The first time you visit Paris it seems only appropriate to visit all the obvious tourist spots, from the Eiffel Tower to the Louvre. Now chances are the second time around you aren’t going to be as excited about repeating these trips, especially with the number of other tourists looking to do so. If you visit a foreign city on several occasions then it is wonderful to be able to deepen your knowledge of the place and visit places other than the main tourist attractions. To help you plan the perfect follow-up trip to Paris we have compiled a list of the perfect sites to visit the second time around.
The Canal de l’Ourcq
If you want to have a nice stroll and also take in part of the city’s history then there is no better way to do it than by the waterway. Created by Napoleon Bonaparte in the 1800s, the waterways remain a beautiful addition to Paris to this day and you can even enjoy the trip on a canal tour. Of course the walking option is just as good if you want to enjoy the scenery and stop off at some of the bars and restaurants that line the sides of the canal.
Parc des Buttes Chaumont
People don’t tend to consider visiting parks in Paris other than the area near the palace or Eiffel tower. This makes the Parc de Buttes relatively untouched by the swathes of tourists that visit the city and it is all the better for it! The park is quirky to say the least and has faux waterfalls and a series of odd mountain-like hills in the centre of a lake. This park can be a perfect day out for the family, there are various trails and walks for you to go on or you can simply relax on the grass and soak up the views.
Le Cimetiare des Chiens
So it might sound a little morbid visiting a pet cemetery but this is one of the quirkiest sites the city has to offer. The cemetery’s website states that it is the “first virtual pet cemetery, where you can meet the animals that are no longer with us.” Owners who have been particularly touched by their pets wanted to bury them in a special way rather than in their backyard, the result is some very touching and beautiful monuments to their fallen companions and they’re likely to get your eyes watering. The cemetery is likely going to make you appreciate the pets you have had throughout your life and wonder why we don’t respect them in the same way.
Fragonard Perfume Museum
France is well known for its perfume manufacturing and what better way to learn about it than by visiting the Fragonard museum. It is a fine monument to the art of making delicious fragrances and you don’t have to pay to enter or take part in the interesting tours.