Uncovering authentic local finds and having experiences that make you feel like you’ve really connected with a place are important elements in ensuring an extraordinary vacation. We’re taking advantage of our partnership with Travel + Leisure to get their editors’ recommendations and insider tips on the places you will want to visit. Here are their picks for just one of the 150 destinations they covered.
The Left Bank
A trip to Paris is not complete without a jaunt along the lively Left Bank. Begin at the Simone de Beauvoir footbridge and walk west along the Seine to the St.-Michel fountain, passing Notre Dame cathedral (see below) along the way. Head toward the Panthéon and conclude your stroll at the Luxembourg Gardens. Frequent stops at the numerous park benches, wine bars, and sidewalk cafés along the way are highly encouraged.
Musée du Louvre
The world’s most visited museum—more than 8.5 million people flock here annually—is an art-lover’s paradise of roughly 35,000 masterpieces, including the Venus de Milo and the Mona Lisa. It is also a constant subject of controversy; not everyone appreciates I. M. Pei’s 69-foot-high glass pyramid, which was added to the museum’s entrance in 1989, or the Islamic Art Wing by Rudy Ricciotti and Mario Bellini, which opened in 2012.
Notre Dame de Paris
A masterpiece of Gothic architecture—all soaring buttresses, crouching gargoyles, and magnificent rose windows—the cathedral has survived attacks of Huguenots, sans-culottes, occupying armies, and questionable renovations since its completion in 1345. In spite of its often violent past, visitors flock to the cathedral for the hushed peace and reflection it provides.
Be sure to visit our Shore Excursions page or speak with our onboard Destination Concierge for arrangements to any of these must-sees.