Spending 48 Hours in Paris.

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Hello Pals,
I went to Paris before arriving into Canada (“wasn’t that ages ago?! why yes it was.) of course, no thanks to having WOW go bankrupt. I had two days in Paris, the city of love, the hyped up, talked about capital city everyone LOVES or HATES. Me? I’ll fence sit, it was both wonderful and well, tiring.
Of course, two days won’t let you see everything in Paris, but it will let you experience it.

If you would like to know “How to spend two days in Paris.” click ‘read more’

In this article, you’ll find: (click to be taken there)
The Basics: How to get there.
Getting Around: Transport Options
My Top Choices: What you should see.
My Recommendations: Where to eat & drink, What to listen to & read.
Where to Stay: Where I stayed or where friends stayed.
What I did: My diary entry.
Other Recommendations: Things we missed.

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⏰ Opening Hours. 📍Location 🕒Distance
💰Cost 🎫Ticket 📝 To note. 🎒What to bring.
♿ Accessibility 🌱Vegan / Veg Options.
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  TO NOTE:

  • The Louvre is free on the first Sunday of each month.
  • National museums are free for all persons under 26 from the European Union
  • You can drink the tap water in Paris.
  • For cheap eats, Franprix supermarkets have baked goods, salad bars and fridge meals.

THE BASICS

Getting There:

 ✈️ FLY

  • Note: The main international airport is Paris-Charles De Gaulle – CDG
  • Other Airports are; Orly Airport, Beauvais-Tillé Airport (budget airlines), Paris–Le Bourget Airport and Châlons Vatry Airport.

Local popular airlines are French Bee, Transavia France, Air France Hop, Air France
You can check here for the wiki on low-cost airlines.

International:
Depending on where you’re flying from – It’ll vary hugely in price.

USA / CANAmerican Airlines, Air Transit, MEA, Delta, Lufthansa, Air Canada, West Jet, Vueling Airlines, Norwegian Airlines, Alaska Airlines, Easy Jet.
AUS / ASIA / NZThai Airways, Singapore Airlines, Omar Air, Finnaair, Emirates, Qantas, Air New Zealand, Qatar, Cathay Pacific, Virgin Australia.
EURRyan Air, easyJet, Eurowings, Vueling, Lufthansa, KLM, Airfrance, British Airways, CityJet, Wizz Air, Jet2.

+ 🚌 Bus from Beauvais-Tillé Airport

💰€15,90€  | $25.59 AUD | $17.50 USD | ‎£13.62
The bus from the Airport will drop you off at Porte Maillot , iin which you can take the METRO from Neuilly – Porte Maillot to a closer station. There are taxis all around the area also.
book online here.

+ 🚌 Train from Charles de Gaulle airport (CDG) 

💰€10.00€  | $16.10 AUD | $11.01 USD | ‎£8.57
The train is located near terminal 3 and run from 04:56 to 23:56 and runs along the RER B line – which goes to Gare Du Nord.

🚌 BUS

FlexiBus, Ouibus and BlaBlaBus all go to Paris and range in prices.
ALSA runs from Madrid to Paris.

🚌 TRAIN

🕒2h 30m
The Eurostar is the main train line between London > Paris and go on sale 120 days in advance, becoming more expensive as it gets to the departure date. It runs between  St Pancras International in London and Gare du Nord in Paris.


GETTING AROUND

Getting Around:

TRAIN:
1.90€ for a one-way ride lasting up to 2 hours and runs 05:30 to 00:40
Read Paris By Train’s information here.

BUS:
Although there are many, many metro stations – there are times where Buses may be the fastest option.
A single journey costs €2,– if you buy your ticket on the bus.
UBER:
Download the app before you go – grab a paris sim, or use wifi.
Cheaper than Taxis, but only just.
TAXI:
The traditional taxi cab. Taxis may be hailed on the street or called directly for pickup. Metered and safe.
WALK
The best way to see Paris is to walk. There are countless DIY walking routes, applications and tours. You’ll see so much more this way.


