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We love Paris, it’s one of our favourite cities in Europe. And, ideally, we’d love for you to visit it for as long as possible! Still, we know that’s not always possible, and you might only have a short amount of time to see the city. The good news is that whilst having a few days to explore Paris is wonderful, it’s also possible to see many of the highlights of Paris in a day. And in this post, that’s just what we’re going to help you do.

You May Also Want To Read: HOW TO SPEND 2 DAYS IN PARIS: THE PERFECT PARIS ITINERARY

We’ve put together this post to help you get the most out of your 1 day in Paris. It’s going to take you to the highlights of the city – everything you’re going to want to see, even on a 24 hour timetable.

As well as a step by step itinerary, we’re also going to share some tips for getting around efficiently, saving money in Paris, tips on where to stay if you’re here overnight, and the fastest way to get to and from the major Paris airports, if you’re arriving by plane. Let’s get started.

Paris in a Day: Itinerary 1. Notre Dame

One of the world’s most recognizable cathedrals, the twin towered Notre Dame and her flying buttresses have been impressing visitors to Paris for centuries, and it also opens relatively early, meaning that if you don’t mind an earlier start, this is a good starting point!


With bus companies operating routes from both airports into Paris city center. You can also book a shuttle bus transfer or taxi transfer from the airports of course.

2. The Louvre

From Notre Dame to the Louvre Museum, our next stop for our day in Paris, it’s either an 18 minute walk, or around 13 minutes if you take Metro line 7.

You can buy these online individually, or you can take advantage of a Paris City Pass, a Paris Pass, or the Paris Museum Pass, all of which include skip the line access to the Louvre as well as a number of other attractions.

3. Champs-Élysées

From culture to consumerism! The Champs-Élysées is the most famous shopping street to Paris, particularly for luxury items. It’s over a mile long and is home to everything from car brands to clothing stores to French macaroon shops.

From the Louvre we’d suggest you take the metro to the Champs-Élysées stop. Metro Line 1 runs direct between the Louvre and the Champs-Élysées. Alternatively you can walk on a lovely stroll that will take you through the Tuileries Gardens, across the Place du Concord, and up the full length of the Champs-Élysées, but this walk will take around 45 minutes.

4. Arc de Triomphe

Today, the Arc de Triomphe stands alongside the Eiffel Tower and the Louvre as a must-visit location in Paris. You can admire it from the outside for free, but my suggestion would be to pay the entry fee and to go to the top. From here, you get stunning views across the city. Twelve roads radiate out from the arch, including the Champs-Élysées, and from the top you can see the majority of the highlights of Paris.

You can purchase tickets on site for access, although you may have to queue. You can also purchase a skip the line ticket online, and the Paris City Pass includes a 20% discount for this ticket (you need to book this in advance to get the discount).

5. Eiffel Tower

You can’t really avoid seeing the Eiffel Tower when you visit Paris, and a visit to this huge wrought iron tower is a definite must for your day in Paris!

Almost every time we visit Paris we visit the Eiffel Tower, and we are always awed by just how big it is. As a visitor, you can go nearly to the top – the very top observation platform is 276 metres above the ground, making it the highest publicaly accessible observation deck in Europe.

That said, if this is your first visit to Paris, we do recommend that you go up inside the tower. There are three floors that you can visit, and the first two levels even have restaurants. If it’s near a meal time, this is certainly a unique place to get a meal whilst you’re in Paris!

The Eiffel Tower is definitely one of the most popular attractions in Paris, and if you want to go up it, it’s very much worth planning a little in advance. The on-site ticket lines get very long, so you definitely want to book in advance.

Getting to the Eiffel Tower from the Louvre will involve either a half hour walk, a 20 minute metro ride (line 6), or a 15 minute bus ride.

6. Seine River Cruise

There are a wide variety of Seine Cruise options available, from shorter cruises of around an hour to ninety minutes, as well as longer cruises that feature a meal.

Our recommendation for a Eiffel Tower departure is a cruise with Bateaux Parisiens. You can save an extra 1 euro off your cruise ticket price for any trips departing from the Eiffel Tower by booking your ticket online here.

7. Tour Montparnasse

This is a wonderful spot for watching the sunset over the Paris, and experiencing the city turning into the “City of Light”, as all the street lights come on and the daylight fades through dusk into night. It’s also open late, so you can come up here relatively late into the evening to enjoy the view.

The Tour Montparnasse is next to Gare Montparnasse, from where you can get the bus to Orly Airport, or take the Metro / RER out to Charles De Gaulle.

There’s an entry fee for visiting, and you can either buy your tickets in person, or you can buy skip the line tickets in advance. Free skip the line entry is included for holders of the Paris City Pass and the Paris Pass.

Map for Spending A Day in Paris

Here’s a map of the attractions to give you an idea of how it all fits together. As you can see, the route forms a rough circle, and sticks to central Paris, making it easier to get around. You can also see this map here on Google Maps.

How to Get Around Paris

Paris is an easy city to get around. For much of this itinerary you will be able to travel by foot, and then you can use public transport for any slightly longer trips. The Metro network is easy to use, and there are also buses.

In terms of tickets, you can buy a single ticket which is valid on Zones 1 and 2 (this includes everywhere on our itinerary) for €1.90, and with this you can travel on either the bus, metro or RER (suburban railway). A better deal though is to buy a pack of ten tickets, known as a Carnet. This currently costs €16.

