Paris, commonly known as the city of love, is one of the most popular sightseeing destinations in the world. But when you’re young and you can hardly afford to spend too much time in a single city, you have to see and do as much as you can in as little time as possible. So how best to explore the city within a couple of days? Come with me to Paree and visit the most popular attractions in a day or two!
There are a number of cheap hotels and hostels in Paris but as in all European cities, the more you pay the better they are. If you can, try and stay closer to the city centre. That will eliminate the need for public transport, making it quicker and cheaper to visit the main tourist attractions. Most of the attractions are within walking distance of each other if you’re sticking to the main touristy parts of the city. In saying that, the tube is only around 7 Euro to travel all day so it isn’t too expensive.
Tip: Paris is a VERY busy city, except during winter. I often hear stories about people waiting in line at the Louvre for hours during the day but I just walked straight through the entrance when I was there in winter. If you’re not sure you can handle travelling to Paris in winter, have a look at the Eiffel Tower in the snow. It’s just as beautiful! You’ll get to see a lot more of the city when there are less people around.
Starting at the Eiffel Tower – of course! If you are travelling in winter, you might not be able to head to the top if the weather conditions don’t permit it. But regardless, the tower is the first thing you’ll see in Paris. It is after all one of the world’s most visited attractions. Take your photos from the park across the road, you’ll be able to capture more in a single frame.
From here, make your way to the Arc De Triomphe. This is the centre point of the city and a good base point when you’re travelling. With an eternal flame, Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and a brief WWI history lesson, there’s quite a lot to learn here.
Once you’re done taking happy snaps and you’ve seen at least one car accident at the roundabout, walk down theChamps Elysees. You’ll be walking down hill so it’s ok if you haven’t worn the most comfortable walking shoes. Be sure to stop for a Nutella crepe on the way down – they’re delicious! There are plenty of make-up, perfume and fashion stores along the way too.
At the end of the road, you’ll reach the famous Louvre. Here you’ll want to pick out your favourite artists and find them on the map of the museum instead of aimlessly walking around. You’ll find that it takes a good 20 minutes to locate the Mona Lisa alone. (Tip: when looking at the Mona Lisa, turn around and check out ‘The Wedding at Cana’ by Paolo Veronese on the opposite wall. It’s the largest painting in the museum’s collection!)
When you’ve emerged from the underground art museum, head to the Pon de Arts love lock bridge. Although recently taken down, walking across the bridge still creates quite a beautiful photo opportunity of the canals and surrounding buildings. From the bridge you’ll want to head to the Notre Dame Cathedral. There are long lines, especially if you’re looking to climb the bell tower but it is a beautiful church to look at from the outside if you’re saving time. Don’t forget to also check out the St Chapelle Church nearby. This church takes stained glass windows to a whole new level!
At night be sure to catch a show at Moulin Rouge. You’ll be able to have dinner while watching some of the most entertaining performers in Paris. There are also a number of bars and restaurants close by if topless dancers aren’t really your thing.
The Champs Elysees and the Rue de Rivoli are the two best streets for fashion and beauty shopping nearest to the main tourist attractions. If you’re shopping for food, be sure to walk down the alleyways for traditional French restaurants. Better still, ask someone! Locals will point out some of their favourite restaurants so you can’t go wrong.
Don’t forget to check out my review of Alliance Hotel in Paris!