Lives in London, United Kingdom
Since Oct 2009
18-24 year old female
I am a Londoner in my final year at Durham University, UK. I took a gap year before University and a year abroad last year. I have caught the travel bug! I find nothing more exciting than setting off on a new adventure: to ride camels in the Moroccan Sahara, to bungee jump in Uganda, or (try) to dance salsa in Cuba. Wherever I go, I try to have extended stays, and to really embrace the culture. I study French, so I spent last year living in the 15th and 10th arrondissements of Paris. I am in love with the city!
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Get up early and start the day with a deliciously creamy hot chocolate and croissant from one of Paris' oldest restaurants. Allow yourself to take a trip back in time with the bow-tied waiters and 1920s decor. If the weather is nice, sit on the terrace and watch the world go by on Boulevard St Germain. This is a place to go for its rich history and ambiance — but be prepared, you will be paying more than at your run-of-the-mill cafe for the privilege.
Since its appearance in 'Sex and the City' (the scene of Carrie and Big's kiss), and visitors began attaching love locks — padlocks with sweethearts' names on them — to its panels in 2008, the Pont des Arts has become a veritable tourist attraction. Peruse the padlocks and their messages or add your own, and toss the key into the Seine to guarantee that your romantic flame burns for an eternity!
One of the most iconic buildings in Paris and the setting of Victor Hugo's 'The Hunchback of Notre Dame,' this stunning cathedral is not to be missed. The original Saint Stephen's Cathedral, which had stood on this site, was nearly as old as Paris itself. Unfortunately this cathedral did not survive all the wars it faced, and was rebuilt in the 12th century as the Notre-Dame. Make sure that you walk all the way around the outside, and don't miss the stunning rose windows on the inside.
Walk along the Seine past Pont Neuf ('New Bridge,' despite being Paris's oldest!), and into the courtyard of the former palace now known as the Louvre. Pop in and say hi to the Mona Lisa if you fancy it, but if you would like to visit more of the museum be sure to put aside a few hours. Otherwise take a walk through the beautiful French Jardin des Tuileries.
Much more digestible than its huge neighbor (the Louvre), Musee D'Orsay offers stunning collections of art in a wonderfully spacious old train station. Not-to-be-missed is the Impressionists collection on the fifth floor: over-flowing with Monet and Degas sculptures and paintings. Don't forget to look out of the clock-style window at the top for incredible views over Paris.
Walk along the river, or hop on the RER to Champ de Mars Tour Eiffel, and visit Paris's most iconic monument. Walk up the steps of the Trocadero (opposite) for the best view of the tower, or take a lift up to the top and look down on Paris from above.
Just north of the Eiffel Tower, and at the end of the famous Champs-Elysées shopping street, is the Arc de Triomphe. Built under Napoleon's instruction, the Arc was completed in 1836, and stands over the tomb of the Unknown Soldier from World War I. Walk up to the top for an alternative view of Paris.
After the sun sets, head north to see this monument all lit up for the evening. If you are feeling peckish, head to dinner just around the corner at 'Café de Deux Moulins,' featured in the hugely popular film Amelie.
Climb up the hill toward the beautiful Sacré Coeur Basilica. Enjoy splendid views of Paris from the top, and walk the cobbled streets of Montmartre. Wander through Place du Tertre, where the impressionists once painted and sold their wares, or head to Le Consulat or La Bonne Franquette to drink where they used to drink!