It’s also possible to buy a ticket that is valid for a whole day. This is called a Paris Visite Pass, and costs €13.20. Depending on your situation, this may or may not be better value. For example, if there are two of you, we think a pack of ten tickets will cover the majority of your transport for a day in Paris, giving you five rides each.


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Everybody knows about Paris, City of Love and Romance. From all the world, every couple will make at some point a trip to Paris to enjoy Valentine’s Day in Paris, a special anniversary, an engagement in Paris or just a romantic Paris getaway. If you are planning a romantic trip to Paris and you want to avoid the clichéd tourist traps like an Eiffel Tower proposal, the Paris love locks or a dinner cruise along the Seine, we can help! On this post, we bring you some of the most unique things to do in Paris for lovers.

UNIQUE THINGS TO DO IN PARIS FOR LOVERS A room with Eiffel Tower view

Is there anything in Paris more unique about Paris than the Panthéon? Thanks to its monumental size, the Eiffel Tower can be seen from almost every corner of the city, usually outstanding amongst the quintessential rooftops of Paris. The good news is that some of Paris’ top luxury hotels, well known for their great facilities and amazing interiors, come also with the best views of Eiffel Tower, especially beautiful during its night show. So if you are planning a romantic weekend in Paris and you can afford it, why not treating yourself with the pleasure of waking up with an amazing Eiffel Tower balcony view?

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Rowboat Ride at Château de Versailles

Château de Versailles and its picturesque Gardens are the perfect frames for a romantic day. But if you want to do something really special for your loved one, a rowboat ride along the Grand Canal (13€, minimum half an hour) will be something difficult to forget. After visiting the impressive Château de Versailles, explore Versailles Gardens and Fountains from another point of view, from the water. We are sure that a romantic rowboat ride at Château de Versailles will blow her away.

There is no possibility to book rowboat rides in advance. The hire point is located on the banks of the Grand Canal near Little Venice.

OUR TIPS: if you want to visit also the Palace, we strongly recommend to buy a Versailles Palace and Gardens skip the line ticket online in advance, the lines to visit Versailles Palace are insane (and not romantic at all!).

Night at Opera Garnier

The Seine River is one of the most romantic places in Paris, especially at sunset when the city lights up its monuments and bridges. That’s why many locals in Paris choose the Seine River’s banks in Paris 1 and Paris 4 for a romantic walk or a picnic under the stars. If you prefer the second, remember that picnicking in Paris is an art where nothing is left to chance. A special picnic menu and a nice bottle of wine or champagne while dangling your legs off the banks of the Seine can be the beginning of a memorable night.

The Seine River is one of the most romantic places in Paris, especially at sunset when the city lights up its monuments and bridges. That’s why many locals in Paris choose the Seine River’s banks in Paris 1 and Paris 4 for a romantic walk or a picnic under the stars. If you prefer the second, remember that picnicking in Paris is an art where nothing is left to chance. A special picnic menu and a nice bottle of wine or champagne while dangling your legs off the banks of the Seine can be the beginning of a memorable night.

Cocktails with a View

When the weather in Paris is nice and the sun starts to set down, there are few better ways to start a romantic weekend in Paris than from above, cocktail in hand, gazing across the lights and landmarks that define the city. Check out our favorite rooftop bars in Paris, with something for every type.

A night ride for two on a vintage Citroën 2CV

A fabulous thing to do in Paris at night is a ride for two in the unique Citroën 2CV. Drive in style through Paris and Montmartre and enjoy Paris iconic monuments at night. The tour comes with a bottle of champagne and a fun and informative driver so you just need to sit in the back, relax and enjoy Paris with your loved one.

Say “I love you” in three different languages

Head to Montmartre in the 18th Arrondissement of Paris for an original declaration of love. The Wall of Love is a huge mural located at Square Jehan Rictus, Place des Abbesses in the neighborhood of Montmartre. The wall reproduces 311 times the words “I love you” in 250 different languages, including all the common languages and other rare or forgotten dialects like Navajo, Bambara or esperanto. You could, for example, choose three languages different than yours and surprise your other half with an original and polyglot love declaration. Perhaps, you can practice the pronunciation beforehand with the voice option of google translator. Here’re some examples:

T’estimo, in Catalan
Ti amo, in Italian
Ich liebe dich, in German

Take a selfie in front of Le Coeur de Paris at Porte de Clignancourt

Paris has a new beating heart! Le Coeur de Paris is a beautiful sculpture by Joana Vasconcelos located at Porte de Clignancourt, just in front of the exit of the Parisian Metro. This huge sculpture inaugurated on Saint Valentine’s day 2019 is made of 3.800 shiny azulejos (Portuguese little tiles) hand-painted by Portuguese craftsmen. The inhabitants and associations of this world-neighborhood asked the artist for a universal symbol which could resonate with everybody and voilà! a huge turning heart spreading love everywhere in the neighborhood.

If you are in the corner don’t hesitate to pay a visit to Paris’ Beating Heart and take a selfie with your other half.

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Indeed, even in this monetary downturn families will take their children by the thousand to Disneyland and Walt Disney World in this coming year. I am an aficionado of Mickey Mouse (Amateur Traveler Episode 25 – Disneyland – why I figured out how to adore the mouse) however I need to recommend that there are reasons likewise to take the children to Europe when they are as yet youthful. To make the point I need to call attention to 7 different ways that Paris France is superior to Disneyland.

