You can't argue the fact that Paris is one of the most exciting and vibrant cities in Europe with so much to see and do. However, if you're only in town for a short visit and you want to sample the best the city has to offer, here is a recommended list of must-see places and things to do:
With only one day to explore, you'll undoubtedly have an early start in order to squeeze as much as you can out of your day. To fight the fatigue, perk yourself up with a caffeine boost and breakfast at a typical French sidewalk cafe. Here you may sit beside modern day philosophers discussing ideas, writers typing away behind their laptops, glamorous ladies gathering together for their weekly gossip session or locals simply enjoying the summer sunshine.
French Cafe in summer
The Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Paris, more commonly known as Sacre Coeur, is definitely worth a few precious hours of your time. This Roman Catholic church is the highest point in the city. The design of this church is very impressive as it rises skywards above it's surroundings
From Sacre Coeur, located on the hill of Montmartre, you can view a unique aerial perspective of Paris.
View of Paris
Not only should you explore the Basilica but also wander the streets of Montmarte. It is here that you will discover the best of French gastronomy. As you follow your nose towards the enticing aromas, be sure to sample a sweet treat from one of the many patisseries that line the side streets.
A short walk down from Sacre Coeur is Moulin Rouge. This risqué world famous cabaret comes alive at night time along with the many sleezy sex shops nearby. Although it may not be everyone's taste for evening entertainment, a quick holiday snap here during the day never hurt anyone.
Now, a visit to Paris would not be complete without seeing the Eiffel Tower. However, be warned, the queue for the lift to the top may be extremely long and in summer you may have to wait a good couple of hours to get to experience the view. But if you are feeling energetic, you can take the stairs which will cut your waiting time in half and help you to burn off the croissant calories.
The Eiffel Tower
Right beside the Eiffel Tower are beautiful, well manicured gardens which provide the perfect spot for a picnic in the summertime.
Perfect picnic spot
After lunch, enjoy the vistas of Paris as you stroll along the Seine. No matter what the season, there is no better way to explore this city that on foot. And many of Paris's main attractions are situated close to the riverbanks, including the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre and Notre Dame.
Paris is known as the city of love so get into the romantic spirit and add your own lock to the "Lock Love Bridge" with your sweetheart to symbolise your love for each other. The railings of this bridge, from side to side, are covered in padlocks. All shapes and sizes, brass, steel, black and red with each lock carrying its own message; some scribbled with marker pen, others elegantly engraved. There must be thousands of them. It's not surprising that many men have dropped their knee on this bridge, resulting in a very happy sweetheart and a lifelong memory made.
Traipsing around Paris's busy streets can be tiring but relaxing on one of the many benches beside the Seine river is a great way to rest your feet and rejuvenate. Here you can soak in your surroundings and enjoy the moment.
Be still and soak in the scenery