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What to do in Paris – Top 10 to dos

Ah, Paris, it is the city of romance, art, and delicious food. This place is packed to the brim with all sorts of things to do. Here are some of the highlights.

  1. Eiffel Tower: This has to be the number one place to visit in all of Paris, and perhaps the most iconic site. You can travel up it in the elevator, have a meal at the top, or just grab some photographs from outside.
  2. The Louvre: Perhaps the finest art museum in the world. Almost everybody, art buff or not, will have plenty to see in the vast galleries. This was of course also the setting for ‘The DaVinci Code’.
  3. Disneyland: Well, I had to throw a theme park into this list. Perhaps not as good as its American counterparts. It is still worth a couple of days of visits though….particularly if you have children in tow!
  4. Shopping: One of the wonderful things about France is that there are a number of boutiques throughout the area. Many of them offer arts and crafts which you will not find anywhere else in the world. It is worth picking up a few. There are plenty of larger shops to explore too.
  5. Bakery: You really can’t go to France without picking up some bread. After all, this is what they do best! You will find oodles of bakeries all over Paris. Just dive into one. I have never encountered a bad bakery in the city.
  6. Arc de Triomphe: This is another one of the ‘iconic’ sites of Paris. Climb up to the top for terrific views of the city.
  7. Centre Pompidou: This is an art gallery boasting over 50,000 works. It also boasts a library and a number of performance spaces. The modern looks fantastic too. It is no wonder 6 million people descend on it each year.
  8. Piscine Josephine Baker: This is not the most exciting attraction in the city. However, it does deserve a mention as it is so unique. This swimming pool is located right next door to the river and it is actually a pretty delightful place to hang out.
  9. River Cruise: There is nothing quite like cruising on the river through Paris at night!
  10. The Palaces of Versailles: Perhaps the most gorgeous set of palaces in the world. You can easily spend a day or so here admiring the gardens and interior architecture.