- By John
- On Nov 14, 2018
- Travel Tips
Containing world-class museums, fashion, cuisine and an atmosphere all its own, Paris is also a city of "many splendors," as Ernest Hemingway recalled in his memoir, "A Moveable Feast." Peppering the Seine's cobbled walks and graceful bridges are impossibly chic Parisians, probably on their way to the market, cafe or cinema.
WHAT TO DO
I’m going to plan these activities by day so I’ll lay it out in a route. You wouldn’t go from the Eiffel tower straight to the Notre Dame, they are farther apart than you think, so hopefully this will have a flow to it for when you’re planning.
Short on time? I do recommend getting the Paris Pass that allow you access to museums, attractions, and more and will help you skip lines! It is a bit pricey, but worth it if your time is very limited.
I have just one rule in Paris, and while traveling in general, embrace it. Be a tourist. Take the pictures. Learn about what you’re seeing. I promise, you’ll want to cherish these memories forever. And maybe even try roast pigeon. You might be surprised at how much you enjoy it!
ONE DAY IN PARIS
Let’s start with the Eiffel Tower. It’s classic Paris and the morning is the best time to go for great views without as much of a crowd. Don’t worry, this won’t be the only time we go. We also have to go at night to watch it light up! If you want to avoid lines and crowds, the earlier that you can get up, the better.
The Trocadéro is one of the best places for seeing the Iron Lady, or you can get up close and personal with her as well. I also suggest grabbing a bottle of wine or a pastry nearby. There will be people selling them for very reasonable pricing.
You can walk here or take the subway (I recommend public transportation as we’ll be walking a lot). Once there, you can pay to go up to the tower for a spectacular view. This isn’t my favorite view of Paris, but still, you’ll get a good grasp of the city. As for pricing by elevator: 1st and 2nd levels ü11; top ü17. By stairs: 1st and 2nd levels only, ü7. Make sure to reserve ahead of time to avoid lines.