Hello, and welcome to Paris.
This week weare exploring the city of love, city of lights and city of art.
This video will be showingyou the top 50 things to do here.
Earlier this summer we spent a whole 10 daysin Paris and we decided we wanted to highlight some of the best attractions and activitiesaround the city.
Over the course of our visit we came up with 50 things to do in Paris,but of course, there are plenty more things you could experience here.
We hope this guidewill you plan your trip to Paris, and let us know if there's anything else you wouldadd to this list.
Now let's get started! So we are now standing in front of a landmarkthat needs no introduction.
This is one of the most recognized sites in all of Parisand all of France really.
So I present to you the Eiffel Tower.
The Eiffel Tower was designed for the the1889 World Fair, and while people hated it at the time, we couldn't imagine Paris withoutit today.
Champ des Mars is a large public green spaceright in front of the Eiffel Tower and it's where people go to get those postcard perfectshots.
So today is our first day exploring Parisand we thought we'd sample a bit of the local cuisine.
We came across a little stand thatwas selling crepes, so I ordered one with jambon au fromage.
This one is ham and cheese.
It looks delicious.
We've been walking around for hours and I'm starving so I'm so excitedto just bite in to this.
Another thing you absolutely have to do whilein Paris is try crêpes with Nutella.
Notre-Dame is the most visited church in allof Paris and it's a great example of French Gothic architecture.
Don't forget to set footinside for a glimpse at the spectacular rose window.
The Arc de Triomphe honours those who foughtand died for France in the French Revolutionary and the Napoleonic Wars.
Underneath the vaultyou'll find the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier with an eternal flame, that commemorates thedead who were never identified during the world wars.
So we are now going for a stroll down theChamps-Élysées, an avenue that is known for its luxury and opulence.
You can buy allsorts of things here.
We've seen luxury cars, luxury handbags, jewelry.
And yeah, it isalso a great place to people watch with lots of little cafes.
So today we are having a nice little picnicin the outskirts of Paris.
We just felt like we needed to get out of the city for a bit.
So we went to a grocery store, we picked up a few snacks and now we're in the Bois deBoulogne and we're going to be having a nice little picnic outside and it is a great dayfor it.
So I'm excited to dig in to all of this food.
Oh la la.
Oui! Bois de Boulogne is the the second-largestpark in Paris.
It was once part of the hunting grounds for the French monarchy, but theseday's you're more likely to find people jogging, rowing, and enjoying picnics.
We're on a boat, on a lake in the Bois deBoulogne and Sam is going to row me around for a whole hour.
So this one is for those of you who have amajor sweet tooth.
When you come to Paris you have to try the Macaron.
And we've pickedup a cute little box from a little Patisserie.
And they look so nice I almost don't evenwant to eat them.
But we're going to be sampling them.
I did read up on these and they are made withegg whites, icing sugar, regular sugar and then some almond powder.
And they also usea little bit of food coloring to give them different colors.
So as you can see here we'vegot four different variations with four different flavors.
Though technically not in Paris, Versaillesis a short train ride away.
We ended up joining a biking tour and our first stop was the VersaillesMarket to pick up some picnic items.
Once in Versailles, we dove into the MarieAntoinette's world with a visit to the Queen's Hamlet.
So just now we are visiting the Petit Trianonand this would have been kind of like a make belief village where Marie Antoinette couldescape the palace and just leave everything behind.
No one actually lived in these homesbut she would hire peasants to just come around and pretend like they were going about theirdaily routine just so she could have some company but not have people stare at her.
So it is kind of like an artificial village and it is really weird but really pretty atthe same time.
After biking down the boulevards and picnickingalong the shores of the Grand Canal, our day concluded with a visit inside the VersaillesPalace.
So another fun thing to do in Paris, if you'rehere during the summer months, is to head down to the banks of the Seine where thereis lots of different dance parties taking place.
As you can see behind me there is afew different circles, lots of Latin music playing and everyone is having a great time.
I think it is like eleven PM and the party is still going.
It is just getting started.
