30 DAYS TO PARIS – Five FREE Things To Do In Paris, The City Of LightsBy The DivaGals | May 9, 2018 | Travel
Hello lovely Divas! We are continuing our countdown to Paris next month for our fabulous Image Gal Samantha von Sperling’s wedding! Between the “I dos” and “Mazel Tovs,” we will definitely have some time to check out this most amazing city. Indeed, Paris is one of the world’s most visited tourist destinations because it has so much to offer – you can focus on the culture, the gastronomy, the shopping, the art or just the sightseeing! We’re so excited to be getting out of the escape room known as New York City and check out all that Paris has to offer!
Having said that, we know that Paris isn’t particularly cheap (so we’ve been saving up our coins!). But we Divas are a smart bunch. There are plenty of free things to do in Paris that won’t cost us a penny and will still immerse us in the wonders of this intriguing city. Of course, we wanted to share some of the free $.99 spots we’ll be checking out – then you can add them to your Paris itinerary when you make it to the city d’amour!
Notre Dame Cathedral. Most people have heard of the hunchback of Notre Dame as children (Disney even made a movie about it!). Considering just how popular it is, we’re delighted over the surprising news that there’s no charge to enter the gargoyle clad Notre Dame Cathedral. This gothic landmark is impressive to view from the outside alone, particularly at night, when lots of people walk up the steps to view the sun setting over Paris – often with a bottle of local wine. Insider Tip: If we want a picture perfect view of Notre Dame itself, the general advice is to not get too close, as there are a few particularly good viewing points along the river. You know we’ll be getting our Divalicious shot that way!
Basilique du Sacré Coeur. This white marble church offers incredible views over the Parisian skyline. While the best time to visit is at sunrise, we know that’s gonna be kind of early for us Divas (especially since we’ll still be five hours behind on NYC time!). You can make it just before sunset too – this way you can see the pink and purple hues that mark out the contrast between day and night. Basilique du Sacré Coeur stands on top of a hill in the lively Montmartre district, meaning after we have watched the sunset, there will be plenty of things to do in the local area such as going to a bar or having dinner. Plus, as it’s known for being the more bohemian and arty side of town, there will be some good deals once we get away from the tourist track. Insider Tip: With regard to the church itself, you can enter for free, however, you will have to pay if you wish to climb the dome or enter the crypt.
Wall Of Love. Are you ready to feel the love? Not too far from Basilique du Sacré Coeur lies an interesting wall, known as the “Love Wall” which is a mural with the words “I Love You” written in hundreds of languages. It was created by calligraphist Fédéric Baron and mural artist Claire Kit in 2000, and perfectly placed in the city known for romance. We’re pretty sure we’re going to love Le mur des je t’aime!
The Eiffel Tower at Parc du Champ de Mars. Ok, visiting the famed wrought iron lattice tower itself isn’t free, but the park it is in is a vibrant spot, both day and night. It’s kept in pristine condition and there are always plenty of people around, making it safe and the ideal choice to sit with a fresh baguette, local cheese and glass of red wine.
La Promenade Plantée. Ladies, when you visit Paris, bring your walking shoes! You can hike this nearly 3-mile tree-lined trail to discover some of the most interesting parts of Paris, and at times, offer a bird’s eye view, c’est parfait for photos. We say do it in a pair of Cat Footwear, known for their chic ruggedness.