Maybe you have already been to Paris, to the Louvre, the Eiffel Tower and Disneyland. Maybe you have seen the Champs Elisée and you think you have seen everything there is to see. But this cannot be further from true. So today, we want to talk about the 9 unusual reasons to (re)visit Paris. We want to bring you those different places that make the difference between visiting Paris as a tourist and living Paris as a local. And now, with Renfe-SNCF en Coopération you can find yourself in Paris in just a few hours of very comfortable journey. Come and rediscover this marvellous city.
Get there easily and swiftly
Trains Renfe-SNCF en Coopération
One of the main reasons to visit Paris is that it is very well communicated. You can get there by any land or air vehicle, although we recommend Renfe-SNCF en Coopération trains, because they are comfortable, fast, and save you the queues and annoyances of airports.
Discover the real relation between waiter and client
People who visit Paris are often amazed with how waiters treat clients. As the French explain themselves, gastronomy is a very important part of their lives and their culture. For this reason, being a waiter is not a junk job that you accept because you need to pay your student’s loan. It is a career chosen by men and women who really want to perform this job. This is what makes them famous all around the world.
Much more to see than the Louvre
Catacombes and skull
The Louvre is one of the usual reasons to visit Paris, but there are a lot of curious things to see in Paris, sometimes kind of tetric and eschatological. When you finish looking at paintings in museums, go and visit Paris’ catacombs. You can find the entrance at Place Denfert Rochereau and walk around the 280 km of this underground ossuary, where the French Resistance used to hide during the Second World War.
A cemetery worth the visit.
Père Lachaise cemetery and funerary stone of Edith Piaf - Pam78, Wikimedia Commons
Père Lachaise cemetery is another great reason to visit Paris. Here you can find the tombs of a lot of celebrities. Here lie singers, like Jim Morrison and Edith Piaf, writers, like Oscar Wilde, and journalists, like Victor Noir, who is famous because he died in a duel with Napoleon’s great-nephew, Pierre Bonaparte.
Some of the best flea markets in Europe are here
Flea markets are another very good and very overlooked reason to visit Paris. In the city of fashion and art, what else would the flea markets sell, but fashion and art? You can pick up pieces of vintage lace or find paintings by both masters and unknown artists. If you like crafts and handmade pieces, visit the Marché aux puces de la Porte de Vanves and the Marché aux Puces de St. Ouen.
Shakespeare and Company
Shakespeare and Company - celebrategreatness, Wikimedia Commons
Book lovers have a lot of reasons to visit Paris, but this bookshop is maybe the first on the list. Shakespeare and Company is everything a bookworm can wish for. It is small and quiet, the lights are dim and it is packed full with books from the floor to the ceiling. It is normally associated with the Beat Generation and English literature in general, but there is much more to discover here among the piles of books, both new and old. `
A whole shop specialized in jam
La Chambre auc Confitures – Facebook
Already tried all the best macarons? Then it is time for another type of sweet visit of Paris. At 9 rue des Martyrs you can find La Chambre aux Confitures, a shop that sells only confitures, marmalades, or jams. This shop is perfect for those who like the sweet taste of fruit mixed with unbelievable flavours, like champagne. Choose your favourite combination.
The city of the artists
Montmartre and La Maison Rose – Facebook
If you still want more reasons to visit Paris you can ask every major artist in history, because most of them have lived in Paris at some point of their lives. Montmartre is the artistic quarter of Paris, and here you can find a very cute pink cafe called La Maison Rose (The Pink House). This café is famous not only because it is all pink on the outside, but because here came painters and writers as important as Picasso and Gertrude Stein. Go there and have a drink like the bohemians used to.