Europe, Travel

Paris in a day

March 4, 2014
French flag

Anyone who’s been to Paris knows one day is nowhere near enough time to experience the City of Lights. With so many sights, smells and croissants to eat, it’s hard imagine even a week would suffice, let alone 24 hours. Nevertheless, my friends and I managed to squeeze a lot into our one day in Paris. Here’s what we managed to accomplish in our one day in Paris:

Eiffel Tower

Climbed the Eiffel Tower and enjoyed its views over lunch

We discovered the symbol known around the world, the Eiffel Tower, is quite delightful as a backdrop.

Musée du Louvre

Explored the Musée du Louvre

The largest art museum in the world and home to the most famous painted women, like the Mona Lisa and Venus de Milo, deserves a full day to explore itself.

Notre Dame de Paris

Toured the Cathedral of Notre Dame de Paris

The finest example of French Gothic architecture contrasted with stunning stained glass windows is just as beautiful on the inside as it is on the outside.

Hôtel de Ville in Paris

Caught a glimpse of Hôtel de Ville

Trying to navigate our way to the Metro, we caught a brief look at Hôtel de Ville, housing the city’s local administration – basically, Paris’s city hall.

Seine River in Paris

Rode down the Seine River on a river boat

A river boat cruise down the Seine River. What a beautiful way to get around the city!

Accosted on the Métro

Everyone has a metro story. It just so happened that our metro story occurred while we were on the Paris Métro.

La Defénse outside Paris

Visited La Défense

As the eccentric helmsman to our Métro ride, I somehow managed to land us at La Défense instead of the Arc de Triomphe. Grande Arche de La Défense and the Arc de Triomphe are almost the same thing, right?


Strolled along Champs-Élysées

One the most famous streets in the world, Champs-Élysées is also home to the most expensive real estate in the world.

Ate real French macaroons

Macaroons were pretty far off my radar when it came to what I wanted to experience in Paris, but thanks to my friend Jenny, we enjoyed REAL French macaroons from Ladurée.

Arc de Triomphe

Snapped photos of the iconic Arc de Triomphe

Getting there was a mess, but I’m glad we made it to the Roman-inspired Arc de Triomphe. The biggest and tallest triumphal arch in the world was commissioned by Napoléon to honor his victories.
Don’t worry, Paris. I will be back to see the rest of your beauteous city one day! Next time I hope to see La Sainte Chapelle, Musée d’Orsay, Sacre Coeur Basilica and enjoy a charming dinner in Paris, the City of Lights.

There are a few moments from my Europe trip I never got around to sharing. This is me trying to play catch up.

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