Tips and Tricks for a smooth trip in Paris
Paris is one of my favourite cities to explore because it evokes a feeling of elegance, beauty, glamour, and romance. Paris just has a certain “je ne sais quoi” which separates it from any other travel destinations. You could spend months in the city and still find new and exciting experiences around every corner. Whether you only have a couple of days in the city or a couple of weeks there are so many things to do, see and eat. Here’s my quick tips and tricks to help make your stay in Paris the most productive and enjoyable.
Where to Stay
I love staying in the 7th Androssiment because it sits right in the Heart of Paris and is within walking distance of many of the great sights and monuments within the city. Every morning and evening I enjoyed walking through this beautiful neighbourhood which boosts many spectacular sights like the Eiffel Tower, many French Government ministries, Champs de Mars, and the Musee D’Orsay, just to name a few.
The Hotel de Varenne was one of the most beautiful hotels that I have ever stayed at in Europe. It boasts some pretty amazing benefits due to its location as it’s just down the road from the Rodin Museum and the Hotel Invalides. But the best part about staying at this hotel besides, its location and beautiful interior, is this majestic garden/courtyard (pictured to right) which you can enjoy throughout the day and night. It’s a perfect place to enjoy a pastry from the patisserie next door and a cafe au lait made right in the hotel. Then stroll down the Rue de Bourgogne and turn onto the Rue de Grenelle (this road will allow you to access at the streets required to reach the sights of Paris) whether it’s the Eiffel Tour or the Tuileries Garden. This hotel can be a little on the higher price point but it is well worth the every cent.
The Hotel Eiffel Turenne was a fabulous little boutique hotel that I lucked out in finding for my last few nights in Paris. This hotel has a fantastic location as well because it is within walking distance of most of the major sites. The best part about this hotel besides the customer service and clean rooms is the fact that it’s very close to the Eiffel Tour. Please be aware that the rooms are definitely on the small side but they have all the amenities one could want to help you enjoy your stay in Paris. I found it really special that upon my arrival when I entered my room I found a customized note with a chocolate and a bottle of water. I think it’s these special touches that make this hotel so unique and special.
But, my best piece of advice when choosing a place to stay in Paris is check out the location within the city and the online reviews from other patrons. Another great tip, ask around in your hometown either through word of mouth or through Facebook. I ended up staying at the Hotel de Varenne because I met someone in Edmonton who loved the hotel so much and talked about it so passionately that I felt the need to stay there while I was in Paris.
So you’ve arrived in Paris and checked into your hotel, now what?
If you are staying in Paris for longer than a day or two than I would recommend you grab yourself a Paris Pass which allows you access to over 60 attractions in and around Paris. The following are just a few examples: Paris Big Bus Tour, Louvre Museum, Musée d'Orsay, Palace of Versailles, Bateaux Parisiens River Cruise, Centre Pompidou, Les Caves du Louvre Wine Tasting. I can’t stress this enough I recommend ordering your pass online via Paris Pass and have it mailed to you before you leave as the hours and pick up location in Paris is a little troublesome and you don’t want to waste a minute in this spectacular city.
My first morning in Paris, I hopped on the Big Bus Tour, this tour has an english speaking tour guide and it’s a great way to see all the major sights and grab some pics. The tour guide will give you some interesting history and tips about the city. Since you get to a chance to ride past all the great hot spots, it gives you a chance to determine which sights you want to go back and experience further.
Now that you’ve had a chance to pick out the monuments you wish to visit more thoroughly. Here’s a list of my must see hot spots (in no particular order):
Musee du Louvre
Arc de Triomphe
Palace of Versailles
Montmartre via Le Petit Train
Grand Palais and Le Petit Palais
Eats and Drinks
The French are well known for their food and champagne so it’s not hard to find some good eats and drinks in the city of lights. I recommend checking out the local restaurants and cafes in any area that you happen to find yourself. I found so many cute little cafes and delicious restaurants within walking distance of my hotels. So check out your surrounding and take a chance on any place that catches your eye and I am sure you will find a great glass of wine and delicious dish that will tantalize your taste buds.
These are a few of the places I happened upon in my wanderings through the beautiful streets of Paris. If you happen to wander by one of these restaurants please stop in and grab a café au lait, a great plate of food or a glass of wine.
Café de L’Esplanade
Aux Ducs de Bourgogne
Restauration Parisienne Gastronomique
Au Coin de la Rue
Le Recrutement Café
If you are staying in the 7th Androissment you can walk to many of the major sites within the city.
If you aren’t staying in the heart of Paris, the Metro is a great way to get around the city. It’s also one of the best ways to get to the Palace of Versailles.
Alternatively, you can buy a multi-day hop-on-hop off bus pass, this can be a great way to get around to all the sights but it is slightly pricier.
A few final thoughts:
You are in the city of love, so it’s important you spend your time falling in love with this magnificent city. You can prebook your time at the Eiffel Tower I highly recommend doing a summit trip with a glass of champagne. Nothing feels as Parisian as champagne atop the Iron Lady. As does a picnic on the grass below the Eiffel Tower. Most importantly, don’t over plan your trip with things to do, just enjoy the city a bit and let it take you where you’re meant to go. You’ll be surprised the special things you will see and the experiences you will have if you let go and just explore.
Written by: Tiffany Keeping
Tiffany Keeping is a financial broker, yoga instructor, and aspiring author in Edmonton, Alberta whose mission is to help women, men and families create wealth and security. She is especially passionate about helping women create financial success and start living the lives of their dreams.
After experiencing a major financial setback from the Fort McMurray fire, Tiffany decided to commit her life to helping ensure other women, men and families received all the financial education and tools necessary to live a life of financial stability and security with the goal of working towards financial freedom. She finds joy in educating others about living a financially successful life by teaching them the rules of the money game.
As a licensed financial educator, she works with women, men and families to create and build prosperity so they can live the life of their dreams.
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