A Sunday in Paris
Start writing a post

A Sunday in Paris

My top five favorite things to do on the city's laziest day.

A Sunday in Paris
Nikki Link

To say that Paris moves at a slower pace on Sundays is an understatement. Banks, post offices, restaurants, boulangeries (bakeries), department stores, and most grocery stores close their doors. Even in a bustling metropolis in the 21st century, to the French, Sundays continue to be a sacred day of rest. However, that's not to say that there's nothing to do. Here's a list of my top five favorite things to do on a Sunday in Paris.

Hike Up To Montmartre

Montmartre is the Everest of Paris. Stand on top of this lonely hill, and the City of Lights spreads outward in every direction, a blur of the ancient and the new. Crowning this lookout are the gleaming white walls of the Basilique du Sacré-Coeur. Behind the basilica, the twisting streets of Paris’ most rebellious neighborhood form a maze of little shops and cramped cafés. It truly feels like another city, one distinctly separate and secretly proud of both its elevation and avant garde ideas. The main square swells to the bursting point with artists, some all too eager to capture your portrait on their gray sketching paper.

Visit Monet's House In Giverny

Situated in the small Norman town of Giverny, Claude Monet’s house and famous garden, complete with water lilies and the Japanese bridge. are an interesting detour from a Parisian vacation. Between March and November, the museum and garden are open every day. Although quite touristy, any lover of art, especially of Impressionism, will be enchanted by the whimsical gardens and the famous green bridge that arches gracefully across a waterlily-filled pond. Walking through Monet’s house is like taking a step back in time. It isn't difficult to imagine the old painter sitting in a chair around the next corner.

Picnic In The Jardin Du Luxembourg

Commissioned in 1611 by Marie de Medicis, the widow of King Louis XIII, to imitate the gardens of her childhood home in Florence, Italy, the Jardin de Luxembourg in Paris’ 6th arrondissement certainly seems fit for royalty when you pass through the gates of its tall iron fences. It's the perfect place for a picnic lunch, watching children sail model sailboats on the large fountain at its center, or just enjoying the beautiful flower arrangements that grace the park in the spring and summer. While there are few reasons to get away from Paris, when the hustle and bustle of the City of Lights gets to you, the Jardin de Luxembourg is the perfect place to get away without going very far.

Overload Yourself With Cookies At La Cure Gourmande

It's impossible to miss the bright yellow storefronts of the La Cure Gourmande, a company that specializes in all things French and all things sweet. Offering everything from biscuits to chocolate covered almonds that look like olives, if your sweet tooth desires it, La Cure Gourmande probably has it. Although a chain found all over France, the staff at every store I’ve ever visited are exceptionally friendly, and will never hesitate to offer you a dégustation (tasting) of their products. This tactic is, unfortunately, a double-edged sword. While do you get a free biscuit, you then have to figure out how many dozens you want to buy.

Visit The Eiffel Tower The Right Way

Although an activity on every tourist's list, the most memorable way to visit the Eiffel Tower is not standing over two hours in line for a passable view of Paris. (The views from the top of the Arc de Triomphe are arguably much better, and actually includes the monument that everyone comes to see.) Have a picnic in the park at its base. Snap a photo from the Trocadéro across the river. Wait until nightfall and watch the tower sparkle for five minutes at the top of each hour until 1:00am. Capture it on film. Be stunned by its beauty. Just don't climb it. Sundays are for relaxing, not stressful queuing. The French know that, and so should you.

Report this Content
This article has not been reviewed by Odyssey HQ and solely reflects the ideas and opinions of the creator.
Rebecca Alvarez

Rebecca Alvarez is many things: founder, sexologist, CEO, mentor, and more — as a Latina businesswoman, each of her endeavors is grounded in the strong principles of inclusivity and diversity, especially in sexual health and wellness. Bloomi is the product of her all of her shared passions, and with it she has fostered a community of like-minded, passionate women.

Keep Reading... Show less

There is not a consistent standard for health education in the United States. There are a lot of variables that go into this — what state a student lives in, whether they go to a public or private school, and the district's funding and priorities. These variables can be argued for any subject, not just health class. But as we continue to grow as a society, hopefully bettering our education system along the way, it's crucial to consider this often-forgotten element of a child's schooling.

Keep Reading... Show less

In March, the whole country shut down. School was online, extra-curriculars were canceled, and I found myself laying in bed all day every day. One day, as I was laying in bed contemplating my laziness, I decided that I wanted to do something to make myself more healthy. I was feeling so down on myself and my laziness so I decided to make a change.

Keep Reading... Show less

10 Songs That Made It Onto My September Playlist

September is the month for Los Angeles natives and Australian music fans.


The Neighbourhood, Bad Suns and The Driver Era are three Los Angeles bands that released songs this month. Not only was it a month for Los Angeles bands, but many Australian bands released new music — San Cisco's fourth studio album, Surf Trash single, Skegss single, and High Tropics single. I made new discoveries this month and was pleased by the amount of new music.

Read the listicle below to learn what came out this month in alternative rock music:

Keep Reading... Show less
Health and Wellness

Staying Active While You're Stuck Inside IS Possible, It Just Takes Some Small Steps

I know the last thing you want to think about right now is exercising, but it's time to put down the controller and put on your workout clothes.


As someone who has also been living on a bed since March, I can guarantee you that working out has been the last thing on my priority list. It's pretty far down there, along with my motivation and brain cells I used to use for work. However, I have made an effort in the past couple of weeks to move up exercising to at least number three on my priorities list.

Keep Reading... Show less
Health and Wellness

I Got Clean At A Very Young Age, And It Honestly Saved My Life

At 18, the world looked so much different for me than it did for most other 18-year-olds that I knew.

Emmie Pombo

Going into rehab when I was 19 was hands down the hardest thing I've ever had to do in my life. My addiction started when I was around 17 and spiraled and spiraled out of control, as addictions always do. However, looking back, I'm so lucky my addiction started and ended when it did.

Keep Reading... Show less
Health and Wellness

7 Things Your Partner Can Do To Support You When You Have PCOS

Don't be afraid to ask for help or comfort if you need it.


Polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) may not be totally visible to the eye, which makes it a lot harder for your partner to understand what's going on with your body.

If you are in a relationship, it's important that you communicate your PCOS symptoms with your partner. I say "your" symptoms specifically because everyone's symptoms are different.

Keep Reading... Show less
Health and Wellness

I Watched 'The Social Dilemma' And YIKES, I'm Terrified For The Next Generation's Mental Health

Millennials can remember a time without online social affirmation, but we may be the last ones.

The Social Dilemma / Netflix

I've been in a media job for the entirety of my professional career. From part-time social media internships to full-time editorial work, I've continued to learn how to tell stories, write catchy headlines, and keep people interested. I believe working in media is a big responsibility, as well as a valuable way to advance our world.

Keep Reading... Show less
Politics and Activism

One Indictment, Three Charges, And No Justice For Breonna Taylor

We can't settle for this decision or a system that is fundamentally broken and unequal.


On March 13, 26-year-old Breonna Taylor was fatally shot in her apartment by police who were executing a "no-knock" warrant. Since then, there have been rallying efforts both in the streets and on social media demanding justice for Taylor and keeping her name known.

Keep Reading... Show less
Facebook Comments