It is very difficult to travel to the French capital and organize a route. We had a map full of points to visit. And, in the end, we didn’t even cross everything off our list of 60 things to see and do in Paris. There were more than 60 on the map. Our visit to the city of light lasted a week, but, as we know that it is not normal to spend so much time, we have prepared a route with the essentials to see and do in Paris in 3 days.
The idea is to stay in the city without making excursions from Paris. If you want to visit the Palace of Versailles and its gardens, you will have to delete a day from the tour because that time will go to you at the court of the Sun King.
What to see in Paris?
Paris is well worth an early night. Actually, three early mornings, because you’ll have to get up early every day you spend in the city. Including the day you arrive and thus fly first thing – to try to make the most of them. In addition, taking to the streets soon you will have a little more to yourself before it fills up with thousands and thousands of tourists. Paris received no less than 19 million tourists in 2019 – the second European city behind London.
We start the tour with a choice because we know that not everyone likes cemetery tourism, although in Paris there are some of the most beautiful in the world. You decide: catacombs and Montparnasse or Pantheon cemetery – which is also a cemetery but very different and Luxembourg garden.
The catacombs of Paris and the Montparnasse cemetery
How about visiting the ” empire of death ” in the Paris underground? The bones of more than six million people are elegantly arranged in a true maze. The first “tenants” arrived at the old quarries from which the stone came out for the construction of the city’s palaces in 1786. They continued to arrive until 1859 from more than 150 cemeteries of monasteries, convents, churches… which were closed until that time. year.
The Pantheon and the Luxembourg gardens
The dome of the Pantheon is one of the most recognizable images of Paris – there are so many icons of the French capital … -. The neoclassical church draws attention from the outside, with its dome and its entrance to the Roman temple –reminiscence of the Pantheon in Rome, but inside it leaves you with your mouth open.
Construction began as the church of Santa Genoveva, patron saint of the city, but it was finished after the French Revolution. At that time the religion was not very well seen and it was decided to use the building as the last dwelling place of the illustrious men of the homeland: Voltaire, Rousseau, Victor Hugo … Throughout its history its function has been alternating between religious temple and mausoleum. From the end of the 19th century it remained permanently as a mausoleum.
The Luxembourg garden was a gift from Napoleon to the children of Paris. Today, these 23 Ha serve as a place of rest and relaxation for children and not so children, Parisians and the whole world. The octagonal pond, the carousel, the chairs and the outdoor art exhibits it hosts make it worth a visit.
The field of mars
Right at the foot of the quintessential Parisian symbol is the Campo de Marte park. The name, in honor of Mars, the god of war, is because this was where the parades of the Military School took place.
The Eiffel tower
You will have been seeing it all day, from the streets of Paris or in your imagination. Because what is the first thing that comes to mind when you think of the city? It is time to visit the Eiffel Tower. His would be that you had booked in advance to skip the lines, because if we do not know if you will be on time … But, even if only from below, it is the piece de resistance of any trip to Paris.
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