1. Shopping

Downtown Disney vs Galeries Lafayette Paris am always surprised the amount of time some families spend shopping on their Disney trip, but if you really want incredible shopping Paris offers the well known Champs Elysees, but for my money, I think that the Galeries Lafayette is an incomparable shopping experience. The building itself is like a cathedral to commercialism and the shopping is also good.

Champs-ElyséesAvenue Montaigne, a side street of the world famous Champs-Elysées Avenue, is another very luxurious shopping street in Paris. Many of the most famous luxury brands such as Louis Vuitton, Chanel & Givenchy have a store there.

2. Getting Around – Monorail vs Metro

The monorail is a very cool looking method of transportation – a railway system in which the track consists of a single rail, typically elevated and with the trains suspended from it. The term is also used to describe the beam of the system, or the vehicles traveling on such a beam or track. The problem is that it does not really go anywhere. The metro may be less futuristic but it is a great way to get around the city in comfort. Just look for the art deco Metro signs.

3. Food

This is one category where there is no competition. Even for kids, the hot dog in tomorrow land is no competition for le “hot dog” which is made with a baguette, two hot dogs end to end and grilled cheese. Better yet while your kids are eating that you can be trying the escargot. (You can try the escargot but I will be having the mutton stew or whatever is the prix fixe menu).

Street food: a simple concept, almost as old as streets themselves, which is now taking off in Paris despite a slow start. Prepared and/or sold on the city’s pavements (to the extent permitted by the law), and designed to be easily eaten on the fly, this not-so-haute cuisine runs the gamut from sandwiches to kebabs, empañadas to dim sum, without ever breaking the bank. Read on for our recommendations.

4. Sleeping Beauty’s Castle vs the Eiffel Tower

Both Paris and Disneyland have a center that people are drawn to and are photographed in front of. Disneyland recently reopened Sleeping Beauty’s castle to tours but frankly, most people who visit the park won’t tour it. By contrast, 200,000,000 people have visited the Eiffel Tower. It was the tallest tower for 41 years after its construction and still captivates the imagination with its design.

Skip the entry lines, which can be as long as four hours, on a two-hour Eiffel Tower Priority Access Ticket with Host tour that whisks you straight to the elevators for a leisurely look at the landmarks of Paris as you learn some of their histories from your guide. Or you can combine several top tourist attractions on a four-hour Paris City Tour, Seine River Cruise, and Eiffel Tower, an excellent introduction to the city as you see and learn about landmarks such as the Champs-Elysees and Arc de Triomphe from your air-conditioned coach and view others from a relaxing cruise boat, ending with panoramic views from the Eiffel Tower’s second level.

5. Display – Fantasmic versus Saint Chapelle

Disneyland offers the uproarious accident of firecrackers, the bright display and the enchantment of narrating at Fantasmic. Families stay outdoors on the River of America for quite a long time to attempt and discover a spot where they can rest they exhausted children and see the show. Paris offers a calmer display that still recounts a story, however without all the clamor, in the stained glass of its church buildings. As I would see it the lesser known Saint Chapelle offers significantly more excellence than the better known Notre Dame.

6. Excite Tour – The Wall of Love

As one of the most romantic cities in the world, it should come as no surprise that there’s literally an entire attraction dedicated to love. Whether you’re looking for the Instagram backdrop or a cute date spot with your other half, this artistic installation has been visited by all the Parisian and globe-travelled lovers of the world and remains a popular attraction. Known as Les Mur des Je t’Aime in French, even the most jaded person can’t help but be charmed by the sweet sight and the loved up couples that always seem to be dotted around it.

7. Experience – Musee d’Orsay

Musee d’Orsay houses the largest collection of Impressionist art in the world. It is here that you can see Monet, Manet, Degas, Cezanne, Renoir, Van Gogh, Gaugin and more. It’s literally a collection of the who’s who in the Impressionist art world.

This museum is more than just Impressionist art. The building is also a work of art. Musee d’Orsay was once Gare d’Orsay, an old train station, which was renovated and became this art museum.

That’s quite the list, right? Now, if you only have a few days, what are the most important things to see?
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It’s winter in Paris, but that’s no reason to stay inside! Throw on your coat and head out into the crisp December air, as [Paris is Paris] shows you the most magical Marchés de Noël the City of (Christmas) Lights has to offer.

1- MARCHÉ DE NOËL, CHAMPS-ELYSÉES

The iconic Christmas market has found a new home in as equally a swanky spot as its previous location: the Tuileries gardens situated right in front of the Louvre. Dubbed La Magie de Noel (The Magic of Christmas), the market features a giant ice rink, a ferris wheel and 120 stalls serving up Christmas food specialties from 20 French regions. There’s also a host of artisans showcasing and selling their creations, and kids can look forward to a free theatre and a Guignol puppet show on weekends.

Date: From November 15th to January 4th

Location: Avenue des Champs-Élysées, 75008 Paris, France

2- La Défense Marché de Noël

This is the largest of all the Christmas markets in Paris and certainly one of the merriest. Its 350 or so stalls are packed full of festive decorations, original presents and tasty treats. Set in the heart of the busy business district, the Christmas village makes for a quirky contrast with the tall skyscrapers. Come visit this glorious monument, enjoy the best holidays with the best-rated hotels in the region.

