Although the Eiffel Tower is the heart of Paris, Ive been lucky enough to visit a few times and discovered new experiences so here is my top 5 bucketlist for Paris!
Arc Du Triomphe
Built roughly in 1810,the Arc is situated at the centre of Place Charles De Gaulle.
The monument was built in honour of those who fought in particular, in the Napoleonic wars. Its well worth the 284 step climb to take in the spectacular bustle of the Parisian streets below and of course… the Eiffel Tower. Entry is roughly 10 Euros.
Kong Restaurant ( Sex & the city )
Sitting at the same table as Carrie Bradshaw? Yes please!
Im a huge Sex and the city fan and seeing as I will not be making the New York tour anytime soon, this was the next best thing! Kong is situated on the 5th floor of the Haussmann building, this designer restaurant has lingering views of the Siene, and is a fusion of Japanese and Parisian culinary delights. The sweet king crab and avocado salad was delicious. As you can already tell, not for one on a budget so more of a special treat, birthday in my case!
Pont Des Arts Bridge
Tying a love lock and throwing the key into the river Siene in the hope of a true and lasting love has captured the imaginations of millions of visitors to Paris. It is the city of love after all…
As of June this year, the council are planning to remove the locks from the Pont Des Arts Bridge after concerns that the railings have started to collapse due to the weight of them all! 1 million padlocks weighing 45 tonnes to be precise! Not to worry, I give it a week before they start cropping up again.
‘Our Lady of Paris‘ is on Ile de la Cite surrounded by street artists, cheese and wine caverns and your typical tourist shops selling small Eiffel towers. Beautiful views of the adjoining bridges but better known for Notre Dame. Intricate gothic architecture had me rooted to the spot for at least a rare 5 minutes and this was just the arch over the doorway! Definitely recommend a wander around the island and to avoid the chain restaurants to hint down a small bistro instead.
Built in 1871 thanks to the Laduree family,this was a new way at the time for women to go out socially and acquaint with men in an approved elegant setting.
I have never been a what you could call a fan of macaroons until I dined here.
The hot chocolate was exquisite and I could still taste its rich flavour hours later!