The Singles Guide to Surviving Paris, the City of Love
It always struck me as particularly one-sided to regard Paris as the domain of lovers, as little more than a love nest with a big tower and lights. Paris may be the ultimate honeymoon destination, but it is also a haven for singles interested in food, art, culture, history, shopping, and so much more. Paris is a city of surprises. It is a place to meet people while lingering in cafes, but also a place to dream while strolling through its parks. More and more people are traveling to Paris on their own; the following venues are a few reasons why Paris is the ultimate destination for singles.
Musee du Vin
This phenomenal museum dedicated to French wine is a must-see venue for wine lovers. Situated in catacomb-like limestone quarries, the museum leads visitors through its three vaulted cellars that contain historic exhibits of French wine-making traditions. Visitors have the luxury, of course, to enjoy wine-tastings and even to dine at the Les Enchons, the museum’s extraordinary restaurant. I love to linger over a gourmet meal here after visiting the Eiffel Tower since the Musee is close by.
Singles usually seem to fancy Montmartre and its enduring reputation as a bastion for artists, writers, and free-spirits. Montmartre and its cafes and bistros provide a welcome atmosphere for singles in Paris while the nightlife provides immense opportunities for all kinds of entertainments. Of course, the Moulin Rouge is a hot spot and still the ideal place to enjoy a cabaret show, but this neighborhood is also well known for bars like Le Rendez-Vous des Amis where visitors can pop in for a drink before heading to a theatre or dance club.
More Museum Musts
As one of the world’s most culturally rich cities, Paris has a plethora of museums to suit a myriad of interests. Singles might enjoy museum tours or simply stroll through such renowned museums as the Louvre, the Musee d’Orsay, and the Musee Carnavalet. The Louvre is one of the largest and most-visited art museums in the world. The Musee d’Orsay is home to a revered collection of Impressionism and the Musee Carnavalet showcases the marvelous history of Paris. My own favorite museums include the Musee National de la Marine, the National Navy Museum established in 1827; the Musee de l’Orangerie, an art museum of Impressionism and post-Impressionism; and the Musee du Parfum, a lovely perfume museum.
A treasure trove of historical sites, Paris offers history lovers a wide range of venues and landmarks to visit. Of course, the city is particularly famous for its gothic structures. No visit to Paris would be complete without a visit to Notre Dame, the immense cathedral situated on the Ile de la Cite. Completed in 1345, the cathedral is one of Paris’s most popular attractions. Other extraordinary gothic sites include the Basilique St. Denis and the Musee National du Moyen Age—a museum dedicated to the medieval period in France.
The most famous avenue in all of Paris, the Champs-Elysees is home to such monuments as the Arc de Triomphe and the Place de la Concorde—two Paris sites that should not be missed. As one of the loveliest streets the world over, the Champs-Elysees is internationally famous for its upscale shopping. Be sure to visit shops like Cartier and Louis Pion even if just to window-shop! Be sure to treat yourself at historic Fouquet’s for lunch during your day of shopping. Beautiful architecture and lovely shops await visitors to this illustrious street.
Gardens of Paris
While there are many tours that feature the city’s gardens, I always enjoy strolling them on my own to admire their beauty, which is on an unparalleled scale. The Tuileries is the city’s most lush and oldest garden. I am particularly in awe of the sculptures by Rodin that are featured there. With its Florentine style, the Luxemburg Gardens are a lovely place to stroll, people-watch, or read. Other gardens renowned for their beauty include the Bois de Vincennes, the Jardin des Plantes, and the Bois de Boulogne.
Of course, Paris has many theatres, operas, and restaurants that will enchant any visitor to the city. With sumptuous hotels like La Pavilion de la Reine, one can relax on one’s own in luxury and style. Depending on the length of time you have, you may also choose to rent a Paris apartment. Getting to know Paris on your own, its sites and tastes, is a pleasure not to be missed; you’ll fall deeply in love with this city and want to return again and again.
About The Author: This article was provided by Michelle Harper of holiday rental marketplace Housetrip.com.
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