Because what’s the point of travelling unless you can capture every moment on your smartphone camera? And then post envy-inducing selfies in every possible amazing location to your social media feeds. Thankfully, with Feel At Home, you can use your phone abroad at no extra cost – doing all the things you love to do back home (surfing the ‘net, posting pics, streaming music and vids and so much more). Here’s a guide to the obligatory selfies you should be taking when you next visit Paris, city of love, lights and really, really good selfie backdrops. Bon voyage!
They say life is all about the journey, but sometimes, it’s also all about the destination, especially when you’re talking places like Paris, New York, Oslo, Berlin, Jakarta, Zagreb, Sydney, and hundreds of other fabulous cities the world over.
With Feel At Home, you can be in one of 42 countries around the globe, doing what you love to do back home: chatting to friends, posting live updates of your shopping sprees and mountain treks and roaming to your heart’s delight. At no extra cost. Whether you’re on a monthly plan or Pay As You Go. And no matter whether it’s a Samsung, iPhone or any other device you’re using.
One small caveat: this doesn’t apply to those on Three Essential plans – although from June 15, 2017, the EU is set to drop roaming charges, and making calls, surfing the ‘net and sending texts will cost the same as your domestic charges.
So, if you’re off to Paris next month, and expect to make 60 minutes of calls back to the UK, receive 50 minutes of calls abroad, and send roughly 50 texts while using 2GB+ of data, you’re looking at a savings of over £80.
Think of it this way: that’s about 40 pain au chocolat and baguettes to keep you going in Paris. Yum.
And thanks to our new rewards app, Wuntu, you might not even need to pay for your flights: check back each Thursday to see if lastminute.com is giving away return flights for two to destinations across Europe, or a fabulous trip to NYC…
If you’re anything like us, then your travel photos will be as much of a highlight of your trip as actually doing stuff. So don’t miss our guide to the best places to take those obligatory selfies you can’t leave Paris without… as well as some more unexpected gems to explore in this remarkable city. Go, be an annoying tourist, and love every single minute of it.
The Eiffel Tower selfie
Anyone who’s actually visited the Eiffel Tower IRL can tell you that the experience of queuing up for hours and fighting through throngs of tourists isn’t exactly magical (until you get to see those breathtaking views from the top, and then it’s all totally worth it).
No matter how chaotic the real deal is, every time you see a picture of the Eiffel Tower, it just looks magnificent. Bonus points if you manage to make yourself the next “Eiffel Tower finger guy.”
A visit to Pierre Hermé
No trip to Paris is complete without some serious pastry-scoffing, especially of the pastel-hued macaron variety. The meringue-based treats made with egg whites, icing sugar, almond powder and food colouring are utterly moreish, and so wonderfully French.
Cake lovers in the know always head to Pierre Hermé. The renowned pastry chef is known for creating some of the more unexpected macaron flavour combinations, like milk chocolate with passionfruit and fresh mint with red berries. Each season, new macarons make their debut… so it’s definitely worth booking that Eurostar for this summer’s trip already.
A wander through the Musée Rodin
Everyone who wants a museum fix in Paris makes a beeline straight for the Louvre and the Musée d’Orsay, but Paris’ bustling art scene also offers more intimate looks at art and sculpture, in gorgeous townhouses dotted around the city.
The Rodin Museum is a perfect example of how to see some of your favourite pieces in a lovely, calm space. The Thinker, The Gates of Hell, The Kiss and much more are all here. Don’t miss the works in the on-site chapel and sculpture garden, either.
As you can see from this duo, recreating the pose of the sculpture you’re next to makes for an awesome selfie…
Because Amélie. Montmartre, in the 18th arrondissement, is one of Paris’ charming, must-see neighbourhoods, with its crooked, twisting lanes and cobbled streets. And, of course, the Sacré Cœur basilica just happens to be an especially selfie-friendly destination. Bring your walking shoes – you’ll want to climb the 222 steps to the dome to check out those awe-inspiring views.
There’s shopping in Paris, and then there’s flaunting your street cred by shopping in one of the coolest concept stores on the planet, Colette. Well, you don’t actually need to shop there, but you’ll want to: with everything from coffee table books to high-end, one-off designer collaborations, Colette is the space to see and be seen.
