Paris…the city of Love!
If you have any wanderlust, traveling to the city of Paris surely have been on your must see list.
My love affair with Paris started a long time ago, partly because I have watch too many films, which caused me to completely fall in love with the city and it’s people even before setting foot there in person.
Paris was one of the travel destinations that not only surprised me, but the reality of actually being in Paris was so much better than I could have ever imagined.
I spend a week in Paris during the summer and I have to say that there is just a certain magic in the air, that you can not describe to someone that has never been there.
On my to do/see list was the following:
- Eiffel Tower
- Champs Elysees
- Sacre Coeur
- Notre Dame De Paris
- Stade De France
- Arc de Triomphe
I am happy to say that I did it all and I even went to Disneyland twice in one week!
Getting around in Paris is one of the easiest things to do. All you need is an understanding of how the underground trains work, and simply getting on the right train from the right platform. It sounds way more intimidating than it really is.
The only two locations that was not in a radius of about 15min per tube was Disneyland and the Stade de France which you have to take a special train for.
The train line known as the RER line is the one that will take you from Paris straight to Disneyland.
In Disneyland you can buy a two day pass, (which comes highly recommended) since there is one park for adults and one for adults and children.
You can spend a lot of time queuing for tickets so getting Fast Track tickets is the quickest way to get through all the rides.
For the Shopping Experience of a Lifetime…the Champs Elysees is by far the best strip I have ever been on. Every where you look you are treated with the inviting lights and friendly smiles of big fashion houses like Louis Vuitton, Chanel etc. This is also where you will find the Arc de Triomphe.
A must do is to take time during the evenings (in Summer it is about 10:00 at night) they have a special Light Show at the Eiffel Tower. It will be something you will enjoy tremendously.
If you have a day for just lounging around…pack a picnic basket and go relax on the lawn’s overlooking the Eiffel Tower.
To be honest I thought I would enjoy the Louvre way more than I actually did. It was however a bucket list thing to see the Mona Lisa…which I did.
It is however very overcrowded during the days and I would recommend being there very early.
Without offending anyone I really did not like the Notre Dame. It was cold, dark and a bit eery inside.
I planned a maximum of 2/3 sights per day and allowed enough time to just relax and take in the entire experience of being in Paris during summer time.
Here is a few handy tips:
Booking your Accommodation through Airbnb will save a lot of cost.
Use the underground transportation system, it is much cheaper than taxi’s.
Most people understand English so there is no need to worry about getting information from the locals.
Take your camera everywhere, there is so much to see, do and experience and you would not want to miss anything
Try the local wines and breads/pastries (ie. FORGET YOUR DIET)
Buy a Lock and go put it on the “love bridge” (Pont des Arts) before throwing the key into the River Seine beneath has become a tourist tradition.
6 Day Itinerary Visits for Paris:
Day 1: Eiffel Tower & Sacre Coeur.
Day 2: Disneyland Day 1
Day 3: Notre Dame + The Louvre + Pont des Arts (Love Bridge)
Day 4: Disneyland Day 2
Day 5: Stade De France + Night Cruise on the River Seine with Night Light Show at Eiffel Tower
Day 6: Champs Elysees & Arc De Triomphe/ Catacombs of Paris