Hi there, friends! Today, I am excited to share with you my quick guide to Paris, France. As from my previous post, Dave and I went to London back in the Spring (I know I am very late with this post, so I apologize!) and took a few days out to visit Paris since it was so close!
Originally we had only planned to go to Paris for two-days but on our second-day Dave found out Disneyland was only a twenty-minute drive from Paris. I normally don’t like to change plans last minute but how could I say no to Paris Disneyland?!
Read on to find out where we stayed, what we did, where we ate and our memories of Paris Disneyland.
Traveling from London to Paris:
Dave and I took the Eurostar from St. Pancreas International train station to Gare du Nord. We then took an Uber to our hotel which was about a 30-minute drive.
Where To Stay:
Dave and I checked in to Hotel le Lapin Blanc, located near Luxembourg Gardens. The hotel staff was very pleasant and allowed us to drop off our luggage before our room was available. Dave picked this hotel out and I must say, he did a great job! The room was so adorable and came with a terrace, which I thought was so Parisian!
What To Do:
On our very first day, we were able to see all of the famous landmarks, including going inside the Louvre to see the Mona Lisa as well as taking the lift to the Eiffel Tour. I know it may be hard to believe but we did it! We walked 13 miles that day but no complaints here! It was all well-worth it.
Notre-Dame was very beautiful but we did not go inside. We were only in Paris for such a short amount of time that we decided to prioritize the Louvre and the Eiffel Tower over the Notre Dame.
It’s such a shame the Notre Dame was caught on fire a couple weeks ago! I would have never thought that would have happened. Looking back, I kind of wish we had went inside the Notre Dame but when we were there, there was a line to get in and we weren’t prepared to wait on line. I really hope they’re able to rebuild the Notre Dame the way it once was. At the same time, I am glad we saw it just weeks prior to it catching on fire.
La Seine is the river that runs through Paris and alongside all of Paris’s famous landmarks. We walked along side La Seine from Notre Dame to the Louvre Museum. If you visit, be sure to stop to take a picture and soak in the beautiful scenery.
Louvre Museum was not at all hard to get into. We were very lucky when we arrived that it wasn’t too busy. We were able to get through security pretty quickly and bought tickets in the machine. There are signs all over the Louvre to see the Mona Lisa. Go see that first and then visit Venus de Milo, and Great Sphinx of Tanis.
Tip: The best time to visit the Louvre are on Thursdays and Fridays. We went on Thursday around 2pm.
For suggestions on what else to see in the Louvre…
I’ve read the Top 10 Best Attractions inside the Louvre are:
- The Mona Lisa
- Liberty Leading the People
- Venus de Milo
- Captif Sculptures
- Great Sphinx of Tanis
- Psyche Revived by Cupid’s Kiss
- Victoire de Samothrace
- The Consecration of the Emperor Napoleon I & Coronation of The Empress Josephine in the Cathedral of Notre Dame de Paris on 2 December 1804
- Les Noces de Cana
- Crown Jewels Collection
From the Louvre walk toward the Arc de Triomphe. You’ll know exactly where to go when you’re there. It’s a long walk from the Louvre to Arc de Triomphe but I think it’s worth it because there is so much to see. Along the way you’ll see beautiful gardens, statues and water fountains. As you get closer to Arc de Triomphe you’ll see many shops and restaurants. This area is called, Champs-Elysees.
Tip: Don’t wear sandals or open-toed shoes when visiting the Louvre and Arc de Triomphe. The path where you’ll be walking around is surrounded by sand. If it happens to be a windy day there will be dust storms and your feet will get all sandy. Instead wear sneakers, your feet will thank you!
I would suggest not to go to Champs-Elysees on a Saturday or during the yellow-vest protests. We went on a Thursday which was completely safe but we noticed many shops had been vandalized. It really is such a shame. If you’re traveling to Paris soon, be careful, stay on top of the Paris news and try not to be there during the time of the yellow-vest riots.
Once you take your picture by the Arc de Triomphe, the Eiffel Tower is about a mile away. We took an Uber at this point because we were pretty exhausted.
