Top places to visit in Paris

Eiffel tower in Paris at night with lights

I’ve always imagined that Paris is a place where dreams could come true. The first time I visited Paris I knew I was right.

I’ve always had this dream to see Paris in all her glory. Being from the South African Countryside I never thought it would be possible to see this beautiful city once, let alone 6 times! I just cannot get enough…

Every time I go I try to visit somewhere a little different every time to ensure I see as much as I can of this City of Love, however, there is one place I always go and see:

Notre Dame

When the news came a couple of weeks ago that the Notre Dame was on fire, I cried for two days straight. I feel a little embarrassed by admitting it now as it is just a building to some. I feel different. She has seen things we can only but dream of. She has also seen things that we never want to be a part of. She is a big part of history, not just French or European history, but global history.

She will be at the top of my list, in whichever state she is currently in. I think that whether or not the Notre Dame is in all her glory, it is still a sight to see.

Eiffel Tower

I have never been one for heights. I’m actually terrified of heights. I don’t even climb up a step-ladder. I’ve been up Tour Eiffel three times…

The first time was a very unique (but equally terrifying) experience. After that it became slightly easier. Well, ok, the second time I climbed the stairs to the first section only and the third time was at night, but still, it was easier.

Sacre Coeur

The Sacred Heart of Paris is located on the highest point in Paris: Montmartre.

This beautiful Basilica has been completed in 1914 just as World War 1 started. It is home to the fifth largest bell in Europe, however, hasn’t rung in decades due to a crack had been discovered.

Sacre Coer in Paris

Père Lachaise Cemetery

I have no idea why I’m so fascinated by cemeteries. But I am.

The moment I climbed down the stairs at Père Lachaise I could feel the peaceful atmosphere. It wasn’t creepy or haunting. It was just peaceful. Everywhere was green. Some stones were covered in moss, yet not dingy or unkempt.

There are quite a few famous graves here:

  • Oscar Wilde
  • Edith Piaf
  • Georges Bizet
  • Chopin
  • Maria Callas
  • Jim Morrison
  • Molière

Rossini’s grave is still in the cemetery, however, his body had been moved to Florence in Italy about 20 years after his death.

Moulin Rouge

Never visit this during the day. No point. You have to see the windmill all lit up in the evening. Careful though, it can be quite seedy as it is in the heart of Paris’ Red Light District…

Windmill of the Moulin Rouge at night

Rue Cler

I love a good market. The market on Rue Cler is second to none and with so much variety! From meat to vegetables, cheese and even flowers, this market has it all. I loved the beautiful pastries; they looked so inviting.

I could lose myself for hours on the streets of Paris. I could probably list a whole host of attractions additional to the ones here as I just love the city so much.

Which attraction is your favourite? Let me know in the comments!

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11 Comments on “Top places to visit in Paris

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  2. Paris is definitely one place I would love to visit! I would like to see the Eiffel Tower and Notre Dame as well as visit the museums including the Louvre and Musée d’Orsay!

    Tales of Belle

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  3. Your pictures are wonderful , I dream of going here and I will make it happen. Thank you for giving me info on place to visit. I’m not scared or height but I won’t lie the Eiffel Tower just looking at it makes me nervous. And sweets I can’t resist those sweets look so good lol.

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    • You are so welcome! Up close, the Eiffel Tower is pretty intimidating, but once at the top it is totally worth it. 🙂 Thank you for reading – I really hope you can visit this beautiful city one day.xx


  4. I went to Paris a few years ago and went up the Eiffel Tower, it’s such a cool experience and amazing views… I am also nervous of heights, so coming back down the stairs was a bit nerve wracking (but worth it)! There is so many more places in Paris I would love to visit, thank you for sharing your ideas! Fab post! ❤ xx

    Bexa |

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    • You are so right about those stairs – since they were see-through it was a total ‘let’s stop breathing until we reach the ground’ moment, but yes, totally worth it! 🙂 Thank you for stopping by!xx


  5. I haven’t been to Paris before but there are so many different gorgeous places. It is such a bummer that Notre Dame was caught on fire but at least it’ll rise back up. Oooh, the Eiffel Tower has been on my list since forever! Thanks for sharing all of these destinations!

    Nancy ♥

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    • There’s truly way too many – maybe I should make another list 😉. When the news came of the Notre Dame we watched it the rest of the evening – it was so sad! I love the history of the Eiffel Tower! I really hope one day you get to visit this beautiful city. xx


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