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INSIDE Paris: Things to See, Do and Eat


Paris has charmed everyone

with its vibrant streets, high art, superb cuisine and astonishing architecture. The only City of Lights exudes authenticity, romance, and style that no one can resist. Whether you’re strolling along the iconic Seine River, savouring soft and tasty French croissants or exploring its famous landmarks, you can always feel the unique atmosphere of Paris. All you can do is surrender to its numerous beauties and soak in its cosmopolitan vibe.

The charms of Avenue des Champs-Élysées

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The Charms of les Champs-Élysées

As perhaps the most famous avenue in the city, as well as the world, Avenue des Champs-Élysées radiates with a unique atmosphere of elegance. This iconic avenue has something for everyone, featuring both historic monuments, lovely boutiques, and delicious treats. Architecture enthusiasts are mesmerised by the world-known Arc de Triomphe that Napoléon built as a memorial to himself. The Grand Palais was beautifully restored and embellishes the other end of Avenue des Champs-Élysées. Avid foodies must stop for a taste of Ladurée’s Macarons that have been luring tourists since 1862. You might stand in line for 30 minutes, but it’s definitely worth the wait.

The authenticity of Rue des Martyrs

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Authentic Rue des Martyrs

There’s simply no better way to soak in the authentic vibe of Paris than by mingling with the locals in the central neighbourhood market. As you stroll along Paris’s old market streets, you’ll be seduced by aromas spreading from boucheries, fromageries, and boulangeries. From ancient purveyors to high-end gourmet cafés, chocolatiers, pastry shops and chic boutiques, you can find everything that your heart desires.

The Sublimity of Sainte-Chapelle

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Sublime Sainte-Chapelle

Paris is famous for its awe-inspiring architecture, both modern and traditional, leaving everyone utterly enchanted. Sainte-Chapelle is one of the city’s most beautiful architectural monuments. This enticing church represents a real gem of the Gothic style, with its large stained-glass windows and intricate design. The stunning glass panes portray 1,113 scenes from the Old and New Testaments stretching across 15 windows. Housing precious Christian relics, such as Christ’s crown of thorns, the Sainte-Chapelle is truly sublime.

The Tastes of Jules Verne

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Lunch or Dinner at La Tour Eiffel’s Le Jules Verne

Nestled 400 feet up the iconic Eiffel Tower, the restaurant of Le Jules Verne is a perfect place to savour the superb French cuisine. The very décor matches the splendour of the restaurant’s location, while the wine list features some of the best wines in France, including Burgundy and Bordeaux. Chef Pascal Féraud will provide you with an authentic gastronomic experience, while Patrick Jouin will delight you with the elegant setting. Thus, before exploring the world-famous Eiffel Tower, you should make a reservation for a lovely dinner with the most beautiful view of Paris.

The Beauty of le Musée d’Orsay

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The Impressionistic Musée d’Orsay

What was one a Beaux Art railway station now is one of the most famous museums in the world. The enticing and inspiring Musée d’Orsay itself is a real masterpiece featuring the mesmerising glass ceiling. Here, you can admire the works of the world’s most significant artists, including Monet, Manet, Van Gogh, Renoir, Degas and many others. After exploring the permanent collection consisting of work ranging from neoclassicism to art nouveau, you can relax in one of the two lovely cafés, each one unique in their ways, or dine in style at the museum’s beautiful restaurant.

The Wonders of the Louvre

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Ahhh, Le Louvre

You cannot visit Paris without getting lost in the world’s largest and most famous museum – the Louvre. Since this museum stretches over 675,000 square feet, it will be impossible to explore it in its entirety, but keep in mind that there’s no better place to get lost. With masterpieces such as Mona Lisa, Winged Victory, and the Venus de Milo, it’s no wonder that the Louvre is an inevitable stop of the most popular Paris holiday packages. Even before you enter the museum, you’ll be enchanted by its glass pyramid, yet another Paris’s landmark.

Paris is a city of many beauties, offering something for everyone – lovers, artists, arts and culture enthusiasts, fashionistas, foodies and many others. It will inspire you, mesmerise you and make you fall in love with it.


Marie Nieves is a lifestyle blogger and regular contributor to followsummer who loves unusual trips, gadgets and creative ideas.  You can find Marie on Facebook,   Twitter, and Pinterest.

Image 1 – Paris, Author CaBLe27
Image 2 – Paris, Champs-Élysées, Author TheMarcusChance
Image 3 – Paris, Rue des Martyrs, Author Asp Explorer
Image 4 – Paris, La Sainte-Chapelle, Author Joseph Kranak
Image 5 – Paris, Le Jules Verne, Author James Qualtrough
Image 6 – Paris, Musée d’Orsay, Author Yann Caradec
Image 7 – Paris, Le Louvre, Author photophilde
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