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Paris, the city of love. Home of the Eiffel Tower, Musée du Louvre, Versailles Palace, Notre-Dame Cathedral, Sainte-Chapelle, the Paris...
Paris, the city of love. Home of the Eiffel Tower, Musée du Louvre, Versailles Palace, Notre-Dame Cathedral, Sainte-Chapelle, the Paris Catacombs, and so much more. With a lot to see, there’s no wonder why Paris is the most visited city in Europe. In 2017 it shattered records by hosting an estimated 89 million visitors! Here are some tips to help you make the best of this beautiful city.
 
When choosing accommodations aim to find something within the Greater Paris Metropolitan Area so you have easy access to the city’s subway lines. Further out in the suburbs accommodations may be cheaper but navigating the train system can be confusing to those who aren’t fluent in French. Getting in and out of the city can quickly become a nightmare because the further out you stay the more likely stations are fully automated without someone there to provide tourists assistance. The city’s subway system on the other hand is a breeze to use and conveniently connects the places you are most likely to want to see. 
 
 
If you find yourself in Paris on the first Sunday of the month, you are in luck! On this day museums across the city open their doors to the public for free. This includes the Louvre, Musée d’Orsay, and Musée Picasso! Don’t wait too long, lines can get lengthy but if you time your visit and aim to be there near opening hours you’re likely to enjoy your visit. Musée d’Orsay houses the largest collection of Impressionist and post-Impressionist paintings in the world. You will find the work of Vincent Van Gogh, Auguste Renoir, and Claude Monet there among other famous artists. Musée du Louvre is a monster of a museum, it requires more than a day to see everything its walls hold. If you have extra time, it’s worth revisiting because you won’t be able to see everything in one go. I strongly recommend against scheduling anything else for the day so you are free to meander from exhibit to exhibit at your leisure without being overwhelmed. Must see items include Leonardo Da Vinci’s Mona Lisa, Winged Victory of Samothrace, Law Code of Hammurabi, and the Great Sphinx of Tanis which is one of the largest sphinxes outside of Egypt.
 
 
 
Feeling brave? Visit the Paris catacombs at night for a spookier experience. Stretching over 200 miles, the catacombs houses the bones of more than six million people. A portion of the eerie catacombs are open to the public from Tuesday to Sunday 10am until 8:30pm, with the last admission at 7:30pm. Buy a timed tickets to this attraction well in advance because the lines can get long, sometimes stretching blocks at a time. The lines can be attributed to the catacombs only allowing 200 visitors in at a time to preserve its cultural integrity.
 

Bastille Day is a yearly holiday falling on the 14th of July. If you can, coordinate your visit to Paris with this national holiday because you’ll be in for a treat. Bastille day is France’s Independence Day and there are celebrations held across the country. In Paris, the Avenue des Champs-Élysées is closed for a military parade (President Trump’s inspiration behind the request for his own military parade). The parade, which lasts about an hour, starts at the Arc de Triomphe and ends at Place de la Concorde. At 10:45am there is a flyover by military aircrafts. In the early evening there is a concert at the Champ de Mars, and one at the base of the Eiffel Tower later that night. At 11pm turn your gaze toward the iconic Eiffel Tower for a magnificent firework display to mark the end of festivities.
 
 
 
 
Paris is gorgeous and well worth the visit. With so much to see, I got carried away and had to stop myself from making this article too long. I still have a lot to say so stay tuned for more travel articles!