Paris Bucket List
I’m in Paris for 9 months in 2013 for culinary school at Le Cordon Bleu! Here’s a working list of the places I want to see while I’m there!
Musee de l’Orangerie: Monet’s Water Lilies
Musee d’Orsay: impressionist and postimpressionists work in an old train station.
Musee de Quai Branly: Home of a Vertical Garden w/ 15,000 plant varieties.
Musee du Louvre: The museum in Paris! Winged Victory, Mona Lisa, etc, etc.
Andre Jacques Mart Museum
Arc de Triumphe
Pantheon: Burial site of several famous French.
Fun Shops and Things:
Shakespeare & Company: Legandary bookshop across the river from the Notre Dame.
Jardin des Tuileries
Palais Royal: My favorite garden in Paris right by the Louvre.
Jardin du Luxembourg
Jardin des Plantes
Marche aux Fleurs: Ile de la Cite flower market
Not to Miss Restaurants:
Bethillon: Legendary ice cream on Ile de la Cite
Eglise St-Eustache: One of the least known and beautiful churches.
Eglise St-Germain des Pres
Basilique du Sacre Coeur
Mosquee de Paris
Clos Montmartre: small vineyard in the middle of Paris
Tour Jean Sans Peur: Gothic Tower that is part of a splendid mansion that you can climb to the top of.
Pont Neuf: famous bridge
Arenes de Lutece: 2nd-century Roman amphitheater
Paris Day Trips:
Printemps du Cinema: theaters around the city offer a 3.50 euros entry fee for one weekend.
Paris Plage: the Seine becomes the site of a beach in from mid-Fuly to mid-August
Marathon International de Paris: marathon & half marathon starting on the Champs-Elysees in April
La Nuit Des Musees Europeenne: key museums open late for one night mid-May.
Festival de Saint Denis: Classical concerts in the Basilique de St-Denis and various other venues throughout June.
Fete de la Musique: music festival with performances all over the city. June 21
Gay Pride March: in late June through the Marais with floats and crazy costumes.
Paris Jazz Festival: free jazz concerts every Saturday and Sunday afternoon in June and July in the Parc Floral de Paris.
Paris Cinema: rare and restored films screened across paris in the first half of July.
Bastille Day: French Independence day! July 14th
Tour de France: Bike race in July.
Journees Europeennes du Patrimoine: Buildings usually off-limits to visitors are open to the public. Third weekend in Sept.
Nuit Blanche: Cultural festival that lasts from sundown to sun up in October.
Fete des Vendanges de Montmartre: Festival following the harvesting of the grapes at this tiny vineyard in France in October.
Africolor: African music festival in November.
Jumping International de Paris: horse showjumping tournament in December.