Wanna travel to Paris for things other than the Eiffel Tower or Louvre Museum? From art to architecture- here’s our guide to the best things to do in Paris!
paris_old_postcard_river_seine_eiffel_tower_shilpa_ahuja_lifestyle_blog_france_europe_tour_travel_tourism_vacation_trip_shilpaahujadotcomHey travel-lovers! It’s already been two months since I wrote my first article on Paris travel, featuring the Eiffel tower, Seine river, Louvre museum, et al, and really, I have been wanting to do the Part Deux of that article ever since, but I didn’t get a chance to write it. So I am very excited to finally do so.

If you haven’t read the first part and would like to, go to Travel to Paris | Art, Architecture, Romance, Shopping – Part 1. And if that article led you here, welcome! Let’s continue!!

I covered my take on the major tourism spots between the 1st to 7th Arrondissement in the Part 1, and this time, I’d like to point out some of the farther spots. Because if you travel to Paris for non-touristy things (or less-touristy, at least), these less-visited apots are awesome and worthy nonetheless!

Travel to Paris – Tips, Art, Architecture, etc. Things to Do!

Montmartre, Basilica of Sacre-Cœur

Architecture, Art

Montmartre, as the name suggests, is a hill in the north of river Seine, known mostly for the Basilica of Sacre-Cœur. The Basilica is where you find lots of local street-artists and souvenir vendors.
paris_montmartre_basilica_of_sacre-coeur_hill_france_monument_white_big_building_church_dome_tourism_travel_spot_things_to_do_guideMost tourists take the funicular up to the top of the hill to just get a view of the Basilica and take their picture on its steps. But if you’re up for a walk, don’t miss the walk up the hill. Montremartre is a historic neighborhood with a lot of character, so it’ll be beautiful to take your time with the walk up, be lost in the tiny cobbled streets and you’ll see many tiny cafés and stores. And these steps at the top of the hill that lead you to the back of the Basilica:

Parc de la Villette

Art, Architecture, Romance

Parc de la Villette is one of the largest open spaces in the middle of Paris, and would make a great spot for an evening stroll with the family, or for a date for a couple looking to move away from the typical tourism spots! It is a congregation of many cultural venues like pavillions, concert arena, an iMAX theater, symphony hall and a pop concert venue. But I love this place for its uniqueness. The park has 35 red follies in deconstructive architectural style. This made the park an award-winning project, designed by Bernard Tschumi. They were constructed to help visitors navigate their way in the park. Each folly is unique and interesting, and makes for interesting photography venues. Here’s two:
paris_parc_de_la_villette_ville_paris_france_monument_red_follies_park_building_tourism_travel_spot_things_to_do_places_visit_garden_architect paris_parc_de_la_villette_ville_paris_france_monument_red_follies_park_building_tourism_travel_spot_things_to_do_places_visit_garden_architecture And here’s the other side of the park with the iMAX dome theater. Isn’t it cool?

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