Is there really a more magical place to stay? Snuggle in a cozy hotel or sight see the Eiffel Tower and have coffee in the city. Whatever your heart desires there is something for you in Paris. People flock here and there’s a reason why. It has a sense of passion and beauty that the rest of the world just doesn’t have. Fortunately, here are some tips for staying in the city to make your travels smoother.
How are you going to get there? If you’re already in Europe, it’s easy. Take the ice train which amateurs like myself call the “fast train” because it is so fast. Book your train ticket online about 90 days in advance and it is usually less than 100 euros to get there. You get there so much faster than driving your personal vehicle and you won’t have to pay to park in the city which can be up to 100 euros a day. Yikes. Been there and done that!! The drive is mostly empty land so you won’t miss much 😉
Things to see in Paris in one weekend:
- Eiffel Tower: allow an entire day for this. Under the tower there are places to get coffee and snacks, walk the river, etc. You can go up to different levels of the tower in order to see the city and halfway up there is a restaurant to sit and snack as well. You will never go hungry in Paris! 😉
- The Louvre: a gorgeous museum. Take a while to tour around, and make sure to see the Mona Lisa. Tour guides are great for directing you to the most important aspects of the museum because there is so much to see.
- Take a cruise: sometimes when you buy tickets for tours online for the Eiffel Tower and The Louvre they will give you free cruise tickets as an incentive. Otherwise, there is a place to buy tickets to go on the cruise by the river in the city. This way you can see parts of the city you might have missed on foot.
Purchase tickets for attractions you want to see in advance. You can do this online or with the app “Viator.” You can purchase tickets in packages to save money and even customize your packages to cater to your needs and what you want to tour. The lines are long and exhausting (especially with kids). Go online and purchase your tickets in advance and you can also schedule personal tours. Meet your tour guide out front and get started on the adventure without waiting. The tours usually last a couple of hours or all day so be sure to pack a backpack with water and snacks. Leave those heels at home and wear some tennis shoes – you’re gonna need them!!
The food in Paris is absolutely delicious. Fresh fruit stands on every corner, savory wines, and the pasta was incredible. Most restaurants have an outdoor section as well which lines the streets. While you’re eating dinner outside just look up every few minutes and the Eiffel Tower will be twinkling it’s gorgeous lights which just glow in the night. This is how we spent most of our evenings after walking miles and miles on our feet all day. Get cozy and order yourself a bowl of pasta and a glass of wine. Finish with a hot latte and chocolate cake. It is truly the perfect ending to a wonderful day exploring the city.
DON’T FORGET MONEY. It is always good to have a credit or debit card that will work in Europe without being charged fees (ask your bank about this). However, euro cash is the easiest form to travel with as some places only take cash.
Book your hotel or Airbnb. Airbnb has an app you can download and you can stay much cheaper and usually closer to the hot spots. If you are really just craving that hotel experience and luxury of a hot breakfast and coffee in bed then that’s fine too. We stayed at the Hotel du Palais Bourbon and it was beautiful. The elevator was a totally new experience in this antique hotel and the place was magical. Windows that opened to gorgeous views of the city and a hot breakfast downstairs every morning.
Safe traveling and enjoy your weekend in Paris, the city of magic and romance!!