My last trip to Paris was one for the books! On my previous trips Paris I did all of the touristy things and visited the major attractions like most people who visit the City of Lights. This time around I tried some new adventurous things and had the time of my life. What made this trip to Paris different was me stepping out of my comfort zone and it paid off big time.
Where To Stay
Accommodations in Paris can make or break your experience and budget. Staying near areas close to the main attractions, shopping, restaurants, and public transportation is ideal, however, some districts are quite pricey. The less expensive alternative is to stay near the airport but you will spend a lot of time traveling back and forth to the city and even more money on transportation. I found the best option was staying near the Trocadero, situated across the Seine River from the Eiffel Tower. Hotel rates in the Trocadero district were in the median range and there were several options for restaurants, shopping, and nightlife. The view of the Eiffel Tower from the Place du Trocadero is breathtaking and the #1 reason to stay in this district.
How To Get Around
Getting in and around Paris can be a bit intimidating but I learned a few lessons on my first two trips to the city so I was determined to have the best experience on my 4 days in France. Uber and the Paris Metro is your friend! After years of paying for overpriced and crowded tours, I’ve learned my lesson and I’m not afraid to venture out to get a more personalized experience. The Paris metro has 16 lines that run throughout the city and can take you to any attraction or neighborhood…even Disneyland Paris. We took the Paris Metro during the day and opted for Uber rides in the evenings.
If you really want to get adventurous hop on the high-speed train for a day trip to other regions outside of Paris like Cognac, Champagne, and Bordeaux.
Things To Do
DAY 1 – Classic Paris
We started our day at the Notre-Dame de Paris, this was a few weeks before the fire so we were able to go inside where afternoon service was taking place. It was stunningly beautiful inside and the acoustics from the high altar were ethereal. Outside we walked the gardens surrounding the cathedral where cherry blossoms were in full bloom and walked along the Seine River to Ralph’s for lunch. Ralph’s is an American restaurant set inside the elaborate flagship Ralph Lauren store on St. Germain. We had lunch and wine in a beautiful open air courtyard, I recommend trying this place if you can get a table, they seem to always stay booked weeks in advance. We ended our evening by enjoying a night cruise along the Seine River for 15 euros each. The view of Paris from the Seine River is both exciting and informative, as the captain gives the history of each landmark.
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