Date: From November 19th to December 27th

Location: Esplanade de La Défense, 92800 Paris-La Défense

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3- Notre Dame Cathedral

Nestled next door to Notre Dame at Square Viviani, this lovely market brings together more than 40 designers, craftspeople, sculptors, and performers. Every year, an enormous decorated tree is set in front of the Cathedral, making for perfect Christmas cards. Speaking of trees, the garden in Square Viviani has a tree that has been standing for over 400 years!.. book a hotel for a guided tour in the old city.

Date: From December 12th to December 23rd

Location: 2 rue du Fouarre, 75005 Paris, France

4- Alsacien, Gare de l’Est

This market specializes in delicacies brought over from the German-influenced Alsace region. This means that this is your perfect chance to try their bretzels(pretzels), pains d’épices (spiced bread), charcuterie, sauerkraut, mountain cheeses, white wines and eau-de-vie, gingerbread, and more! What other reasons are you looking for!?

Date: From December 3rd to December 18th

Location: Place du 11 novembre 1918, 75010 Paris, France

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5- Féeries d’Auteuil

Christmas and food are almost synonymous, so there is no reason to miss a gourmet Christmas market — right” Besides the typical French cheese, wine, and champagne, there are many beautiful nativity scenes crafted by the community organization Apprentis d´Auteuil, which helps disadvantaged youth.

Date: From December 5th to December 13th

Location: 40 rue Jean de La Fontaine, 75016 Paris, France

6- Quai Branly

Last, but not least, the Christmas market at Quai Branly could not have a more romantic location: at the foot of the Eiffel Tower. You will find Christmas ornaments, crafts, gift ideas, and, again, delicious treats. As every year, the ice skating rink is available for anyone who fancies an ice ride while in the shadow of the grandiose Eiffel Tower.

Date: From December 17th to January 3rd

Location: Quai Branly, 75007 Paris, France

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If you think that on the 24th of December Parisians stay in their “homes, sweet homes“, you’ve got the wrong idea. The City of Lights celebrates Christmas, and celebrates it well! The Christmas spirit is all over the place. Paris is even more magical, with plenty of Christmas decorations. The stores are full of people buying the “last-minute” presents. Paris is filled with love and sweetness. Here are the main things to do in Paris this Christmas!

1- Roam around Paris streets

One of the things to do in Paris this Christmas is to roam around the streets. Warm your heart with the Christmas spirit. Love is all around the place. It’s quite a unique atmosphere! Streets are filled with Christmas lights and decorations. They are full of people doing their “petites emplettes” (purchases, in English), and making final preparations for the Christmas dinner. You will be amazed by the ambiance of the Christmas period.

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2- Attractions for families

First, do not keep your children at home while in Paris on Christmas Day! There are so many things to do for families, starting with the many free carousels installed all around the city. I personally advise you to visit the one on the Trocadéro Square (more activities in that area), which has a splendid view of the Eiffel Tower. Plus, it is close to the Christmas market of the Eiffel Tower.

3- Visit the Christmas markets

Speaking of lights, enjoying your time in Paris on Christmas Day obviously means walking around the city and exploring its Christmas markets. There is one close to the Eiffel Tower, which so cute and heart-warming. Make sure you taste the hot wine and the crepes, that taste so good on a cold day! Speaking of Christmas markets, I also advise you to visit Paris Flea Market of Saint Ouen, which is redecorated in a Christmas atmosphere during the holidays!

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4- Have fun in an ice skating rinks

And eventually, you can end up in front of the beautiful building of the Hotel de Ville, which is the Paris City Hall, where you will ice-skate and spend a wonderful time with your family! At Hotel de Ville, the entrance is free. You only have to rent the ice skates for six euros. It’s a fun way to spend some time in Paris and to exercise before all the Christmas delicacies you’ll eat!

5- Buy a “bûche de noël

Next on the list of things to do in Paris this Christmas is to buy a “bûche de noël“! This dessert is on all Parisians tables on Christmas dinner. There’s quite a competition between all the bakers, that have to make the most tasteful and the prettiest and cutest presentation. If you want to know where to get the best bûche de noël, go to Rue Montorgueil. There are plenty of bakeries and pastries shops. It’s the best street to get this typical dessert for Christmas!

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6- Fancy Paris on Christmas Day

Paris is indeed a luxurious city and at Christmas time, luxury is all over the place more than ever! You will not be able to miss the window displays of the Grands Magasins such as Galeries Lafayettes, on the Right Bank, or Bon Marché, on the Left Bank. Designers present fairy-tale stories in showcases where young and old are touched by magic.

7- Have a luxurious dinner

If you have seen enough, you can choose to have a Christmas Dinner in Paris. There are many fancy restaurants in Paris, but the one I would advise you is the Fouquet’s, a traditional French restaurant, where the Christmas Menu includes foie gras, lobster, and Christmas Log for dessert. However try to book in advance…

The Lido and the Moulin Rouge also organize special dinners and spectacular shows for Christmas Eve, but in that case be ready to spend more than 200 euros for each person!

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8- Religious Christmas

Finally, if you want to religiously celebrate Christmas in Paris, the Notre-Dame Cathedral, the Sacré-Coeur Basilica of Montmartre and the Church of Saint Eustache feature exceptional choirs and concerts on Christmas Eve for the midnight mass. Every year, beautiful scenes of nativity are presented!

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Paris is easily one of our favourite European cities, and one that we return to time and again. It has so much to offer, from beautiful views to world class museums to fabulous food. We’ve visited a number of times, both for short breaks like the 2 days in this Paris itinerary, as well as for more prolonged stays.

