3 Must-See Places to Visit in Paris

Palace of Versailles

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Paris is one of my favorite European cities to visit (London being the other). Though I was unfortunately sick with a bad cold and had to reduce the length of our trip, I still had myself a good time. Not counting the obvious Eiffel Tower and Arc de Triomphe, below are my three must-see places to check out in Paris!

~ Palace of Versailles ~

The Palace of Versailles is a must see for me when I’m in Paris as it’s one of the more elegant and extravagant landmarks I’ve ever seen. Former residence to many a royal families, and later for visiting heads of states,  the Palace of Versailles is technically located in the city of Versailles {which is approximately 10 miles from Paris}.

Palace of Versailles

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The Galerie des Glaces {Hall of Mirrors} is one of my favorite rooms in the Palace

Hall of Mirrors

~ Palais Garnier Opera House ~

It was our first time touring their opulent Palais Garnier Opera House, which is really a grand and spectacular sight. This opera house is supposedly the inspiration behind Phantom of the Opera. We were lucky enough to sneak a peek at their ballet dancers rehearsing for a performance. If I’m fortunate enough and get to travel to Paris again, I really hope to experience a grand evening actually watching opera at this magnificent landmark. This is a must-see.

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Palais Garnier Staircase

Palais Garnier Costumes

~ Pont des Arts ~

One of the places I really wanted to visit on this trip was the Pont des Arts pedestrian bridge, which crosses the Seine River. I had read an article saying that this is one of the iconic bridges where lovers scrawl their names on a padlock, secure it on the bridge, and throw the key into the Seine River. Trés romantique!

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Of course, we had to leave our mark on the Pont des Arts.

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If you are looking to stay at a more cute and intimate Parisian boutique hotel for your next Paris getaway, I recommend this little gem. We stayed at the charming boutique Hotel de Banville. Every morning we would have breakfast down in their lobby pictured below. My typical breakfast spread included croissant, cold cuts, cheese, fruit, juice, and tea. After breakfast while my husband would get ready for the day, I would take my post-Parisian breakfast nap.

Hotel de Banville
*photo courtesy of http://www.hotelbanville.fr/*

 

 

 

 

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