Oh, and don’t miss the rotating exhibitions from artists, photographers and illustrators. And pretend you’re a front-rower at Paris Fashion Week by checking out Colette’s on-site café, and ordering from the water menu (yep, there are over 60 kinds of bottled water to sip on, and they’re all more expensive than any bottle of wine you’ve ever drunk). Pair with a salad, your fiercest shades and an obligatory RBF.
The Centre Pompidou
Paris’ modern-art museum, the Centre Pompidou in the 4th arrondissement, is as much a must-see for its kooky architectural outside as it is for the array of artworks you’ll find inside. Exterior escalators, exposed air ducts and colourful tubing make it the perfect backdrop for an impromptu photo shoot… although don’t expect your photos to hold a candle to the Henri Cartier-Bressons and Paul Strands in the museum.
You’ll be hard-pressed to find a neighbourhood as pretty, cosmopolitan or achingly hip as Le Marais, where restaurants, stylish shops, cafés, bars and galleries are all nestled together in the true spirit of bohemian bonhomie.
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A Parisian cafe
Is anything more Parisian than idling an afternoon away with a coffee in one of the city’s thousands of cafes? Just pretend you’re an Ernest Hemingway-style expatriate, bring a notebook and pen, and let inspiration take hold.
Or just write down this amazing quote from Hemingway himself so it looks like you’re doing something: “You’re an expatriate. You’ve lost touch with the soil. You get precious. Fake European standards have ruined you. You drink yourself to death. You become obsessed with sex. You spend all your time talking, not working. You are an expatriate. You hang around cafés.” And, you take lots of selfies in them.
Bonus: Head to Café de Flore. There’s going to a Parisian café and then there’s paying 8 euros for a coffee because you’re sitting where Pablo Picasso sat, across from where Jean-Paul Sartre, Albert Camus and Simone de Beauvoir used to dwell on all things philosophical. Since you’re probably getting smarter by osmosis just sitting at Café de Flore, it’s totally worth overpaying, we reckon.
For picture-perfect moments like this. Oh, and there’s a ‘masterpiece’ or two inside.
The fancy crustacean platter
We’re all about a great #foodporn pic, and nothing beats a towering platter of shellfish. Especially when you know the closest you’ll ever get to one of those things is snapping yourself in front of someone else’s meal because paying the rent is more important than eating 25 cockles. Or is it, actually?
Pont des Arts
Paris’ famous love locks bridge is still going strong, despite the French government’s efforts to remove all of the locks. Make a statement declaring your love for Paris with a solo selfie, or go the clichéd-yet-cute route with a romantic snap of you and your SO.
31, rue Cambon
The iconic location where Coco Chanel made fashion history is a must-visit for every Parisian tourist worth their Breton tops (Chanel is credited with designing that signature wardrobe piece, in case you were wondering). Bonus if you can actually go into the shop and buy something.
We don’t need to tell you Paris is filled with glorious parks and gardens: the Jardin du Luxembourg, Jardin des Tuileries, Jardin des Plantes, the Trocadéro gardens and many more. Since it’s such a walking-friendly city, you can cross from the Right bank to the Left and back again, strolling through the gardens and communing with nature. Just try not to step in dog poo. That might ruin the moment – but it would make for a great pic.
The Hall of Mirrors
No trip to the French capital is complete without a field trip to Versailles, located a quick 20-minute train ride away from Paris. The Hall of Mirrors is one of the most recognisable spaces in the Palace (although, believe it or not, not even the most ostentatious), and features 357 mirrors stretching from floor to ceiling across one wall, which measures 240 feet by 34 feet. We’re convinced this is the most perfect selfie destination in the world.
The burlesque night out
Step aside, Moulin Rouge. The Crazy Horse offers a more artistic take on burlesque, using shade and lights to create rather impressive magical effects. Note: fully clothed selfies only, please.
We don’t know of any cemetery that’s more of a “destination” than Paris’ Père Lachaise, the final resting place of such greats as Jim Morrison and Oscar Wilde, not to mention some of the key French thinkers, artists, politicians and writers of all time.