Tourists explore the Louvre, the world's largest museum. Gigie Cruz, ABS-CBN News
The “Mona Lisa” by Leonardo Da Vinci is one of the most visited paintings in The Louvre. Gigie Cruz, ABS-CBN News
“Le Venus de Milo” at the Louvre. Gigie Cruz, ABS-CBN News
“The Winged Victory of Samothrace” at the Louvre. Gigie Cruz, ABS-CBN News
Students listen to the story behind Eugène Delacroix's “Liberty Leading the People” at the Louvre. Gigie Cruz, ABS-CBN News
The marble sculpture “Dying Slave” by Michelangelo. Gigie Cruz, ABS-CBN News
Entrance to the Louvre Palace in Paris, France. Gigie Cruz, ABS-CBN News
Emmanuel Frémiet's bronze equestrian sculpture of Joan of Arc at the Rue de Pyramides in Paris, France. Gigie Cruz, ABS-CBN News
Tourists explore the city of Paris. Gigie Cruz, ABS-CBN News
River Seine cruise at sunset. Gigie Cruz, ABS-CBN News
The UNESCO-recognized Pont Alexandre III bridge over river Seine. Gigie Cruz, ABS-CBN News
Locals walk along Place Sainte Marthe in Paris, France. Gigie Cruz, ABS-CBN News
Performers dance at the Stravinsky Fountain plaza during the Fete De La Musique celebration. Gigie Cruz, ABS-CBN News
La Vache dans les Vignes, located along the Cana St. Martin, offers wine and cheese pairing sessions. Gigie Cruz, ABS-CBN News
Le Napoléon Commingeois cheese at La Vache dans les Vigne. Gigie Cruz, ABS-CBN News
Cheese and wine pairing at La Vache dans les Vignes. Gigie Cruz, ABS-CBN News
Palais Garnier, or better known as the Paris Opera. Gigie Cruz, ABS-CBN News
The Flame of Liberty, a memorial for Diana, Princess of Wales at the Pont de l’Alma . Gigie Cruz, ABS-CBN News
The Eiffel Tower seen from the banks of River Seine. Gigie Cruz, ABS-CBN News
A couple having their photo taken at the Louvre in the evening. Gigie Cruz, ABS-CBN News
The Louvre in the evening. Gigie Cruz, ABS-CBN News
PARIS, France – Going around Paris, the most visited city in the world, could be overwhelming.
A short, five-day stay in the French capital could easily drown one with an unending list of things to do. Sightseeing sometimes comes as a bonus for those on a business trip, so it is important to come prepared and well-researched before visiting this culture-rich city.
Here are six things that should not be missed when in Paris:
1. The Louvre
The largest museum in the world, the Louvre offers thousands of artworks from different parts of the world. Some of the most famous works include the "Mona Lisa" by Leonardo Da Vinci, "Winged Victory of Samothrace," "Venus de Milo," and Eugène Delacroix's "Liberty Leading the People."
The museum is so large that you need to prioritize which sections you would like to explore if you only have a few hours to spend. Experts estimate that it would take 100 days to explore all of The Louvre if one spends at least 30 seconds looking at each work.
2. Paris City Vision tour
Explore the city through organized tours to help you visit important landmarks. Paris City Vision offers tours depending on one’s interest.
For beginners, go on board a panoramic coach and see historic structures with an audio guide to better appreciate the city’s history.
3. River Seine cruise
Appreciate the history of Paris by taking the River Seine cruise, which shows different UNESCO Heritage sites.
The cruise begins right at the foot of the Eiffel Tower, crossing 22 bridges along the way.
4. Street art
The French’s love for art is evident as one traverses the Parisian streets with colorful artworks. Walls become huge canvases for artistic expression all around the city.
Don’t forget to take a walk and appreciate the busy streets of Paris for some artistic inspiration.
5. French wine and cheese
The French are also known for their impeccable taste in food that every serving seems meticulously prepared. Set menus, which include appetizers to desserts, are typically more practical as these come in bigger servings.
Experience a French gastronomical treat through a wine and cheese pairing session at La Vache dans les Vignes located along the Cana St. Martin. A little help from the staff would make first-timers and enthusiasts alike appreciate the educational encounter of finding the perfect pair of the cheese and wine varieties.
6. Eiffel Tower light show
See the city turn more magical in the evening as lights inject life to its famous monuments. Paris would not be called the City of Lights for nothing. Patience is the key here since the sun sets late in the evening – around 9 p.m. during summer.
Catch the Eiffel Tower Light show from Champs-Elysées, Trocadero, or along the River Seine. Watch the Iron Lady twinkle for five minutes every hour after sunset until 2 a.m.