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It’s indeed crazy times we’re living in. Paris is under confinement since the 17th of March, can you believe it? The entire city stands still – no restaurants, no bars, no concerts, no shopping, no exhibitions, and … just nothing that involves the outside, or contact to people that are not living in your household. And of course no traveling.

The internet is full of Corona Challenges and ideas of how to make your time at home as agreeable as possible. But did you think about traveling to Paris from your couch?

In this post, I will show you 10 ways on how to visit Paris virtually. Get inspired to explore Paris from your home and live the Parisian lifestyle.

 

Visit Paris’ best sights virtually!

With Covid-19, Paris is under lockdown. But this doesn’t mean that you can’t explore Paris’ best sights! Many museums and landmarks are offering a virtual tour experience. You can visit the following sights of Paris virtually:

 

Louvre

The Louvre extended their offer on virtual tours since Corona and you have now the choice between different exhibitions you can set virtual foot in. Click here to see what’s on!

You can even observe Leonardo Da Vinci’s Mona Lisa close up: follow the curator of the Louvre, Vincent Delieuvin, and get a lot of interesting information about La Jaconde.

Take a virtual tour of the Louvre during the lockdown
The Louvre: the biggest museum in the world – visit it during lockdown virtually!

 

Opéra Garnier

If you had plans to visit Paris, you probably had a visit to the Opéra Garnier on your bucket list. It’s a stunning building and you can visit it virtually from your couch!

 

Catacombs

The catacombs are an old maze of tunnels below the streets of Paris and partially open to the public! The became one of the most visited sights of Paris during the past years despite their creepy flair. Creepy? Yes! The part that is accessible is the mausoleum!

But you don’t need to queue for hours (yes, the queue is often that long) to wander through the Paris’ underground: visit them virtually!

 

Sainte Chapelle

The royal chapel belonged once to the palace of the king of France. It’s long ago but the stunning stained glass windows from the 13th century are well preserved and some of the finest and oldest still existing. Click here to see for yourself! 

 

Sacre Coeur

The Sacre Coeur is one of the most iconic landmarks of Paris. Located on the top of the Montmartre hill, the basilica is inseparably linked with the cityscape of Paris and also one of the nicest viewpoints of Paris. You can visit this impressive piece of architecture virtually and enjoy not only the inside but as well the view over Paris. Click here to take in the view!

Montmartre virtually - enjoy a view over Paris from the Sacre Coeur
The virtual tour of the Sacre Coeur lets you examine every detail – during Covid-19 lockdown you can even listen to the organ!

 

The Versailles Castle

Even though Versailles is technically NOT Paris, but it’s just a short train ride away and the number 1 day trip destination for everyone visiting Paris.  The Arts and Culture program from google offers a quite ludic Versailles tour, check it out here!

 

Read a book that plays in Paris

If there is one thing that lets you fully dive into a different world, then it’s reading books. Luckily many books are set in Paris and there is no better way to experience this wonderful city – well, expect from actually traveling there. But let’s not talk about this during confinement.

However, from all books that play in Paris, here are my top 3:

  1. Sarah’s Key – a soul-stirring story of a Jewish girl during WWII and an American woman in Paris of today. Click here to order
  2. The Adamsberg book series from Fred Vargas – detective stories around a maverick commissaire in Paris Click here to order
  3. Hunting and Gathering – a story of 4 Parisian misfits. A book about friendship, solidarity, and love. Click here to order

Do you like reading? Check our extensive list of best books set in Paris here! 

 

Prepare French crêpes

Well, I am maybe not a food blogger but I do know how to make crêpes. And as crêpes are one of the most french treats, they can’t be missing during your virtual trip to Paris!

a french classic: a crêpe!
a crêpe is a classic French treat – and so easy to prepare!

You need (serves 4):

2 cups flour

4 eggs

2 cups of milk

2 tablespoons sugar

0.5 cup melted butter

1 pinch of salt

 

Preparation

whisk together first the flour and the eggs, and add sugar, salt, and butter. Gradually add in the milk, stirring to combine. 

Heat a lightly oiled frying pan over medium heat.

Scoop a little portion of batter into the pan and tilt the pan circular until the batter coats the entire surface. As crêpes are very thin, just use as much as needed to cover the surface lightly.

