Top Five Things to See and Do in Paris

According to my friend at Ray Lyon Realty who is also a travel lover,  Paris is one of those destinations where there’s just too much to explore and experience, from the inviting sidewalk cafes to staggering art galleries and fashion shows to world-class museums to gleaming boutiques and more. The City is characterized by legendary seductive charms which make it a beautiful and fashionable world-class destination. The problem you’re likely to face when coming here is narrowing down on what to experience and what not to. If you’re planning to travel here for a longer vacation or even your next short visits, these are some of the things to see for a memorable and authentic experience in one of the world’s most expensive cities.

Explore the beautiful art at the Louvre Museum

A common mistake among travelers is trying to see everything when on a trip. You don’t want to put tremendous pressure on yourself, do you? Of course, you want to see everything at the world’s largest museum. That’s not a bad idea. However, to make the most of your time and have the best experience at this magnificent, baroque-style palace and museum in Paris, research the works and pieces of art you absolutely wish to explore. The goal is to make sure you’ve spent quality time at the museum. You can save what remains for your return visits in future. Originally built as a fortress and reconstructed to become a royal palace, the museum features collections from ancient civilizations including Egyptian antiques, roman sculptures, crown jewels, ancient Greek and other works.

Visit the Notre-Dame Cathedral

Perhaps you’ve read or heard about this Gothic masterpiece and its intricate architectural details. The Notre-Dame cathedral features carved statues on its front entrance and a spectacularly detailed back end. Meander around this architectural piece before climbing its 387 steps to enjoy breathtaking views of the city. No entrance fee required. Travelers come here to explore the amazing architecture of this cathedral.

Eiffel Tower

Used for communication transmissions, the Eiffel Tower is an architectural marvel and remains one of the world’s most visited attractions. No one leaves Paris before they’ve spent some time here or taken the elevator to the top where they can enjoy spectacular views of Paris City. Expect to find huge crowds during summer. It’s a good idea to book online so you won’t have to wait for long. This is one of the attractions in Paris that never fails to impress.

Immerse yourself in Impressionism

Explore the rich collection of impressionist works at Musee d’Orsay. Those who have been to this museum say it’s more manageable and has fewer crowds. The magnificent building is worth seeing even before you get to the colorful collection of paintings and beautiful dancer sculptures at the museum. Visitors can also climb to the top balcony of the building and enjoy breathtaking views of the Sacre-Coeur Basilica and the city.

Experience the Simplest of Pleasures at the Luxembourg Gardens

If you’re in Paris with your family, the Luxembourg Gardens is the place to be. Come here with your kids and explore this warm-weather oasis while bring entertained. For those who love sports, the garden has a basketball and baseball court. However, according to most visitors, the gardens offer the best place to unwind and relax away from the overwhelming bustle in the city. Why not sun-soak here while admiring the surrounding scenery? These gardens are often considered an open-air museum.