Relax in Paris
Paris as with all major cities and tourist destinations is a busy and hectic place. However, it is still possible to have a relaxing weekend and return to work on Monday feeling chilled and rejuvenated.
One of the main ways to ensure your weekend in Paris is relaxing is by not trying to do too much. By deciding on where you want to go and what you want to do before you arrive, you can take the stress out of your weekend. Pre-book the tickets to the tourist attractions you want to visit to avoid the queues saves time and can reduce stress.
Where to eat
There are so many excellent restaurants to choose from in Paris that it can be difficult to decide what to eat and where. This can be stressful as you wander around trying to find the place to eat, deciding on whether the menu is appetising and affordable. So another way to reduce stress is decide before you go where you want to eat and book a table. Most restaurants have websites and there are many review websites to consider with feedback from diners so you can avoid the restaurants with bad reviews. If you want a special meal in a top Michellin starred establishment, this may be the only way to ensure you get a table and are not disappointed.
When choosing your accommodation, find a hotel that is either within walking distance of where you want to visit or alternatively, has good transport links into the centre of Paris. Many hotels offer spa facilities. So a good idea is to pack your swimwear so after a busy morning in the hustle and bustle, you can spend the afternoon unwinding by the pool or with a massage in preparation for your evening out.
Things to see and do in Paris
Many of the smaller art galleries and museums are less crowded than the Louvre and once inside are calm, peaceful places. Visit Sainte-Chappelle on Ile de la Cite to admire its beautiful medieval stained glass windows or see Rodin’s famous “The Kiss” statute at Musee Rodin.
Enjoy a relaxing walk around Jardin des Tuileries or the woodlands of the Bois de Boulogne.
Enjoy a sunset cruise along the River Seine or a dinner cruise and eat wonderful French cuisine whilst soaking up the atmosphere and admiring the historic buildings that adorn the Seine River including the Cathedrale de Notre Dame.
Learn about another of France’s passions, its wine, at a personal wine tasting course in the centre of Paris.
On the Sunday morning, enjoy Paris’s excellent café culture with a coffee and patisserie whilst sat on the pavement edge watching the world pass by.
Paris can be a hectic and intense weekend or by following these simple tips can be a wonderfully relaxing weekend. Just be organised, avoid the crowds, book ahead, don’t try and do too much and relax.
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