When it comes to Paris we all think of the same: the majestic Eiffel Tower, the gorgeous Nôtre-Dame cathedral, the crowded Champs Elysees and the Louvre Museum. But we have heard most – if not all – about them, and there are tons of other things to do in Paris.
So in this post we bring you an alternative route around the French city: places worth visiting, not as crowded as those mentioned above, and that will leave you breathless.
ART AND MUSEUMS
Of course the first thing to keep in mind here is the Paris Museum Pass. It basically grants you free entry, without queuing, and as many times as you want, to 60 museums and monuments. Sound great, huh?
There are three types of pass: one for 2 consecutive days (42€), another for 4 consecutive days (56€) and the last for 6 consecutive days (69€). Still you need to be aware of the fact that you may not always get rid of the queuing (security measures and all that) and some museums close on Mondays or Tuesdays, so you’ve got to plan your trip beforehand thoroughly.
The Musée des Arts et Metiers is a great option if you’re into science and industry. And if you go there make sure you go underground to see the steampunk metro station beneath the museum. It’s awesome!
There are other museums worth visiting and now that we’re in the Jurassic Park vibe as the remake of the legendary film has hit the cinema screens around the world, you can visit the Muséum National d’Histoire Naturelle, where you can see the Great Gallery of Evolution full of information and very cool dinosaurs skeletons!
Now, if you want to summon the inner child inside you, there’s one place where you will feel the wonders of magic once again: the Musée des Arts Forains. It displays a stunning collection of old amusement park rides and other carnival-related attractions.
The good thing about this is that it’s an interactive museum, meaning you can ride in a few attractions and play a few games – all included in the ticket price!
Please note that we may be in the midst of a new high-technology revolution but, much to the despair of some I’m sure, the selfie sticks are banned in most museums. Do not think much about Twitter or Instagram, just enjoy the art!
The Seine is beautiful, we all know that, but if you visit Paris you need to go to the Canal St Martin. It’s a 4,5km waterway with cafés, boutiques and bistros along the edge. You can get a boat ride as well – part of the canal goes underground.
If you have some free time, the Garden of Peace (also called Japanese Garden) situated at the Unesco World HQ is worth every second. There you can see the famous ‘Nagasaki Angel’, a sculpture previously located in a cathedral in Nagasaki, and the only piece that survived the atomic bomb attack slightly unharmed. It was presented as a gift to Unesco in 1976 and symbolizes peace and hope.
And what about the Statue of Liberty? We all know that it’s in the New York harbor, and that is was a gift from the people of France. But it’s not the only statue: there are quite a few replicas around Paris. There was one in the Luxembourg Gardens: 3 metres high, placed there in 1906. It stayed there for 115 years until 2011 when it was moved to the Musée d’Orsay.
The most interesting one though is located on the Île aux Cygnes, a man-made insland in the Seine River. It’s 22 metres high and it was inaugurated in 1889. It was facing east originally, but it was turned west in 1937 in order for it to face its New York sibling.
For the life-size copy of the torch, you’ll need to find the Pont de l’Alma tunnel near the Champs-Elysees. And if you want to see her life-size finger, you’ll need to pay a visit to the Musée des Arts et Métiers, which includes a 9-foot model of the final product. This scale model was used to design the one which stands in New York today.
PARIS FROM ABOVE
Of course if you want to see Paris in all its beauty you can always climb the Eiffel Tower. However, this is an alternative guide and so we suggest you head a different route and visit the Montparnasse Tower. It’s the city centre only skyscraper and you can see the Eiffel tower from there. The following shot shows the great views from the tower. Amazing!
If you want to witness a sight as cool as this one you can pay – or you can enjoy it for free. Just head to the bar: it’s on the 56th floor!
SHOPPING AND FASHION
There are many special places where you can buy incredible stuff from in Paris. Luxury products, tourist treats… anything is possible! However, we at Uemura offer you the chance to visit Le Palais de Galiera, the Museum of Fashion.
The Museum hosts exhibitions and temporary collections of the biggest names in fashion – and believe it or not, we take you on a private visit where you will be able to see everything to the tiniest detail. We’ve got all information in our website but let me tell you something to convince you: Not everyone gets the chance to see the craftsmen at work. You might even discover the fashionista inside you during the visit…
And that concludes our Alternative Guide to Paris. We hope you liked it and, more importantly, find it useful for the next time you head to the French capital. After all, as the saying goes, Paris is always a good idea!