I’ll be heading to Paris shortly, a city I have mixed feelings about. I understand the greatness, the beauty, the history but I’m not exactly all that fond of it (although one of my favourite hotels ever, The Four Seasons Hotel George V, is there)and actually try to pass it over each time I return to France. But this time, I will find myself there for several days and will try to see it in a different light.
Yes, I think perhaps I might have been a little harsh on Paris in my previous post; it’s not that I really dislike Paris it’s just that there are so many other places I’d rather go because my interests are a little different than what most go to Paris for. But I will play local for a few days and so I have been trying to discover things to do that haven’t been done before.
Here’s a list of things I’ve come up with thus far (and welcome any suggestions):
Velib Bike Hire: Very excited about this as I do adore riding and this is a handy and inexpensive way to get around town. it’s self catering so you can just pick up the bike in one area of town and drop it off at another.
Paris Greeters: Free walking tours provided by locals: you state your interests and some criteria and are matched up with a local who will take you around. This is such a great idea because travelling alone can often be isolating and I really do love meeting people because that’s a huge part of travel for me.
Paris Walks: I’m interested in the Chocolate and The Marais Circuit.
Musรฉe Jacquemart-Andrรฉ: I do have a weakness for beautiful homes and tea.
Versailles: I’ve actually never been but have been wanting to go for some time. There are many tours that go out but it’s easy to get there on your own via train and might make a good day trip for me.
Mont-St-Michel: So not in Paris at all but I’ve always wanted to go and am trying to find a good tour to take me out there as taking the train doesn’t seem such a good way to go at this time of year.
The Louvre: I feel slightly embarrassed to admit that in all my trips to Paris I have never gone inside. This time I think I just might.
Chantal Thomass Boutique: Sophia wrote this up in Girls Guide to City Life and it just sounds like my kind of shop.