I had put this Paris wishlist together around the time Notre Dame burnt down and then it didn’t feel right to publish it. I then wanted to set it live around the time I went to Paris just before the current pandemic all started, but again it didn’t feel right. But as they say, there’s no time like the present, so here is my Paris bucket list for when it’s safe and sound again.
A late breakfast at the Hotel Plaza Athenee – You know…the hotel where Carrie stayed in the final episodes of SATC. I will never be able to actually stay there, but I sure can get everything out of their €62 breakfast.
See the Mona Lisa – up close. And with that, the rest of Louvre’s classics, such as Liberty Leading the People, Gabrielle d’Estrées and One of Her Sisters, and Venus de Milo.
Visit the remaining museums and galleries – I’m slowly making my way through all of the museums and on my next visit I want to prioritise the National Museum of Natural History, the Rodin Museum and Louis Vuitton Foundation.
The Petite Ceinture railway – aka the abandoned railway track that is now overgrown with greenery – like New York’s High Line, but this one happened naturally. It seems so not Paris-like that I have to go see it for myself.
Explore Parc des Butte Chaumonts – the park that sits on a hill overlooking Paris just sounds magic. It apparently also has cliffs, waterfalls and a lake and just screams for a picnic.
Stay at Mama Shelter – This was my very first boutique hotel experience and I want to go back to relieve those special moments.
Climb the Eiffel Tower – To see if the city is as impressive without the Tower in the background. But also because it’s just something one has to do. And while I’m at it why not visit the secret apartment as well?
WWII Metro Bunker – I enjoyed my visit to the subterranean shelter in London and would love to check out Paris’s offer under Gare de l’Est.
Attend the Palace of Versailles – Take a day trip to explore THE Palace of Palaces: Versaille. My trips to Paris are always short, so a day trip seems like a big commitment, but I just need to make sure I schedule it in next time.
Les Catacombes de Paris – Another of those typical things I haven’t done yet, but it just never quite fit into my plans.
Go inside the Sacre Coeur – I’ve been on the hill a number of times and have admired the basilica’s exterior from every corner, but since I can’t imagine the inside being as impressive as the outside I’ve never bothered to queue to enter it