So I'm not sure how much longer the railingscan hold on but if you do happen to visit Paris with a loved one you can always lockyour love.
This reminds me of our time in Korea whenwe locked our love on top of Seoul Tower.
So today we are visiting the neighborhoodof Montemarche and one of the main attractions here is the church Sacré-Cœur.
And thereis the option of climbing up to the dome where you get some really great views of the city.
So that is what we're doing right now.
300 steps to the top.
I'm already a little outof breath and we've only just begun.
Lead the way.
Let's keep going.
Aside from climbing the dome of Sacre Coeur,you can also visit the interior.
The basilica has the unique distinction of sitting atopthe highest point in the city.
We're going to be having something calledCroque-monsieur so I'm going to show you what that looks like in a second.
So as you can see over here the Croque-monsieurlooks a lot like a grilled cheese sandwich.
So it is just two slices of bread, ham andcheese in the middle.
You can also have Béchamel sauce and then there is more cheese over topand that has been grilled and melted and it looks ooey and gooey so I'm going to let Samtake the first bite because I'm always eating the food first.
You sure are.
Here you go.
Wow! Is that ever good.
Basically my bestway of explaining this is if you've ever had a grilled cheese before this is like a premiergrilled cheese.
It has an extra layer of cheese on top, plus you get the ham in the middleand I just love how I think they put a lot of maybe butter on the bread or on the toast.
And it just gives it that greasiness that makes it so tasty.
Well, well it is time for another French dessert.
So today we are introducing you to the Eclair.
And I have two Éclairs in here that I justpicked up from a little bakery shop.
And it is time for the unveiling.
Alright, so I went for the classic chocolatetopped Eclair.
So basically it is just a long doughy pastry.
And the inside is supposedto be filled with cream.
And it has chocolate icing on top.
But let's bite in to make sure.
Quality control over here.
How is that? Actually, mine is not cream.
It has like a creamy chocolate pudding in the middle.
And chocolate icing on top.
That is almost like a filled churro.
And the taste? Yeah, it is delicious.
And I mean the pastry, it is almost like a puffed pastry, it is very light.
Andit is hollow inside so then they just fill it.
Is it overly sweet? It is not overly sweet.
It is more creamy than anything.
It is like pudding.
That is really good.
Originally built as a church, the Panthéonwas eventually turned into a mausoleum for Frenchmen who sacrificed their lives for theircountry.
Right now we're visiting Père Lachaise whichis Paris's largest grave site.
And it is the final resting place of some pretty famouspeople including Oscar Wilde and Jim Morrison.
So does this place remind you of anywhere?It actually does.
When I was in Buenos Aires it reminds me a lot of a place called Recoleta.
And I have to say along with that this is the most impressive cemetery I've ever visited.
We have now arrived at the Tuileries Gardenand it is starting to get a little bit dark so it might be a little hard to appreciatebut I assure you it is really pretty in the daytime.
So now let's continue on towardsthe Louvre.
The Tuileries Garden is a public garden locatedbetween the Louvre Museum and Place de la Concorde.
Grab one of the free chairs aroundthe water fountains and enjoy the views.
Behind me is the Louvre, one of the most famousattractions in all of Paris.
The Louvre is the most visited museum in theworld.
They say that if you were to admire every piece of artwork, you'd be there formonths.
One great way to experience Paris is by takinga boat tour.
The Bateaux Mouches are open excursion boats that allow you to soak inthe sights while you float down the river Seine.
Alternatively, you could rent a bicycle andpedal your way across the city.
Paris has the Vélib’ which is a large-scale publicbicycle sharing system.
Or you can see Paris by segway.
The Plant Garden is a large botanical garden inthe city and within its grounds you'll also find the National Museum of Natural History.
The Pompidou Centre is a multicultural complexfor the arts and culture.
The unique architecture is worth a visit even if you only admire itfrom the outside.
Le Marais was once the French nobility's favoriteplace of residence, but we went there in search of street art – and there was lots to see! There are lots of celebrations throughoutthe year and we just happened to be in town for Bastille Day.
Check your calendar beforeyou visit and see if there are any special holidays coming up.
