I really, really despise travel snobbery. It’s completely unnecessary and it’s gross. People should generally be able to do and go wherever they want to long as it’s not hurting anyone.
This brings me to travel clichés. Again, as long as you’re not endangering yourself (like leaning out of a train to take the perfect selfie, moronic) then why would you not visit the N.1 thing to do somewhere?
Can you even imagine not getting within 500ft of the Eiffel Tower on your first trip to Paris just because it’s too ‘touristy?’ You’ve seen the Eiffel Tower on posters, movies and TV shows and you’re not even gonna go and see it?! That’s really weird to me!
Urgh. GO to the Eiffel Tower and everyone else can sod off. Here are some other marvellous clichés I recommend you do on your first trip to Paris…
Clichéd things you HAVE to do on your first trip to Paris
1. Buy fancy pants macarons, eat one and chuck the rest away
I bought a box of macarons from Carettes near the Eiffel Tower because, apparently, they are one of the best places to buy them. But as it turns out, macarons are just a drier, more efficient way to consume large quantities of refined sugar. They might be gross, but I wouldn’t have left Paris without this picture of them…
2. In fact, just eat too many sweet things in general
Croissants, pastries, crème brûlées… I think I had a crème brûlée in every restaurant we ate in.
And if you’re not into sweet things, do not fear: just eat a lot of bread and cheese and drink champagne and you’ll make up for it.
3. Do the pointy finger thing with the Eiffel tower for the ‘gram
Honestly, I didn’t do this ’cause I was cold and cba finding the right distance away from the tower to make it work for a photograph. But I did randomly stand on a rock to… I don’t know, attempt to match the Eiffel Tower in height? Not quite sure on that one.
4. Head to the top of a vantage point to see the rest of Paris
The Eiffel Tower is usually a hit for your first trip to Paris. But I gotta say, I thought the Arc de Triomphe was the best overlook. Minimal queues and you actually get the Eiffel Tower in your piccies, you see?
5. Queue for hours outside of… everywhere
It just seems to be the law in Paris that every other tourist in the city is going to be at the *insert popular museum/gallery/attraction here* on the same day and time as you. Just allow a bit more time and go with it.
6. Walk around the Louvre for 300 hours before you realise you can’t possibly see everything, head straight to the Mona Lisa and then leave
I can’t be the only one here who did this, right? You’ve got to pick your battles with the Louvre, it’s just too big. The Leonardo da Vincis, the Venus de Milo and then you’re good.
7. Head to the I Love You wall in Montmartre and spend a good 20 minutes looking for the English translation
I definitely did this. I found it, eventually. You’ll also be waiting for a sliver of wall to yourself so you can take photographs without getting some rando in the background.
8. Visit Notre-Dame Cathedral, Sacré-Cœur Basilica, Eiffel Tower, the Catacombs, Louvre, Musée d’Orsay, Père Lachaise Cemetery, etc. etc.
AKA more museums and churches than you’ve seen in your whole life. Unless you’ve already been to Rome, then it will be slightly less.
9. Don’t visit everything you had planned to and vow to return… one day
You’ll never be able to see everything you wanted to see in Paris because IT’S JUST TOO BIG. Unless, of course, you spent three weeks in Paris. And to that, I would say you’d probably wasted your annual leave.
Let’s face it, you probably won’t be back anytime soon because the world is a big place but isn’t it nice to dream?
And that’s everything I believe everyone should be doing on their first trip to Paris! Have you got any others you would add to the list? Let me know in the comments below!