Paris, or the “City of Love” is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world. Just in 2013, Paris had around 15.6 million international visitors most of whom came from UK, USA, Italy, Germany and China. Almost 19% of the salaried workers in Paris are engaged in tourism-related sectors. With such popularity and dedication to tourism, Paris is definitely a place you should consider visiting. But Paris is not all about Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame and the Louvre, there are some other things you should not miss out on seeing as well. Here is a list of things to do if you want to make this Paris trip different from all the others.
Check out the Paris bird market
Once a week famous French flower district turns into a bird market. If you want to see something different this is a place to visit. The market gets full of cages with birds of every stripe. You can see basically anything from small pet birds to roosters and chickens. Still, it is not only birds you can buy at this market. There is a range of different cages available for the visitors well. You can find some of the most antique bird cages at this market. No matter if you are looking for a pet or just want to enjoy the sight of colorful feathered beasts this is a place to visit.
Visit the Maison De Serge Gainsbourg
French controversial pop maestro Serge Gainsbourg may have died in 1991 but his art is still living. The art of one of the most famous Parisian citizens can still be found on the facade of the house he lived in during the last 20 years of his life. Right now, the house is not accessible but the visitors can take a look at the Gainsbourg’s work displayed on the facade and the gate. If you are a fan of street art and graffiti this is a place you will certainly enjoy seeing.
Take a look at Musée de la Vie Romantique
This is a museum many tourist miss out on but is definitely worth checking out. It is situated in two buildings and it full of works of famous artists such as Ary Scheffer, George Sand and Eugène Delacroix. The place actually served as a studio for both Scheffer and Sand. Outside the museum is one of the city’s most beautiful hidden escapes – a courtyard with roses and lilacs. You can actually go for a coffee in the courtyard and imagine as if you were back in 19th century.
Stroll along the Seine
One of the best ways to see the greatest sights in the most romantic city in the world is to go for a cruise down the Seine. You will be able to see both Paris and Normandy and take a look at some of the world’s most famous sights. Monet’s garden in Giverny and Auvers-sur-Oise are just some of the famous places you can visit on a cruise like this. Every river cruise in France will definitely be worth the trip and this might just be the best way to see the most of the Paris.
Visit these places if you want your trip to Paris to be different and visit the places most of the other tourists haven’t. Take as many photographs as you can since you will always be glad to have memories from such a trip.