriving at Charles de Gaulle Airport. From here, you can find several ways to get to your next destination. You can use a train, bus, or taxi to leave Charles de Gaulle and get to your hotel or your first travel destination in Paris!
Your first stop while visiting Paris is the Jardin du Luxembourg or the Luxembourg Gardens. The Luxembourg Gardens were started in 1612 by Marie de’ Medici, the widow of King Henry IV, for a new residence. The Luxembourg Gardens covers over 23 hectares and included beautiful, sprawling lawns, tree-lined promenades, flowerbeds, and the Luxembourg Palace.
To round off your first day in Paris, you should visit famous cabaret Moulin Rouge. Moulin Rouge was founded in 1889. It is well-known as the birthplace of the can-can dance. Moulin Rouge was known as a hotspot for seductive dancing. Even though the original house burned down in 1915, it was reconstructed to include the famous red windmill on its roof. Today, it still contains the classic décor of the original Moulin Rouge and still entertains guests with musical dances and various other bits of entertainment.
Today is day where you hit all of the tried and true landmarks of Paris. There are so many famous and notable buildings and monuments, that it will take a whole day to see all of them. First up is the beautiful Arc de Triomphe. You probably saw the Arc de Triomphe when you came into the Charles de Gaulle airport yesterday. The Arc de Triomphe was commissioned in 1806 but was not completed until King Lois-Phillipe’s reign in 1833-1836. It stands as a monument for all of the soldiers who fought and died in the French Revolutionary war. This 50-meter-tall monument is true Paris landmark and lies just west of another.
The Champs-Elysees is a true Parisian street. It is filled with shops, cafes, restaurants, and theaters all located in Parisian style buildings. It is avenue that sees several parades throughout the year, most notably, Bastille Day. Just a glimpse of Champs-Elysees and you are instantly transported back through time. There is something along the Champs-Elysees for everyone and a great place to get a bite for lunch.
After lunch, go to the historic Notre Dame Cathedral. You may have heard of this stunning cathedral through the story “The Hunchback of Notre Dame”. That classic story by Victor Hugo follows the hunchback Quasimodo as he rings the bell of Notre Dame and spends the rest of his time locked away in the tower. Built during the medieval period, the Notre Dame Cathedral is one of the prime examples of French Gothic architecture. It did sustain damage from the French revolution, but was restored to its previous glory.
Last for the day, but certainly not least, is the famous Eiffel Tower. This famous landmark was constructed in 1889 as the entrance to the world’s fair. It is one of the most recognizable structures in the world at 324 meters tall. There are three levels for visitors. The first two have restaurants and cafes which a great meal to end your day with. The top level is the highest observation deck in the European Union at 276 meters. The best part is at night, when the Eiffel Tower is light up and can be seen in all its beautiful glory.
For your third and final day in Paris, you should visit one of the most famous museums in the world: The Louvre. The Louvre is not only home to some of the most beautiful and famous pieces of artwork in the world, but it is also the largest museum in the world. There are nearly 35,000 pieces from all throughout time located in the Louvre. The Louvre was originally the Louvre Palace built in the late 12th century. The Louvre itself is a stunning piece of art in its architecture.
After you leave the Louvre, you should go back and visit anything you feel like you missed. Paris is a large city with a lot to do. It is easy to fill like you missed something in your short stay and you will want to get the most out of your vacation that you can. Paris is beautiful, historic city. Enjoy your time here and make sure to book your Paris accommodations now!
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