Paris is a perfect idea in the summer – when the seasonal Asian heat becomes a boring routine, Europe’s pleasant summers look like great opportunities to trot around the French capital, taking in the breathtaking sights, one at a time.
Getting around in Paris is very easy because the city’s transport system is well organized. The Métro (Paris’ rapid transit line) will effortlessly take you where you want to go but it’s always a good idea to take a city map along, as a first-time traveler, because they are really good guides. But where to go?
The Eiffel Tower
The Eiffel Tower is perhaps the most well-recognized piece of architecture in Paris. It is almost as if the Tower is a globally recognized symbol of France, and it’s no wonder why because the Eiffel Tower’s overwhelming wrought iron structure is a memorable piece of living history from the late 19th Century. An elevator (or the stairs, if you are in the mood for a slow-climb) will take you to the second floor, and this is the tallest building in Paris, so expect a great look into the French capital, when you get to the top of the Tower; there’s also an evening light show, which happens at the Tower, and it’s a magnificent vision of golden lights for five minutes.
Sainte-Chapelle is a French cathedral, done up in Gothic design, and up until the 14th Century, French kings used to call it home. Imposing and beautifully French, the cathedral is a must-see because of its medieval style and its enormous stained glass collection from the 13th century. Sainte-Chapelle is such a story of survival, as well – the French Revolution had damaged the cathedral, and it was later, very finely restored in the 19th Century.
Place de la République
Place de la République sits right atop République’s Métro station and after busy times of taking in sights (and too much to walk around to see during your holiday), it provides a calmer alternative for travelers to enjoy Paris, on a quiet stroll. The square gets its name from the French Republic and since its inception in the 19th Century, Place de la République, overwhelmingly breathes just the same.