Top 10 must-see attractions in Paris
Where to begin when talking about the attractions of Paris? The most popular tourist destination in the world certainly has plenty to see and many of its sights are now global icons including the Eiffel Tower and Notre Dame etc. Yet there are plenty of things to do in Paris that many tourists just don’t know about.
- The UNESCO Peace Gardens. The HQ of UNESCO is in Paris and they have a wonderful Japanese garden that should be seen.
- The Nagasaki Angel. Located in the same gardens is a stone angel recovered from the ruins of Nagasaki after the Atomic Bomb was dropped.
- The Carnavalet Museum. Simply ignored by many mass tours, this is a fascinating museum with a variety of incredible exhibits including Napoleon’s toiletry case!
- The Paris Canals. One of Napoleon’s many ideas was to build a canal network around parts of Paris. Today it’s usually the Seine that’s known for its boat trips but to see a different face of Paris try a trip on the canal St. Martin and others.
- The Passy Well. Drilled deep through solid rock, this was a way of bringing clean spring water to local citizens at a time when the normal drinking water could kill! It’s still in the small park today and is used.
- La Pagode. An amazing ex-cinema located in the middle of an ornate Japanese pagoda. Today it’s a tea-room and fascinating for a visit.
- The Paris Sewers. Want to feel a little like Indiana Jones? This is actually a great and interesting tour of the vast underground and very historic system. Your nose may need to be prepared though!
- The Lutetia Amphitheatre. Strangely often overlooked, this was one of the great centers of Roman Lutetia (Paris). Well preserved and still used today by locals for sport etc.
- The Catacombs. Open to the public but again often overlooked, touring these underground areas will give you an insight into aspects of the city’s macabre past.