When it comes to Paris it definitely doesn’t need any introduction. Conquering hearts since time immemorial, the ‘City of Lights’ wears its title on its sleeve. It’s fairly easy to lose track of time when in Paris. Apart from Eiffel Tower and the posh Champs-Elysees, there’s lot more about the French capital that one needs to know.
1. More than the Louvre
The overwhelming Louvre is no wonder a must-visit museum, but that doesn’t allow one to miss the other lesser-known museums and galleries. It’s actually more worthwhile if one researches on the painters and the works of art they wish to see here and go to the respective museum. Some of them do turn out to be much more enthralling.
2. La Baguette
You haven’t experienced Paris culture if you haven’t had the humble baguette, the Parisian way. It is advisable not to buy French bread, croissants etc. from supermarkets. Better to buy freshly-made from local patisseries & boulangeries.
3. A Walking City
Better to wander around the streets of Paris, exploring it on foot, getting surprised by quaint shops and admiring the glorious architecture, than getting stuck in traffic behind four doors, shielded by the outside world, inside a cab. For longer distances one can take the metro, it’s cheaper than a cab and faster too.
4. The Lively Tertre Square
At this exotic place, painters and caricature artists work outside. It is a really pleasant site. Maybe one could witness a masterpiece in the making!
5. More Bakeries than Bars
Paris has close to 1,784 bakeries that exceed the number of bars in the city, which are just 1,124. So you know, where to go.
6. Be Nice to the Locals
It’s no harm knowing a few French words and phrases like bonjour, s’il-vous-plait, merci etc. before visiting the French capital. The locals will appreciate your effort. Contrary to a popular notion that French people are really rude and haughty, they actually talk very softly. So it is advisable to keep your voice low too and be polite to them.