Speaking of a shorter visit, we wanted to share with you an itinerary for 2 days in Paris that will get you to all our favourite sights. It’s a fairly packed itinerary (feel free to adjust accordingly!), but if you’re short on time in the city and want to see as much as you can – this will help you do that.

This Paris itinerary is perfect for a first time visitor, or even a returning visitor looking for a quick 2 day Paris itinerary that includes most of the major attractions. After the itinerary, we share some tips and advice for visiting Paris, as well as some ideas for saving money on your trip. Now onto our suggestions of how to spend the perfect 2 days in Paris.

2 Day Paris Itinerary Paris Itinerary: Day 1 1. Saint Chapelle

I have to admit, it took multiple visits to Paris before I actually visited Saint Chapelle. Suffice to say, my mind was blown. This is without doubt one of the prettiest churches I’ve ever visited, and I can’t believe it took me so long to actually go inside.

Saint Chapelle normally opens at 9am, and we highly recommend you get here by 9am sharp, if not a little earlier, in order to get in before the queues. It’s a relatively small attraction, and the security and ticket lines can be long, so arriving here when it opens will save you a lot of time.

Entry is €10 at time of writing, and it’s included with the Paris Pass and Paris Museum Pass.

2. Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris

Just near Saint Chapelle is one of Paris’s most well know religious buildings – Notre-Dame Cathedral. With two huge towers and mighty flying buttresses, it’s not hard to see why this has become one of Paris’s iconic attractions, not to mention one of the most famous churches in the world.

Notre Dame is a beautiful building that is well worth the visit. You can walk around and appreciate the exterior, and of course, you can head inside. Entry is free, although if you want to visit either the towers or the crypt there is an additional fee (included with the Paris Pass and Paris Museum Pass), and you need to pre-book a timeslot for climbing the tower.

You can either do this on site, or, ideally, using the “Jefile” app, available on iOS and Google Play.

3. Louvre

From Notre Dame it’s a 20 minute walk (or 15 minute metro ride) to one of Paris’s most famous museums the Louvre. This is of course home to the Mona Lisa (which many visitors make a bee-line for!) and the Venus de Milo, but the largest and most visited art gallery in the world has a great deal more to offer than these two sights, from Islamic art to Greek antiquities.

There are two main entry lines, one fast track security line and one slower line for people without an advance ticket.

We’d definitely encourage you to save money and time by either getting a fast track ticket in advance, or buying a pass that gives you access to the fast track line. Both the Paris Pass and Paris Museum Pass offer free entry to the Louvre with fast-track access.

4. Wine Tasting

France is known the world over for wine, so after you’ve sated your cultural curiosity at the Louvre, why not relax a bit over a glass of wine whilst learning all about the art of French wine making. Sound good?

Well,  right next door to the Louvre you’ll find the “Caves du Louvre”, a relatively new wine tasting experience set in an 18th century wine cellar, formerly home to the wine collection of the King of France himself.

Here, over the period of about an hour, you’ll try three different French wines, whilst learning all about grape varieties and the factors that go into the making of a French wine.

If you’re not keen on drink, or you’re travelling with children, you might instead want to pop along to the nearby Angelina Café for a divine cup of hot chocolate.

5. Arc de Triomphe

There are a number of places in Paris that I think offer fantastic views of the city, and the Arc de Triomphe is one of my favourites. Found at the western end of the Champs Elysees, this fifty metre high monument to those who died for France in both the French Revolution and the Napoleonic Wars is a must-see when visiting Paris.

From the top of the Arc de Triomphe you get wonderful views of the Parisian skyline, including the Eiffel Tower, and the business district La Défense.

I’d also add, if you take the stairs on your way out, there’s a nice photo opportunity as you look down the stair well from the top of the stairs spiralling down.

Climbing the Arc de Triomphe costs €12. It’s included with the Paris Pass and the Paris Museum Pass, which both also offer fast-track entry.

5. Eiffel Tower

We’re near the end of your first day in Paris and this entry is an absolute must when in Paris – the Eiffel Tower. You will have already seen this magnificent construction looming over the skyline as you wandered around Paris, but I promise you, nothing really compares to standing underneath her and looking up.

You can experience the Eiffel Tower in a number of ways. Good views can be had from the Trocadero, on the opposite bank of the Seine. You can also get a lovely view of the Eiffel Tower at sunset from Le Champ de Mars. This is a popular spot for the sunset in Paris, and many people bring a picnic to sit outside and enjoy the view in the warmer months, often with a glass of wine in hand.

If you want to climb the tower, we very much recommend that you book your tickets in advance.Tickets can be purchased directly from the official website, which usually has the best price.

6. Seine River Cruise

People look forward When visiting Paris is taking a Seine River Cruise. These let you see a good many Parisian sights from a unique perspective, often whilst listening to a commentary. Most tours last around an hour, and are a nice way to see a lot without too much effort. Just sit back, relax, and let the views roll on by.

If you buy the Paris Pass, a Seine River Cruise with Bateaux Parisiens is included. This is a good option, and one we took advantage of on a recent trip to Paris.

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Everybody knows about Paris, City of Love and Romance. From all the world, every couple will make at some point a trip to Paris to enjoy Valentine’s Day in Paris, a special anniversary, an engagement in Paris or just a romantic Paris getaway. If you are planning a romantic trip to Paris and you want to avoid the clichéd tourist traps like an Eiffel Tower proposal, the Paris love locks or a dinner cruise along the Seine, we can help! On this post, we bring you some of the most unique things to do in Paris for lovers.

