Last weekend I went to Paris to visit my sister. It wasn’t my first time in the city but there were some surprises I wasn’t expecting. Even though it was one of the coldest weekends we spend the whole time walking through the city. Paris is a great city for walking, one of the most beautiful capitals in Europe and known as the City of Love. Due to the low architecture Paris is also a city of views, from museum terraces to department stores, everywhere you go there is a great view waiting just couple floors up.
When you travel from such a busy city like London to Paris you get the feeling as if the whole world slowed its paste. People in Paris seem to never be in a hurry and always have time for a cup of coffee. They are also generally very nice and polite although it is true that they rarely speak English.
Places to see
Incredible museum built in the former Orsay railway station, built for the Universal Exhibition of 1900. Museum has a magnificent collection of paintings from 1848 to 1914 (including Olympia and Le Déjeuner sur l’herbe).
Centre Pompidou (Musée National d’Art Moderne)
Centre Pompidou (besides being a revolutionary work of art itself) hosts one of the biggest museums of modern art in Europe. While inside make sure to check out the amazing shop on the ground floor.
Fondation Louis Vuitton
With a futuristic architecture designed by Frank Gehry the Fondation is a definite must-see. Its collection showcases the works of 20th and 21st centuries. After visiting the exhibition be sure to take a walk in the park which hosts one of the most casual zoos I have ever seen. From peacocks and hares to even bears and deer you can admire them all from a short distance without the artificial feel of the regular zoo.
Palais Galliera, Museum of Fashion
Located in a lovely Renaissance-inspired palace Palais Gelliera hosts an amazing collection of clothing dating back to 17th century. Unfortunately, no photography allowed.
Where to eat
Great restaurant with a traditional French cuisine and delicious home-made beer (the ones with a triangle on the menu).
Do Pain et Des Idees
The best boulangerie in Paris. Unfortunately, there is only one table available (expect a queue). However, their tarte aux pommes is to die for.
Great Japaneese food.
Very high quality main dish costs 13-17 euro.
Coffee price is around 3-4 euro – the price of tea is the same as the price of coffee! Apparently up until recently tea was a very unpopular drink in Paris.
Pack of 10 metro tickets – 14 euro (don’t buy the discounted ones – they are only for kinds up to 10 years old. You can’t talk your way out of getting a fine in Paris – believe me I’ve tried).
Expect an airport worthy security check before you enter any museum (or for that matter any public facility).
During weekend expect at least an hour long queue to most museums.