The Best Things to Do in Paris

The Best Things to Do in Paris
Paris is a vibrant city filled with stunning gardens, fascinating museums and world-famous landmarks. The best way to get around the city is to rent a bicycle through the city-ran Vélib program, where you can purchase an unlimited use ticket for €1 a day or €5 for seven days. The rental stalls are located all throughout the city and bikes can be checked out for half an hour intervals.

Explore the Catacombs

Visitors with a brave heart and strong stomach find the catacombs of Paris to be fascinating, albeit a bit creepy. The bones are arranged in artistic positions and may be photographed without the use of flash. Those who wish to pay their respects can take solace in the small cathedrals located within the crypts. Naturally, children, the claustrophobic and those with heart conditions are not recommended to visit the underground quarries holding the catacombs.

Catacombs of Paris
1, avenue of Colonel Henri Rol-Tanguy
75014 Paris
01 43 22 47 63

Walk Along The River Seine

The River Seine curves throughout most of the city's most famous landmarks and is actually a landmark all its own. Along the river you can explore the beauty of Notre Dame, the Eiffel Tower and hundreds of relaxed Parisian cafes along the waterway. During the day, a number of artists sell their paintings along the sidewalk and small booths try to sell tourist knickknacks to the many out-of-towners. In the night, the river comes alight with dinner cruises and party boats. Whatever section of the river you walk along, you are certain to enjoy a beautiful setting that has been impressing visitors for centuries.

River Seine
75012 Paris, France‎

Go Up the Eiffel Tower

The Eiffel Tower is one of the most famous landmarks in the world--and with good reason. This marvel of architecture provides a full 360-degree view of the beautiful city below. Seeing the roads merge together at the Arc de Triomphe gives you a whole new appreciation for Napoleon's monument to the city and the view of the curving Seine River provides a new perspective to the city's unique design.
Be sure to enjoy the beautiful gardens below the tower as well, including the lovely pond filled with wild geese.

Eiffel Tower
Avenue Gustave Eiffel
75007 Paris, France
01 44 11 23 23

Walk the Promenade Plantee

Only a short while ago, this beautiful garden walk was nothing more than an abandoned railroad bed located atop overgrown brick viaducts. A new renewal project transformed the area into a gardenscape filled with curving paths and entirely unusual views of the stunning city. The archades running below the viaduct have also been transformed, these are now local artisan shops and cafes. Enjoy the 2.8 mile long garden walk, then relax and enjoy a coffee at one of these beautiful cafes.

Promenade Plantee
5, Avenue Daumesnil
75012 Paris, France‎
33 1 43 07 72 26‎

Article Written By Jill Harness

Jill Harness has written on a variety of subjects for more than 10 years. Her work has appeared in various print and online publications, including "San Diego City Beat," "Mental Floss," Rue The Day! and Neatorama. Harness has a Bachelor of Arts in journalism from San Francisco State University.

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