We had one last day to see all we could see in beautiful Paris, read along to see how we spent our perfect day in Paris…
Paris is one of my favorite cities. For as long as I can remember, it has always been a dream of mine to visit someday. I even took French classes for two years in high school when all of my friends were taking Spanish because I knew someday I’d visit. Through my husband’s work, I’ve been fortunate to have been able to visit Paris a few times and I never tire of it. A week in Paris would be perfect, two weeks would be a luxury and three days (as we did this time) is just a taste which leaves an intense desire to return.
If you’ve been following along with my previous travel posts, you’ll remember that our actual vacation destination was London. From London, we took the Eurostar to Paris and because of other obligations, could only stay in Paris for the weekend. Although we had only a few days, we sure made the most of our time in Paris. Fortunately, the days are long. The sun doesn’t set until about 9:30 or 10pm so we could spend all of the daylight hours sightseeing and exploring.
We ate dinner both evenings at around 9pm. After dinner each night we walked to the Eiffel Tower to watch it light up. If you’re in Paris for any length of time, make sure to take a seat on the lawn next to the Eiffel Tower and watch the lights come on. The Eiffel Tower is illuminated with thousands of sparkling lights which twinkle every night for 5 minutes every hour on the hour beginning at or around dusk. It’s beautiful to watch the lights come on and begin to sparkle and fun to hear all the ooh’s and aah’s from everyone around.
Take a look at the video we took, so fun!
On the lawn next to the Eiffel Tower, we noticed young men walking through the crowd selling overpriced bottles of cheap champagne to enjoy during the light show. I think a better idea would be to walk to a wine shop or a market and buy a bottle of quality champagne at a much better price or even a great bottle of wine and bring it along with you (just don’t forget the glasses!). The point is to not be in a rush to see the light show. Sit down on the grass and take it all in. You’re in Paris!!
On our last morning in Paris, we got a very early start. We packed our bags the night before and checked out of our rooms first thing in the morning. The front desk held our bags for us while we did some sightseeing. We only had until about 2 pm to see all we could possibly see before we took the Eurostar back to London.
First stop, the Eiffel Tower in daylight. There are two ticket options. One is to take elevators up to the very top and the other is to purchase the ticket that allows you to walk to the second level. Once you are on the second level, you can then buy a ticket to take the elevator to the very top. Since the lines were extremely long for the elevators all the way up, we purchased the ticket that allowed us to walk to the second level then ride up. It’s worth noting that the second level is a long way up! Even though we consider ourselves in fairly good shape, we got a bit winded. My advice would be to pace yourselves. It’s not a sprint to the second level. Pause when you need to and enjoy the beautiful views.
When we reached the second level, we were able to see for miles. Here’s the Arc de Triomphe.
The River Siene.
We rode the elevator up to the top and wanted to linger and see all of the landmarks we recognized.
La Basilique du Sacre Coeur in Montmarte off in the distance.
After spending about an hour up on top, we rode the elevator back down to the second level and then walked down. We had the option to take the elevator from the second level down, but the lines were extremely long. By the way, the walk down is much easier!
There’s a post office right by the Eiffel Tower so we picked up a few postcards from the gift shop and mailed them home.
From the Eiffel Tower, we walked along the Seine towards the Galeries Nationales.
From the Galeries Nationales it’s only a short walk to the Champs-Elysees. At the end, the Arc de Triomphe!
We found a great little bistro called, L’Etoile 1903 where we had lunch with a view of the Arc de Triomphe in the background. The food was good but the atmosphere was what made it a great stop. We ordered a nice bottle of Rose’ wine to enjoy while we dined outside. It was so nice!
On our way back to the hotel, we stopped at the Place de la Concorde.
We made it back to our hotel in time to catch our taxi to take us to the Gare du Nord Station to board the Eurostar back to Paris. One full day and two half days simply isn’t enough time to see everything in Paris but I think we did a pretty good job. We gave our kids a taste of Paris and accomplished what we set out to do. We saw many of the highlights of the city and we all can’t wait to return and really explore Paris.
This map shows where we went and the restaurant we ate at in those few hours in Paris. If you click on the map title below the map, you can see the locations better and the path we took.
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There’s much more to come! Next up, riding on the London Eye, visiting Buckingham Palace and Windsor Castle, we’ll catch a play in London and much more!
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