Half the fun of taking a trip to France is planning the things to do in Paris. Between museums, dining out, strolls in world-famous gardens, and just hanging out in cafes, there are enough activities to enjoy a different kind of experience on each day of your trip. Still, a visit to the capital’s most famous landmark is always a must. In addition to marveling at the structure from the surrounding Champs de Mars, you can have a meal inside the Eiffel Tower restaurant.
For special outings such as that, make sure to book in advance, as there are plenty of others who would love to secure a seat.
Another can’t-miss is a visit to the Louvre. But there are smaller museums that offer a more bite-size piece of French art and history. The Musee Nissim de Camondo is one of many museums operated by the umbrella group that runs the Louvre. But this spot, located on the edge of the tony Parc Monceau in the 8th arrondissement, is an hotel particulier, or private mansion, bequeathed to France by the Camondo family. The home is decorated as it was before World War II, packed with 18th century art and furniture treasures.
Part of the joy of a visit to this museum is seeing how a wealthy, cultivated family spent their days. Viewing the family kitchen and even the bathrooms offers an eye-opening perspective on pre-war life in the French capital.