So we are now visiting the Luxembourg Gardenswhich are probably some of my favorite gardens in the whole city.
It is a great place torelax, come have a picnic, visit the palace or just enjoy the gardens.
Luxembourg Palace was once a royal residence,but today it is home to the French Senate.
So up next we've visiting a place that iscalled Les Invalides and this used to be an old hospital and retirement home for war veterans.
These days it is more of a military museum that you can visit.
And it also holds theremains of Napoleon Bonaparte.
The Petit and Grand Palais are right acrossfrom each other.
The Petit Palais houses a fine arts museum and the Grand Palais hostsnumerous changing exhibitions.
An alternative way to experience Paris isin a romantic car ride in a deux chevaux.
Sainte-Chapelle is a medieval Gothic chapel.
The lines were too long for us to go in, but it has one of the most impressive collectionsof stained glass in the world.
If you want to see the Eiffel Tower from adifferent vantage point than Champ de Mars, Trocadéro is an alternative.
Right now I'm visiting Parc des Princes stadiumhome of Paris Saint-Germain football club.
And if you're a football fan this is whereyou want to come.
The Moulin Rouge is one of the most famedcabarets in Paris and the birth place of the can can dance.
You'll want to secure a ticketwell in advance because this place is popular.
Next up we visited the Montmartre Cemeterywhich is the final resting place of many famous artists who lived and worked in this area.
Moulin de la Galette is a former windmillturned restaurant and it earns a spot on this list because it was painted by many artistsincluding Renoir.
Le Consulat is a little restaurant in Montmartre.
It has been featured in many films and its a great place to people watch.
There's also a museum in the area, the MontmartreMuseum, which contains paintings, photographs, and posters that depict the history of theneighborhood.
So you can't come to Paris and not try allthe delicious pastries they have in store.
So today I have picked myself one of these.
This is called Mille-feuille.
Which means thousand leaves.
And that is just becauseyou can see all the different layers of dough.
They are super thin.
And it looks like hassome kind of custard filing and icing on top.
So let's dig in.
That was a horrible bite.
One of my favorite desserts I've been pickingup from the Pâtisseries here in Paris have been these awesome tarts.
This one here isa lemon tart and it is my favorite.
Let's have a look.
Oh la la.
Galeries Lafayette is a huge department carryinghigh end brands.
The interior is beautiful, but unfortunately we made the mistake of visitingon a Sunday when it were closed.
This unusual building is La Madeleine.
Itwas meant to be a temple to glorify Napoleon's army, but halfway through construction planschanged and it became a church.
So our preferred method of getting aroundin Paris is definitely by Metro.
There is a really intricate network of different lines.
And to save money you can get a pack of ten tickets and it'll save you several Euros.
It is definitely the way to go.
The metro encompasses 5 zones, but we foundthat we stayed within zone 1 the whole time we were in Paris.
Keep this in mind when youpurchase your metro tickets! So we're wrapping things up here.
What wouldbe your one tip for visiting Paris? Well, I have recently spent a whole ten days herein summer.
I would say that if you really want to visit the art galleries, the museumsand all of the main attractions you should probably avoid summer and like either comein the spring or the fall or even winter.
Because the lines are insane and sometimesyou have to wait like an hour and a half or two hours just to go inside a museum or goinside a church.
And you just kill a lot of time.
So that is my one tip.
Try and avoidsummer when the crowds are just everywhere and it is also a bit too hot in my opinion.
But that is just me.
So how about you? What are your final thoughtson Paris? So my finals thoughts is obviously Paris is one of the top cities in the worldin terms of attractions.
But it is like any other big gritty city.
And you have to comewith realistic expectations.
There is going to be garbage, there is going to be lines,there is going to be some areas that are a bit of an eyesore.
But there is also a lotof beauty and there is also a lot to do here.
So I highly you recommend coming but justdon't have Paris on such a high pedestal that you're going to be disappointed.
And that concludes our guide of the top 50things to do and see in Paris.
We hope you enjoyed watching, and let us know if thereare other places you would add to this list.
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