Travel Guide: Paris

So many students are very fortunate and have the opportunity to study abroad in another country. This year, HCBC has introduced a collection of features that will highlight some of our collegiettes’ favorite cities all around the world. Today we travel to the city of lights, love, and loads of baguettes: Paris, France. The quaint architecture of the four-story apartment buildings lining the streets complements the cozy atmosphere created by the café culture. With 20 arrondissements (or neighborhoods) to explore, one could spend a lifetime discovering new beauty in Paris. Here is one list of the top things to do:

 

Watch the Eiffel Tower Sparkle

Every evening, every hour on the hour, the Eiffel Tower twinkles in the night sky and the best place to watch this beautiful light show is Place du Trocadero.

 

 

Drink an Espresso on the Patio of a Restaurant

Do as the French do and sit outside with your favorite beverage to enjoy the night air and watch people in the city walk by. There is no better way to cap off a perfect, Parisian night.

 

 

Have a Picnic in the Luxembourg Gardens

Grab a baguette, some charcuterie and a bottle of French wine and enjoy the beautiful atmosphere in the Luxembourg Gardens.

 

Explore the Seine

Whether that means taking a boat ride, crossing the famous Pont Neuf, or admiring Notre Dame de Paris on Île de la Cité, one must take in all of the beauty along the river that cuts across Paris.

 

 

Travel out to Versailles

Take a train ride out to the beautiful Palace of Versailles and explore the famous Hall of Mirrors and wander through the gorgeous gardens. While there, make a pit stop at Angelina for the sweetest, richest hot chocolate you have ever tasted.

 

 

Climb the Steps up to Sacre-Coeur

Work off all of those croissants by climbing up the steps to see the beautiful panoramic views of Paris up at Montmartre. Check out the famous Basilica of the Sacre-Coeur while you are there!

 

 

Explore Le Marais

While in Le Marais you will find wonderful boutiques and shops lining the small, bustling streets. You will also find some of the best falafel restaurants with L’as du Falafel and Chez Hanna. Also be sure to check out the Polish bakery, Sacha Finkelsztajn.

 

 

Check out the Art

From the Louvre to the Musee D’Orsay, there is no shortage of beautiful art in Paris, so be sure to take advantage. I mean, after all, what is a trip to Paris without a selfie with the Mona Lisa?

 

March up the Champs Élyssées

Last, but certainly not least, you must walk along the Avenue des Champs Élyssées and end up at the impressive L’Arc du Triomphe. Climb up to the top for wonderful views of the city.

 

We hope this gives you a good idea of some of the countless activities to enjoy while visiting Paris. Bon Voyage!

 

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