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  • Hello, and welcome to Paris. This week we are exploring the city of love, city of lights

  • and city of art. This video will be showing you the top 50 things to do here.

  • Earlier this summer we spent a whole 10 days in Paris and we decided we wanted to highlight

  • some of the best attractions and activities around the city. Over the course of our visit

  • we came up with 50 things to do in Paris, but of course, there are plenty more things

  • you could experience here. We hope this guide will help you plan your trip to Paris, and let

  • us know if there's anything else you would add to this list. Now let's get started!

  • So we are now standing in front of a landmark that needs no introduction. This is one of

  • the most recognized sites in all of Paris and all of France really. So I present to

  • you the Eiffel Tower.

  • The Eiffel Tower was designed for the 1889 World Fair, and while people hated it

  • at the time, we couldn't imagine Paris without it today.

  • Champ des Mars is a large public green space right in front of the Eiffel Tower and it's

  • where people go to get those postcard perfect shots.

  • So today is our first day exploring Paris and we thought we'd sample a bit of the local

  • cuisine. We came across a little stand that was selling crepes, so I ordered one with

  • jambon au fromage. This one is ham and cheese. It looks delicious. We've been walking around

  • for hours and I'm starving so I'm so excited to just bite in to this.

  • Another thing you absolutely have to do while in Paris is try crepes with Nutella.

  • Notre-Dame is the most visited church in all of Paris and it's a great example of French

  • Gothic architecture. Don't forget to set foot inside for a glimpse at the spectacular rose

  • window.

  • The Arc de Triomphe honours those who fought and died for France in the French Revolutionary

  • and the Napoleonic Wars. Underneath the vault you'll find the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier

  • with an eternal flame, that commemorates the dead who were never identified during the

  • world wars.

  • So we are now going for a stroll down the Champslysées, an avenue that is known

  • for its luxury and opulence. You can buy all sorts of things here. We've seen luxury cars,

  • luxury handbags, jewelry. And yeah, it is also a great place to people watch with lots

  • of little cafes.

  • So today we are having a nice little picnic in the outskirts of Paris. We just felt like

  • we needed to get out of the city for a bit. So we went to a grocery store, we picked up

  • a few snacks and now we're in the Bois de Boulogne and we're going to be having a nice

  • little picnic outside and it is a great day for it. So I'm excited to dig in to all of

  • this food. Oh la la. Oui!

  • Bois de Boulogne is the the second-largest park in Paris. It was once part of the hunting

  • grounds for the French monarchy, but these day's you're more likely to find people jogging,

  • rowing, and enjoying picnics.

  • We're on a boat, on a lake in the Bois de Boulogne and Sam is going to row me around

  • for a whole hour. Yeah!

  • Hmmmm.

  • So this one is for those of you who have a major sweet tooth. When you come to Paris

  • you have to try the Macaron. And we've picked up a cute little box from a little Patisserie.

  • And they look so nice I almost don't even want to eat them. But we're going to be sampling

  • them.

  • I did read up on these and they are made with egg whites, icing sugar, regular sugar and

  • then some almond powder. And they also use a little bit of food coloring to give them

  • different colors. So as you can see here we've got four different variations with four different

  • flavors.

  • Though technically not in Paris, Versailles is a short train ride away. We ended up joining

  • a biking tour and our first stop was the Versailles Market to pick up some picnic items.

  • Once in Versailles, we dove into the Marie Antoinette's world with a visit to the Queen's

  • Hamlet.

  • So just now we are visiting the Petit Trianon and this would have been kind of like a make

  • belief village where Marie Antoinette could escape the palace and just leave everything

  • behind. No one actually lived in these homes but she would hire peasants to just come around

  • and pretend like they were going about their daily routine just so she could have some

  • company but not have people stare at her. So it is kind of like an artificial village

  • and it is really weird but really pretty at the same time.

  • After biking down the boulevards and picnicking along the shores of the Grand Canal, our day

  • concluded with a visit inside the Versailles Palace.

  • So another fun thing to do in Paris, if you're here during the summer months, is to head

  • down to the banks of the Seine where there is lots of different dance parties taking

  • place. As you can see behind me there is a few different circles, lots of Latin music

  • playing and everyone is having a great time. I think it is like eleven PM and the party

  • is still going. It is just getting started.

  • So I'm not sure how much longer the railings can hold on but if you do happen to visit

  • Paris with a loved one you can always lock your love.

  • This reminds me of our time in Korea when we locked our love on top of Seoul Tower.

  • Aw.

  • So today we are visiting the neighborhood of Montemarche and one of the main attractions

  • here is the church Sacréur. And there is the option of climbing up to the

  • dome where you get some really great views of the city. So that is what we're doing right

  • now. 300 steps to the top. I'm already a little out of breath and we've only just begun. Lead

  • the way. Let's keep going.

