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What to Do in the City of Light

With its rich history, fashion scene, art galleries and local cuisine, it can be hard to decide what to do in Paris. From the Eiffel Tower to the Louvre, your trip may not seem long enough. If you can make time to see these top 10 sights, you’re sure to leave having experienced the essence of the City of Light:

  1. Walk around Paris – From the Louvre, through the Tuilleries Gardens, to Place de la Concorde, up the Champs Elysees to the Arc de Triomphe.
  2. Take the elevator to the top of the Eiffel Tower to get fabulous views of Paris.  There are long lines so it’s best to get there early. Splurge for lunch at Altitude 95.
  3. I never miss the Museum d’Orsay housing the spectacular Impressionist and post-Impressionist collection in this renovated train station.
  4. The Louvre is undoubtedly the best-known museum in the world.  Enter via the IM Pei Pyramid, see the Mona Lisa and Winged Victory to start.
  5. Visit Notre Dame Cathedral, built from 1163-1345 in the Gothic style.  An early morning visit helps to beat the crowds.
  6. The Pompidou Center houses modern art and is very colorful with its plumbing showing on the outside of the building. This is a great spot for kids to visit.
  7. Visit the Arc de Triomphe at night for its spectacular 360’ view from its terrace top.  Elevators take you up to just one floor below the terrace.
  8. Take a Seine cruise for a lovely orientation of the major monuments.  At night, they are lit up!
  9. Spend some time around Sacre Coeur and Montmartre.  See Sacred Heart Church and its lovely surrounding neighborhood of Montmartre.
  10. Don’t skip the Sorbonne and the Latin Quarter.  The famed University of Paris, La Sorbonne and its surrounding neighborhood are not to be missed.

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