If you managed to catch my most recent travel post, you’ll see I was lucky enough to go to Paris last week. This was all courtesy of my very generous boyfriend, and we had a fabulous two days drinking wine, eating macarons, and strolling along the Seine. The boy did good!
Now I know that Paris is possibly one of the biggest blogger cliches, so I wouldn’t be at all surprised if you’re sick to death of instagram filtered snapshots of the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre, and Notre Dame. But what about those places which don’t get that much attention?? As Mark and I had both been to Paris twice before and done all the standard tourist stops, we decided to explore some of the less well known locations which this city has to offer. Here are my top 3 Off the Beaten Track gems which you just have to see.
1. The Père Lachaise Cemetery
Ok, so I probably know what you’re thinking right now. Why on earth would I want to go to a graveyard when I’m on holiday? Not exactly the stuff of fairy tales right?? But trust me on this one. Paris is always very crowded and hectic, which is amazing sometimes, but it’s always nice to take a little moment to breathe! The Pere Lachaisse Cemetery is an absolutely beautiful oasis, away from the crowds of tourists, and where you’ll find the graves of some of the world’s cultural elite. Oscar Wilde, Edith Piaf, Balzac, and Molière (France’s Shakespeare equivalent) are all buried here, and I can completely see why they chose this resting place!
There are beautiful views across Paris and its a perfect spot to bring your book for an hour. I recommend visiting in autumn/fall when the ground is covered in red and gold leaves. Truly stunning!
2. Promenade Plantée
Above the streets of Paris, lies this lovely walkway filled with plants and flowers, following the Vincennes railway line. This is another feauture of Paris which I’m really surprised doesn’t get more attention! Walking along, we hardly passed anyone, making it the perfect peaceful escape from the city (while still actually being in the city!). It starts behind the Opera de Bastille and goes on for 4.7km. Don’t worry though, there are plenty of places to stop if you don’t want to walk too far! You get such a nice view across the streets and houses of Paris, it’s definitely worth a visit!
3. Tango on the Seine
Love to dance? Or just like to watch other people dance? (I definitely fall into this category…) Every night during the summer months, keen dancers and amateurs gather on the bank of the Seine to tango, salsa, or whatever you fancy! Seriously, what could be more magical than this? I have no idea how to tango or salsa (and my boyfriend has two left feet but shhh, don’t tell him I told you that), so we decided to just spectate. Take a bottle of wine, 2 glasses, and a box of macarons, and enjoy some pre-dinner entertainment. It all kicks off at about 8/8:30 at the Quai St. Bernard and really, you should not miss this!
So what do you guys think of my choices? Would you want to see them? And what are your recommendations for things to do in Paris? Let me know in the comments!
Thanks for reading! Joanna xxxxx