Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Paris, mon amour...

Paris, the capital of France is most definitely a city worth visiting. Wether you visit for a short weekend trip as I did in 2011 or for a whole week, this experience stays in mind.

I am going to share a 48-hour travel guide with you and a few other spots and hotels where it is nice and affordable to stay in.
Make sure to click on the words witten in italics, I put links on them, which guide you directly to their webpage or pages with other interesting information.
Let's get started:

Day One: Eiffel Tower, Montmartre, and the Moulin Rouge

The Eiffel Tower from below*Morning*
If you have a special skip-the-line ticket to the Eiffel Tower you won't have to wait and spare a great amount of time. Afterwards you can visit the backstage engine room.


For lunch I would recommend to spend time at Chartier Bouillon. You will find Belle Epoque glamour and very tasty dishes in an old-fashioned environment there. And the best: lunch is less than 10 bucks.
Vintage French posters*Afternoon* 
Wander the cobbled streets of Montmartre on a 2-hour walking tour. Climb the steps of the Sacre Coeur Montmartre. Visit the last vineyard in Paris, and enjoy the bohemian atmosphere.


Stroll back to your hotel along the banks of the Seine, and get ready for a night of champagne and dancing at the Moulin Rouge.

Day Two: Champs-Elysees, Croissants, and Catacombs

Croissants fresh from the oven*Morning*
Champagne hangover? Grab a cafe au lait and sea salt croissant from Ble Sucre, then head for the hop-on hop-off sightseeing bus with your 24-hour ticket.

First stop, The Louvre! Skip the line at the world's most visited museum, and let an art historian be your guide.
The beautiful Paris skyline and River Seine*Lunch*
Feast at Le Benoit. It's the only bistro in Paris with a Michelin star. Run by Alain Ducasse, the 3-course lunch menu costs €38.


Catch some sun from the top deck of the bus as you're driven down the Champs-Élysées. Hop off at the Notre Dame, where entrance is free. Wander the moneyed streets of the Marais district, then take a peek at the Pompidou.
Colorful French macaroons*Evening*
For a really special night, head to cozy L'Ambassade d'Auvergne for lentil and bacon salad, topped by the most decadent chocolate mousse in the city. As an alternative you can visit Entrecote, a very famous spot. But be aware that you will have to wait in line, because no reservations can be made.

Skip the line to the Catacombs of Paris, where the underground tunnels are lined with the skulls and bones of millions of Parisians, removed from the city's overflowing cemeteries in the 18th century.
Emerge back into the City of Light for one last stroll among the grand boulevards and secret courtyards.
*Local tip*
For a filmhouse that's as beautiful as it is unusual, La Pagode Cinema is a little piece of Japan in the heart of Paris.

*Unique pick*
You could just pick up the perfect macaroons from Laduree, I telling you, they are the best in the whole world.

*Get around*
If you're staying in Paris for a few days, save time and money by buying a carnet of ten metro tickets for €12.70.

*Getting into town*
Whether you're coming in from Charles de Gaulle or Paris Orly, make life easy with a private transfer to your hotel.

For your classic photos of the Eiffel Tower, head to the Palais de Chaillot at Metro Trocadero. Sunset is the best time to go, when the Eiffel Tower bursts into a million sparkling lights. Enjoy!

References: http://www.getyourguide.com/paris-l16/itineraries/48-hours-in-paris-new-in-town-i30/


These are the pictures I took when I visited Paris in November 2011.

Here you can see the famous Louvre Museum by night.
Remember the movie "The Davinci Code"?

Bicycle tour through Paris with a stop at the Eiffel Tower.

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