Exploring Off The Beaten Track In Paris
As one of the most popular tourist destinations on the planet, you’d be forgiven for thinking Paris had few hidden gems left to offer. But the ‘City of Love’ continues to evolve, blending old and new to create memorable travel experiences for all who visit. For cruise ship passengers, you could easily wander along the riverbanks after disembarking and be content with ‘Paris life’. The canals are beautiful, the Eiffel Tower iconic; but for those who dare venture further afield, a whole new city of wonder and magic awaits. Here is Paris: off the beaten track.
Paris is a city famed for its beautiful churches and places of worship but Eglise St-Etienne-Du-Mont could be the most eye-catching of them all. It might not receive as many visitors as the Notre Dame Cathedral or Sacré-Cœur but the church is home to the shrine of Saint Genevieve, patron saint of Paris. It is a fascinating mix of renaissance and gothic architecture, and features a magnificent 16th century stone rood screen - the last of its kind in Paris.
Parc Des Buttes-Chaumont
Located in the 19th arrondissement, Parc Des Buttes-Chaumont is the biggest green space in Paris. Stretching 25 hectares, the park is renowned for its collection of caves, waterfalls, wildlife and quirky parkland performers. A favourite with Parisians, Parc Des Buttes-Chaumont is the ideal place to unwind with friends and family over a bottle of wine and a packed picnic basket in summer time.
The Louvre at night
The Louvre is worth visiting at any time of the year but it’s not often that you get to enjoy its beauty in virtual privacy, minus the crowds. Stroll around the surrounding gardens and marvel at the iconic pyramid lit up at night. No queues, minimal noise and no one stepping into your photo shot - check it out!
Pere Lachaise Cemetery
It might seem morbid to include a cemetery on a list of places to visit but a trip to Pere Lachaise is an eerily beautiful and moving experience. Its cobbled pathways, ornate tombs and giant trees are a sight to behold. Pere Lachaise Cemetery is also the final resting place of Oscar Wilde, Jim Morrison, Marcel Proust and many of history’s most famous figures.
If you’ve already scaled the iconic Eiffel Tower or you simply want some breathtaking aerial views of the city (with the Eiffel Tower in it), make your way to this skyscraper on Avenue de Maine in the Montparnasse area. With lesser crowds and less expensive entrance fees, the tower is an absolute gem and can be visited from morning to night.
With so many wonderful attractions and activities on offer in Paris, it’s hard to know where to start. The French capital is the type of place you could visit over and over again, but for the best ‘off the beaten track’ experiences for cruise ship travellers, make sure you tick off the destinations featured in the list above.
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