From a romantic vacation in Paris to an artistic run at Florence., France is on everyone’s map. It’s a long-standing dream of many people to try out the French way of living and to visit all the artistic hotspots. However, a French getaway is something that scares some people.
Not to worry, despite, starting some of the most poignant philosophical theories back in the day, France is welcoming. You can walk into a French bistro and add to conversations still, and you can try out the best things available throughout the area.
The point, of course, is different, you can’t afford to travel to Paris without the vivacity of a Frenchman. It’s not worth it if you’re not visiting the following strange places that have fostered a unique reputation through centuries. Also, it’s not just enough to travel through the areas, remember to have spirited debates and try out the various cuisines on offer as you move. Here are some must-visit places you should try out.
- Museum of Vampires
Jacques Sirgent was a rare man. He would go on to find out more and more lore about the dark underbelly of the bubbling Parisian culture. He collected memories from a variety of places, creating a sort of space where you can lose yourself. As you walk down the gravel path leading to the Museum of Vampires, you’ll be welcomed by haunting images, of body parts strung on trees and plastic bats everywhere. Make your space in a quaint corner and learn about the lore that has plagued many a Parisian mind.
You would find a variety of pieces that are very rare to be found. Sirgent studied a lot of lore from rare texts, so, you can find parts and pieces of life completely separate from what you’ve known. The Museum of Vampires doesn’t find many admirers, but, it’s one of those places where finding out about the folklore and of evil is fun. You will also find vampire killing kits, and stories of a world long forgotten. France also has a long-standing tradition of the weird, and this is one of the areas where you can get a feel for that.
- The National Library of France
Started in the 1300s, this used to be the most extensive collection of books in a library up to the 1800s. The well-maintained library offers you a chance to visit the nooks and crannies of France’s history. From Louise XVI’s globes to the elegant reading rooms. The library is spread throughout Paris, so, remember to visit all the areas. The newer buildings might be bit disappointing, but, the older structures are a delight to behold. You can take a guide through the historical artifacts section, or give the books a try. The lost histories of France’s years are all gathered here, so remember to take time out to explore the collection here, and read up on the stories and books that made France into what it is today.
While, the National Library is a vast structure, it’s not cumbersome to visit, so, remember to make it worthwhile, and since, it’s situated right in the heart of the city, it’s easy to go out and grab a bite before going in and exploring again.
- 59 Rivoli
One of those independent art facades of Paris that used to bring crowds from all over the world, 59 Rivoli has been etched onto the history of Parisian art forever. It’s one of the most recognizable pictures from the old Paris picture books with a face smiling straight at you from the walls of the building itself. As a reclamation, the Parisian government has offered the place up for rent to local artists who breathe new life into this famous building every single day. Go into the building come the weekends, and you’ll have plenty of music to go around too. Free concerts are arranged on weekends giving you a proper chance to mingle and enjoy with the people all around and with artists.
59 Rivoli isn’t as outrageous as it used to be earlier, but, the house still holds the spirit of artistry alive, in the true Parisian sense. With everything coming together and creating a sort of psychedelic atmosphere, this is the area where you won’t be alone during evenings.
- Shakespeare and Company
Back in the day, Shakespeare and Company made a paradise where people who wanted to be writers could come in a stay. It was a world of its own, with the bookstore holding a treasure trove of books, The beds come out at night, with the bookcases being folded. You can get in touch with the bookstore directly for living like a Tumbleweed or pay a visit to this place where the literary community of Paris gathers for talks and for browsing the books.
The literature available here has made it one of the best places where you can enjoy yourselves and be with people. The bookstore also is one of the places where 40000 people have spent their lives, and this adds to the entire atmosphere.
Enjoying Paris like a real Parisian is something you can genuinely do here.