I recently went to Paris, I wanted to see all the famous monuments, taste the mouth-watering food, but also be able to relax. With only having five days there, this was going to be a bit of a struggle. Paris is a city with rich history, so it isn't surprising that the monuments are so breath-taking.
The Eiffel Tower
The Eiffel Tower is one of the most famous landmarks. Its beautiful structure is magnificent to look at whilst traveling up one of the legs on the tower. When pre-booking online, you don't have to worry about queues; you have a set time, as long as you arrive half and hour before your set time. If you are going to buy the tickets there, just prepare to have to wait a while. Remember don't only look at the beautiful view from the top, take a look at the history and the creating of the tower, which are displayed on the second level. You can choose how far you go up the tower, so if you are afraid of heights don't worry; you don't have to go all the way to the top. You can also enjoy the beautiful view from below the tower as well. If you go visit it in the evening there is a lovely display with colours lighting up the tower.
The Notre-Dame Cathedral
The Notre-Dame Cathedral is a dramatic gothic cathedral dating back to the 12th century. It's absolutely gorgeous, the front façade expresses the time in which it was made, the geometric quality help to experience all of the beautiful detail it has. Make sure to go inside of the building, as it is breath-taking the way the sun enters. Don't only look at the front of the cathedral. Make sure you walk along the seine river, and see the exterior of the building from all angles.
The Arc de Triomphe
The Arc de Triomphe is located in the middle of a roundabout, which is busy no matter what time you go. To enter the arc you have to go underneath the roundabout. This can be difficult to find, but there are two entrances on either side of the roundabout. This will take you underneath the round about. There are two options when you are underneath to go in the middle of the roundabout. From these spots you get to see the arc from below, or you can go up the top and see Paris from above, which is definitely worth the small fee.
The Louvre palace and museum, is home to some mesmerizing pieces of art work. But before it was a museum, it was a palace and this can clearly be seen by the gorgeous interior and exterior. One of the main focus points of the Louvre is the glass pyramid in the centre of the site, it has a sensational structure that you should really take some time to admire. If you aren't worried about entering the museum make sure you take a stroll around the Jardin des Tuileries.
The Sacre-Coeur is located high up, so you can see the whole of Paris. It's a stunning view. You can get a better look from the top of the basilica, which is so worth the climb. Whilst taking the journey to see the breath-taking view, you are able to experience the interior of the building by walking up many narrow curved steps; you can really appreciate the building structure. The climb is very satisfying when you reach the top.
All of these places are pretty easy to find. You can either take a bus, walk, or take the metro. I walked everywhere, because I wanted to experience the culture, but the metro is a great way to get places quickly. I also recommend getting up early, so that it is less busy–so less of a queue. It also means, in the evening, you have more time to relax and chill, and you don't have to deal with all of the movement everywhere. Make sure to go to many of the local restaurants to try something new. Get something you normally wouldn't, because everything tastes great.
I hope this helps when you are deciding on where to visit in Paris.