Day 1 - 9 May 2015
Content: Paris, the eternal city of light. I’ve spent extended weeks in this beautiful city, but I was lucky enough take a fun, quick weekend trip here once while staying in London. It was my husband’s first time to Paris, so I planned this itinerary down to the minute to include as many iconic top sights as possible into 24 hours. I often get asked which main Paris sights I would recommend seeing in a short period of time, so I’d like to share my itinerary for spending 24 hours in Paris.
Content: After arriving by train to Gare Du Nord station, we took a Uber to our hotel in the 15th arrondissement to drop off our bags. We walked to the nearby open air market called Marché Président Wilson, which is full of fresh vegetables and fruit, and every day items. We picked up some ingredients for a picnic lunch.
Content: Next was the Trocadero gardens, a beautiful garden space with the most iconic views of the Eiffel Tower. This is the perfect place for strolling, reading, or having a picnic, which is what did with our ingredients picked up from the open air market. We took some time to relax in this beautiful space.
Content: Next was the Eiffel Tower. We bought our tickets ahead of time to take the lift up to the very top. The wind was strong, making it pretty cold up there, but the view was absolutely worth it. Tip: There is a champagne bar at the top.
Content: We then headed straight to the Seine River to catch our nighttime Seine River cruise. This was such a magical experience. We cruised down the waters under the night sky, seeing Paris’ top monuments lit up, including the Notre Dame, the Louvre, picturesque bridges, and of course, the Eiffel Tower. Tip: the Eiffel Tower is lit up as soon as it gets dark, but it sparkles on the hour, every hour until 1am. If you can time to be on your cruise while it is sparkling, you will not regret it.
Content: We stayed at the Best Western Plus Maison 46, which is in the 15th arrondissement, near the Eiffel Tower. It is part of the Best Western chain of hotels, but it is an a beautiful old Parisian building with ornate woodwork all throughout the lobby. The location is fantastic, as we were literally able to walk to the Trocadero garden area, and there were plenty of nearby shops, restaurants, and cafes.
Day 2 - 10 May 2015
Content: In the morning, we took an Uber to the area near Notre Dame Cathedral, where we found a nice breakfast spot.
Content: After breakfast, we walked to the beautiful Notre Dame cathedral. Hearing the church bells in this place is like being in a dream. Wonderful area for sitting and relaxing as well.
Content: Our last stop in Paris was the stunning Sainte-Chapelle. This amazing Royal chapel has gothic architecture and jutting spires on the outside, and inside it has the most stained glass you have ever seen in one place. Endless panels of stained glass, ornately decorated, line the walls. The purple light that streams into the chapel absolutely divine. This is a great quick stop if you’re in the area, and it’s a bit of a hidden gem. After Sainte-Chapelle, we picked up our bags from our hotel and took an Uber back to Gare Du Nord, where we took the train back to London, concluding our 24 hour adventure in Paris.