I lived for almost 3 years in Paris and I have to say that this city changed my life. When I arrived there, I was still a naive child. I was back from Australia and I may have seen quite a lot in this world but I wasn’t yet a woman.
The particular roughness of Paris taught me a lot and gave me strengh for the rest of my life. The competition is tough and people are direct and not afraid to tell you if you’re suck. This is Paris, eternally elegant and proud. With Paris, you’ll go as far as possible.
“What is it about Paris? The architecture is so elegant, artful—it manifests such intelligence. Just as the French are artful and philosophical, the city itself exudes that same spirit. I think it’s that sense of some higher calling infusing the city that so drew me to it—history, art, heart, an intellectual and sensual celebration.” Don George.
What to visit in only three days in the City Lights? You don’t have to arrive with a specific agenda but it’s nice to know a vague itineraryif you want to use-well your time.
First of all, download the Metro Map!
Take a note below:
Go to the North of Paris then the North-East.
Take a walk in Montmartre, it looks like a village in the core of the city. It’s in the 18e arrondissement. Try to lose yourself in the steep and cobbled streets of one of the most and great area of the capital of France!
The Basilica of Sacre-Coeur
Clos Montmartre Vinyard
Lapin Agile Cabaret
Metro: Buttes Chaumont
From Montmartre go to see the public park of Buttes Chaumont! It’s gorgeous! Situated in the 19e arrondissement, the Temple de la Sibylle is perched at the top of a cliff fifty metres.
Go to the North-Middle West of the city.
There is no Paris without la Tour Effeil and les Champs-Elysées! Probably the most famous avenue in the world!
From place de la Concorde to Place de Charles de Gaulle, there is more than two kilometres long, you’ll be able to shop and take lots of pictures without forgetting the famous L’Arc de Triomphe.
Metro: Champs-Elysées Clémenceau
Don’t forget to stop by the Grand and le Petit Palais situated at the southern side and the Elysée at its nothern side.
Before to go, check the website to see if there is an exhibition who can interest you.
Spend your day in the Latin quarter and St Michel. There are a lot of bookstores and cute coffee shops.
From St Michel, it’s easy to go to see Notre-Dame de Paris. After Notre Dame, stop by to the legendary bookstore Shakespeare and Company.
You can stop by Centre Pompidou then run into the Pantheon. While there, look up toward the main pediment, the inscription reads: Aux Grands hommes, la patrie reconnaissante. (For great men, the grateful nation.)
From there, go for a walk in the so cute Mouffetard Street, it’s my favorite one in Paris. Small shops and specialty markets are really great!
Then you are now very close to the Luxembourg Gardens. Go to walk around and enjoy one of the most beautiful green gardens of the city. The Palais du Luxembourg built in the 17th century for Marie de Médicis. Mother of King Louis XIII.
I remembered Hemingway’s famous words to a friend: “If you are lucky enough to have lived in Paris as a young man, then wherever you go for the rest of your life, it stays with you, for Paris is a moveable feast.”
Over to you, what is your favorite place in Paris?
Cécile lives in Chicago though is originally from southern France. She’s an avid traveler and is always excited by new adventures. After living in Ireland, Australia and Canada, Cécile is an advocate of having a routine but not staying comfortable for too long.