Everyone has heard about Notre Dame , the Eiffel Tower and the Louvre , but what can a lover from France who has already visited the most famous places do? As expected, there are many options. You just have to know where to look!
- Have tea in the Grand Mosque of Paris: Hidden behind the tourist-filled alleys of the Latin Quarter, the largest mosque in Paris is a beautiful place of tranquility in the heart of the city. Walk through the mosaic arches, past fountains in patios and gardens, and settle in at a tea room table to sip a mint infusion with honey and sample sweet delicacies from North Africa.
- Visit the Holy Chapel: Notre Dame is famous and hunchbacked, but the Holy Chapel (the royal chapel just around the corner) is probably even more splendid. This spectacular church built in the 13th century has very high gilded ceilings and some of the oldest and most beautiful stained glass in the world. Plan your visit on a sunny day to see the bright stained glass windows in all their glory.
- Walk along Promenade Plantée: The Promenade Plantée is a flyover, similar to Manhattan’s High Line, that stretches 5 km (3 mi) on an old road, crossing a viaduct, and through the parks to the south and east from the Place de la Bastille. In spring it is covered in flowers and even in winter this fantastic green urban belt is a breath of fresh air.
- Enjoy a movie: Cinema occupies a special place in the heart of the French (a couple of French brothers invented it in the 19th century) and the city’s cinemas screen small independent films and the latest international hits alike. Dive into ” la septieme art” (the seventh art) in one of the city’s historic movie theaters. The Pagoda, located at 7 ordistrict, it is designed as a Japanese pagoda and has a tea room and a garden considered as a national historical monument. At the northern end of the city, the neo-Egyptian Le Louxor cinema has just reopened after a meticulous renovation. It is an especially elegant place to watch a movie, with large balconies and Art Deco-style architectural details. Be sure to check the schedules in advance. Some theaters frequently program English movies without French dubbing and French movies with English subtitles, so English speakers can follow the story.
- Stroll through the Conciergerie: The Conciergerie is right in the heart of the city, and yet many tourists forget to include it on their list. This palace converted into a prison and later converted into a courthouse has impressive history and architecture dating back to the 10th century. You can follow in the footsteps of medieval kings, see the cell where Marie Antoinette awaited her destiny during the French Revolution and see the time on the oldest public clock in France: a gold fleur-de-lis piece that was restored to its original glory in 2012.
- Picnic on the Canal Saint-Martin : It is steps from the historic heart of the city, so if you are looking to get away from the tourist crowds, follow the example of the locals and head to the Canal Saint-Martin. This waterway is located in the modern 10 or district, flanked by tall buildings with arches and framed by wide sidewalks that are perfect to sit and watch the world go by . Buy your groceries for the picnic or order takeout from one of the nearby restaurants and enjoy a few hours of tranquility watching the boats go by and listening to the groups of young Parisians while they eat, drink and play petanque , a famous version French bowling game.
- Visit the Cimiti è re des Chiens : In addition to the Pere Lachaise park-like cemetery, where some famous people like Jim Morrison and Oscar Wilde lie, man’s best friend also has a luxurious space to rest in Paris. Take metro line 13 towards Asni è res-sur-Seine to visit the Paris Pet Cemetery, where you can walk among the tombstones made for dogs, cats, horses, a monkey and even Rin Tin Tin, the canine star of the small screen.
- Enjoy a rooftop cafe at the Pompidou Center : Although the tidy streets, the limestone buildings, and the combined zinc roofs give Paris its distinctive look and uniform charm, there are also curious and unusual modern examples of contemporary architecture among Avenues. The Pompidou Center (the museum of modern art in Paris) is one of them. With its eccentricity and color, it seems as if this building is upside down. Climb up the tube-like stairs to the rooftop, where you’ll find several rows of white tables decorated with a single red rose, and sip a glass of wine as you admire the panoramic view that stretches from the Eiffel tower to the Sacred Heart.
- Feel the chills in the royal crypt of the Saint-Denis Basilica : The catacombs are ghoulish underground tunnels filled with exhumed bones. Leaving the city, at the end of metro line 13, there is a much more suitable resting place for royalty. Named after the patron saint of Paris, this Gothic-style basilica has been a pilgrimage site for centuries, in addition to housing the royal necropolis, where all the kings of France and their families are buried. Walk among the funerary sculptures as sunlight filters through the stained glass. It is a quiet, serene and perfect place to reflect on the impressive history that lies within its walls.
- Admire a different view of the city : Yes, you should visit the Eiffel Tower. Although it would be even more fun to have a view of the city where the Eiffel tower also appears , don’t you think? Good news: this is possible! Climb the stairs to enjoy the view from the top of the Arc de Triomphe , from where you can look at the gazebo and the streets that form a star. Or you can relax with an elevator ride to the soaring viewpoint of the Montparnasse tower, that solitary skyscrapers protruding from the 14th or district as a thumb. There you will have a 360 degree view of the entire city, plus you can use telescopes to see certain areas more closely.
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