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Planning a Trip to Paris

  1. By John
  2. On Nov 13, 2018
  3. Europe
  4. Travel Tips

Paris, like the millions before me, I fell in love with this city the first time I visited. As Hemingway said, “If you are lucky enough to have lived in Paris as a young man, then wherever you go for the rest of your life, it stays with you, for Paris is a moveable feast.”

Top 3 Things to See and Do in Paris

Scale the Eiffel Tower

Built for the 1889 World Fair, the 300-meter tower was an engineering feat. At first, Parisians originally called it “the metal asparagus.” Get there early to avoid the lines. To access the second level, it costs 11 EUR for the elevator and 7 EUR to climb the stairs. To access the third level, the only option is the elevator, which costs 17 EUR.

The Palace of Versailles

A visit here requires a whole day (don’t skip Marie Antoinette’s home and spend time walking spacious gardens). Summer weekends are the best time to visit the garden, as the fountains are set to music then. Admission to the palace is 20 EUR and admission to both the palace and the gardens is 27 EUR.

Explore the Louvre

The Louvre is the biggest museum in the world with thousands of square feet of space and millions of works. Be prepared to spend hours here and not even see it all. To see it all, you’ll need at least two full days, but you can do the highlights in a full afternoon. It’s closed on Tuesdays and open later Wednesdays and Fridays until 9:45pm. It costs 15 EUR.