Things to Do in Paris, France

By Debora Aberastury on June 26, 2018

Paris is known as the City of Lights, City of Love….but it is also a city full of history and sights to see as well as to do. Whether you are in Europe for fun or business, living abroad or studying abroad, Paris is a must-do whether it be for a weekend or a few days.

Here are the top things that I consider a complete must-do in Paris:

Eiffel Tower

It is stereotypical, but such a must-do! Not everyone is a huge fan of the Eiffel Tower, but you should at least head to it. Wander around the area and take the sight in. One of the best places to get a good sight of it is the Place du Trocadero. It tends to be crowded like most touristy spots, but it is worth the time to stop by while you are in Paris.

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Sainte-Chapelle

It isn’t Notre Dame, but it is exceptional. It is a little pricey for the size of the chapel, but the stained glass is worth it. When you enter, it seems like any other cathedral/chapel/church in Europe….but once you go upstairs, it is like going into another world. Soak in the beauty, take a few pictures and take in all of the details of the fifteen glass panels and large rose window.

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Catacombs of Paris

I stumbled onto this on a whim. I didn’t know what to think when I went, and I left with a unique experience. The Catacombs of Paris were built to house human remains since the capital’s cemeteries were closed due to health reasons in the 18th century. Six million Parisians are arranged in a ‘presentation of death’ in former quarries….which is not exactly the picture of romance when you think of Paris, but a memory unlike anything else.

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Point Zero

While I see it as a must-do, I wouldn’t go out of your way to go to it. It is in front square of Notre Dame, so if you plan to go there or plan on passing by, go to Point Zero.

It is nothing but a mark on the ground that marks the exact center of the city, but it is part of Paris history as well as a place to ensure your wishes come true! You can spin in a circle on one foot to gain your heart’s desire, as well as kiss a loved one on top of it to ensure eternal devotion.

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