When visiting Paris, there is a lot of possibility in terms of tourism. Apart from the obvious popular destinations, there are a lot of special things you can do and places you can visit to make your trip that much more special.
Buttes Chaumont Park
The park of Buttes Chaumont is far less popular than some of the other parks around Paris. Featuring a beautiful waterfall, a grotto, and a miniature temple, this park is a place that anyone travelling off the beaten tourism path needs to visit.
Butte Burgeyre Vineyard
Close to Butte Chaumont, Butte Burgeyre is a micro-arrondissement with quiet, cobble-stone roads. This spot is one of the best places to visit if you want some peace and quiet from the busy environment of Paris. There is even a nice vineyard here that you can visit.
Shakespeare and Company bookstores
Shakespeare and Company are actually two bookstores sitting next to each other. As some of the oldest English-speaking bookstores in Paris, there is a lot to find here. One has a vintage collection and the other is more modern. You will also be able to sit at the café which the bookshops run and have something lovely to eat or drink.
Going for a scenic picnic along the banks of the Seine is an amazing experience. With a few friends by your side, you will be able to have a great time whilst enjoying your beautiful surroundings. It’s best to go in summer, early autumn or late spring as that is generally when it will be warmer.
Square de Monsouris
Square de Monsouris is possibly the most beautiful street in France. It is filled with art deco architecture and artists’ studios. There are some wonderful spots with vines growing on buildings and some of the buildings date back to the 1920s and 1930s.
To the north-west side of Paris, you will find the little town of Auvers-Sur-Oise. This town is home to the final resting place of Vincent Van Gogh as well as his brother. It also has a museum dedicated to Absinth and a massive Chateau to visit. You can explore the area and imagine yourself in the time of Van Gogh as well as visit the actual inn where he died in 1890.
With so much to do in Paris, it can be hard finding the quieter destinations, but there is certainly no lack of these. If you know where to look, you have a whole other side of the beautiful city to explore and experience. If you are feeling overwhelmed by the busy locations, take a day to wander around the silent, beautiful streets or find a quiet spot to sit and read a book and just take in your surroundings.
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