3 Days in Paris
Dreaming of a trip to the City of Love? Today I want to tell you my story of how I fell in love with Paris, why I loved it so much and how to make the most out of a 3-day city break. When you are in Paris it seems like a lifetime it’s not enough to discover all the hidden gems, all the amazing places and all the secrets this city keeps.
As a child, it was a big dream of mine to travel to Paris. I’ve watched all the movies about the city and was absolutely and unconditional in love with the architecture, the music, and art of Monsieur Paris!
How to get there
Usually, you’ll land at Charles de Gaulle airport, which is massive. Nothing like our airport in Bucharest so keep that in mind most when you return home. From there you have a few options: public transportation, train, or taxi. Trains come into Gare de l’Est, Gare du Nord, or Gare de Lyon. As far as cabs go, Uber is available which also seems the safest option. We took Uber and we were so impressed with the service and most of how the drivers were dressed. Ah! Paris..
In order to avoid traffic, I highly recommend taking the Paris subway. The city is pretty big but you can mostly walk from sight to another. If you can afford it you can also take a cab.
When to go
My favorite time of the year to be in Pars is spring-summer because of the blooming nature and if you decide to visit the lovely gardens like Monet’s Gardens and Versailles, there are flowers everywhere and it’s a breathtaking experience. Keep in mind that it’s a little crowded in this time of the year, but it’s totally worth it.
Where to stay
Now, this depends on your budget of course. We wanted the full Paris experience so we took a very french loft through Airbnb and our host Francois left us a bottle of French wine and chocolates. Who says that French people are not nice? So keep an eye out for Airbnb offers cause you can find very affordable accommodations in beautiful areas.
Day 1 in Paris
We started of course with “La tour Eiffel”- my best advice for you would be to go there as early as possible. In the morning is the best time to go for amazing views without so many crowds. Make sure to come back at night to watch it light up. Cheesy but very romantic! It’s a magical atmosphere, especially at night. Make sure to buy a beret and walk near the Seine like in the movie “La vie en rose”.
After that, we headed to L’Arc de Triomphe and here you’ll get an amazing view of Champs-Elysées. If you have time, climb 284 stairs up to the Arc – you’ll discover one of the best views of the city, besides The Eiffel. We watched the sunset here and I loved every second of it. Here you’ll find a lawn that makes a fun place to hang out. Sit on the grass, listen to local musicians and see the real Paris, lots of coffees where you can enjoy a glass of wine with croissants. Try coffee Brioche Doree– an amazing French bakery with affordable prices.
Next, The Grand Palais is an iconic monument, the symbol of French architecture. Just on the other side, is the Petit Palais. The Grand Palais is an art museum and exhibition hall, a piece of art from inside out.
After that, we stroll to the Pont Alexandre III, the most iconic bridge in Paris. It offers a good view of Eiffel Tower, Champs Elysées and the Seine river itself. Since we visited the bridge during the day, it was not crowded. Standing on the bridge you can spend time looking at the passing by boats. At both ends, the bridge has towers with golden statues on top of them.
The bridge is beautiful with its antique lamps definitely worth seeing. If you saw Midnight in Paris this is the bridge featured in the movie.
We ended our first day in Paris at Place de la Concorde – the largest square in Paris. At night the square become a fairytale because of the lights and architecture. You’ll see Fontaine des Mers and Fontaine des Fleuves all lit up!
Our dinner at Aspic Restaurant was nothing but excellent. There is a real love of food and wine at this restaurant. Food was both surprising and delicious. Michelin Guide describes it as neighbourhood’s ambassadors of the mini-bistro in all its glory. As for the food, carefully prepared, top-notch ingredients..
Day 2 in Paris
We started our second day at Église Saint-Sulpice which is one of tallest churches in Paris and one of the most popular ones, but we went because of its role in the novel and later film, The Da Vinci Code. There are various cafés to choose from and in the middle of the square, there is a large fountain known as the Fountain Saint-Sulpice.
Such an amazing spot because of the chestnut trees with pink flowers. There is a popular restaurant The Café de la Mairie, that is a rendezvous for writers and students. Also, the café was featured in the 1990 film, La Discrète (“The Discreet”).
Our tour continued with one of the best museums in the world: The Louvre. Here I have some tips: The Louvre is closed on Tuesdays, buy tickets ahead of time, closing is the best time to get in and avoid crowds and lines.
Next destination was Notre Dame. One of the most iconic churches in the world featured in the novel “The Hunchback of Notre Dame” by Victor Hugo. Beautiful cathedral well worth a visit. We went around 5 pm and it was busy but not too busy. Also, the entrance is free.
We took a break at Au Vieux Paris D’Arcole cafe, 4ème arrondissement, very instagrammable spot, this café has a certain je ne sais quoi that makes for a picturesque backdrop while you sip your espresso or wine and watch the passersby.
Day 3 in Paris
We started our third day at Le Moulin de la Galette. The restaurant offers a breathtaking panoramic view of Paris from the hilltops of Sannois. This is a very popular spot since Renoir painted one of his most famous paintings here.
Next, what a trip to Paris without a Moulin Rouge show? Remember to buy the tickets ahead. They can be pretty pricey but Moulin Rouge is well worth to splurge. Here you’ll pass a lot of famous cafés, for example, the one from the movie “Amélie”.
The last spot is the Sacre Coeur. Here you can admire the uniqueness of Parisian architecture and take in the views cause you’ll see the Heart the Paris. An amazing place to wrap up your trip.
If you made it all the way to the bottom of this post, I appreciate your patience! I hope you found my experiences and bits of advice useful, and that I’ve inspired you to get out there and experience “La vie en Rose”.
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‘Till Next time!