Picturesque Paris

If you happen to find yourself en route to Paris, start by knowing how immensely jealous I am of you! This city is filled with so many unique and captivating things that it's nearly-impossible to make a list of must-see attractions because all of it is wonderful! However, I need to specify that what may be important for some to experience may not be as important for someone else in your travel group. Unfortunately, this was true for one of my friends who is very into the theatre and performing arts so she choose to go to Moulin Rogue while my other friend and I spent the day at Disneyland Paris. If this circumstance happens, remember that it is completely important to see and do all that you want because you may never find yourself in the city again! While I was worried and stressed about separating, she said this was one of the biggest highlights of her study abroad experience! Without further delay, here are some things to check out in Paris!


Notable Landmarks

Champs

Avenue des Champs-Élysées is definitely a must-see street. This thing is hella long, though, so be aware of your starting point and your desired end point because you might end up in the wrong direction. At some point on this street (probably the most busy section) is where Arc de Triomphe is.

Arc de Triomphe- I recommend walking by and taking pictures from a street intersection where there’s a road block! If you want to spend the money on it, you can pay to see the museum and you get access to the top of it, which I hear has a pretty spectacular view!

Laduree

Also on Champs-Élysées you will find the best Macaron shop called Ladurée – it is VERY pricey, but so worth it if you’re splitting the cost with friends! My two friends and I bought a bigger box and each of us got to eat 4. Take it to go and take pictures eating them in front of the Eiffel tower/Louvre/Norte Dame. It’s really fun to do, but you will definitely get some strange looks from strangers!

Musée du Louvre is HUGE! I've been to my fair share of museums, so it wasn't a strong priority of mine to see all of it, so, we walked in 30 minutes before it closed because we only wanted to see the Mona Lisa. This worked out perfectly for us because there were a lot less people and we were able to get in free because we brought our passports with out student visas. I’m not quite sure on the requirements now to get in for free, but she didn’t even check my other friend who didn’t have anything on her besides a school ID. Regardless, standing outside of it is free and you can get some great pictures there, too!

EiffelTower

Needless to say, you have to visit the Eiffel tower, and visit it as much as you want! I went like three times because it was so beautiful, massive, and looked so different every time I went. If you didn’t know, at night that massive thing lights up like a Christmas tree every ten minutes of the hour past sunset until 2 am. For example, it will light up at 8:00-8:10, 10:00-10:10 etc, so don’t miss out on that!

Norte Dame de Paris is just wonderful. It's very beautiful and different than the other European churches I've seen. You CAN take pictures, but you CANNOT use your flash (I didn't know you could use at all because I definitely read that sign wrong - oops!).

sacre

Sacré-Cœur is a church that sits on top of a hill and has just the most amazing view of the city! It also has a beautiful main pathway that looks great in pictures. There’s a lot of up-hill walking to get there from the metro stop so keep that in mind when you pick your outfit and shoes!

The main Love Lock bridge had the locks removed, but last I heard, The next bridge up the Seine, the Pont Neuf, has some locks on there!


Transportation

Flying in from Barcelona to Paris was cheapest when using Ryanair (I'm sure that's the case 95% of the time when flying anywhere between Western Europe, amirite?!), but the airport was almost an hour away from the main city. From the airport- The easiest/safest way to get in and out of the city is to pay for the shuttle (I’m talking about the Paris Beauvais Airport - http://tickets.aeroportbeauvais.com/Information.aspx). It’s cheaper to buy it online and make sure you always print everything out!

Around the city – we walked a lot, but I liked it because you get to see things you wouldn’t otherwise underground. Please, if you do anything I say, download the Moovit app if you haven’t already! When you get wifi, make sure to preload your destination and it will take you there directly. It’s great because it gets it’s route information from fellow travelers, so you might see some shortcuts to getting where you want to go. I also bought a book of 10 metro tickets because it’s a lot easier to travel with so you don’t have to stop at the machine every time you use the metro. If you have an even number of people, you can just split the cost and tickets between two people. It's also .90 euros cheaper to buy the book (more than one USD)!

Recently graduated from Arizona State with her bachelors of Science, Yazmin has been able to study abroad twice, has a keen eye for photography, and enjoys writing. Her hope is to reach a wide audience and captivate them with her honesty and humor.