- By John
- On Nov 13, 2018
- Travel Tips
This is the essential Paris travel guide, but I thought it would be best to break it down into several days so you can get the most out of it and see what a typical itinerary might look like.
View the city from Montemartre
The home to starving artists for decades, this area gives you a stunning view of Paris. It’s home to the only winery within the city limits and is great for those wanting to visit the hangout spots of folks like Hemingway and Gertrude Stein.
Paris’s Gothic masterpiece was constructed between 1163-1334. Climb from the north tower to the south to appreciate the masonry, and get a close-up view of the Gallery of Chimeras, the fantastic birds and beasts gazing over the balustrade. The outside facade has been cleaned up in recent years but the inside has a bit of that old Gothic grimy charm. To climb the tower, it costs 10 EUR. It’s open 10am-5:30pm every day with the exception of some holidays. It’s open an hour later during the summer.
Stand under the Arc De Triomphe
This monument stands in the center of the Place Charles de Gaulle and is one of the most famous landmarks in Paris. Visitors can climb 284 steps to reach the top of the Arc where they will get information about the city’s history, as well as some panoramic views (8 EUR). It’s one of my favorite spots to see the city.
Climb through the Paris Catacombs
Underneath the city of Paris, you’ll find a honeycomb of tunnels. The French resistance used these tunnels during World War II, and rave parties flourished there during the 90s. Within this maze of tunnels, lie the famous Catacombs of Paris. Here you can visit the tunnels and see the old burial sites of the city. It’s one of the freakiest and coolest sites in Paris, often times missed by tourists. They’re open daily 10am-8:30pm except for Mondays. It costs 27 EUR.