This tourist guide to Paris by Nora Fatehi will definitely give you travel goals
The dancer and actress shares five things to fall in love with the French city in five days!
Paris is probably one of the most visited tourist cities in the world. The French city will always have something new for you, but what remains constant are the Louvre, the Sacred Heart and the Eiffel Tower, of course. Indo-Morrocan-Canadian dancer and actress Nora Fatehi, who recently made a trip to Paris, shares five things you shouldn’t miss on your trip to the most populous city of France. “I don’t want to write about just what one should see, but how one can take in this city with open arms and let it become a part of you,” says the 26-year-old model.
Here’s her guide to fall head over heels in love with Paris in five days.
1. Find the little café and bistros on the street corner:
Walk in the bylanes of the city and explore the local food. The best and the biggest surprise are the little bistros and cafés all over the place. Although it might be difficult to communicate because the local language is French, don’t let that get you down. French food is diverse and has something for everyone, find what interests you and devour it. “My favourite is Steak Frites and delicious buttered fish with Radish, an unlikely combination. I love the Bistro 25 right on the Champs Élysées Avenue for its location, food and ambience,” adds Nora.
2. Do the touristy things but in a different way:
Don’t just go to see the Eiffel Tower. Relax on the Champ De Mars, find yourself a quick bite, walk to the lush gardens around the Eiffel and take in the beauty of this massive structure. “I understand there is a lot to see and do in five days, but the point of a holiday is to relax; and what better way than on the grass, watching a huge monument, with the River Seine nearby?” she shares.
3. Desserts for the ones with a sweet tooth:
“I have a sweet tooth the size of India. And even though I can’t cheat and indulge always in desserts, when in Paris, there are no rules,” Nora laughs. Try the pain au chocolate - a puff pastry stuffed with chocolate, best paired with coffee or hot chocolate. Don’t miss lemon tart, éclairs, chocolate and pistachio rolls (They call them escargots too), Financier (an almond tea cake). “Also, try these amazing little desserts called Profiteroles; you will not be able to eat just one.” She adds.
4. Moulin Rouge:
After spending a day at the Louvre, experience the night shows. The Moulin Rouge is the original cabaret of Paris; it is where the Can Can dance form originated. Go to the one near Montmartre, Blanche station. Also, catch a show of the Cirque Du Soleil.
“Paris, like Japan gives you a lot of tax back on your shopping. Buy the brands you've been meaning to buy and get some money back in the process. Don't forget to ask before if they are a tax saving shop,” informs Nora.