Things to Do

Things to do

If you are in Paris for your first time there are a few things that you will be drawn to. The Arc de Triomphe should be your first stop. This is a great place to start because it provides a view of the city that you are about to experience. The famous monument is built over the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and is carved with the names of Napoleon's victorious battles. From the top of the monument you can see the Champs Elysees, Eifel Tower and the The Louvre. You may wish to spend the rest of your day strolling along Paris's aforementioned famous street and climbing what may be the world's most storied piece of architecture. The shear size of the Louvre demands at least a half-day so save the worlds greatest collection of art for another afternoon. These are the sites that everyone knows can't be missed, but there are many other things to see and do in Paris.

Originally built as a hospital and recovery camp for wounded soldiers, the Musee de Armee is now France's historical army museum. The big draw here is Napoleon's tomb. This stop is a great place to learn of France's military history and see where their most decorated general is laid to rest. The most recognized piece of art outside of the Louvre is Rodin's statue "The Thinker". This along with the rest of his collection is housed at the Rodin Museum. The French boast many famous painters but Paris has some great art museums showcasing artists from other nationalities. The Dali museum is an interesting journey celebrating the eccentric Spanish born artist. Near the Cathedral of Notre Dame is the Museum of Money. This interesting museum takes a different view of French history through the eyes of finance and its political ramifications.