  • Aside from climbing the dome of Sacre Coeur, you can also visit the interior. The basilica

  • has the unique distinction of sitting atop the highest point in the city.

  • We're going to be having something called Croque-monsieur so I'm going to show you what

  • that looks like in a second.

  • So as you can see over here the Croque-monsieur looks a lot like a grilled cheese sandwich.

  • So it is just two slices of bread, ham and cheese in the middle. You can also havechamel

  • sauce and then there is more cheese over top and that has been grilled and melted and it

  • looks ooey and gooey so I'm going to let Sam take the first bite because I'm always eating

  • the food first. You sure are. Here you go.

  • Wow! Is that ever good. Basically my best way of explaining this is if you've ever had

  • a grilled cheese before this is like a premier grilled cheese. It has an extra layer of cheese

  • on top, plus you get the ham in the middle and I just love how I think they put a lot

  • of maybe butter on the bread or on the toast. And it just gives it that greasiness that

  • makes it so tasty.

  • Well, well it is time for another French dessert. So today we are introducing you to the Eclair.

  • And I have two Éclairs in here that I just picked up from a little bakery shop.

  • And it is time for the unveiling.

  • Alright, so I went for the classic chocolate topped Eclair. So basically it is just a long

  • doughy pastry. And the inside is supposed to be filled with cream. And it has chocolate

  • icing on top. But let's bite in to make sure.

  • Quality control over here.

  • How is that? Actually, mine is not cream. It has like a creamy chocolate pudding in

  • the middle. And chocolate icing on top.

  • That is almost like a filled churro.

  • And the taste? Yeah, it is delicious. It is amazing. And I mean the pastry, it is almost

  • like a puffed pastry, it is very light. And it is hollow inside so then they just fill

  • it. Is it overly sweet? It is not overly sweet. It is more creamy than anything. It is like

  • pudding.

  • That is really good. Surprisingly good.

  • Originally built as a church, the Panthéon was eventually turned into a mausoleum for

  • Frenchmen who sacrificed their lives for their country.

  • Right now we're visiting Père Lachaise which is Paris's largest grave site. And it

  • is the final resting place of some pretty famous people including Oscar Wilde and Jim

  • Morrison.

  • So does this place remind you of anywhere? It actually does. When I was in Buenos Aires

  • it reminds me a lot of a place called Recoleta. And I have to say along with that this is

  • the most impressive cemetery I've ever visited.

  • We have now arrived at the Tuileries Garden and it is starting to get a little bit dark

  • so it might be a little hard to appreciate but I assure you it is really pretty in the

  • daytime. So now let's continue on towards the Louvre.

  • The Tuileries Garden is a public garden located between the Louvre Museum and Place de la

  • Concorde. Grab one of the free chairs around the water fountains and enjoy the views.

  • Behind me is the Louvre, one of the most famous attractions in all of Paris.

  • The Louvre is the most visited museum in the world. They say that if you were to admire

  • every piece of artwork, you'd be there for months.

  • One great way to experience Paris is by taking a boat tour. The Bateaux Mouches are open

  • excursion boats that allow you to soak in the sights while you float down the river

  • Seine.

  • Alternatively, you could rent a bicycle and pedal your way across the city. Paris has

  • the Vélib’ which is a large-scale public bicycle sharing system.

  • Or you can see Paris by segway.

  • The Plant Garden is a large botanical garden in the city and within its grounds you'll

  • also find the National Museum of Natural History.

  • The Pompidou Centre is a multicultural complex for the arts and culture. The unique architecture

  • is worth a visit even if you only admire it from the outside.

  • Le Marais was once the French nobility's favorite place of residence, but we went there in search

  • of street art - and there was lots to see!

  • There are lots of celebrations throughout the year and we just happened to be in town

  • for Bastille Day. Check your calendar before you visit and see if there are any special

  • holidays coming up.

  • So we are now visiting the Luxembourg Gardens which are probably some of my favorite gardens

  • in the whole city. It is a great place to relax, come have a picnic, visit the palace

  • or just enjoy the gardens.

  • Luxembourg Palace was once a royal residence, but today it is home to the French Senate.

  • So up next we've visiting a place that is called Les Invalides and this used to be an

  • old hospital and retirement home for war veterans. These days it is more of a military museum

  • that you can visit. And it also holds the remains of Napoleon Bonaparte.

  • The Petit and Grand Palais are right across from each other. The Petit Palais houses a

  • fine arts museum and the Grand Palais hosts numerous changing exhibitions.

  • An alternative way to experience Paris is in a romantic car ride in a deux chevaux.

  • Sainte-Chapelle is a medieval Gothic chapel. The lines were too long for us to go in, but

  • it has one of the most impressive collections of stained glass in the world.