Before you visit the Eiffel Tower, book a ticket for a reservation in advance if you want to ride the lift up to the top. I also want to point out that even if you have a reservation, it doesn’t mean you will go up right away. Dave and I booked a 5:30pm reservation and we stood in line for an hour and a half before we were taken to the top, but I am so glad we did it!
The view was spectacular and I highly recommend you see the Eiffel Tower at the end of the day during sunset. It is magical and you’ll get the best pictures!
The Eiffel Tower is located right next to La Seine and it can get pretty windy and chilly. Be sure to dress warm. I recommend wearing a really warm jacket with pockets, a knit hat, and gloves when you visit. When you are at the very top of the tower it is also very windy and cold!! Dress warm!
At 8pm the Eiffel Tower lights up and starts to sparkle. Dave and I didn’t know this and once we were in an Uber heading back to the hotel we noticed the lights started to sparkle! Don’t miss out on this! It’s absolutely stunning!!
Aside from the Eiffel Tower, Disneyland was the highlight of my trip to Paris. I am not a huge Disney fan like some of my friends are but I am so glad we went. On our second-day in Paris we were supposed to head back to London, however, Dave came up with the idea of going to Disneyland since it’s only 20-miles from the city. He was able to switch trains and book a hotel one-mile from the Disneyland Park all within minutes on his phone! He is a champ and I am so glad we were spontaneous for once and did this.
We stayed at the L’Elysee hotel which is located one-mile outside of the Disneyland park. We were able to purchase Disneyland tickets at the hotel which saved us money because they were cheaper. The hotel also included a shuttle ride to and from the park which ran every twenty-minutes which was a huge plus.
My favorite part of my day in Disneyland was the fireworks and laser light show. It was so amazing that I cried! The light show was really amazing and projected a medley of Disney movies. The show included synchronized fireworks, fountains, fire and music. It was magical to say the least!
The E’Elysee hotel was by far one of the nicest hotels we stayed in. After a full day in Disneyland, we were able to shuttle back to our hotel where we had drinks at the hotel bar. If you stay at this hotel, order their specialty mojito drink. It’s the best!
Where To Eat:
Honestly, I didn’t get to try a whole lot of food while in Paris. We were super busy trying to see all of the famous landmarks and got back really late.
The two restaurants that were most memorable were La Creperie and Au Pere Louis.
La Creperie was our very first stop in Paris after we dropped off our luggage at the hotel. It was right around the corner from Hotel le Lapin Blanc and we were not at all disappointed. These crepes and lattes were delicious.
My crepe was stuffed with apple compote and topped with vanilla ice cream and drizzled caramel sauce.
Dave ordered a crepe topped with brownie bits and ice cream.
I also thought the lattes were pretty cool! I’ve never seen such a frothy latte before! FYI, we went to another cafe and the latte was also frothy so I guess this is how they do it in Paris.
Au Pere Louis was where we had dinner during our first night in Paris. I chose this place because it was a 5-minute walk from the hotel, they were open late and the menu looked good.
Our appetizer was so delicious and my favorite thing! It was bread topped with creamy goat cheese with fresh herbs and a salad. It was so delicious. For entrees, Dave ordered Steak and Fries and I ordered Lamb Chops with Rosemary Potatoes. One thing I noticed in Paris is that all the dishes were pretty simple (ham and cheese sandwiches, steak and fries, egg mayo sandwiches, lox on sourdough bread), as least where we went.
That just about wraps up my 72 hours in Paris. For such a short amount of time I really enjoyed it and felt like we saw mostly everything. In the future, I would love to go back just to relax, wine and dine. I felt I didn’t get to try as much French food as I would have liked too (ie. desserts, pastries). It is such a shame that there are Yellow-Vest protestors and the Notre Dame was caught on fire recently. I hope everything calms down in Paris very soon.
If you’re planning to visit Paris soon, just be careful of the riots. When we were heading back on a Saturday, we were on our way to the Paris train station and saw armed police officers on every street corner. We even saw some of the Yellow-Vest rioters. It was pretty scary. Thankfully, we made it back safely.
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