Paris in the springtime – some may say cliche but we say hooray. Our time here really could not have been more perfect. From our gorgeous apartment on the Ile Saint Louise we set off each day (under a perfectly cloudless blue sky) to explore this magnificent city. We have both been to Paris before so with our limited time, rather than beat a track to the big ticket attractions, we tried to find slightly less famous but no less magical options. Here are six of our favourites.
Pere Lachaise Cemetery
The largest cemetery in the city of Paris, Pere Lachaise is ‘home’ to tens of thousands. Touring a cemetery might sound kind of gruesome but we promise you, it’s a very peaceful and beautiful place to spend a couple of hours. You can also do a bit of celebrity grave spotting with Chopin, Oscar Wilde, Jim Morrison, Oscar and Heloise, and Edith Piaf buried here.
The original elevated railroad converted to a park that inspired the similar High Line in New York. April is a beautiful time of year to visit, with the cherry trees in full bloom – ahhhhh.
The Marais and Place des Vosges
The Marais has a very old and charming feeling. Cobblestone streets wind their way through area with gorgeous surprises around every corner. Our favourite place in the Marais is the Place des Vosges which is a beautiful garden square surrounded by arched arcades housing art galleries and restaurants (and the Cafe Pouchkin where we bought scrummy macaroons).
Canal Saint Martin
Where Amelie liked to skip stones (for anyone that’s ever seen the movie). A cute artsy area of Paris where you can enjoy a relaxing afternoon eating a delish meal without the hustle and bustle.
A has written about the catacombs before in her post about her skull obsession. The bones of six million parisiennes transferred to tunnels twenty metres underground and arranged in patterns. Say no more.
Fascinting is the only way to describe this taxidermy (yes – we said taxidermy) shop in Paris. There’s nothing else to say other than if you find yourself in Saint Germain des Pres then you must make your way to Deyrolle – you won’t be disappointed.