What can you do in Paris if you are not visiting the Eiffel Tower?
Spending a weekend in Paris is always a good choice. Firstly, because strolling along the wide avenues and admiring its magnificent monuments is a delight for the senses; and, secondly, because it is a journey, reserving in advance, you can travel very economically.
Before leaving, it is necessary to note that the companies Low Cost will usually leave the airport Paris Beauvais , about 80 kilometers from the city center. They are very cheap and in just over an hour, taking a bus from the airport itself, you’re in Paris. But if you’re only going for a weekend, you lose a lot of time on the way. For a little more money is better to go to Charles de Gaulle and Orly airports, which are best communicated.
As for accommodation, we must bear in mind that when you travel abroad, the ‘stars’ of the hotels often do not correspond with the category to which we are accustomed in Spain, especially in European cities like Paris and Rome. However, in ‘Salamanca district’ of Paris is a small hotel, well maintained and comfortable rooms, whose value is excellent.
This is the Hotel Passy Eiffel, it is true that is not in the city center, is located five minutes’ walk from the main monuments of Paris, the Eiffel Tower and about 15 minutes from the Arc de Triomphe. And it is well connected, with Metro and buses – to scroll to other parts of the city.
In addition, if you order room over-looking the street, you will see the top of the Eiffel Tower! But what can be seen in Paris in a weekend? Apart from the typical, the visitor who come for the first time to the ‘city of love, fashion and light’, does not miss the Eiffel Tower, the Champs de Mars, with the Military Academy bottom-, Invalides, Champs Elysees, the Louvre, the Opera, Sacred Heart, the George Pompidou Centre and the Notre Dame, there are other ‘corners’ lesser known also worth visiting. St. Eustatius , for example, located in downtown, near the Forum Les Halles , currently in works-is an imposing church in Gothic-Renaissance .
By the way, next to the main entrance is an Irish pub where you can stop to take a good beer at lower price than elsewhere in the city (where this drink can easily reach eight euros). Nearby there are also places to eat snacks and fast food to good prices.
The church of the Madeleine, where funerals are held and usually known as French characters in the social sphere, with its next classicism architectural style of Greek temples, yes often visited, for being close to the Obelisk in the Plaza of the Concordia . However, around this temple, especially at the rear, there are some of the products’ stores that are most famous of the city (such as Fauchon or Hédiard). Worth entering them; if not to buy -suelen be elevados- for prices, at least to see what great taste are exposed the products sold.
The Latin Quarter is also a regular tourist spot, but in this maze of streets and restaurants of different nationalities, we could recommend the Rue de la Huchette (in French), and in particular a piano bar, with the same name of the street, where, while you take a glass-at price you can find anywhere in any fashion Spanish- city, you can hear great tracks. Also, near the Rue de la Huchette, and just opposite Notre Dame, you have the opportunity to visit one of the oldest bookstores in Paris: Shakespeare and Company. Upon entering the store, the old books smell permeates in the air.
A little less than 15 minutes’ walk from this library, and between the cathedral of Notre Dame and Saint Chapelle -a worth the climb to see its stunning stained glass multicolores-, is the Flower Market, well maintained and where the visitor can see even carnivorous plants! But if instead of what ‘you eat’ to what you want to eat well, different places and at different prices to taste the best French food.
Although the topic is that Paris is expensive to eat, if we go to suburban neighborhoods, can find daily menus -called ‘formulated’ in French at affordable prices. In the area around the Sacred Heart, in particular near the Place du Tertre , there are several restaurants serving traditional French cuisine at prices ranging between 7 and 9 euros . Of course, quality is not the same that can offer us the restaurant Le Ciel de Paris , located on the top floor of the Montparnasse Tower -the second highest in Paris after the Eiffel Tower. This restaurant is perfect for a romantic dinner, but menu prices without mentioning the election and does not fall letter- of 60-70 euros.
Other restaurants worth eating are the Chez-Clement, a chain of restaurants located in Paris landmarks -Campos Elysees, near the Montparnasse Tower, etc., but each is decorated in a different way, with a very homey, family style. The menu is also more expensive (about 40-50 euros, especially if requested other, something very typical of this franchise), but the setting is unmatched. If we want contact with nature, we can approach the Place des Voges, the Bois de Boulogne or the Luxembourg Gardens. Either enjoy gardens, or no doubt, if time permits – in Paris, it rains suddenly up in August – an unforgettable moment in outdoors to relax during our visit.
Another tourist spot, and not always usually entered by larger number of tourist, is the famous Paris Opera, whose real name is Garnier Palace. The building, seen from outside, is spectacular, and so is its interior, where the large rooms, the boxes, the stage and the staircase by which access to the interior are really a sight to behold. It is usually the interior of the Pantheon, located near the Paris Sorbonne University. Inside this building, there are also the Foucault Pendulum -installed by physicist Leon Foucault to demonstrate the rotation of the earth – the graves of many famous people of France, philosophers and writers like Jean-Jacques Rousseau and Voltaire -pseudónimo Francois Marie Arouet- or writers Alexandre Dumas and Victor Hugo.