Discovering Paris: 3 alternative things to do in the capital of love

Whether you’re heading to Paris for the first, second or umpteenth time, you might want to venture into those parts that are less touristy and more Parisian. So just what does Paris offer the avid explorer?Here are some of the top things we’ve found for you to do on this next adventure:

Set Sail on a River Cruise

If you want to see Paris from a completely different angle, what could be better than a Seine river cruise? And with so many different types to choose from, you can opt for a cruise to suit you.

For example, the Bateaux Parisiens river cruise is the ideal way to see the sights of Paris, including the Eiffel Tower, the Pont Neuf and the Pont des Arts. Want to add a more romantic twist? Then you might want to combine dinner and champagne with this cruise – or head out when the sun has gone down for a truly magical view of the city.


Head Off on a Secret Walking Tour

There’s a lot more to Paris than meets the eye, which is why a walking tour that explores the depth and breadth of this city may be just what you’re looking for.

The ‘Secret Paris’ tour will see you discovering hidden villages within one of the most visited cities in the world, exploring its local cuisine and culture, and venturing into picturesque areas that are largely untouched by tourism.

Plus, if you’re staying in Paris for a while, this is the perfect way to find places you’d like to come back to and explore in more detail.

Venture Deep into the Catacombs

Although the Catacombs are anything but romantic, they are absolutely fascinating and wonderfully scary. With six million skeletons hidden in the Catacombs beneath the bustling streets of Paris, they have a chilling edge that sees many tourists flocking to discover them.

But did you know there is a lesser-known way to explore this macabre side of Paris – the Musée des Égouts de Paris (translated quite literally as, the Sewer Museum)?

Built in the 19th century, Paris’s sewerage system is a complete mirror image of the streets above, right down to the road signs that direct you around them. Many years ago, visitors could travel these sewers by boat. However, today, the sewers are far more hygienic and not as smelly.



Whether you’re just looking to escape from the heat of the Parisian sun, you’re a die-hard fan of Jean Valjean from Les Misérables or you’re fascinated by engineering – this museum is well worth a visit.

Armed with these three handy tips, your next trip to Paris will have an air of adventure, intrigue and mystery about it.


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