To many people 48 hours in Paris is simply not enough time and normally I would agree but last week I was challenged to show my friends Paris in under 48 hours. Using my guide of 8 things to do your first time in Paris, I think I did a pretty good job of running us all around the city. We did walk over 13 miles!!
We took the Eurostar from London to Paris, arriving a little after 10am and immediately headed to our hotel to drop our bags so we could explore in free. And I think it’s pretty obviously the first thing we did in Paris?
Arc de Triomphe
The Arc is my favourite thing to do in Paris. It’s so beautiful, the details is incredible and the views from the top are just perfection. Worth every penny and every step.
It’s also where I took my absolute favourite photo EVER of Paris, the colours and sunshine from the top of the arc make me so happy! Made all 284 steps worth it.
Despite not actually needing to do any shopping we still took our time to wander and do some window shopping and daydream about a beautiful new Louis Vuitton. I mean Christmas is coming right?? *hint hint Rich
Sunset walk along the Seine
I have initially planned to watch the sunset from the top of the Arc but being ahead of schedule meant we’d have to wait over an hour and standing up there was so cold, it seemed silly. Turns out it was a great decision to walk along the seine as the sun set because we got some gorgeous and fun photos. Bonus, we didn’t have to fight for spots at the top of the Arc.
On the way back to our hotel we decided to pick up some wine and cheese for an in-room app before finding somewhere for dinner. Let’s just say, it did not go smoothly – I broke a bottle opener. That’s all I’m saying. Despite that, we managed to have a laid back night and find a great little place not too far where the wine was much easier to pour…
We were meant to get up early and do birthday photos for Michelle during sunrise, but we were far too sleepy and missed our alarms. Oh well, loads of other photo ops made up for it throughout the day. Checked out of the hotel and grabbed coffee on our way to Jardin des Tuileries…with a quick pit stop to Palace de la Concorde.
Palace de la Concorde
Jardin des Tuileries
One of my favourite places to sit and people watch. Paris is the only place where it’s socially acceptable to have a baguette and crepes for breakfast and that’s awesome.
So we didn’t actually go into the Louvre, which was a huge disappointment for me, especially because the triangle was covered! Who knew they were closed on Tuesdays!! Still salty about it. Instead we tried to go to Palais Royal, which wouldn’t you know was closed for filming – ugghhh – so much struggle for one morning. My stress = coffee pit stop at a cute little cafe to sort out the rest of the day.
Pont des Arts – the original”Love Lock Bridge”
Sadly this is all that’s left of the original love lock bridge, little bundles on lampposts. It was sad in a way, it’s like a part of Paris is missing. Despite no locks, the views and colours were perfect on a sunny afternoon. Since it was mid week, we didn’t have many tourists either.
We walked a bit further towards Notre-Dame when I just went “oh my god” – I thought I was going to cry. I saw locks.
I felt incredibly nostalgic seeing all the locks since Rich and I had done it for our first anniversary. And was overwhelmed thinking about all the couples that have done it and whether or not they’re still together today.
Despite having been to Paris 3 times now, I’ve never been inside the Cathedral until now. Luckily the line was short, compared to when I’d been previously so we waited and WOW.
No amount of photos could do it justice – it was breathtaking.
Shakespeare and Company
All the books please!! The amount of self control I had to exercise to not buy a single book was unreal. I’d argue to say it was the most about of self control I’ve literately ever had in my entire life, especially considering the first time I bought 2 (originally 6 but Rich said no). If you haven’t been before, you might not know that they’re incredibly strict about no photos inside – whomp whomp.
But what’s the harm in a little contraband photo from my phone…
Goodbye to the Eiffel Tower
After a little rebellious photo taking, we thought it best to start back to the hotel to collect our bags. We stopped for an late lunch/early dinner along the way and made our way to say goodbye to the Eiffel Tower. Wouldn’t you know it that luck was on our side and it was 6pm when we got there so she was sparkling – in my mind she was waving goodbye – because I’m weird and like to make inanimate objects have personality and emotions.
And just like that our 48 hours in Paris were finished and we were headed back to the train station on our way to London.
some of my favourite picks for Paris in the autumn…