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Paris in 4 days

Apr 4, 2008  Recent trip to Paris, for our 6-year anniversary
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This list holds my itinerary for our trip to Paris, which lasted about 3,5 days. We didn't want to use the metro a lot, because we like to see as much of the city as possible.
You this itinerary can help you, as it helped us see the things we wanted to see in a short period of time.

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  • Category: Perfect weekend
  • 1. Day 1 - Saturday, arrival - Gare du Nord (La)
    Gare du Nord, Paris, Ile-de-France

    We arrived at this station around 12.30 in the afternoon. We bought a carnet of 10 metro tickets at the billeterie and found our way to our RER.

  • 2. Timhotel Jardin des Plantes
    Timhotel Jardin des Plantes, Paris, Ile-de-France

    Very nice hotel! Great location, in the center, only 10 minute-walk away from the Notre Dame. Opposite the Jardin des Plantes (botanical Gardens)

  • 3. Day 1 - 15.00 Notre Dame Cathedral (Cathedrale de Notre Dame de Paris)
    Notre Dame Cathedral, Paris, Ile-de-France

    Nice cathedral, next to the Seine, in the center of Paris

  • 4. Day 1 - 15.30 Crypte Archeologique
    Archeological Crypt of the Parvis of Notre-Dame, Paris, Ile-de-France

    Crypte that holds the some excavations of what used to be the street to the Notre Dame

  • 5. Day 1 - 16.00 La Conciergerie
    Conciergerie, Paris, Ile-de-France

    Conciergerie is a former palace and prison.

  • 6. Day 1 - 16.45 Sainte-Chapelle
    Sainte-Chapelle, Paris, Ile-de-France

    Beautiful church with very large windows. Very intimate atmosphere.

  • 7. Day 1 - 18.00 Dinner at L'Insulaire

    Small restaurant at Rue Gregoire de Tours 16. Budget prices and warm ambience.

  • 8. Day 1 - 19.30 Tour Montparnasse
    Observatoire Panoramique de la Tour Montparnasse, Paris, Ile-de-France

    We took the metro to Tour Montparnasse. Entrance is 10 euros. Very nice view! Make sure to arrive around twilight, so you can see both day and night.
    You can stand inside, or outsight on the top of the building and overlook Paris.

  • 9. Day 2 - Sunday - 09.00 Musee du Louvre
    Musee du Louvre, Paris, Ile-de-France

    Make sure to be here early, to avoid the security line! We had a museum pass, so we could also skip the line for a ticket. Leave your bag at the Bagagerie and enjoy the museum. We headed up to the Venus of Milo and Mona Lisa first, to avoid crowds. Then we discovered some other wings. We didn't see the entire museum, because it's much too big.

    We also had lunch in the museum. the take away is affordable. I had a nice chicken baguette for 5 euros.

  • 10. Day 2 - 12.30 Jardin des Tuileries
    Jardin des Tuileries, Paris, Ile-de-France

    Nice garden. Walk through it on your way to the L'Orangerie.

  • 11. Day 2 - 13.30 Musee de l'Orangerie
    Musee de l'Orangerie, Paris, Ile-de-France

    You can skip the line here, which is usually long, if you have a museum pass. In this museum you find the nympheas of Monet! It's a small but intimate museum.

  • 12. Day 2 - 15.00 Le Marais
    Le Marais, Paris, Ile-de-France

    We wanted to do the walk described in the National Geographic Travel Guide, but the rain stopped us... we did see the Rue des Rosiers and had a falafel at L'As du Falafel (34 Rue des Rosiers).
    Very nice atmosphere in this jewish neighbourhood

  • 13. Day 2 - 19.00 Rue Mouffetard

    We went to have dinner at Chez Robbert, in a side street of Rue Mouffetard in Quartier Latin. Rue Mouffetard, also had some nice restaurants and shops. During daytime there's a market, but we didn't get to see it.

  • 14. Day 3 - Monday - 09.00 Jardin des Plantes
    Jardin des Plantes, Paris, Ile-de-France

    Nice botanical gardens. There's also a zoo (Menagerie) and a museum of history of nature and gallery of evolution.

  • 15. Day 3 - 11.00 Pantheon
    Pantheon, Paris, Ile-de-France

    Huge monument with many tombs of well known people, like Voltaire, Hugo and Curie.

  • 16. Day 3 - 12.30 Luxembourg Gardens (Jardin du Luxembourg)
    Luxembourg Gardens, Paris, Ile-de-France

    Pick up a sandwich at Pomme de Pain when you're walking from the Pantheon to the Jardin du Luxembourg and enjoy eating it in the gardens!

  • 17. Day 3 - 14.00 Saint-Sulpice
    Saint-Sulpice, Paris, Ile-de-France

    The church that got famous because of the Da Vinci Code.

  • 18. Day 3 - 16.00 Champs-Elysees
    Champs-Elysees, Paris, Ile-de-France

    Take the Metro to the Champs Elysees. Walk all the way up to the Arc and enjoy watching all the expensive shops and dressed up people.

  • 19. Day 3 - 17.30 Arc de Triomphe
    Arc de Triomphe, Paris, Ile-de-France

    From the top of this Arc you have a great view over Paris! Try taking the elevator, which is very quick and there's usually no people waiting.

  • 20. Day 3 - 19.00 Trocadero
    Trocadero, Paris, Ile-de-France

    Take the metro to Trocadero and enjoy the views of the Eiffel Tower. It's so huge! Perfect picture spot!

  • 21. Day 3 - 19.30 Eiffel Tower (Tour Eiffel)
    Eiffel Tower, Paris, Ile-de-France

    Wow, it's great to see it when you're standing under it!
    We didn't go up, because the lines were long and we had already enjoyed our view at the Arc very much.

  • 22. Day 3 - 20.30 La Terrasse

    Lovely restaurant!! Great food and service! Nearby the Eiffel Tower!

  • 23. Day 4 - Tuesday - 11.00 Musee d'Orsay
    Musee d'Orsay, Paris, Ile-de-France

    Such huge lines here!! So glad we had a museum pass, which allows you to go in through another entrance. We only had to wait in the security line for I think 15 minutes. The others must have been waiting for at least two hours to get in, and then they still had to buy their tickets.
    The museum is very nice and has some very famous paintings of Van Gogh.

  • 24. Day 4 - 14.00 Montmartre
    Montmartre, Paris, Ile-de-France

    We walked the streets of Montmartre, from Place the Clichy (metro). We first walked to Moulin rouge, which was nothing special. Then we walked over the cemetery which was impressive, and up the hill to Place du Tertre, through Rue Abesses.

  • 25. Day 4 - 16.00 Sacred Heart Basilica of Montmartre (Sacre-Coeur)
    Basilica du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, Paris, Ile-de-France

    Beautiful church! Nice views.

  • 26. Day 4 - 17.00 Gare du Nord (La)
    Gare du Nord, Paris, Ile-de-France

    And back to the station... we walked from the Montmartre, which was not far!

    Back home!