Published on February 24th, 2014 | by Geckos Tales Team
24 HOURS IN PARIS
Paris | Photo courtesy of agaw.dilim, Flickr
One of the most visited cities in the world, expect Paris to be chock-full of tourists year round. Sidestep the masses lining up at the Louvre and climbing the Eiffel Tower, and beat your own path. Don’t see Paris, be Paris. No matter where you go there will be lots of cake, pastries, cheese and wine to befriend.
8am When in Paris, start your day on the Left Bank with hot chocolate and croissants! Café Panis offers both of these, plus a tidy view of Notre Dame Cathedral.
10am Catch the metro to the darkly beautiful Pere Lachaise cemetery. Grab a map at the gates and spend a few hours in the company of Jim Morrison, Oscar Wilde, Moliere, and Chopin. It’s not all about the big names though – there’s history, beauty, tragedy, love, and loss dotted throughout the decayed splendour.
2pm Shake off the cemetery death vibes by heading back to the centre of Paris. Make a beeline straight for the exquisite Luxembourg Gardens. Grab a baguette and spend a few hours watching Paris unfold. Amid the chess players, joggers, children flying kites, tourists, lovers and students you’ll get to see Paris in full bloom, no matter what the season is.
4pm Stop by the beautiful La Grande Mosquee de Paris (Paris Mosque) and be transported to North Africa. An unexpected find, inside lies a quiet café serving mint tea and traditional North African treats, and a hammam if you feel the urge to be steamed, scrubbed and pummelled.
7pm Spend your night cruising around the iconic Montmartre area. After you’ve found the Moulin Rouge’s technicolour neon windmill (it had to be done), go spend your night with some smooth, jazz hip cats. Autour de Midi caters for all your bebop, jazz and swing musical needs while La Chope de Chateau Rouge specialises in no-fuss, grassroots gypsy jazz ala Django Reinhardt. While you’re in the area, the Museum of Eroticism is open to 2am for all your sleazy needs.