SCOOTER:
Lime – download the app, unlock the scooter and get around. Be aware, Paris has cracked down on using them.
Article: How to avoid falling foul of Paris’ new rules on electric scooters

TOP CHOICES!

The Louvre Museum

⏰ Sat – Mon + Thur: 9:00 –18:00 | Wed + Fri: 09:00 – 21:45
Tuesday: Closed.
📍Rue de Rivoli, 75001 Paris, France
💰€15 EURO| $24.10 AUD| $16.53 USD | ‎£12.94 GBP
📝 take photo ID if you want an audio book.
On the first Saturday of each month, the museum is also open from 6 p.m. to 9:45 p.m. and admission is free for all visitors.
♿ yes
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Take the Le Carrousel Du Louvre if you are buying tickets via the office as this will be the fastest route.
ARTICLE: NY Times: It’s Time to Take Down the Mona Lisa
It is the world’s largest art museum and a historic monument in Paris, and pretty complex to navigate and the map didn’t really help. So, you will get lost. It’s so large, I spent 3.5 hours here, and only left because I got really hungry. All reviews said that there were massive lines, but I managed to buy my ticket, get through security within 10 minutes so for once in my life, i got lucky.
Check out: Venus de Milo, Mona Lisa, Liberty Leading the People, Joseph Ducreux.

Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris

⏰ Temporarily Closed.
📍6 Parvis Notre-Dame – Pl. Jean-Paul II, 75004
💰Cathedral is free – Tower: €8.50 Crypt: €8.50
📝Paris Info on the current situation here.
♿The physical Cathedral, yes.
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Although the cathedral is temporarily closed to visit inside, the outside is still worth a visit. It’s a true example of Gothic Architecture and was not created over a single, linear time. Created in 1163, it was a modest scale of three sanctuaries on the site. It was in 1177 that the Gothic Architecture took place and was then completed in 1345.

The Eiffel Tower

⏰ 09:00 – 23:45
📍Champ de Mars, 5 Avenue Anatole France, 75007
💰€ 25,50| $40.97 AUD| $28.10 USD | ‎£22.00 GBP
♿Wheelchair access by the west lift to the 1st and 2nd floor. The summit is not accessible
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Built in 1889 for the World Fair as the entrance, the tower still attracts over 6 million visitors a year. When first constructed, there were protests regarding the tower and calling that the beauty of Paris had been spoiled. It was supposed to be torn down 20 years later, but due to the Tower working as a radio contact, it was essentially saved. [1]

Sacré-Cœur Basilica

⏰ 10:00 – 22:30
📍 35 Rue du Chevalier de la Barre, 75018 Paris
💰Inside the church, free. €5.00 to climb the tower.
📝The Sacre-Coeur remains the second most visited monument after the Notre-Dame
♿There is the Montmartre Funicular €1,90 for a single ride.
Read a wheelchair user’s guide to Montmarte here by LoveMoxie.
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La Basilique du Sacré Coeur sits at the top of Montmartre Hill in Paris, the highest point in the city. It gives you a fantastic view of Paris.
They do advise this area as high risk for pick pockets, so just be aware of your belongings.

Catacombs of Paris

⏰ 10:00 to 20:30 | Closed Mondays
📍1 av. du Colonel Henri Rol-Tanguy 75014 
💰€13 EURO| $20.91 AUD| $14.33 USD | ‎£11.20 GBP
📝 you can purchase fast-track tickets online for €29 here for a timed entry ticket.
📝 the museum does not a luggage or coat room.
🚆 Take the train to Denfert-Rochereau as it’s the closest to the entrance.
♿131 steps to go down and 112 steps to climb up – not wheelchair accessible. Guide dogs are permitted, with an accompanying person. Canes are not.
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It was only in the 18th century that the tunnels were rediscovered after a few of them caved in. Although some were filled in to prevent risk, some were reinforced, numbered by the engineers. The catacombs are an example of those that were reinforced.
Over 6 million Parisians are inside the Catacombs so it’s for sure a bit of a macabre experience, especially with the smell of the dampness and dirt in the 14°C tunnels.

