Weekend get away, Paris is two days

I made my first trip across the pond in the summer of 2011 when I was eighteen. I spent the entirety of my trip, aside from the 8 hours I spent just across the Belgian boarder, in France. I feel in love with the french people, their culture and their language, and the history of this beautiful country. This trip opened my eyes to the world outside of my small understanding. It showed me that although we may be separated by language, culture, and geography, we are more alike than we are different. France and especially Paris has held a special place in my heart since that summer of new beginnings, experiences, and way of thinking.

A couple weeks back, David and I celebrated our first wedding anniversary! In this weekend of celebration I got to go back to this special place, Paris.

We only had a weekend, in fact, less than 48 hours, as we arrived at 10 am Saturday and left, 8 pm on Sunday. But despite the time constraints we were able to have a wonderful, relaxing, yet full weekend in Paris. If you are planning a trip the Europe and want to see “everything there is to see,” yet have a limited amount of time, I would like to share these three tips for, Paris in two days.

  1. Paris Museum Pass (43€)

With this pass we were able to get a fast pass entrance, meaning 0-15 minute wait to all of the following sight attractions,

  • La Louvre (17€)
  • Arc de triomphe (12€)
  • Tours de Notre Dame (Self guided tour of the top of Notre Dame cathedral) (10€)
  • D’Orsay Museum (12€)
  • Sainte-Chapelle (10€)
  • Orangerie Museum (9€)

Not only did we save almost 30€ by buying this pass, we also saved hours of time! Which is priceless when you only have two days. THERE ARE MANY MORE ATTRACTIONS INCLUDED IN THIS PASS, THESE WERE SIMPLY THE THINGS WE CHOSE TO DO IN THE ALLOTTED TIME OF TWO DAYS. We looked at the above online website just days before we left so we didn’t have time for their mailing service, we purchased ours at the airport tourist info desk.

2. BatoBus Two day pass (19€)

This is a Seine River hop-on/hop-off boat. It goes to all the major monuments on the river and was a nice relaxing way to get around the city. We stayed at an airbnb near the Eiffel Tower, so we usually walked to that stop(right under the bridge directly in front of the Eiffel Tower) We preferred taking the boat instead of the Metro whenever possible merely because it was a more beautiful way to travel, as you are above ground. You can purchase these at any of the river stops including, the Eiffel Tour, Notre Dame, Louvre Museum, D’Orsay Museum, and more.

3. Travel-Wifi (8€ per day)

One of the biggest pains of traveling in a foreign country is the constant search for Wifi. Whether it be that snapchat addiction or the simple desire to look for a restaurant near you on tripadvisor this is a convenience we found to be worth it. This includes 3GB of data and can be connected to up to 10 devices, so if you are traveling with family or friends you can easily split the price. The only downside is the battery life, only about 8 hours. This can easily be solved with a portable charger. We purchased ours at the airport tourist info desk.

This is was our two day schedule looked like:

10 am arrive at Charles de Gaulle Airport
11 am arrive at Airbnb to drop off bags
11:30 am Lunch
1 pm Eiffel Tour (didn’t go to the top, simply enjoyed the surrounding parks)
2 pm Louvre Museum
4:30 pm D’Orsay Museum
5:30 pm Orangerie Museum
7 pm Dinner at Fromagerie Danard
9:30 pm Walk down Champs-Élysées
10 pm Dessert at Ladurée
11:30 pm Walk back to Airbnb past Eiffel tower at night (the Eiffel Tower Twinkles on the hour at night time)

8 am Breakfast picked up at local bakery
8:30 am Notre Dame Cathedral inside, and secured Tour time on the left side of the cathedral ( highly suggested you do this early, the line at 10 am when we returned was almost an hour wait!)
9:30 am Sainte-Chapelle
10 am Notre Dame Tour
11:30 am Lunch and walk through the Latin quarter which has many good restaurants. We passed by the Pantheon, which is included in the Museum pass, but chose not to go inside.
1 pm Top of the Arc de Triomphe
2 pm walk back to Airbnb to pick up luggage
4 pm Afternoon coffee and snack near Montmartre
5:30 pm Light dinner (cheese and meat plate) near moulin rouge
6:30 pm Metro back to Airport

Hope this was helpful in the planning of your upcoming trip! Or maybe inspired you to plan your own weekend get away. Until next time, remember you are alive to thrive!

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