Paris has been part of my childhood’s fantasies since I discovered the so french city. It was everywhere: from famous movies to the pictures I used to save on my computer (heh). Guess what? I had the chance to take pictures of my own this time with my family 😀
On the second day after our arrival we had to visit Eiffel Tower. It’s located on the 7th arrondissement and in order to visit the most famous site in Paris, we took the metro and walked a bit (just follow the crowd of tourists if you get lost). To be honest, it was way bigger than I had imagined.
What to do there
- Take some pictures with the tower itself, the garden and carousels nearby
- Climb the Eiffel Tower and have a different view from the City of Lights.
- Enjoy the big green area and have a picnic. Seriously, bring some food and drinks, look for somewhere to sit and enjoy the view. Food spots near famous touristic places are always expensive and can be of really poor quality sometimes (hello tourist trap!).
- Choose an alternative path and start (or finish) your walk at Trocadero Station where you have a stunning view from the Tower.
- See the light show at night. If you choose to go see it have in mind that it happens fom hour to hour and only starts once it gets dark. During Summer it means 11pm, for other seasons it may be 10 pm.
- Walk through Champ Élyseés avenue and see famous and not-so-famous brands there. You’ll have to walk a little if you want to get there on foot, but that’s worth it.
What to not do there
- Accept “free gifts” from people on the streets, like string bracelets and this sort of thing. After accepting it or having it forcefully tied around your wrist, the person will ask you for a donation and probably get angry if you don’t.
- Pay for a fake gold ring that was miraculously found under your feet by a stranger who asks you for a small payment claiming it’s a much smaller tax than the value of the ring itself.
- Sign petitions. They will probably come to you smiling and ask for your signature, after this, they will ask for a donation probably saying your sign means you agreed to do it. Yes, this story again. Sometimes they may approach you asking if you speak English. Just say a non merci and walk away, giving attention only encourages them to go further.
- Leave your things unattended, just don’t. There’re pickpockets everywhere, so pay attention to cameras, cellphones, wallets and passports.
- If possible and unless you’re going to a specific café or restaurant, avoid eating in food spots near super famous touristic sites. They’re expensive and often of lower quality (hello picnics!).
- Give food to the birds. Specially on the parks around the Eiffel Tower, there’re a lot more of them than you imagine. One thing leads to another, one bird leads to another.
Give preference to light clothing and comfortable shoes during this time of the year because you’re going to walk a lot.
❤ see you soon