7 things to do in Paris this summer

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Have you ever felt like you’ve been to a city before seeing it with your own eyes? For me, this was Paris, France. Maybe it was images from films like Amélie and Midnight in Paris or paintings like Vincent van Gogh’s Café Terrace at Night. It could have even been plays like the Phantom of the Opera and Les Misérables. Suffice to say, Paris-inspired art has made the city a familiar destination in the mind’s eye for many people, but as I experienced, the City of Light and Love’s true beauty is best enjoyed in person.

Here are seven Canadian tourist-approved sights to see in Paris this summer.

1. Palais Garnier
Built from 1861 to 1875, this 1,979-seat opera house has been a source of great controversy and pride for Parisians. Take the self-guided audio tour of the opera house to learn about the venue’s “mythical sites and secret spaces.”

Palais Garnier, Street View, Paris, France, Opera

Palais Garnier, Great Hall, Gold Room, Paris, France, Tourism

2. Notre-Dame de Paris
Sitting on an island in the Seine river, the Notre-Dame de Paris is considered one of the finest examples of French Gothic architecture in the world. With a history dating back to 1160, the church has endured riots, wars and revolutions. Best of all, admission is free.

Notre-Dame de Paris, Seine river, Paris, France, River Cruise, Long Exposure, Midnight in Paris

Notre-Dame, Fire Dancer, Paris, France, Midnight in Paris

3. Les Invalides
Commissioned by Louis XIV to provide accommodation and hospital care for wounded soldiers in in 1670, today Les Invalides is a complex of buildings housing military museums, tombs, vaults, and a hospital and a retirement home for war veterans.

Dôme des Invalides, tomb of Napoleon, Paris, France, War, Museum, Hospital

Musee des Invalides, Knight, Paris, France, King, Suit, Armour

4. Sacre-Coeur
Sitting high atop a hill in the Montmartre neighbourhood of Paris, the Basilica of Sacre-Coeur is one of the most iconic monuments in the city. The ceiling of the church features the largest mosaic in France and at its base, visitors can take in unobstructed panoramic views of the city.

Sacre-Coeur, Paris, France

Sacre-Coeur, Paris, France

5. The Arc de Triomphe
Standing in the centre of the Place Charles de Gaulle, the Arc de Triomphe honours those who have fought for France over the years. Under the arch lies the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and the Memorial Flame, which burns to recall the sacrifice of the unknown French soldier who gave his life during World War I.

Arc de Triomphe, Paris, France

Arc de Triomphe, Paris, France, Street View

6. The Louvre
As the former residence for France’s monarchs, including Henry IV and Napoleon III, the Musée du Louvre is now home to more than 380,000 works of art. Having survived fires, wars, revolutions, demolitions and modernization projects, today the Louvre is the world’s largest and most visited museum.

Summer, Louvre, Paris, France

Paris, Louvre, Museum, Art, Long Exposure, Night, Photography

7. The Eiffel Tower
No visit to Paris would be complete without a trip to the Eiffel Tower. Built in 1889 for the World Fair, the Eiffel Tower stands at a height of 1,050 feet and was at one point celebrated as the world’s tallest structure. Today, the tower is admired for its views, both of the tower from the ground and of the city from its observation decks.

Avenue Gustave Eiffel, sign, Eiffel Tower, Paris, France

Eiffel Tower, Flowers, Summer, Spring, Paris, France

This post was inspired by The Daily Post’s photo challenge. To join their next challenge, check out their blog. New themes are announced every week.

  • Vy September 20, 2017, 12:07 pm Reply

    Amazing photography!

    • Jon September 22, 2017, 10:32 pm

      Thank you!

  • Kim May 21, 2017, 4:43 pm Reply

    Beautifully photographed and written. I’m ready to pack my bags and head to Paris!

  • vinneve May 12, 2017, 7:46 am Reply

    When we were in Paris 3yrs ago, there are some sights that I just saw fleetingly. I should have stop and enjoy a few more minutes since we are on a hop on hop off tour buses. Now I am not sure if we will go back again there as for 2 consecutive years I was nearby we didn’t manage to visit.

  • bedlamanddaisies May 5, 2017, 9:31 pm Reply

    Stunning! Makes me want to turn around and go right back to Paris! 🙂

  • Yann Gourvennec May 1, 2017, 1:48 pm Reply

    I could show around. Thanks for promoting the city of light.

  • galeweithers April 30, 2017, 6:15 pm Reply

    I visited Paris and captured many similar photos; definitely an excellent take on this week’s Photo Challenge aka well done 🙂

    • Jon May 1, 2017, 11:29 pm

      Thanks so much!

  • Mario Aquilina April 30, 2017, 5:23 pm Reply

    Well, now I want to go to Paris! Excellent article and fantastic photos!

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