10 alternatives to the best attractions in Paris
Almost all of the tourists coming to Paris and want to get to the top of the Eiffel Tower or buy something on the Champs Elysees. The French edition of publication The Local advised not to rush to perform the “minimum program”, because in Paris there are more interesting places.
a tourist’s dream: to get to the top of the Eiffel Tower
Of course, this is a great place, but the ticket costs 17 euros, and all the lifts very long.
Alternative: go to the Sacre Coeur
This is a free overview of the whole city, and you will have the chance to visit the beautiful temple. You can even climb the dome for only 6 euros and see there the best monuments of Paris. Climbing stairs is precisely this, or you can pay for the elevator.
a tourist’s dream: the best chocolate in the world at Angelina’s
To pay for a tiny cup of 8.5 euros in the famous cafe ─ it is too expensive. If you take it with you, then the price will be twice as less.
Alternative: go to the Eric Kayser
This – the best advice. Establishments of this network are in several districts of Paris.
a tourist’s dream: the best shopping on the Champs Elysees
People a lot, prices are high, there is no romance in Paris. On the Champs-Elysees is better to go for Christmas.
Alternative: go to the shopping district of Paris III
Few people, a large selection of locally produced goods, and all – at an affordable price. This paradise for the shopaholic. Most boutiques are on the streets of Charlot, Vielle de Temple, rue des Rosiers.
a tourist’s dream: Ladurée macaroon
Ladurée – baking is a fabulous palace with elaborate interiors and a whole collection of macaroon. But their taste does not justify the high price. all macaroon in Paris.
Alternative: forget about the macaroon ice cream and try
You’ll forget your name when you try a delicacy from Berthillon. The choice of flavors is diverse and it is very close to the Le Marais.
a tourist’s dream: Mona Lisa Smile
It is unlikely that you will want to smile when you’re in front of the Louvre, the Mona Lisa portrait. Goodbye Waiting with it can last for more than two hours.
Alternative: go to the Musée d’Orsay
This museum is not huge, like the Louvre, but there are a lot of unique historical paintings, including a collection of impressionists.
a tourist’s dream: Underworld Catacombs
The four-hour wait, claustrophobia, a lot of people and a lot of steps.
Alternative: Père Lachaise
This is a place that you must visit if you are interested deceased celebrity, pleasant walks and beautiful statues. Admission is free, the air is fresh, and no queues. It’s not just the bones in the Catacombs, where you will find the graves of celebrities such as Frederic Chopin, Oscar Wilde, Edith Piaf, Jim Morrison and others.
a tourist’s dream: the best place for green walks ─ Tuileries Gardens
This is a place – a real disaster. Crowds of people cross it on their way to the Louvre, Place de la Concorde, Place Vendôme, the Palais Royal and the Museum of the Orangerie. In addition, there is ruthless live birds that are trying to take away from you your prints.
Alternative: talk about parks
The Buttes Chaumont park in the XIX arrondissement ─ is the perfect place to relax. You will love its magical atmosphere, spacious lawns. This is the equivalent of Central Park in New York and the ideal place for an afternoon stroll.
a tourist’s dream: a sightseeing tour by bus
In such buses is very hot, and when you try to see the Eiffel Tower or the Arc de Triomphe, tourists posing for a selfie, you close the entire review.
Alternative: Rent a bike
Bicycle tour – the best way to see the city and feel like a local. The first 30 minutes of use ─ a bicycle for free in the future price will not exceed EUR 4. Just take a bicycle at one station and leave to another anywhere in the city. There is no need to worry if you are an inexperienced cyclist because throughout the city have bike lanes.
a tourist’s dream: a walk along the Seine
Yes, it’s nice to go on a picnic or just a stroll along the banks of the river, although sometimes one can hardly squeeze through the crowd. But in reality it’s just the river, all the bridges are alike, except Alexander III bridge, the bridge of Arts and bridge Bir-Hakim.
Alternative: iron bridges Canal Saint-Martin
If you want to walk in a beautiful riverside location, head to Iron Bridge Canal Saint-Martin. It offers the best entertainment ─, food and music. You just do not want to get out of here.
a tourist’s dream: riding a boat Bateaux Mouches
Too boring, according to experienced hikers. Often the courts tkih a romantic dinner, but it will cost quite expensive.
Alternative: select the Batobus
All you need to do to find ─ one of nine marinas Batobus on the Seine. A ticket for the whole day costs 17 euros, and you can go to any pier to take in the sights and to get into the next water bus.