UNIQUE THINGS TO DO IN PARIS FOR LOVERS A room with Eiffel Tower view

Is there anything in Paris more unique about Paris than the Panthéon? Thanks to its monumental size, the Eiffel Tower can be seen from almost every corner of the city, usually outstanding amongst the quintessential rooftops of Paris. The good news is that some of Paris’ top luxury hotels, well known for their great facilities and amazing interiors, come also with the best views of Eiffel Tower, especially beautiful during its night show. So if you are planning a romantic weekend in Paris and you can afford it, why not treating yourself with the pleasure of waking up with an amazing Eiffel Tower balcony view?

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Rowboat Ride at Château de Versailles

Château de Versailles and its picturesque Gardens are the perfect frames for a romantic day. But if you want to do something really special for your loved one, a rowboat ride along the Grand Canal (13€, minimum half an hour) will be something difficult to forget. After visiting the impressive Château de Versailles, explore Versailles Gardens and Fountains from another point of view, from the water. We are sure that a romantic rowboat ride at Château de Versailles will blow her away.

There is no possibility to book rowboat rides in advance. The hire point is located on the banks of the Grand Canal near Little Venice.

OUR TIPS: if you want to visit also the Palace, we strongly recommend to buy a Versailles Palace and Gardens skip the line ticket online in advance, the lines to visit Versailles Palace are insane (and not romantic at all!).

Night at Opera Garnier

The Seine River is one of the most romantic places in Paris, especially at sunset when the city lights up its monuments and bridges. That’s why many locals in Paris choose the Seine River’s banks in Paris 1 and Paris 4 for a romantic walk or a picnic under the stars. If you prefer the second, remember that picnicking in Paris is an art where nothing is left to chance. A special picnic menu and a nice bottle of wine or champagne while dangling your legs off the banks of the Seine can be the beginning of a memorable night.

The Seine River is one of the most romantic places in Paris, especially at sunset when the city lights up its monuments and bridges. That’s why many locals in Paris choose the Seine River’s banks in Paris 1 and Paris 4 for a romantic walk or a picnic under the stars. If you prefer the second, remember that picnicking in Paris is an art where nothing is left to chance. A special picnic menu and a nice bottle of wine or champagne while dangling your legs off the banks of the Seine can be the beginning of a memorable night.

Cocktails with a View

When the weather in Paris is nice and the sun starts to set down, there are few better ways to start a romantic weekend in Paris than from above, cocktail in hand, gazing across the lights and landmarks that define the city. Check out our favorite rooftop bars in Paris, with something for every type.

A night ride for two on a vintage Citroën 2CV

A fabulous thing to do in Paris at night is a ride for two in the unique Citroën 2CV. Drive in style through Paris and Montmartre and enjoy Paris iconic monuments at night. The tour comes with a bottle of champagne and a fun and informative driver so you just need to sit in the back, relax and enjoy Paris with your loved one.

Say “I love you” in three different languages

Head to Montmartre in the 18th Arrondissement of Paris for an original declaration of love. The Wall of Love is a huge mural located at Square Jehan Rictus, Place des Abbesses in the neighborhood of Montmartre. The wall reproduces 311 times the words “I love you” in 250 different languages, including all the common languages and other rare or forgotten dialects like Navajo, Bambara or esperanto. You could, for example, choose three languages different than yours and surprise your other half with an original and polyglot love declaration. Perhaps, you can practice the pronunciation beforehand with the voice option of google translator. Here’re some examples:

T’estimo, in Catalan
Ti amo, in Italian
Ich liebe dich, in German

Take a selfie in front of Le Coeur de Paris at Porte de Clignancourt

Paris has a new beating heart! Le Coeur de Paris is a beautiful sculpture by Joana Vasconcelos located at Porte de Clignancourt, just in front of the exit of the Parisian Metro. This huge sculpture inaugurated on Saint Valentine’s day 2019 is made of 3.800 shiny azulejos (Portuguese little tiles) hand-painted by Portuguese craftsmen. The inhabitants and associations of this world-neighborhood asked the artist for a universal symbol which could resonate with everybody and voilà! a huge turning heart spreading love everywhere in the neighborhood.

If you are in the corner don’t hesitate to pay a visit to Paris’ Beating Heart and take a selfie with your other half.

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Paris is probably the most romantic city in the world. If you’re coming with your loved one, you’ll be in the epicenter of Love. If you’re coming alone or with a couple of friends, we’ll find you some tips to enjoy Valentine’s Day anyway. So read on and discover some of the best things to do for Valentine’s day in Paris.

1- Have a romantic night

Let’s try to be romantic for a minute. One of the first things to do for Valentine’s Day in Paris is to have dinner and book a nice hotel to spend a magical night.

For dinner, I would recommend you try a cruise on the Seine river with the Vedettes du Pont-Neuf company. However, if you rather have a dinner cruise, try the Marina de Paris company. You will enjoy some great food while seeing all the landmarks of Paris alongside the river shine and sparkle.

2- Enjoy the city by night

Another amazing thing to do for Valentine’s Day in Paris, during the night, is to wander around. So after dinner, I would definitively recommend you to for a stroll near the Seine banks. The area around the Louvre Museum is particularly charming at night. If you don’t know the city, try a night tour during which an amazing guide will show you all the beauty Paris has to offer and will share with you the best places to go to with your lover.

