A city in the world that needs no introduction; Paris! Lovers come here to fall more in love, families come here to learn about the history, tourists and travellers come here to bask in what is known as the ‘Parisian culture’; each person comes to Paris with expectations and more times than not, they leave quite satiated. Also Read - Bhuj: The Pride of India New Release Date Out, Ajay Devgn's Film to Hit The Screens on Vijay Diwas in December And Not During Independence Day
Nora was on a quick trip to Paris last week and thought she would tell you a few things to not miss for sure if you’re on a short visit to the city of love, cheese, wine and more. Also Read - Nora Fatehi's Dance on 'Corny' to Elli AvrRam's Belly Dancing, HERE's What's Making Fans Drop Their Jaws in Awe Tonight
Paris will always have something new for you each time you go. But a few things remain constant like the Louvre, the Sacred Heart and the Eiffel Tower of course. These three need to be seen because they tell a story of a different time. But what the Dilbar fame wanted to write about isn’t just what one would see but how one can take in this city with open arms and let the city become part of you too. Here is how you should see Paris to fall head over heels in love with it in 5 days. Also Read - Zebra Runs Freely on Paris Road After Escaping a Zoo, Joined by Two More Horses - Check Viral Video
Here is Nora’s list of things you should do to feel like a total Parisian:
- Find the little café and bistros on the street corner: As a traveller, the first thing on her mind was to try the local food; she loves experimenting with dishes and enjoys trying out what the locals have to offer. There are so many restaurants that these websites talk about but the best and the biggest surprised are the little bistros and cafés all over the place. One might struggle a little with French but don’t let that get you down. French food is diverse and has something for everyone, find what interests you and devour it. Her favourite is Steak Frites and delicious buttered fish with Radish, an unlikely combination but as delicious as it gets. She loved the Bistro 25 right on the Champs Élysées Avenue for its location, food, and ambience.
- Do the touristy things but in a different way: Don’t just go to see the Eiffel Tower. Relax on the Champ De Mars, find yourself a quick bite, walk to the lush gardens around the Eiffel and take in the beauty of this massive structure. Yes, she understands there is a lot to see and do in five days, but the point of a holiday is to relax, what better way than on the grass, watching a huge monument, with the River Seine nearby, nothing gets better.
- Desserts Desserts Desserts: Nora has a sweet tooth the size of India. And even though she can’t cheat and indulge always in desserts, when in Paris, there are no rules. Try the pain au chocolate, my quick easy fix between meals. It is basically a puff pastry stuffed with chocolate and is delicious with some coffee or hot chocolate. Don’t miss the lemon tart, the éclairs, this delicious chocolate and pistachio rolls (They call them escargots too), stand in line and have a Financier, it is an almond tea cake and trust Nora, they are AMAZING. Go and find nice gelato and ice cream places, don’t miss the macarons and crepes, lots of places online where they suggest getting them, she thinks you should try them all and decide for yourself. Also, try these amazing little desserts called Profiteroles; you will not be able to eat just one. Paris is the best place to indulge your sweet tooth and you definitely should.
- Moulin Rouge: Nora is pretty sure you would’ve spent the whole day seeing the Louvre, it does take the whole day so don’t skimp out on it. But once done there are two night shows one cannot miss. The Moulin Rouge is the original cabaret of Paris; it is where the Can Can dance form originated. It is scintillating and unforgettable and as someone who loves dance and is a dancer herself, Nora was mesmerized by the talent and the production. Go to the one near Montmartre, Blanche station. That is the best show there is. If you can’t get tickets to Moulin Rouge, try and catch a show of the Cirque Du Soleil.
- Shopping: Nora is a typical tourist when it comes to one thing and that is shopping. Vacations are taken only to shop and she truly believes there is no harm in spending on yourself after working hard the whole year. Paris, like Japan, gives you a lot of tax back on your shopping. So buy the brands you’ve been meaning to buy and get some money back in the process. Don’t forget to ask before if they are a tax saving shop.
Also, Nora would like to say to the first time travellers, Paris is beautiful but there are parts of it that are unsafe, please please please take care of your belongings, she has been pickpocketed in this city once and she almost swore never to come back but she did. If you want to have a good holiday, stay safe.
Paris makes you feel rich in culture, style, and class and poor that you don’t stay in the city always. It has a beautiful mix of old and new whether that is trends, architecture or people. But Nora suggests you go to this city, especially if doing a small trip, with no expectations at all. Let the city do what it does best; take you in and make you fall in love. Which is why when a tourist leaves they always say, “Paris, je t’aime!”