Audrey Hepburn said, “Paris is always a good idea.” This is especially true in Springtime, when the city shrugs off its winter blues and fills with all my favorite C’s; Culture, Cuisine, Chic Parisians and Can Can. Who doesn’t love to get their legs in the air? Simply put, I LOVE Paris – it’s a joy to visit and it offers something for everyone.
By day, take in iconic sights such as the Eiffel tower, Palace of Versailles, Sacre-Coeur, Notre Dame and the Arc de Triomphe.
If an old Master is your cup of tea, them look no further than the stunning museums, including the Louvre, the Picasso, the Rodin, the National Galleries, the Masrmottan Monet and the Cluny, to name just a few.
While you’re in the fashion capital of the world, why not splash the cash and shop in the chic Rue de Passy, Rue Saint Honoré or Rue de Rennes. No shopping experience would be complete without a trip to the world-famous Avenue Des Champs Elysees, home to Louis Vuitton, Mont Blanc, Guerlain and Ferrari. This is a must-see district even for non-shoppers, especially at night.
Each of Paris’s 20 districts have distinct charm. If you cannot see them all, at least try visit the village of Paris, the legendary home to needy artists of old. Visit Saint Michel, The Latin Quarter where the setting is exceptional around the Sorbonne, along the Rue des Ecoles and the friendly and lively Rue Mouffetard.
As the day becomes night, don’t miss out on the Place de la Bastille district, especially popular for its many cafes, restaurants, cinemas and nightclubs. The LGBT community is a driving force behind the dynamic after-dark scene in Paris. In addition to the classic venues in and around the Marais (like the bars Banana Café, The Labo and Bears’ Den; and the club Le Dépôt), don’t miss Rosa Bonheur: Rosa Bonheur Buttes-Chaumont, and its little sister Rosa Bonheur sur Seine, located on the banks of the river.
As one of the world’s jazz capitals, Paris is full of places to enjoy the genre. Make sure to visit the 5th District, cinquième, also known as Panthéon, situated on the left bank of the River Seine and home to legendary Jazz clubs like Le Petit Journal Saint-Michel or Le Caveau de la Huchette.
In addition to opera, theater and concerts, Paris is known as the cabaret capital of the world, so no trip is complete without a visit to one of the mythical cabarets or music halls – Moulin Rouge, Crazy Horse and Paradis Latin are all set to entertain you. And don’t forget those famous topless Bluebell girls at the Lido.
Whatever you like to do on vacation, Paris has it in abundance. Join me next summer as I host Brand g Vacation’s trip – Paris, Normandy & the Seine River Cruise (May 12-19, 2021). https://www.brandgvacations.com/trip/seine/
Not only will you see Paris and the Palace of Versailles, but also experience the joy of a luxury river cruise on the Seine, visiting charming French villages, including Giverny, home to Monet and his gardens, and Normandy, a region, known for its historic role in WWII, lush countryside and its amazing gastronomic delights.