Cook the crêpe for 1 to 2 minutes until it stops sticking to the pan. Turn around and cook on the other side.

Serve with melted butter and sugar, marmalade, chocolate, fruits…

Tip: It takes a few tries to figure out the right amount of batter, just try it!

 

See the Eiffel Tower by night

Imagine you could virtually climb the Eiffel Tower, wouldn’t that be a nice workout? Unfortunately, I don’t know of any program that offers an Eiffel Tower VR experience … but that doesn’t mean that you can’t lay your eyes on the iron lady from the comfort of your home.

The Google Arts and Culture Program has quite nice exhibitions of the construction and the early years of the Eiffel Tower (you find them here). However, to see the Eiffel Tower by night, connect to one of the live webcams in Paris and take in the view!

See the lights of the Eiffel Tower via webcam - Paris during Covid-19
See the lights of the Eiffel Tower via webcam – Paris during Covid-19

 

Listen to French Music

Another way to get french flair to your house is by filling it with French music! You can either listen to the French Top 50 on Spotify or tune in to a French radio station. Some popular stations are ouifm, RTL , and Le Mouv’.

Do you want more?? Check the following list of French artists (my favorites 💗)

🎧 Fauve – listen on Spotify

🎧 Louise Attaque – listen on Spotify

🎧 Rue Ketanou – listen on Spotify

🎧 La Maison Tellier – listen on Spotify

🎧 Noire Desire – listen on Spotify

🎧 Les Rita Mitsouko – listen on Spotify

Enjoy an Apèro

the thing I – truly – love the most about french eating culture is the “apéro” … snacks and drinks you enjoy before dinner. It’s a real institution and maaaaybe also an excuse for sipping a glass of wine and eating a bit more.

You need:

  • a drink (beer, wine, or softs)
  • some snacks (peanuts, chips, cold cuts, guacamole, olives, pretzels…)
  • a couple of friends or family – or not!
a perfect french apéro
a full French Apéro – just scrap the plastic cups, single-use plastic items are banned since recently!

 

Have a virtual stroll through Paris’ streets

Walk on cobblestone alleys in Montmartre, visit the Pyramide of the Louvre and do some window shopping on Rue de Rivoli – from the comfort of your home thanks to Google street view!

If you wonder where you could zoom yourself to, take my favorite places as inspiration!

📍 7 Rue Piat
📍 Cour Carré
📍 1 Rue de l’Abreuvoir
📍 Place de la Concorde
📍 Rue des Thermopyles
📍 Rue Mouffetard
📍 Rue de l’Université

one of the prettiest corners of in Montmartre - virtual visit of Paris
Maison Rose – one of the prettiest corners of in Montmartre – virtual visit of Paris

 

Plan your future trip

For obvious reasons, I won’t suggest booking anything right now, but it is never too early to create your perfect itinerary. Find your 5 favorite hotels, learn a bit French, or educate yourself on do’s and don’ts in Paris!

 

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Here are a few posts that will help you create the trip of your dreams:

Best Sights in Paris

How to find the best Hotel

15 mistakes to avoid making in Paris 

Everything you need to know before you go

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Brush up your French

Use the time until your next trip to Paris for leveling up your language skills!

You know probably that the Frenchies are having the reputation of being unfriendly if you approach them in any other language than French and I wish I could say it’s nothing but a silly prejudice …

But rest assured, if you make the effort to speak a word or two, the turn into the sweetest folks ever.

So, check popular and FREE online resources like Duolingo and start! Bonne chance!

 

travel virtually to Paris and don't skip the Brasserie experience!
travel virtually to Paris and don’t skip the Brasserie experience!

 

Eat like in a Parisian Brasserie: Croque Monsieur

A Croque Monsieur is honestly not that different from a grilled cheese sandwich. Just that it’s French and has an exotic name. But it’s easy to prepare and a very authentic dish that you find on every menu in a French Brasserie.

You need:

2 slices of white bread

2 slices of Ham

1 slice of Ham

Butter

 

Preparation

Simply prepare a ham and cheese sandwich and fry it on medium heat in a generous amount of butter in a frying pan. The sandwich is ready when both sides are golden crunchy and the cheese melted. For the version of a Croque Madam just add a fried egg on top. Served with a green salad, fries, and a nice and yummy glass of wine. Bienvenue à Paris!

 

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