Monday, February 17, 2014

A Day in Paris

A friend of mine is hopping the pond for a wedding this week, and although the wedding is in London, she'll be spending a couple days in Paris. As I helped her brainstorm the perfect Paris itinerary, I had fun reflecting on a trip that Neal and I took this past fall. We spent much more than a day in France, but if you only have 24 hours, you can certainly hit the highlights.

8:00am: Start your morning off with a croissant and some coffee in the Tuileries Gardens. It's near the Louvre and the perfect place to do a little bit of Parisian people-watching. 

8:30am: Check out the pyramids outside of the Louvre, but skip the museum if you only have a day. Cross the Seine on the Rue du Pont Neuf and head towards Notre Dame Cathedral. On the way, you'll pass the lock bridge. Pause for a little romance: sign the lock with you and your sweetie's initials and throw the key into the river. Don't forget to kiss!

10:30am: Walk through the Cathedral and take in the scenery. When you're done, head back the way you came (but don't cross back over the river) and visit the Musee d'Orsay.

11:00am: At the Mussee d'Orsay you can take in the architectural details of this Beaux-Arts style building that used to serve as a train station. It houses the largest collection of impressionist and post-impressionist masterpieces in the world, and it's much easier to get through than the Louvre.  Enjoy a bite to eat at the cafe inside.  

2:00pm: You've done a lot of walking, so hail a cab and head towards the Eiffel Tower. Snap a quick pic and head on. The lines to go to the top will be long, and although the views are spectacular, there's so much more for you to see. 

3:00pm: Experience the subway system in Paris and take the Metro to Charles de Gaulle- Etoile. You'll end up right by the Arc de Triomphe and you can meander your way down the Champs-Elysses. Stop at Laudree for a sweet treat if you're ready for a snack. You won't regret it!

5:30pm: Hop on the Metro again and head towards the Pigalle stop. When you've arrived, you can hike up Montmartre to Sacre Coeur. It's beautiful around sunset, and there are several sidewalk cafes and creperies. Stop and have a drink, a snack, or both. 

9:00pm: Parisians eat dinner later than we do, so a 9pm dinner reservation is perfect. Once you've freshened up at your hotel, make your way to Aux Lyonnais. You'll enjoy a very authentic and incredibly delicious French meal- the perfect way to top off a day in Paris!

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