  • If you want to see the Eiffel Tower from a different vantage point than Champ de Mars,

  • Trocadéro is an alternative.

  • Right now I'm visiting Parc des Princes stadium home of Paris Saint-Germain football club.

  • And if you're a football fan this is where you want to come.

  • The Moulin Rouge is one of the most famed cabarets in Paris and the birth place of the

  • can can dance. You'll want to secure a ticket well in advance because this place is popular.

  • Next up we visited the Montmartre Cemetery which is the final resting place of many famous

  • artists who lived and worked in this area.

  • Moulin de la Galette is a former windmill turned restaurant and it earns a spot on this

  • list because it was painted by many artists including Renoir.

  • Le Consulat is a little restaurant in Montmartre. It has been featured in many films and its

  • a great place to people watch.

  • There's also a museum in the area, the Montmartre Museum, which contains paintings, photographs,

  • and posters that depict the history of the neighborhood.

  • So you can't come to Paris and not try all the delicious pastries they have in store.

  • So today I have picked myself one of these. This is called Mille-feuille. Which means

  • thousand leaves. And that is just because you can see all the different layers of dough.

  • They are super thin. And it looks like has some kind of custard filing and icing on top.

  • So let's dig in.

  • Oh, crunchy. That was a horrible bite.

  • One of my favorite desserts I've been picking up from the Pâtisseries here in Paris have

  • been these awesome tarts. This one here is a lemon tart and it is my favorite. Let's

  • have a look. Oh la la.

  • Galeries Lafayette is a huge department carrying high end brands. The interior is beautiful,

  • but unfortunately we made the mistake of visiting on a Sunday when it was closed.

  • This unusual building is La Madeleine. It was meant to be a temple to glorify Napoleon's

  • army, but halfway through construction plans changed and it became a church.

  • So our preferred method of getting around in Paris is definitely by Metro. There is

  • a really intricate network of different lines. And to save money you can get a pack of ten

  • tickets and it'll save you several Euros. It is definitely the way to go.

  • The metro encompasses 5 zones, but we found that we stayed within zone 1 the whole time

  • we were in Paris. Keep this in mind when you purchase your metro tickets!

  • So we're wrapping things up here. What would be your one tip for visiting Paris? Well,

  • I have recently spent a whole ten days here in summer. I would say that if you really

  • want to visit the art galleries, the museums and all of the main attractions you should

  • probably avoid summer and like either come in the spring or the fall or even winter.

  • Because the lines are insane and sometimes you have to wait like an hour and a half or

  • two hours just to go inside a museum or go inside a church. And you just kill a lot of

  • time. So that is my one tip. Try and avoid summer when the crowds are just everywhere

  • and it is also a bit too hot in my opinion. But that is just me.

  • So how about you? What are your final thoughts on Paris? So my finals thoughts is obviously

  • Paris is one of the top cities in the world in terms of attractions. But it is like any

  • other big gritty city. And you have to come with realistic expectations. There is going

  • to be garbage, there is going to be lines, there is going to be some areas that are a

  • bit of an eyesore. But there is also a lot of beauty and there is also a lot to do here.

  • So I highly you recommend coming but just don't have Paris on such a high pedestal that

  • you're going to be disappointed.

  • And that concludes our guide of the top 50 things to do and see in Paris. We hope you

  • enjoyed watching, and let us know if there are other places you would add to this list.

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  • Welcome to the extended vlog footage portion of this video where we have travel vlogs that

  • cover our day-trip bicycle tour around Versailles, celebrating Bastille Day in Paris as well

  • as food vlogs that cover eating macaroon, crepes and éclairs.

  • Well, Bonjour! Today we have left Paris behind and traded it for Versailles. And what better

  • way to see the gardens and the palace than on a bike.

  • Our first stop of the day was the Versailles Market where we bought a few supplies for

  • lunch - baguettes, cheese, wine, and everything you might need for a French picnic.

  • So we picked up our supplies for our very French picnic. I have my baguette. We have

  • some cheese, some salami, lots of pastries and a salad because we're trying to keep it

  • a little bit healthy and balance all of the sweets we're eating. And now it is time to

  • go and get started with the tour.

  • I've kind of always wanted to ride around in a bike with a baguette sticking out the

  • basket. Yeah, let's hope we don't lose it along the way.

  • From there we biked to Versailles where we got an introductory lesson on the royals who

  • called this place home, including the one and only Marie Antoinette.

  • So just now we are visiting the Petit Trianon and this would have been kind of like a make

  • believe village where Marie Antoinette could escape the palace and just leave everything

  • behind. No one actually lived in these homes but she would hire peasants to just come around

  • and pretend like they were going about their daily routine just so she could have some