101 Things To See and Do In Paris Before You Die
Â Inspired by a best selling book, I put together 101 things to see and do in Paris. You will need an excellent map of Paris to find various places. Iâ€™ve grouped together things that are in the same general area.
At the Louvre:
- Mona Lisa, Venus de Milo, Winged Victory-the big three.
- The newly renovated Apollo Gallery.
- Two paintings by Vermeer in the Richlieu Wing.
- The huge painting in the French Paintings wing of Napoleon at his coronation.
- Inverted Pyramid
- Pyramid and lobby below
Â Near the Louvre:
- Cross Rue du Rivoli and find beautiful metro entrance of hand blown Italian glass created for the Millinium.
- Enter Palais Royal. Notice fountains of silver balls. Walk through garden, exit back to rue de Petit Champs.
- Enter Galerie Vivienne, a enchanting covered shopping gallery from the 1800â€™s and walk through.
The Eiffel Tower and nearby area:
- Eiffel Tower-ride to the top
- View of Eiffel Tower from Tracadero on the hour for the sparkling lights which come on for ten minutes every hour on the hour.
- Picnic on the Champ du Mars in front of the Eiffel Tower.
- Lunch or dinner at Jules Vernes, a famous restaurant on top of the Eiffel Tower.
Notre Dame, Ile St Louis and the Latin Quarter:
- Notre Dame-visit interior, see Rose Window, Statue of Joan of Arc, Organ in back.
- Notre Dame-View from the back to see the Flying Buttresses
- Attend organ concert at Notre Dame
- Climb the tower of Notre Dame for a close-up look at the Gargoyles and a fantastic view of the River Seine.
- Walk down the main street on Ile St Louis, the island behind Notre Dame, to look at shops and doors
- Buy Bertillon ice cream on Ile St Louis.
- Cross Pont and walk along sidewalk to see the Bookinistes where books are sold from covered containers, and buy a print.
- Cross into the Latin Quarter, walk up the fascinating narrow streets.
- Shakespeare and Company, the famous bookstore is worth a stop.
- Enter the church of St Julien de Pauvre and contrast the simplicity there to Notre Dameâ€™s grandness.
- Visit nearby St Severin Church and go to the nave to see the â€œpalm tree ceilingâ€.
- Look at St Michel fountain.
The Tuleries Garden, Place de la Madeleine and Garnier Opera House:
Â Â Â Â Â 26. Walk through the Tuleries Garden, see children sail their boats in the pond.
27.Enter Place de la Concorde, go to center island to see obelisk and fountains.
28.Right up Rue du Rivoli, turn on Rue Castiglione and take a look at Place Vendome with the column with Napoleon on the top and have a famous martini at Hemingwayâ€™s Bar inside the Ritz.
29 At Place de la Madeleine, visit Hediard, Fauchon and the Mailles Mustard Boutique.
30.Walk to the Garnier Opera House. Take a tour inside, see Chagalle ceiling.
31.Visit Montmartre. Take metro 12 to Larmarck or Abbesses metro stop.
32.The St Vincent Cemetary of Montmartre is small and intimate. Visit the tomb of Utrillo on the top left section.
33. Donâ€™t miss the smaller and older St Pierre of Montmartre Church.
34. Take a look at the interior of Sacre Coeur for its mosaics. Climb the tower on a clear day for the hight over-look of Paris.
- Buy a small painting to take home from one of the artists in Place de Tertre.
- Behind the Abesses metro stop, go into the garden and find the Wall of Love.
- Walk down Rue Lepic, another great shopping street. You can visit the Brasserie where the heroine in the movie Amelie worked.
- Find one of two remaining windmills on Montmartre.
- Walk down to Pigalle and see the Moulin Rouge-or even see the show there.
- The Montmartre Cemetery is lovely to stroll through. Degas is buried here.
The Arch de Triumph and the Champs Elysees:
Â Â Â Â Â 41.Â Exit metro line 1 at Charles de Gaulles Etoile and climb the Arch de Triumph.
42. Â Park Monceau is nearby the Arch de Triumph on Rue de Courcelles.
43. Walk down the Champs Elysees. Stop for a look at the Louis Vuitton Store.
44. Go down Avenue George V and enter the lobby of the Four Seasons Hotel for a look atÂ the fabulous flower arrangements.
45. For a look at the high end, famous designer stores, head down Avenue Montaigne, part of the â€œgolden triangleâ€.
46. Look at the statue of Charles de Gaulle as you head down the Champs.
47. Reach Place de la Concorde, circle the place to your left and walk down Rue du Rivoli. Stop at Angelinaâ€™s for their famous hot chocolate.
The Grand Department Stores:
48. Visit Galeries LaFayette. Be sure to look at their beautiful stained glass dome. There is a home store across the street and they have a nice gourmet food section.
49. Next door to Galeries LaFayette is Printemps, another huge department store. They also have a dome of stained glass that you can eat lunch under in a nice restaurant. There is also a good view of Hotel de Ville from an upstairs cafe.
Pere LaChaise Cemetery:
50. Make a trip out to the famous cemtery of Pere LaChaise. Buy a map at any florist nearby and find the tombs of Chopin, Colette, Jim Morrisson and more. (Hint: if you enter the cemetery at the Gambetta metro stop, it is all downhill.)