I can’t believe it was in October of 2018, and now I’m writing about my trip to Paris in 2019. I really need to step up my schedule. Better late than never, right?
Anyway, I visited Paris for just a couple of days. Obviously, you can’t see the whole of Paris in just 48 hours, but we certainly tried. Here’s exactly how I spent those days, maybe you could use it as a guide or 48 hours in Paris itinerary? I’ve cut out the days in which we travelled, so, technically I was in Paris for four days, but let’s not be one of -those- people.
So, day one was spent hitting the major tourist hot spots. And by major, I mean the Eiffel Tower. It really was the sight that we were most excited to see.
So, we jumped on the metro, had a coffee and the obligatory crepe and went searching for the iconic attraction. Okay, call me a little bit crazy but we actually decided to try and use the physical map that the tourist centre gave us (we failed), but on our journey, we stumbled across none other than the Notre Dame. What a nice surprise.
We did look a little bit like Joey from friends in that London episode.
We also made a few turns down some very French looking streets, which was always fun.
With a little help from Google Maps, yes, we caved. We found ourselves underneath the giant tower. We walked around it, took a lot of selfies.
The day was still young, so, we decided to travel to the Arc de Triomphe which is where we came across the fantastic shopping street – Champs-Elysées. I think that might have been my favourite place of the whole trip, believe it or not.
We then had a panini on the grass right in front of the Eiffel Tower and headed back to our Air BnB.
There’s always a bittersweetness to the last day of your travels. You want to make it as perfect as possible, but you know you might not see the great destination in a while. We decided to make our way to the Louvre, and we were pleasantly surprised to be greeted with zero queues. We got there around dinner time, after tucking into a coffee and chips.
The Louvre is an absolute must-see in Paris. It’s full of culture, history and just a plethora of interesting to read into and be completely mesmerised by. It does take a few hours to make your way around, so, I wouldn’t place this part of your trip into somewhere with a tight schedule. We made sure to really indulge in it.
Afterwards, we made our way to the Sacré-Cœur, unfortunately being blissfully unaware of the nice transport system up the hill, we carried ourselves up the hundreds of steps. It was totally worth it. The Sacré-Cœur is beautifully enough, but the view of Paris from above is just wonderful.
We then took a shopping trip down Champs-Élysées, made a few purchases, munched on the finest pastries (we treated ourselves) and then sat right back in our favourite spot – the grass area under the Eiffel Tower.
A part of Paris that will always stick with me, is when a busker was singing beautifully in front of the Eiffel Tower. As a crowd gathered and sat on the stairs, singing along, it was a type of peace and happiness which I very rarely feel when travelling.
As I mentioned, we visited in October, which I really feel was THE perfect time. There were no queues, crowds were totally manageable, we still managed to witness a wedding, and the weather was beautiful – short dress, beautiful.
I also witnessed a human rights protest, and a memorial day service, which was just the icing on the cake.
I really am craving Paris at the moment, I hope to go back (next time for longer) and see more of the amazing sights that the incredible city has to offer.
You might not see everything in two days, but you certainly make some great memories.