April 19, 2014

Bonjour! France: Top 10 Things to Do on Your Vacation

There are thousands of things to do in France, but if there are only 10 to choose from, start in Paris. Paris has so many attractions, 10 will be a mere taste.


It’s difficult to go wrong in Paris for food and wine. Paris even has an excellent selection of Greek restaurants. The French pride themselves on their wine, so take advantage of the variety in Paris. Le Petite Prince and Le Coupe Chou, both on Rue Lanneau, near the Sorbonne, are excellent choices.


Most, if not all, visitors to Paris will see the Eiffel Tower on their own or with a tour. The Jules Verne restaurant has an unparalleled view of the city, naturally, and delicious meals can be reserved online. The real fun is seeing Paris from the high viewing decks outside.



This is actually Napoleon’s tomb, not an invalid hotel. It was originally used as housing for veterans built by Louis XIV, but now is used as a museum for tourists to share in France’s rich history. It’s a very impressive example of the Baroque style, and it houses antique weapons and armor as well as Napoleon’s coat and tricorn hat.



The Rodin Museum is worth seeing just for the museum itself, and the sculptures are awe-inspiring. It is near the Eiffel Tower, as is the Hotel Des Invalides, making for a nice walk to each destination. The Rodin is less than 700 yards from the Hotel Des Invalides. Visitors can walk off the great French food and wine inhaled on a daily basis.


For the tennis lover, a hot time to visit Paris would be May 25-June 8.  Paris will be bustling with tourists and athletes alike to see the French Open tennis tournament, one of the Grand Slam events.  Plenty of excitement for all it can be a headache trying to figure out travel, look into French Open travel packages to find companies that will make your vacation smooth.


Not to dwell on museums, but everyone has to see this one. Experience France’s rich history and architectural beauty.  One of the worlds most popular museums, it is definitely a must-see on your tour of Paris.


One of the prized pieces of historical architecture is the Notre Dame Cathedral. Under the western rose window, you are able to see the Notre-Dame Organ. One of the largest instruments in the world, it holds five 56-note keyboards, 32 -note pedal board 113 stops, and its 7,800 pipes.  The organ itself is just one piece that is a must see for this masterpiece.


One of the most recognizable monuments in Paris, it stands in the center of the Place Charles de Gaulle.  It has been the backdrop of many motion pictures and is an excellent example of Neoclassicism.


In the 14th arrondisement, this palace is the epitome of decadent excess. It is the explanation for the French Revolution. Complete with tours, Operas, and the breath-taking gardens, it will surely be a memorable visit.


At the eastern end of the Champs-Elysees, the most famous avenue in Paris, if not all of France, is this magnificent square, seen in myriad ads and travel shows. It is located in the largest square in the French capitol.

Some of these attractions can be seen in a taxi cab tour, bus tours, or a quick walk. Surely Paris has a lot to offer, and is definitely a must-visit vacation destination!