In December in Paris you’lls simply feel like in a wonderful fairy-tale which does seems to end anytime.Trees on the Champs Elysees from the top to down are decorated with garlands twined with twinkling lights. Many places in the city are also dressed in festive decoration: Montorgyuel Street, Saint-Honore, Department stores of Galeries Lafayette, Place Vendome. Across the city there are multiple Christmas markets, with their charming wooden trays, hot mulled wine, jewelry, gifts and sweets.
In short, in Paris there are many ways to experience the atmosphere of the holidays. What else is there to do in Paris for the Christmas holidays? Just go throw the list to discover the most awesome thing to do in this fashion capital. You should start with the magnificent trio- Mona Lisa, Venus de Milo, Nike of Samothrace (Winged Victory) . Here you can view the restored Apollo Gallery, admire the paintings of Jan Vermeer Delft in the Pavilion Richelieu, hold your breath before the huge canvases of Jacques-Louis David “The Coronation of Emperor Napoleon and Empress Josephine in the Cathedral of Notre Dame.December 2, 1804” in Hall of French painting.Recall the final scene of The Da Vinci Code, looking at the inverted pyramid. As for now have a look at the top 5 places worth to visit while in Paris.
In the vicinity of the Louvre
- Walk along Rue de Rivoli admire the entrance to the metro Louvre-Rivoli
- Walk across the courtyard of the Palais-Royal. This palace was built for Cardinal Richelieu. Pay attention to unusual fountains in the form of piles of metal balls between which water flows. Then stroll through the gardens of the Palais Royal, return to the street de Petit Champs.
- Go to the Galerie Vivienne – a closed gallery of shops and boutiques, existing since the early 19 th century.
The Eiffel Tower and its surroundings:
- Climb to the third floor of the Eiffel Tower.
- Admire the tower with a viewing platform Palais de Chaillot, which is located on the Trocadero.
- Attention to the lovers of beautiful pictures: it’s the best view of the Eiffel Tower in Paris, all! I especially recommend to wait for night time: in the beginning of every hour the Eiffel Tower begins to sparkle with lights. An unforgettable sight!
- Arrange a picnic on the Champ de Mars.
- Dine at the famous restaurant “Jules Verne”, located on the second level of the Eiffel Tower.
Notre Dame, the Ile Saint-Louis and the Latin Quarter:
- Go inside the Cathedral, before entering, hold the ring at the door: it saves from the “scrips and prisons.”
- Inside Notre Dame, lift your head and look through magnificent stained-glass window of the Rose.
- In the depths of the Cathedral Find the body.
- Be sure to listen to organ music during the service – admission is free. This is indeed something divine!
- Stand with your back to the main entrance, so you can at a glance the high nave, transept, choir and main altar.
- Chimera Gallery offers a beautiful view over the Seine.
- Go down, walk on the street near Notre Dame Cathedral: view local shops. By the way, near Notre Dame they sell delicious baguettes!
- You must try the ice cream in a cafe Bertillon Maison Bertillion on the island of Saint-Louis. Many varieties, and only half euros for the ball;)
- Cross the bridge of Saint-Louis, walk along the Seine, wrap the trays to second-hand bookshops, buy small paintings of views of Paris.
- Stroll through the Latin Quarter, walk the narrow streets of the magic.
- Make a stop at the famous bookshop “Shakespeare and Company”, where you can read books and buy them if you like
- Visit the Church of St Julien de Pauvre. Here there is nothing like the grandeur and splendor of Notre Dame.
- Also take a look at the next Church St Severin, to independently assess the holding a set of “columns, palm trees”.
Jardin des Tuileries, Place de la Madeleine and the Opera Garnier:
- Walk in the Tuileries garden, look at the children, the manager sticks to the local small boats fountain
- Go to Place de la Concorde),do not miss the Egyptian obelisk and fountains
- On Rue de Rivoli turn into the street Rue Castiglione, look at the Place Vendome. It is a column with the figure of Napoleon at the top. Treat yourself to a martini bar at the famous Bar du Ritz.
- Being on the Madeleine Square do not forget to look at the famous for its chocolate Fauchon – the world famous grocery store. Simply a paradise for the lovers of sweets:)!
- Do not ignore Maille Mustard Boutique – a charming shop. And what is packed in small elegant jars, language does not turn to call mustard! This is a work of art for every taste and color – bring home a couple bottles to friends as a gift!
- Another luxury boutique grocery Hediard will give you delicious French delicacies of all kind.
- And the best chocolate you can find in La Maison du Chocolat- Home of chocolate, the Faubourg Saint-Honore. Looking for luxury chocolate, think of gifts to friends.
- Go to the Garnier Opera, check out the Museum of the Opera.
- Walk to Montmartre. You can get out of the metro Abbesses or Lamarck.
- Take a ride on the bus “Monmartobyus”, it departs from the Place Pigalle, and tours the entire hill
- Visit the quiet little cemetery of Saint-Vincennes: Here lies the famous French artist Maurice Utrillo, sang in his landscapes streets of Montmartre
- Take photos of Gullet mill – one of only two surviving mills of Montmartre. Previously there were more than three dozen – they milled flour and pressing grapes
- Do not miss the small and the old church of Saint-Pierre in Montmartre
- Visit magical Sacre-Coeur, admire giant mosaic depicting of Jesus Christ. On a clear day climb to the tower to admire the view of Paris.
- Buy a souvenir picture of the artist on the Place du Tertre
- Stay behind the station Abesses, go into the garden and find Love Wall – a wall with the words “I love you” in many languages
- Walk down the street Lepic (rue Lepic), with lots of shops. You can also visit a small pub restaurant (Brasserie), which was the workplace for the heroine of the movie “Amelie”
- Find the Place Pigalle, visit the show at the Moulin Rouge
- Go to the cemetery of Montmartre. Here many prominent individuals are buried, such as physicist Ampere and painter Degas.