I feel so sorry for people who only get to spend a week or two in Paris. I have four and half months here and I’m stressed about seeing everything. It’s absolutely insane how much there is to discover in Paris– you could live here your entire life and still not see everything. So in an effort to see as much as possible, I’ve made a list of all the sights that I want to see while I’m here. This weekend I crossed off a quite a few of the touristic giants.
I once read that if you spent eight seconds in front of each piece of art at the Louvre it would take you one year to see everything. I’m not sure if this is true, but I can say that this place is absolutely huge. It’s broken up into three sections and then divided by different regions. During our few hours at the Louvre we saw Greek statues, French and Italian paintings (including the Mona Lisa), and ancient Egyptian relics.
La Basilique du Sacré-Coeur
The Sacré-Coeur is a beautiful Catholic church nestled in the top of Montmartre (18th arrondissement). It felt like we were hiking a mountain to get there, but as you can see the view from the top was totally incredible. It’s bizarre to see just how big and dense Paris is, because there are very few places where you can actually see all of it. We went inside of the church and it was absolutely beautiful. Unfortunately, we weren’t allowed to take pictures, so I guess you’ll just have to take my word for it.
Le Moulin Rouge
I think after the Sacré Coeur, the 18th arrondissement is the most known for the Moulin Rouge. Besides the famous red windmill, the place definitely isn’t as exciting or beautiful as it looks in all of the pictures you see on Pinterest. On top of that, the cheapest ticket to see the show is 92 euro. Maybe I’ll decide to splurge, because I’m sure the show is incredible, but I’ll probably just end up spending it on food.
A little travel tip… For those of you planning on visiting the 18th arrondissement anytime soon, make sure to do it during the day. When we stepped off the metro we were surrounded by sketchy men trying to sell us iPhones. For as long as we were on the main street (Boulevard de Rochechouart) we were holding onto our purses for dear life and making sure our iPhones were out of sight. But as soon as we started heading north toward Sacré Coeur, things took a drastic change for the better. There were so many chic little boutiques and decently priced cafés filled with normal, non-threatening humans.
Overall, it was a wonderful day. I can’t wait to visit the Louvre again because there’s one section that we didn’t even touch. And although Montmartre was slightly terrifying upon first sight, I’ll definitely be returning. Apparently there is a fondue restaurant in the 18th where they serve wine in baby bottles and you have to climb over tables to get to your set because the place is just that tiny, so you know I’ll have to check that out one night. That’s all I have for now, but check back soon to see what else I cross off my Parisian bucket list.