To see photos, click “details”

Arc de Triomphe

⏰ 10:00 – 22:00
📍 Place Charles de Gaulle, 75008 Paris
There is an underground tunnel on the Avenue de la Grande Armee side of the circle. You can access this tunnel from the Wagram exit of the Metro.
💰 €8.00 EURO |$12.88 AUD | $8.83 USD |£6.87
📝 DO NOT TRY CROSSING THE TRAFFIC CIRCLE.
♿The top can ONLY be reached by climbing up its 40 stairs
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The construction of the Arc de Triomphe in Paris was ordered in 1806 by Napoleon, to honour those who fought for France. At the base of the Arch de Triomphe stands a torch. Every evening at 6:30 P.M. it is rekindled. With the neoclassical style and design of ancient Roman architecture, it’s covered with engraved names of military leaders.

MY RECOMMENDATIONS

Shakespeare & Company

⏰ Mon – Sat: 10:00 – 22:00 | Sun: 12:30 – 08:00
📍 37 Rue de la Bûcherie,
🌱Variety of options, Plant milk for specialty coffee.
A cafe with an adjoining bookstore, you can buy a book and go grab a coffee while looking across to the Notre-Dame. It’s crowded, but if you go at the right time, you should be able to grab a table.

READ:

The Red Notebook by Antoine Laurain

“Heroic bookseller Laurent Letellier comes across an abandoned handbag on a Parisian street. There’s nothing in the bag to indicate who it belongs to, although there’s all sorts of other things in it. Laurent feels a strong impulse to find the owner and tries to puzzle together who she might be from the contents of the bag. Especially a red notebook with her jottings, which really makes him want to meet her. Without even a name to go on, and only a few of her possessions to help him, how is he to find one woman in a city of millions?” – Goodreads.

Australians; for 20% off this book at Dymocks use code SAVE20VIP click here (affiliate)

LISTEN:

Rue Lamarck by Tegan Higginbotham

“A podcast where she [Tegan] delves into every aspect of her fixation with all things Gallic – the romance, the food, the language, and of course, Paris. Bursting with an array of expert guests, Rue Lamarck will take you on a weekly journey to Paris! “
🔗Apple 🔗Spotify
Episode of Note: A Walk Through Paris.

WATCH:

Amélie by Jean-Pierre Jeunet

Despite being caught in her imaginative world, Amelie, a young waitress, decides to help people find happiness. Her quest to spread joy leads her on a journey where she finds true love.

Hugo by Martin Scorsese

Hugo is a young orphan who loves pottering around with the station clocks and whose most treasured possession is his late father’s automaton. His mission is to find a key that will get it working.

The Hunchback of Notre Dame – Disney

Quasimodo, a deformed bell-ringer in Notre Dame, breaks free from his self-imposed stupor and stands up to his tyrant guardian in a bid to help Esmeralda, a gypsy girl.

WHERE TO STAY

Vintage Hostel

⏰Check In: 15:00 | Check Out: 11:00
📍73 rue de Dunkerque, 75009 Paris
📝 The main reason I stayed here was the location.
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Set in the 9th district, this air-conditioned hostel is located just 500 m from Gare du Nord Train Station and a 15-minute walk from the Moulin Rouge. The area of Sacre Coeur and Montmartre is not that far via walking and there is a supermarket a couple of doors down that has fresh pastries in the morning for breakfast.

🍽Breakfast some options have it included, otherwise €6 (over priced)
🛁Bathroomsensuite within your room, shared.
🛏Roomsdormitories with plugs, sheets and comfy enough.
🎲FacilitiesKitchen available between 11:00 -10.30pm, a fitness centre, ticket services, elevator.
🍺Barn/a

WHAT I DID

Arriving in Paris was pretty easy. Once I arrived at the Metro, the lady was rude, so my expectations of France was on point. As I was there on Monday and Tuesday, I needed to make sure I had an itinerary as things are closed those days.
I arrived at my hostel, went right to sleep and started “DAY ONE” by heading out for the Louvre, opting to walk while listening to Rue Lamarck
Passing by the Place de la Concorde and into Tuileries Gardens to get my first glimpse of the Louvre Museum. THE LOUVRE. THE ACTUAL LOUVRE.

