Paris in a day!
They say that ‘A bad day in Paris is still better than a good day anywhere else’. And you can only testify for the same once you are back from Paris. Actually, you never come back from Paris. You leave a piece of your heart there. That’s the magic of the beautiful and majestic Paris, which I’m sure is unlike any other place on this planet. Or at least I’m obsessed with it!
Last year, I had the chance to visit Paris for a few days for work, but the first day for me was completely free, so I decided to travel as much as possible and cover as many best tourist places in Paris as I possibly could. Here’s what you can do too is you wanna see Paris in a day, especially when you don’t wanna get on one of those hop-on-hop-off buses coz who likes routines!
First off, I took the Paris Metro and reached Pont Alexandre III. It is a beautiful arch bridge that spans river Sienne. A beautiful bridge in itself, this one point will offer you a view of Paris Eye, Les Invalides and the tops of the Eiffel Tower in a gorgeous panoramic view. You could spend some time here and just soak in the ‘feel’ of Paris all around you.
Below are the views of Paris Eye and Les Invalides from Pont Alexandre III.
After spending some time at Pont Alexandre III, I walked the cobbled roads of Paris along the river Sienne and reached the Eiffel Tower by foot. It is a long walk (about 30-45 minutes) and comfortable shoes are mandatory. You could take the metro or a local ride too, but I chose to walk along the streets, soaking up the Parisian vibes all around!
The Eiffel Tower is surely the biggest tourist attraction in Paris, so be prepared to stand in long queues. It is best to book your tickets in advance for those of you who want to go up the Eiffel and enjoy the scenic beauty of Paris from there. In my humble opinion though, the Eiffel is best viewed from a few kilometres away. From right under the tower, you do not get such a great view. Also, the best time to see the tower is at 10pm when twinkling lights are lit up for exactly 5 minutes. That offers such a splendid view of the Eiffel!
After spending some more time there, I decided to take the metro again and reached Avenue des Champs-Élysées. Here you can go to the Arc de Triomphe, built to honour the victories of Napoleon Bonaparte, on one end, go luxury shopping on Champs-Élysées in front of the Arc de Triomphe and basically spend all day chilling at cafes and restaurants. This is also onee of the busiest streets in Paris, and a lot of pockets get picked here, so one needs to be cautious at all times.
Not to be missed are the macarons at Laduree at Champs Elysees- the must have food in Paris!
Also, while you are in Paris, don’t forget to try Pierre Herme macarons. Both Laduree and Pierre Herme have their own specialities, and I cannot pick one over the other.
I ended the day with a visit to The Louvre, but because of the shortage of time, I couldn’t check out the Mona Lisa and other paintings this time. Some other time for sure!
And while you are in Paris, don’t forget to walk those cobbled roads as much as possible. You’ll never get tired (if you have the right shoes, that is) of the vibrant energy all around you!
Until next time!
PS: Happy New Year!