Top 10 Things To Do In Paris, France

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Ah, Paris, one of our most favorite cities. It is one of those cities that has a special feel to it – that you can only find in that city. The monuments, the architecture and elaborate rooftops, the tree-lined streets all combine to, well, feel Parisian! There are so many things to do in Paris!

Paris is the capital of the country of France. Located along the Seine River in the center of the country, it is known as the City of Light.

Its name comes from a Celtic tribe called the Parisii, who settled on the Ile de la Cite in the 3rd century BC. They named their village, Lutetia, “boatyard on a river.”

Here are our favorite Things to Do in Paris!

1. The Eiffel Tower

Eiffel Tower, Things to do in Paris FranceThe Eiffel Tower in Paris, France is one of our favorites and one of the most famous landmarks in the world. It’s not only “must-see” – but also a “you can’t help but see” because it is the tallest structures in the city and visible from all over the city. It’s as tall as an 81-story skyscraper building.

Gustave Eiffel designed the Eiffel Tower. Initially built as the entrance to the 1889 World’s Fair (1889 l’Exposition Universelle), it was intended to showcase French engineering. It was meant to be temporary and taken down but has been there ever since.

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2. Champs-Elysées (Avenue des Champs-Élysées)

Champs-Elysses, Things to do in ParisThe Champs-Élysées (pronounced shawn zay-lee-ZAY) is a very famous street that runs between the Arc de Triomphe and Place De La Concorde. It’s name means ‘of the Elysian Fields’ (a mythical Greek heaven for heros).

This tree-lined street is chock-a-block full, from end-to-end with shops and cafes. While a bit touristy, this 2 miles (3km) is still one of the most famous streets in the world where you’ll find national and international companies with shops to showcase and sell their products.

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3. Notre Dame Cathedral (Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris)

Notre-Dame Cathedral, Things to do in ParisParis has so many famous and memorable monuments and buildings. The very medieval Notre-Dame Cathedral (pronounced noh-truh DAHM) is – for sure – one of them! In French, Notre-Dame means “Our Lady” so the cathedral’s name means “Our Lady of Paris.”

You will notice Notre-Dame has so many arches, statues, intricate details, gargoyles, and stained-glass windows – this style of building – or architecture – is called “French Gothic.” Notre-Dame Cathedral is one of the world’s most famous Gothic cathedrals. It took 170 years to build.

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4. Tuileries Garden (Jardin des Tuileries)

Tuileries Garden, Things to do in ParisPronounced TWEE-luh-ree Garden, this gorgeous public park was once the gardens of the Tuileries Palace. In 1667, the Tuileries Garden became the first royal garden open to the public! Now it’s where Parisians and visitors come to walk and relax.

The Garden is located between Place De La Concorde and the Louvre Museum.

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