My husband took me back to Paris for our 5th wedding anniversary. We only had a short amount of time there and obviously wanted to see as much as possible. If you have got a short trip planned and want to make the most of your time there, my top tips for an unforgettable visit are below.
Plan your visit
My husband wanted to go to the top of the Eiffel Tower as on our previous visit it was too windy for us to go to the summit. I had heard lots of good things about the Angelina tearoom and was dying to try one of their pastries. These both went on our list.
I downloaded an app (Sygic Travel) which gave the distance to walk between different attractions and how long it would take. It also had a map to show you where everything is and how to get there. This made it so easy to fit everything in.
The queues can be massive for all of the popular tourist attractions so it is a good idea to pre-book prior to your visit. This will save you lots of time and ensure you get to do everything you planned (we didn’t think to do this and spent over an hour queuing in the heat to go to the top of the Eiffel Tower).
Wear sensible shoes
Spending the day sightseeing involves a lot of walking! I wore cheap sandals and ended up with huge blisters on the heel of my foot.
Go on a hop-on hop-off bus tour
We always like to walk everywhere as we love being able to explore properly and stumble across quirky shops and places we might otherwise have missed. However, if walking is not your thing and you want to see all the sights book a hop-on hop-off bus tour. They stop off at all of the famous landmarks and you get off and on at your own leisure.
What we did
- Stayed overnight at Hotel Mademoiselle
- Had delicious pastries at the Angelina tearoom
- Spent time enjoying the sunshine at the Louvre
- Went to the top of the Eiffel Tower
- Took a rickshaw from the Eiffel Tower to Notre Dame (my feet had enough at this point)
- Took in the sights at Notre Dame at night
- Visited the Arc de Triomphe
- Did some shopping on Champs-Elysées Avenue
We had an amazing trip and managed to do everything we had planned. I loved exploring (although my feet still haven’t fully recovered). If I am lucky enough to go back again I would love to go to the Moulin Rouge and see the Catacombs.
Have you been to Paris? What are your top tips and things to do and see?