Gems in Paris: What the guidebooks don’t tell you

There is a wealth of must-see attractions for any Paris-bound travellers, including the Eiffel Tower, the Arc de Triomphe, the Louvre, the Moulin Rouge etc etc. While their architectural brilliance or historical significance makes these attractions incredible in their own right, the long queues and general hustle and bustle that comes with any prominent tourist attraction can start to become tiresome rather quickly.4-statue-of-liberty-paris-gettyimages-nationalgeographiccreative

The Statue of Liberty

You’d be forgiven for thinking this paragraph belongs to an article about New York City, but Paris is actually home to three of its very own versions of the Statue of Liberty. Next to the Grenelle Bridge along the Seine River is a quarter-sized version of the 305ft one in New York. There are also two 10-foot prototypes in the Jardins de Luxembourg and the Musée des Arts et Métiers.

Euro Disney

You might not have expected this to be on the list, but the truth is lots of the guide books are telling you to see the historical sites whereas I think we have every right to reignite the inner child once in a while! I first went to Euro Disney Paris as a teenager, when I returned 20 years later I was blown away by how much it had improved and the fact that I enjoyed it even more. The guide books are telling you to be a grown up – ignore them! To avoid the queues make sure that you order your Eurodisney tickets online before you leave home.

The Angel of Nagasaki

Among the rubble that resulted from the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki at the end of World War II were the remains of a beautiful sculpted angel. While the body had been damaged beyond repair, her face and wings remained intact. The angel was transferred to Paris and given a home in the tranquil Japanese garden at the United Nation’s UNESCO headquarters in the seventh arrondissement, where it can be seen today.

Parisian fountains

Walking around a city is thirsty work, especially if you’re travelling over summer. However, rather than wasting time queuing in a shop and buying water, keep an eye out for the water foundations dotted around the city. Not only is the water completely safe to drink but you will even be treated to sparkling water at some.

Taxidermist’s shop

If you like scouting out the unusual while on your travels, you won’t do much better than the old taxidermist’s shop just off Boulevard St-Germain. With stuffed animals ranging across the entire kingdom – lion, moose, ostrich, zebra, polar bear and even a charging elephant – this stop-off is about as far from the beaten track as you can possibly get.

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