9 things to make your visit to Paris memorable

If it’s your first time to Paris, you’ll probably want to do some research before you go and make sure not to miss anything significant there. I’m guessing you’re going to want your Paris trip to be as memorable as possible, so here are nine things that might make it unforgettable.

1) Find the Eiffel Tower at twilight and ride up the stairs to the top, then wander around the tower’s two levels and gaze out over Paris’ twinkling lights.

2) Climb up into Notre Dame’s towers for a breathtaking view of all of Paris from its highest point without having to wait in line for hours.

3) Take a boat ride down the Canal St. Martin to get a different perspective of Paris; especially at sunset.

4) Go to the top of the Arc de Triomphe for not only an amazing view of Paris, but also for the astounding structure itself and history surrounding it.

5) Walk through some ofat least 130 kilometers of Paris underground tunnels and secret places – part catacomb, part bunker, part military outpost – that were dug out by hand during the Napoleonic era – November 9, 1799 – June 28, 1815 – by people who were forced to work in them. The Tuileries and St. Martin’s tunnels are both worth checking out.

6) Climb to the top of Montmartre’s Basilica Sacrée Coeur for the best 360º view of Paris.

7) Take a walk through St. Paul’s cathedral, an amazing structure with puzzles and Gargoyles on its exterior, great stained glass inside and an organ that will make you feel like you’re at a concert rather than in church.

8) Visit Oscar Wilde’s former residence in the Latin Quarter and try to imagine what it would have been like to live there during his time as he wrote “The Importance of Being Earnest” in 1895.

9) Explore the Notre Dame Gardens and wander its pathways with a picnic, enjoying the flowers and foliage while overlooking Paris.

Besides these wonderful nine things to make your visit to Paris memorable, there are many more as Paris is a big, historical city. So make sure you bring some comfortable shoes, a camera, an open mind and lots of film. And don’t forget – have fun!

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