I’ve lost count of the number of times I’ve now been to Paris, with different groups of friends, family and work colleagues. Many of my trips have involved going to Disneyland Paris as I worked for The Walt Disney Company, and have enjoyed the perks of free park visits, and running a half marathon before the park opened.
However, this trip will talk less about Disney and more about the beautiful city of Parie.
Having left home at 4:50am, I arrived at 6am to check in and depart from London St Pancras station. The Eurostar takes a record 2 hours to get to the centre of Paris arriving in Gard Du Nord. I arrived in Paris, just before 11am and managed to bag a great apartment in St Martins which was a 10 minute walk from the station.
I loved the area, and definately recommend a visit to check out the shabby chic bars and appetising bistros.
If you get in early you can definately make the most of the day.
The top attractions you can do on your first day, would be to check out the Champs-Elysees, Arc De Triumph, The Lourve and Notre Dame.
Head to Arc Du Triumph first, you’ll be able to see the Arc Du Triumph when you come off the metro stop. This is one of the most famous monuments after the Eiffel tower in Paris, and is situated North-West of the Champs Elysees.
You have an option to climb to the top of the monument, but would be ideal if you had more than 3 days to enjoy Paris.
The Arc Du Triumph is at the top of the Champs Elysees, take a wander along this famous shopping district, the street has most high end stores as well as all your well known high street stores. It is perfect for a spot of lunch, I stopped off at Lauderee to check the architecture of a classic french pattisserie, as well as to try their famous Macaroons.
The Lourve Museum is a 15 minute walk from the most southerly point of the Champs Elyses. Walk through Jardins Des Champs Elysees. Take a wonder and see the beautiful architecture of this museum. The Lourve Palace is a former royal palace located on the Right Bank of the Seine in Paris, between the Tuileries Gardens and the church of Saint-Germain l’Auxerrois. If you have time, head in and check out the famous Mona Lisa, you will need a few hours for this and is achievable. The museum opens from 9am all week expect Tuesdays when the museum is closed.
If you have the time, visit the Notre Dame Catherdal, which is a medieval Catholic cathedral on the Île de la Cité in the fourth arrondissement of Paris, France. It’s free to enter and worth a visit if you love beautiful architecture.
I spent my second full day in Disneyland. I couldn’t come to Paris without visiting the house of Mouse. I had some free tickets, but if you aren’t that fortunate a day pass costs €99 and if in a hurry you may want to add on a fast pass to queue jump the lengthy wait times for the big rides.
Disneyland Paris is just under an hour from Paris, and can be reached by the RER. Ideally you’d want to take 2 days to do both parks properly, but with fast pass a day is doable.
Check out my next post on highlights of Disneyland Paris coming soon.
This was my last day in Paris, and it was spent walking around the Eiffel tower, if you have time, you may like to climb it, but theres now added security and you need to get through airport security first and then queue to climb. There is also the option to take a lift to the top, however this option usually has a lot bigger queues than the walking option.
Alternatively, walk through the park adjacent to the Eiffel Tower. In summer, it is lovely to sit and have a picnic, and take those classic touristy pictures.
I spent most of the morning just wandering around the area, and then headed over to Pigalle where I headed to a recommended restaurant called Pink Mamma. It’s run as a traditional italian and I could not fault it. It often has queues around the door, but I arrived early and was seated and was looked after during my visit. The food was amazing!
From Lunch, the Moulin Rouge was a short walk away. I avoided catching a show which was around €150, but if this is your thing, make sure you get a chance to book in one evening.
From the moulin rouge, we did a leisurely walk up to MontMarte, where we stumbled across a few hidden treasures.
On route, you will pass Van Gogh’s House
As well as many other little cobbled roads and cute eateries. My favourite had to be the cafe called Maison Rose (the house of rose) the lead up to it looked like a painting.
Spend a good afternoon pootling around Montmarte, there are many French art shops and galleries with amazing art from local artists. As you continue around the corner from La Maison Rose, past the galleries you’ll approach the Sacre Coeur. This basilica is situated at the highest point of Paris and has the most beautiful views of the city. Near the Sacre Coeur, if you were interested you can hire a vintage VW beetle which comes with its own driver who is willing to drive you back down and around the city for three hours. This is an option if you want to see everything the city has to offer in a few hours but also comes at a price. The other option is to walk the steps back down or take the tram, both easy options.
This three days was one of my favourite trips out to Paris and shows you can see such great architecture and the highlights in only 3 days! Get out this coming bank holiday and check out what Paris has to offer!