Your first visit to Paris can be overwhelming because there is so much to see and do while you also get comfortable with a new culture and language!
Here are a few tips and trips so you can fall in love with the city like I did.
On our first Friday in Paris, ESCE took us for a field trip to the Opera. This was an interesting trip we took together and you shouldn’t miss it! Afterwards my friends and I did a “walk”. We started from the Opera, walked to Notre Dame then headed towards the Louvre, walked through the Champs Elysees (a high end shopping street) and ended at the Arc de Triomphe. We covered all the tourist spots and also climbed up the Arc de Triomphe. The magnificent view from the top was worth the 284 spiral steps we climbed for 10 Euro (a student offer).
The Louvre Museum is free for students on Fridays after 6pm. Get there soon as you can, as the museum closes at 9pm and the lines for admission can be long.
You’ll be walking a lot so honestly, forget about fashion. Make sure to wear comfortable shoes or you’ll be miserable. I had a painful blister on my foot during my time there…it was the worst!
Paris has very different and interesting neighborhoods. Montmatre and Le Marais (Jewish neighborhood), and the Quatier Latin were some of my favorite places. Each of these neighborhoods was different and had so much to offer. Visit the famous church Sacré-Cœur in Montmatre. It’s on top of a hill and the views are spectacular. This neighborhood was home to famous artists and you’ll many street artists. Le Marais is filled with hip boutiques and eateries that you will enjoy going to! The Quatier Latin is famous for its student filled cafes. This area has some of the best brunch spots!
Take a Cruise ride on river Seine. With fantastic commentary and views you’ll be able to cover a lot. There are various options to choose from. Get your ticket online to pass the long lines.
You have to eat a macaron from either Piere Herme or Laudeere. I discovered that my two favorite flavors were vanilla and pistachio.
If you want to rock a fashionable French look, wear a beret – a typical fashionable hat. I wore my beret to the picnic I had near Eiffel Tower with my friends!