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3- Visit the lovely Montmartre

Love all around the world, epitomized in 250 languages, 311 times, on the 612 tiles of a wall. “Le mur des je t’aime,” or “the wall of I love you” is the perfect backdrop for any couple-pic. The handwriting, the placement, the sense that it could be chalk scribbled on a board…so romantic.

4- Join a boat cruise on the Seine river

The Seine river delimits the left bank and the right bank of Paris. All about it is so magical. The bridges, the docks, and its historical islands can best be seen during a boat cruise. I strongly advise to join one. It provides a complete new perspective on the city and its monuments! It is the most perfect thing to do for Valentine’s day in Paris. You and your lover will have a great moment because it is so romantic!

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 5- Do Something with Love Locks

Despite the fact that padlocks represent declarations of eternal love, some consider their presence on Paris bridges to be distasteful and destructive—which they literally were. 45,000 tonnes of locks were removed from the Pont des Arts bridge in 2014, and semi lock-proof barriers were installed in their place. So, if you’re pro-love lock, head to the Ile de la Cité where there are many bridges and railings, already accumulating locks and happy to hold one more. If you’re anti love-lock, enjoy the mostly lock-free Pont des Arts.

6- Take a Hot Air Balloon Ride

Up in the air, nothing but clouds around, Paris below, and your love by your side. The biggest hot air balloon in the world, the Ballon de Paris takes groups of people up 150 meters into the sky. Buy your tickets in advance and print them (digital tickets are not accepted).

7- Go Shopping

Roses roses roses everywhere. Roses arranged into hearts, roses with a bottle of champagne, rose-scented perfumes, roses and romance are all around at Au nom de la rose. The ultimate symbol of eternal love—an eternal rose, preserved mysteriously—is available for purchase.

8- Spend an Afternoon at Le Loir dans la Théière

There’s almost always a line out the door and snaked down the block to get into Le Loir dans la Théière. It’s that good. Mismatched couches, tables, and chairs fill the café, its walls lined with old art, theatre, movie posters, and an Alice in Wonderland mural, Le Loir is sure to enchant. Mid-morning is the best time to go, right around 10:00. Hunker down with coffee for a good conversation, then you’ll already be there for lunch when the line starts to form outside.

9- Take a Citroen Vintage Car Tour

U2’s “City of Blinding Lights” playing in the background, your lover’s hand in yours, the city has never looked so alive. A vintage Citroen 2CV car will pick you up anywhere in the 1-8ème arrondissements, and your driver with take you on a guided tour. On the Classic Tour, you’ll see Paris’ 15 biggest monuments for 70€ per person.

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10- Get outside at Parc Monceau

Hold hands, breath in fresh air, and wander down the paths of Parc Monceau. Buy coffee and hold hands to keep warm. Admire the majestic Classic Colonnade, and Pyramid of Egypt before going to the statue of Charles Gounod, a famous French composer. Over the last sips of coffee, listen to Gounod’s Ave Maria and Roméo et Juliette.

11- Party with your friends

Finally, if you are single, don’t worry! There are still a lot of things to do for Valentine’s Day in Paris! Let’s keep in mind that all museums and attractions will be open that day. If you’re looking to simply enjoy a good time with your friends, why not have a cocktail at a cozy bar and then go party all night long at one of the best clubs in town.

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Indeed, even in this monetary downturn families will take their children by the thousand to Disneyland and Walt Disney World in this coming year. I am an aficionado of Mickey Mouse (Amateur Traveler Episode 25 – Disneyland – why I figured out how to adore the mouse) however I need to recommend that there are reasons likewise to take the children to Europe when they are as yet youthful. To make the point I need to call attention to 7 different ways that Paris France is superior to Disneyland.

1. Shopping

Downtown Disney vs Galeries Lafayette Paris am always surprised the amount of time some families spend shopping on their Disney trip, but if you really want incredible shopping Paris offers the well known Champs Elysees, but for my money, I think that the Galeries Lafayette is an incomparable shopping experience. The building itself is like a cathedral to commercialism and the shopping is also good.

Champs-ElyséesAvenue Montaigne, a side street of the world famous Champs-Elysées Avenue, is another very luxurious shopping street in Paris. Many of the most famous luxury brands such as Louis Vuitton, Chanel & Givenchy have a store there.

2. Getting Around – Monorail vs Metro

The monorail is a very cool looking method of transportation – a railway system in which the track consists of a single rail, typically elevated and with the trains suspended from it. The term is also used to describe the beam of the system, or the vehicles traveling on such a beam or track. The problem is that it does not really go anywhere. The metro may be less futuristic but it is a great way to get around the city in comfort. Just look for the art deco Metro signs.

3. Food

This is one category where there is no competition. Even for kids, the hot dog in tomorrow land is no competition for le “hot dog” which is made with a baguette, two hot dogs end to end and grilled cheese. Better yet while your kids are eating that you can be trying the escargot. (You can try the escargot but I will be having the mutton stew or whatever is the prix fixe menu).

Street food: a simple concept, almost as old as streets themselves, which is now taking off in Paris despite a slow start. Prepared and/or sold on the city’s pavements (to the extent permitted by the law), and designed to be easily eaten on the fly, this not-so-haute cuisine runs the gamut from sandwiches to kebabs, empañadas to dim sum, without ever breaking the bank. Read on for our recommendations.

