Ooh-La-La Paris: 3 Unique Athletic Adventures in La Ville-Lumiere
Ooh-la-la…Thoughts of Paris, France stir up images of elegance, style, art, culture, romance, decadence, fashion, cheese and wine. It’s “La Ville-Lumière” (The City of Light); it’s the city of love; the city of romance. But it’s also a city of adventure. There are must-see monuments and historical sights like the Place de la Bastille and the Champs-Élysées. There is the Avenue Montaigne, which is a street lined with luxury boutiques from Chanel to Louis Vuitton. Tour Paris’ prize museum, the Louvre, by day and glory in the brilliance of the Eiffel Tower by night.
Situated along the river Seine, Paris lies in the North of France and is surrounded by lovely gardens and villages. Take a jaunt outside of the city and explore the majesty of the French countryside.
When traveling to far-off destinations like Europe, there are necessary preparations to take ahead of time so your journey goes off without a hitch. For example, a transatlantic flight is long. Pack a travel kit for the flight that includes an eye mask, earplugs and toothbrush. Paris has unexpected showers so a travel umbrella will keep you dry. You’ll need a universal charger for your electronics, along with street maps, walking shoes, copies of important information, like copies of your passport, and it’s a good idea to research travel coverage through companies sites like TravelGuard for trip insurance to cover any medical mishaps or flight cancelations.
Monet’s Garden Bike Tour
You’ve seen Monet’s French impressionism expressing landscapes of emotions through oil paintings. Landmarks and natural settings in and around Paris are colorfully depicted in his celebrated art. Enter Fat Tire Bike Tours. This excursion is unique in that you are able to tour via bicycle the hidden gardens in Normandy. You’ll have a chance to peddle along the Seine and leisurely explore the quaint villages of Vernon & Giverny.
When the hustle and bustle of the constant chatter of Paris gets to be a little overbearing, this tour is just what you need. You will be stepping into the canvas’ of Claude Monet, as often his paintings (“Water Lilies” and “Sunrise”) were depictions of his personal grounds. Enjoy the peace and tranquility of the Parisian air as you picnic along the Seine and delight in the peace of nature.
Cruising the Canal
Hop off that bike, sit back and relax as you cruise along the River Seine and the Canal St. Martin, two of the most fascinating waterways in all of Paris. Secrets lie in the hidden arteries of the rivers and canals. Take in a unique journey into a Paris not as many get a chance to see. It’s a different perspective of Paris enabling you to experience the inner-workings of the gated sections of canals (also known as locks) as the cruise takes you underground, beneath the streets of the city.
Climbing the Buttes Chaumont
Northeast Paris has a hidden gem of a city park that features amazing views. Climb the steep hillside, sit with the clouds and glory in the vastness of miles of Parisian rooftops and treetops. Wander around the Buttes Chaumont park lake and across the bridge, have a seat on a grassy knoll and take in a picnic and some sunbathing. When the sun sets, join the locals at the tapas restaurant located inside the park for eating, dancing and basking in the glow of the city lights of Paris.