‘La Ville-Lumiére’ -The City of Lights- AKA- Paris, France. Paris has been high on my bucket list for quite some time, so when I had the chance to spend 24 hours there, I knew I had to jump on the opportunity. In an ideal world, I would have spent a week exploring; however, I was determined to make the use of the short time I had. If you are on a time constraint in Paris as well, these recommendations will make you walk ’til you drop! (You have to burn off all of those crépes somehow!)
Arriving at Charles De Gaugh
If you are going straight from the airport to the sights (or hotel is nearby), you need to take the metro RER C to the Chatelet station. This will bring you to…
1. The Louvre
Now, with my travel restraint, I opted for walking around and taking goofy pictures, but I hear that it takes approximately 30 minutes to find the Mona Lisa painting. The Louvre is a place that could take days to explore, so I suggest to find one or two paintings for this trip.
2. Notre Dame
After the Louvre, walk over to the Notre Dame Cathedral. This cathedral is a must-see because it is one of the largest French Gothic cathedrals in the country, and it is one of the most visited in the world. Not to mention, it has been completed since 1345, so we are talking about a lot of history! I also heard a hunchback wanders the grounds, so there’s that too…
When I visited, I noticed a mass service taking place, so I walked in quietly and saw the Notre Dame in action.
3. Eiffel Tower
To find the most famous site of all, it is time to hop back on the metro. Luckily, the Notre Dame is only about 4 or 5 stops from the Eiffel Tower. Obviously, the Eiffel Tower is on the must- do list because it is the most famous tourist attraction in Paris and so beautiful! My favorite part of walking around Paris was turning random street corners and seeing the Eiffel Tower in the background. It has a way of following you around. I personally suggest finding a market, buying a baguette and some champagne, and sitting outside. I did not take the elevator to the top, but I recommend buying a ticket online if this interests you. It gets quite chaotic!
4. Arc de Triomphe
Once you are finished staring in awe at the Eiffel Tower, walk on over to the Arc de Triomphe. This is a nice monument dedicated to those who fought in the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic wars. There is also a vault for the Tomb of the Unknown Solider from WWI beneath it. After this site, shopping is nearby! I do not know who can visit Paris without at least a little window shopping!
5. Montmatre and Moulin Rouge
Montmatre is a large hill in Paris’s 18 arrondissement and has one of the best views of Paris. This means the hill is a little outside of the city, but well worth the trek. To get here from the Arc de Triomphe, walk over to the metro station Charles de Gaulle-Etolle and take metro line 2 (towards Nation) and after 10 stops, get off at the Anvers station. It is about an 8 minute walk from the station to the Basilica of Montmartre. The Basilica du Socre -Coeur is a famous Roman Catholic church on top of Montmatre. My friends and I walked up the hill for sunset and really enjoyed the view of the city. The Moulin Rouge is also a few steps away!
6. Eiffel Tower (Again)
Finally, after eating and drinking wine, we headed back to the Eiffel Tower around 11:00 pm in order to see the sparkle! The Eiffel Tower is beautiful during the day, but radiant at night! Definitely do not miss the show if you only have one night in town.