It's one of the most iconic cities in the world, and is at the top of most people's bucket lists. On the downside, it can be pricey to spend a lot of time visiting the city. Solution? Hit all of your top-listed sights in minimal time to spend minimal dollars!
A couple of summers ago, my mom and I had the opportunity to spend around three days in the Paris area, and in that time period I knew we wanted to visit Versailles. In the end, we had about one full day in the city to see everything we wanted. Needless to say, prioritization and organization became our best friends.
So what do you do in your dream city with only a few hours to spare? Answer: everything. Despite the jetlag, we were able to fit everything we wanted to do in our twenty-four hours in Paris.
First, let me say that I was told on multiple occasions that the Eiffel Tower should be cut out of our to-do list due to the fact that it is "over-rated". Let me also say that I found that statement to be untrue. I knew that I wanted to see the Eiffel Tower (I mean, you're in Paris for Pete's sake!) so that became my number one priority and ended up being one of the most memorable aspects of our time in Paris. It's such a quintessential part of the city and I highly recommend visiting and going to the tip-top!
The second best part of my trip to Paris was our visit to the Louvre. Again, I've heard positives and negatives about Paris's most famous museum but being the art history nerd that I am, I couldn't pass up a chance to see pieces that I had studied in while I was in college. It was definitely frustrating when trying to see the Mona Lisa (expect a couple elbows to the kidneys, and side eyes) but seeing other not-so-famous works made it worthwhile. In the photo below, you can see me fangirl-ing over Oath of the Horatii by Jacques-Louis David.
Lastly, we visited Sacre-Coeur, a beautiful cathedral at one of the highest points in the city that had some of the most amazing views, not to mention is located in super cool Montmartre. We took a couple of hours strolling around the cathedral, eating delicious macarons and enjoying the winding streets full of small, interesting shops. To our surprise, we also stumbled upon Moulin Rouge, and the musical lover in me decided it was the best day ever.
How do you get to all of these destinations in a bustling city with tons of traffic? My favorite method of travel: the metro. Most European cities of decent size have an affordable metro, or public train system, in the area. The metro will take you where you need to go, and quickly. Get a day or weekend pass, depending on the amount of time you'll be there. Don't let the maps intimidate you; it's actually very simple to navigate once you get an idea of the layout of the city. Grab a map, circle the stops that are near your destinations, and hop on!
In between metro rides, tourist destinations, and having the time of your life, remember to stop and relax. You're in one of the greatest cities in the world. Eat at local restaurants, check out the street vendors selling original art, have a glass of wine, stroll through the cobblestone streets. I promise, it doesn't get much better than that.
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