Many of us dream about Paris as a destination. It’s got everything: culture, art, history, architecture. It has the Eiffel Tower, Sacre-Coeur, and even the Moulin Rouge. But every bit as stunning as the City of Lights is, France the country has so much more to offer. Be it the rolling hills and vineyards of the Loire Valley to the historical streets of Strasbourg and the silver sands of Saint-Tropez; there are many things to do in France - and to see. Get ready to brush up on your French. After all, any excuse to drink wine is a good excuse.


1. Scale the Eiffel Tower and its Secret Room

Everybody who has dreamed of Paris has dreamed of scaling the Eiffel Tower. However, viewing the city from the top of the Iron Lady isn’t the only thing you can do involving the tower. Every evening, for example, the Eiffel Tower has a stunning, sparkling lights show. Although this can be seen from all over the city, it’s most commonly watched from the Place du Trocadéro. As well as this, if you do climb the Eiffel Tower, there’s also a secret lurking on the third floor. That secret is the Victorian apartment of the tower’s designer, Gustave Eiffel. Eiffel and his apartment were the envy of Parisians far and wide as he only allowed the elite to set foot inside of it. Luckily, now visitors who buy a ticket to the top can take a peek through the window at this hidden abode.

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