by Niki Kefala
The amazing iron power of Eiffel Tower piercing the clouds, the broad Arc de Triomphe guarding Paris’ most glamorous avenue, the expensive Champs-Élysées, the gothic beauty of Notre Dame cathedral. Do you need more? Paris bridges spanning the Seine and art nouveau cafes there are waiting for you.
With great aririst – Renoir, Rodin, Picasso, Monet, Manet, Dalí and Van Gogh are but a few of the masters who lived and worked here over the years – Paris is one of the great art repositories of the world, harbouring treasures from antiquity onward. In addition to big hitters like the incomparable Louvre, the Musée d’Orsay’s exceptional impressionist collection, and the Centre Pompidou’s cache of modern and contemporary art, there are smaller museums housing collections in every imaginable genre.
Dress up: Parisians are synonymous with style. Browsing emerging and established designer boutiques and haute couture houses is a quintessential part of any visit. If you are wondering what to wear, I would recommend you comfortable flatties or trainers for tearing around during the day. Beautiful dresses and skirts and also crop pants. Of course if you like to look like a Parisian scarves and a beret are a must. Trust me!
Yummy: France’s reputation for its cuisine precedes it, and whether you seek a cosy neighbourhood bistro or a triple-Michelin-starred temple of gastronomy you want be disappointed. Enticing patisseries, boulangeries (bakeries), fromageries (cheese shops) and crowded, colourful street markets are perfect for packing a picnic to take to the city’s parks and gardens. A host of culinary courses – from home kitchens through to the world’s most prestigious cookery schools – offers instruction for all schedules, abilities and budgets. And eat croissant. Lots of them.
Like home: I stayed not in a hotel but in apartment that is available for renting through airbnb. It is cheaper and makes you feel like local.
The three words you must know if you are visiting Paris.
Je voudrais : meaning I would like
Billets : meaning the Tickets
Bonjour : meaning Good morning