Continuing on to Day 2 of our guide to ‘Spend a Weekend in Paris’, we have more exciting things planned in the city of burettes, baguettes and stripy shirts. And if you missed Day 1 you can find it here.
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Jardin du Luxembourg (Luxembourg Gardens)
The Luxembourg Gardens are perfect for a morning or afternoon stroll. Enjoy a picnic breakfast/lunch with your family and friends. Not only is it an inner-city oasis with lush lawns and apple orchards, it has numerous organized activities including puppet shows, tennis and pony rides.
Arc de Triomphe
Standing tall at the end of the Champs-Elysées is a mark of history, a national symbol and an arch that links the old and new Paris. Take pictures of and with this historical monument, and even take the opportunity to climb to the top and enjoy a view of the breathtaking Parisian landscape, including the Champs-Elysées and the Eiffel Tower.
Like Oxford Street in London, Fifth Avenue in New York and Orchard Road in Singapore the Champs-Elysées in Paris is a shopper’s paradise. From Louis Vuitton level luxury to your familiar high street retailers you’ll find everything here. As for those of you who aren’t quite the shopping fanatics and are simply being dragged along by the girls, there’s more to this parade than just shopping. With plenty of cafes and restaurants you can enjoy people watching and eating French food. Also, if you have a chance, take a look at the impressive Mercedes Benz and Renault showrooms filled with amazing exhibits.
Paris is one of the top cities to shop in, and the Galeries Lafayette’s is the perfect place to enjoy an indoor luxurious retail experience. Famous brands include Dom Perignon, Michael Kors, Vivienne Westwood and Swarovski; and if you get tired of shopping, head on over to the terrace and find yourself an incredible view of Paris.
Sacre Cœur & Montmartre
Montmartre, an incredibly cultured village within the city well known for its artists and old French cultural aura sits above the city on a hill. And situated on the hill is the Sacre Coeur, an architectual marvel. Climb up to the top of the hill and enjoy a perfect view of the sun setting in the city’s panorama. There are also plenty of small and cosy cafes at the top where you can enjoy mouth-wateringly fresh and warm crepes.
For the final touch to your stay in Paris, take a visit to the world famous Moulin Rouge. Either enjoy an evening of dining and a cabaret show experience or simply take a walk down the street where the Moulin Rouge is located and take pictures before going for dinner on your final night.