The Quickest and Easiest Way To See Paris, France
How to explore one of the most romantic cities in the world in a short period of time?
Growing up, Paris has always been one of my top dream places to visit. Many movies such as Moulin Rouge, portrayed Paris to be the most romantic place and the most romantic destination. I always knew that Paris will be one of the first places I will visit in Europe. Being the major European city and the global center for art, gastronomy, fashion and culture, it is truly a beautiful city to see. Its 19th century cityscape charm and the famous landmarks such as the Eiffel Tower and the Notre-Dame cathedral, will make you fall in love with Paris over and over again. The city is known for its cafe culture, beautiful parks, and European designer boutiques. There's always something to see and you will never get bored!
My husband and I went on a two weeks European tour and I had to put Paris, France on the list. Being in the tour, it only gave us a few days to explore the city. Although it's impossible to discover all of Paris within a short amount of time, three days to be exact, we figured out a way to use our time wisely. A guide that will give you a good impression of the city's beauty and treasures.
The priority for all first time visitors is to get a good overview of Paris, and see as many landmarks as possible. The great thing about this is that many of paris' most famous landmarks are relatively close together that you can easily get to.
Quickest Way To See Paris
Picking a location depends on what you would like to see more of Paris. Here are a few areas that can help you pick a location that best fits your needs. I will only identify a few, if you are interested on learning more about the areas and locations in Paris, click here.
* FOR LUXURY: Champs-Elysées Area
Here, you will find some of the city's most famous landmarks including the Arc de Triompe, Tuileries gardens, and de la Concorde. It is also one of the most exclusive part of Paris that is home to many luxury hotels and high-fashion boutiques. However, being the most popular spot, expect to see a huge crowd of tourists.
* FOR ATMOSPHERE: Marais Area
Marais is the "oh so chic" district that is full of old mansions and narrow lanes, along with some designer boutiques and bars/restaurants. It is one of Paris' most striking quartier that holds many excellent museums such as the Musée Picasso.
*FOR HISTORY: St-Germain
A more elegant and relaxed westernmost section of Paris. You will find the picturesque Buci market, the Saint Germain market and is walking distance to the nearby attractions such as; Notre Dame, Saint Sulpice, Saint Germain marche, Ile Saint Louis and numerous museums.
* FOR ROMANCE: Montmartre
Montmartre is famous for its associations with artists like Picasso, Renoir, Degas, etc. It is Paris' highest point that preserve an attractively village-like ambiance. This is definitely of of Paris' most romantic quarters.
Many famous tourist sights can be seen from or a few blocks away from the River. The sights are close to the river that is why it is one of the quickest and most convenient way to see more of Paris. This tour provides a narration of the sights that you will see in variety of languages.
There are plenty of hop-on-hop-off bus tours that you can choose from, but after trying a few companies in Paris, I find this one the best. This is the best way to see the city in a short period of time without the hassle of getting a taxi or taking the public trains. They will provide you a map of their stops where you can easily hop off when you want to explore the surrounding areas in your own time. When you are ready, all you need to do is to find one of the stops, and hop back on for your next adventure. I suggest to find a hotel near the stops so you can just walk to them. They offer 1-2 full day passes and they also provide a map guide and a narration of the stops.
This is one of the most popular stops that they offer.
Paris Grand Tour Stops: 1. Auber ("La Boutique", Printemps Haussmann, Grands Magasins) 2. Opera (Place Vendome, Cafe de la Paix) 3. Palais Royal (Jardins du Palais Royal) 4. Musee du Louvre (Jardin des Tuileries) 5. Pont-Neuf (Conciergerie, Square du Vert Galant) 6. Notre-Dame (Cathedrale, Saint-Louis, Marche aux fleurs) 7. Saint-Michel (Place Saint-Michel, Sainte-Chapelle) 8. Musee d'Orsay (Quais de Seine, Pont des Arts) 9. Concorde (Obelisque de la Concorde, Musee de l'Orangerie) 10. Champs-Elysees Clemenceau (Grand-Palais, Petit Palais, Marche aux Timbres) 11. La Boetie - Champs-Elysees (Avenue Montaigne) 12. George V (Arc de Triomphe) 13. Charles de Gaulle-Etoile (Arc de Triomphe) 14. Trocadero (Musee dArt Moderne, Musee de la Marine, Musee Guimet) 15. Tour Eiffel (Champs de Mars) 16. Vauban-H'tel des Invalides (Tombeau de Napoleon, Ecole Militaire) 17. Esplanade des Invalides (Musee Rodin, Musee de l'Armee) 18. Concorde-Royale (Boutiques de la rue Saint-Honore et de la rue Royale, Maxim's) 19. Madeleine (Eglise de la Madeleine) Read more about Paris L'Open Tour Hop-On-Hop-Off (with Photos) -
Here are some of the photos I took while in the bus tour.
These are not only the quickest way to explore the city, it can also be budget friendly! :)
Thank you for reading!