Due to time constraints I had only 24 hours to explore this vibrant, cosmopolitan city. Where to start! I opted with an early morning visit to the internationally recognised Eiffel Tower! Standing 320 m tall this once oversized radio tower is the icon of France. If you like adventure you can choose to climb all 1,710 steps of this iron beauty. Don’t worry, if you are lazy like me there is a lift available to take you to the viewing platform. Either way you choose you will be lost for words once discovering a 360 degree birds eye view of the city!
Paris has a rich culture and history so next up I ventured to the Louvre to appreciate several historical unique pieces of art. The building itself is impressive to say the least. Once inside uncover an extensive collection of sculptures and artwork. If crowds don’t bother you be sure to take a selfie with Leonardo Da Vinci's most popular piece, the Mona Lisa! I was personally shocked at how small it was and much preferred the remaining collection in that particular gallery.
One of the highlights during my whirlwind Paris adventure was the Catacombs. Venture down a seeming never ending tunnel to discover an underground cemetery. Floor to ceiling you’ll walk past the remains, bones and skulls of an estimated 6 million people. Dating back to the 18th century, the Paris Catacombs is a truly unique experience.
After completing your Catacombs tour I would recommend a visit to Notre Dame Cathedral. Rumoured to have been built in 1163, Notre Dame Cathedral is incredible and every inch of the structure is covered with gothic inspired detail. As for the stain glass windows? Purely stunning!
Spend your evening discovering Paris by night. Every hour on the hour the Effiel Tower lights up in a stunning sparkling display. Explore the Arch of Triumph or simply lay down a picnic rug under the stars with a bottle of champagne to soak in the beauty.
As for cuisine? A trip to Paris wouldn’t be complete without indulging in frogs legs (which reminds me of bland chicken), escargot and pastries. It really is easy to understand why most travellers leave Europe a few kilograms heavier!
24 hours in a city is only ever enough to scratch the surface. If time permits I would suggest exploring the city by bike or cruising down the Seine River. France is also renowned for it’s Cabaret shows so be sure to book your tickets in advance if you are wanting to experience one.