Top 6 Things to Do in and around Paris, France
What to Do in Paris, France
1. Take a Champagne Tour
As the champagne region is less than 100 miles from Paris, you can easily arrange a day trip to the area. The bubbly wine, itself, is made from a double distillation process that uses the juice of the pinot meunier grape. Tours can be booked online or are regularly scheduled at Moet & Chandon in Epernay, the largest champagne house in the world.
2. Visit the Eiffel Tower
Naturally, a visit to Paris would not be complete without seeing the Eiffel Tower. The unique and well-recognized edifice, which was built in 1889 for the World’s Fair, was, at the time, the world’s tallest structure in the world. Whether your view the ironwork tower from a distance or up close, it’s a Paris must-see.
3. Attend Mass at the Notre Dame Cathedral
A stunning cathedral to view, you’ll want to take time to attend mass or a liturgical celebration at Notre Dame. Services are conducted in French with the exception of the morning international mass on Sunday, when some of the prayers and readings are spoken in English.
4. Visit the Pantheon in Paris
Louis XV had this structure built as a way to say Thank you to the Patron Saint of Paris for helping him recover from an illness. Located on the left bank and near Luxembourg Gardens, the large dome on Le Pantheon is a notable feature of the building. Also known as Sainte Genevieve Church, the Pantehon was built in the later part of the 18th century.
5. Stroll through the Pere Lachaise Cemetery
Noted as being the largest cemetery in Paris, The Pere Lachaise Cemetery is 110 acres in size. It’s the distinguished resting place for such luminaries as Balzac, the composer Chopin, Oscar Wilde, and Delacroix.
6. Visit the Louvre
Just like the Eiffel tower, you can’t visit Paris without visiting the Louvre – one of the world’s most famous museums and galleries. Once a royal residence, the building is the repository of some of the most distinguished and well-recognized pieces of art, including the Mona Lisa by Leonardo da Vinci and the Venus de Milo.