The reason I left the Louvre after 3.5 hours was because I got starving, and I’d already eaten two muesli bars (should have gotten 3 chocolate croissants) I went to grab some food at a nearby Franprix and sat in the park of the Notre Dame before going off to grab some coffee at Shakespeare & Coffee. The Bookstore itself was a bit too busy for me to enjoy, because you know, small, cramped area with many people + me carrying a backpack = not fun. I opted to buy a postcard (or two) instead and sit and write to my pals while watching the people (and tourists) or Paris pass me while writing exactly this on a postcard.
I then started to walk to the Eiffel Tower, crossing the Parc Rives de Seine and Alexander III bridge. There’s something about french architecture that blows my mind, the absolute detail of everything. It’s streets and streets of architecture similar to that of Flinders Street Railway Station, but you know, better.

I went back to my hostel for a bit, had some dinner (again from the supermarket) and then headed off to Montmarte for the neighbourhood and The cobblestone area that you best have good walking shoes (thanks blundstones.) I didn’t do a walking tour as I didn’t really think of it. If you wish, Discovery Walks Paris offer tours at 11:00, 14:00 + 17:00 see/book online here. You can also do so, so many DIY walking tours. 
I just browsed around the area, taking photos here and there. I should have researched a bit more before I went, because classically, I missed out on stuff; MOULIN ROUGE, CITÉ VÉRON, MAISON DE VAN GOGH, LE MOULIN DE LA GALETTE (the last remaining windmill) , THE LEANING HOUSE. So, so many things. Next time.

DAY TWO, I was supposed to go see a friend in Tours, but I missed my bus, and thus the train back as well (so long 40 euros, so long.) I feel that it’s not 100% my fault, but also the fact that GARE DU NORD is honestly the most confusing station I’ve ever been in and I got lost. It’s not just me, it’s the biggest railway station in Europe and it has 700,000 DAILY visitors so everyone should give me a break.

Seeing as that plan foiled, I went to visit the Catacombs. I made a friend with someone in line, which allowed me to go to the bathroom, and a french bakery nearby to grab some food (thanks friend.) It was actually because of them, I went to check out the Arc de Triomphe (would have not otherwise.)

By the time I had a nap (after the catacombs) and saw the arc, it was dinner time. I spent a few more hours wandering the streets of Paris, grabbing a drink at some bar and then sleeping for my early fight.
Paris is welcoming, at times, expensive, always – but you’ll meet people, enjoy the sites and just make sure you wander.

OTHER RECOMMENDATIONS

Honestly, there was SO much I missed, but things I could have fit into my two day trip was:

  •  Saint Chapelle: nicknamed the “Jewel Box.” Read a blog post on it here.
  • Dali Museum: a place that holds many Dali artifacts. Read a blog post here.
  • Musee d’Orsay: “The Musée d’Orsay is a museum in Paris, France, on the Left Bank of the Seine. It is housed in the former Gare d’Orsay, a Beaux-Arts railway station built between 1898 and 1900. The museum holds mainly French art dating from 1848 to 1914, ” read an in-depth blogpost on everything the museum has to offer here.
  • Pantheon, Saint-Étienne-du-Mont, Luxembourg Gardens
  • Île de la Cité  (where Paris was founded.) See a blog post here.
  • Palace of Versailles: Read SoloSophie’s blog post on visiting as a day trip here.

Have you been?
What did you see / eat / do?
Let me know below.
As always, stay cool.
– Sarah.

Sources:
Tour Eiffel.Paris : The Eiffel Tower Laboratory

2 comments on “Spending 48 Hours in Paris.”

  1. Agree two days is nowhere near enough, it’s a good start though and seems you covered a few of the must sees. Glad you enjoyed yourself. Shame about missing the trip to Tours though.

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