4. Sleeping Beauty’s Castle vs the Eiffel Tower

Both Paris and Disneyland have a center that people are drawn to and are photographed in front of. Disneyland recently reopened Sleeping Beauty’s castle to tours but frankly, most people who visit the park won’t tour it. By contrast, 200,000,000 people have visited the Eiffel Tower. It was the tallest tower for 41 years after its construction and still captivates the imagination with its design.

Skip the entry lines, which can be as long as four hours, on a two-hour Eiffel Tower Priority Access Ticket with Host tour that whisks you straight to the elevators for a leisurely look at the landmarks of Paris as you learn some of their histories from your guide. Or you can combine several top tourist attractions on a four-hour Paris City Tour, Seine River Cruise, and Eiffel Tower, an excellent introduction to the city as you see and learn about landmarks such as the Champs-Elysees and Arc de Triomphe from your air-conditioned coach and view others from a relaxing cruise boat, ending with panoramic views from the Eiffel Tower’s second level.

5. Display – Fantasmic versus Saint Chapelle

Disneyland offers the uproarious accident of firecrackers, the bright display and the enchantment of narrating at Fantasmic. Families stay outdoors on the River of America for quite a long time to attempt and discover a spot where they can rest they exhausted children and see the show. Paris offers a calmer display that still recounts a story, however without all the clamor, in the stained glass of its church buildings. As I would see it the lesser known Saint Chapelle offers significantly more excellence than the better known Notre Dame.

6. Excite Tour – The Wall of Love

As one of the most romantic cities in the world, it should come as no surprise that there’s literally an entire attraction dedicated to love. Whether you’re looking for the Instagram backdrop or a cute date spot with your other half, this artistic installation has been visited by all the Parisian and globe-travelled lovers of the world and remains a popular attraction. Known as Les Mur des Je t’Aime in French, even the most jaded person can’t help but be charmed by the sweet sight and the loved up couples that always seem to be dotted around it.

7. Experience – Musee d’Orsay

Musee d’Orsay houses the largest collection of Impressionist art in the world. It is here that you can see Monet, Manet, Degas, Cezanne, Renoir, Van Gogh, Gaugin and more. It’s literally a collection of the who’s who in the Impressionist art world.

This museum is more than just Impressionist art. The building is also a work of art. Musee d’Orsay was once Gare d’Orsay, an old train station, which was renovated and became this art museum.

That’s quite the list, right? Now, if you only have a few days, what are the most important things to see?

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It’s winter in Paris, but that’s no reason to stay inside! Throw on your coat and head out into the crisp December air, as [Paris is Paris] shows you the most magical Marchés de Noël the City of (Christmas) Lights has to offer.

1- MARCHÉ DE NOËL, CHAMPS-ELYSÉES

The iconic Christmas market has found a new home in as equally a swanky spot as its previous location: the Tuileries gardens situated right in front of the Louvre. Dubbed La Magie de Noel (The Magic of Christmas), the market features a giant ice rink, a ferris wheel and 120 stalls serving up Christmas food specialties from 20 French regions. There’s also a host of artisans showcasing and selling their creations, and kids can look forward to a free theatre and a Guignol puppet show on weekends.

Date: From November 15th to January 4th

Location: Avenue des Champs-Élysées, 75008 Paris, France

2- La Défense Marché de Noël

This is the largest of all the Christmas markets in Paris and certainly one of the merriest. Its 350 or so stalls are packed full of festive decorations, original presents and tasty treats. Set in the heart of the busy business district, the Christmas village makes for a quirky contrast with the tall skyscrapers. Come visit this glorious monument, enjoy the best holidays with the best-rated hotels in the region.

Date: From November 19th to December 27th

Location: Esplanade de La Défense, 92800 Paris-La Défense

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3- Notre Dame Cathedral

Nestled next door to Notre Dame at Square Viviani, this lovely market brings together more than 40 designers, craftspeople, sculptors, and performers. Every year, an enormous decorated tree is set in front of the Cathedral, making for perfect Christmas cards. Speaking of trees, the garden in Square Viviani has a tree that has been standing for over 400 years!.. book a hotel for a guided tour in the old city.

Date: From December 12th to December 23rd

Location: 2 rue du Fouarre, 75005 Paris, France

4- Alsacien, Gare de l’Est

This market specializes in delicacies brought over from the German-influenced Alsace region. This means that this is your perfect chance to try their bretzels(pretzels), pains d’épices (spiced bread), charcuterie, sauerkraut, mountain cheeses, white wines and eau-de-vie, gingerbread, and more! What other reasons are you looking for!?

Date: From December 3rd to December 18th

Location: Place du 11 novembre 1918, 75010 Paris, France

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5- Féeries d’Auteuil

Christmas and food are almost synonymous, so there is no reason to miss a gourmet Christmas market — right” Besides the typical French cheese, wine, and champagne, there are many beautiful nativity scenes crafted by the community organization Apprentis d´Auteuil, which helps disadvantaged youth.

Date: From December 5th to December 13th

Location: 40 rue Jean de La Fontaine, 75016 Paris, France

6- Quai Branly

Last, but not least, the Christmas market at Quai Branly could not have a more romantic location: at the foot of the Eiffel Tower. You will find Christmas ornaments, crafts, gift ideas, and, again, delicious treats. As every year, the ice skating rink is available for anyone who fancies an ice ride while in the shadow of the grandiose Eiffel Tower.

Date: From December 17th to January 3rd

Location: Quai Branly, 75007 Paris, France

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