I went to Paris some weekends ago, with my best friend. We arrived Saturday and came back home Monday. Our flight was at 6am and we got there by 8am, and the first thing we did was to get to the house we rented to leave our backpacks.
After that, and since my best friend lived there as a student and know a lot about living in Paris, we went to get some groceries (apparently everything is closed Sundays) and went to visit the Arc de Triomphe (it has 298 stairs, we counted them all, and I realised I needed to exercise more often), where the view is awesome! You can see Paris and you get the perception of how big and organised it can be. After that, I really wanted to see the Tombe du Soldat Inconnu, who is beneath the arc.
Then it was almost lunch time, so we grabbed some sandwiches and salad and went to lunch in front of the Pompidou Centre. I don’t like it; I don’t like that type of architecture, but we were hungry and passing through it so we decided to make a quick stop and ate there.
One of my childhood friends moved to Paris some years ago and had that day off, so we managed to see each other and had a personal tour of the city. We spent the rest of the day walking: We went to some gardens, the Église de la Madeleine, Pont Neuf, Sainte Chappele, Notre Dame, Les Invalides, and a lot of museums. It wasn’t my first time in Paris, and I had all of the hours counted – I had a ticket to go to Disneyland the next day (you can read about it here) so I only had Saturday to see all the other things I wanted – so we went just sight seeing all of those places. The exception was the Louvre, where we entered and visited the museum and had a snack.
The Louvre closed at 6pm, so we went to see the Tour Eiffel at night. In the meantime, we stopped at the Galeries Lafayette and went to the terrace to have a sight of Paris by night.
One of the things I absolutely loved the first time I went to Paris was the Tour Eiffel. It was bigger than I expected, and I went to the top. This time however, we just stood by it and took some photos and had some snacks while we had a chat.
We stopped by some restaurant to have dinner and by the time we finished it we were exhausted, and although the rented an apartment in a night club street, after a while we went to bed. The next day I woke up at 7am to grab the bus to go to the Disneyland, and that’s a whole different post!
So I can honestly say that, if you don’t have a lot of time to explore Paris, you can still visit everything you want to. They have public transport to every corner, and if you don’t feel like using it, you face a lot of things you never saw in your life, while you walk to your next destination. You discover les patisseries, les crêperies, a lot of gardens, a lot of friendly people… There was just two places I wanted to go but I really didn’t have the time: I wanted to visit the Père Lachaise (I loved it and want to come back there) and the Bois de Vincennes, one of the most amazing and beautiful places (or even the most beautiful place) I have ever been in my life. If you are going to Paris, make sure you won’t miss it.
Like I said, it wasn’t my first time in Paris, but it was the first time I went there and had all of my hours really counted. I think I made it work though, not only did I visit the places I wanted, but also connected with friends I hadn’t seen in a long time. I had time for everything, even to grab snacks and chat with my friends.
What I can say about Paris, is that it never stops to amaze me. I can see myself living there (although I would go to a more rural area, because I don’t like to live in the middle of the city – you can see my perfect place to live in this post) – but I would like to be able to think “Well let’s just go to the Tour Eiffel then” and be there in half and hour or something.
What about you, have you ever been to Paris? What did you visit there? Do you live there, or would like to? Share your thoughts with us down below!