Price: 5 (expensive)
Language Barrier: A little but easy to get around.
Would I return? No.
How to do Paris in 36 hours?
Simple – at least for me. Paris has never been at the top of my list, but it was definitely on my bucket list. Although you could spend weeks here and still not discover all this city has to offer, the City of Light can be done in 36 hours if you wish (like me)!
Where to start?
Once landing in Charles de Gaulle airport I quickly made my way to downtown. The metro stop was Palais Royal – Musée du Louvre, and it brings you very close to the Louvre Museum. Of course most of you have heard of the Louvre, this museum is home to world treasures such as the Mona Lisa and Venus de Milo.
I recommend this first, because it can set the tone for the rest of your trip. I say that because this part of the trip can take the longest time if you choose. You can spend many hours here or just 3-4 hours like I did.
After the Louvre, I grabbed a bite to eat and just walked around the city. I always recommend exploring a city by walking around and just finding what catches your eye. Maybe it’s a beat-up apartment building that has charm or a peculiar shop offering all kinds of local treasures.
Next stop, Eiffel Tower! Although many people always rush to get to the top, I just wanted to admire from the bottom. I’m not afraid of heights or anything, I just didn’t think it made since to spend time climbing it, see a quick view, and then spend time coming back down. I’m sure a lot of you would disagree with me on that, but I enjoyed my time walking around the tower and admiring other views (see below for pictures of Pont de Bir-Hakeim, a bridge just south of the tower).
After that I spent time grabbing dinner and enjoys the night views of Paris. For those of you that don’t know, the Eiffel Tower lights up at night, it truly is a sight.
Come morning, I immediately ventured to Notre Dame Cathedral. To describe this building takes more than just words or a picture, you have to actually see it with your own eyes. You always see pictures of the Eiffel Tower or the Louvre but Notre Dame always seems to get left out – it shouldn’t! This is my favorite church in Europe (so far) and that includes churches in London, Copenhagen, and Berlin.
After Notre Dame, you must go to Arc de Triomphe. I’m sure many of you recognize this structure, it is seen many times in history classes when discuss World War II. Once you get here and get your picture, make your way and find yourself some breakfast/lunch. I found a lot of places to grab some food and the place I settled on was perfect.
Overall my trip to Paris was nothing more than a check on my bucket list. Although I might return at some point, Paris did not make me feel the same way I felt in Berlin, Copenhagen, or even London.
The views are stunning, food is great, and the atmosphere is full of life – but I plan on spending more of my travel time else where.
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