During holidays such as Christmas, Valentines Day and Summer, it can be tricky to escape the bustle of tourists in Paris. The city definitely loses some charm during peak seasons… But ne t’inquiète pas!
A romantic park?
Rather than bustling through crowds of tourists heading towards the Louvre in Jardin des Tuileries, take yourself to the outskirts of Paris to Bois de Boulogne. Sit on a bench beside the lake and take in the park’s tranquility. Admire the Eiffel Tower from a distance and watch the local joggers and strollers do the hard work.
Must do: Take a picnic and rent out a rowing boat.
A way to integrate with the locals?
The Seine offers a scene of serenity with it’s wide quai and quaint Parisian architecture in Isle Saint Louis. On a summer night, chill out with the locals with a few beers along the quai and take in the ambiance. Keep your eyes peeled and look out for the groups of dancers along the river. Practice out your cha-cha and salsa moves for free!
A breathtaking view?
Skip the queues to go up to the Eiffel Tower and watch the sunset in Belleville park instead. Belleville Park is situated on the highest point in Paris and in my opinion offers a better view of the city than the view from the Eiffel Tower. It’s free and the Eiffel Tower will be captured on your photos.
An alternative destination to watch Roland Garros?
If you’re lucky enough to be in Paris during Rolland Garros, dodge the Irish pubs, and sit in the Jardin de Champ-de-Mars with your friends and watch the game with a spectacular view.
Pop into Galeries Lafayette and immerse yourself in luxury.
Nice weather during Winter?
Ha! Think again. But as Owen Wilson said in Midnight in Paris “Can you picture how drop dead gorgeous this city is in the rain?” You don’t have to imagine anymore. Weather in Paris can be pretty terrible during Winter. But don’t stay indoors, go explore (it still looks beautiful).
Advice: Pack some warm and waterproof clothing.
An adventure outside of Paris?
Already seen all the sights? What to do next? Hop on the train to Versaillesand visit Château de Versailles. A great day trip out that offers an interesting outlook on French history. Who knows, you may bump into some famous faces!