Whether you are a local or a tourist, no matter how long you may have lived in Paris or how many times you have visited it, this city will always have surprises for you. Every time I go visit my best friend there, we find new, unusual things to do, adding up to the ideas I’ve shared before.
The Mont-Saint-Michel (Saint Michael Mount) is an islet located in Normandy and is one of the most visited sites in France. I’ve had the chance to see it several times and the visit of my brother and his girlfriend for Christmas was a perfect opportunity to go again.
A little while ago, I was sharing here several ideas of unusual things to do in Paris. Although they are fairly famous, Paris covered passages could complete this list since they are usually not part of what you will visit on a first visit of our French capital. I lived in Paris for just over two years for my studies but it was only during a recent trip to visit a friend after eight months away from France that I finally saw some of them.
Belle-Ile is an island off the south coast of Brittany. It has a special place in my heart and is definitely one of my very favorite places in France as I spent many summers there with my family since I was a child. Its name in French translates litterally to “beautiful island” and it is often qualified as “well-named” (Belle-Ile la bien nommée in French). Between country side, wild coast and gorgeous beaches, it has nothing to envy to tropical islands… ok maybe the heat!
I lived in Paris for 2 and a half years as a student and even if I didn’t really like being there full time, I tried to make the most of what the city had to offer. And there is always something to do for your budget. If you already know the Eiffel Tower and Montmartre by heart or if you simply want to see something different, here are my favourite and affordable places to see