Paris - the city of love, fashion and art. With about 16 million tourists annually, Paris is one of the most visited cities in the world, alongside Bangkok and London. No wonder, because the capital of France has a lot to offer and is a popular destination especially for couples.
On Carnival Chris and I spontaneously booked a hotel in Paris and were very excited to visit Paris again - the first destination we have visited together the second time by now. But as Paris is a brilliant city with loads of things to see and do, we had a wonderful time.
If you only have a one day in the French capital or want to spend a sunday strolling through Paris, here is our Sunday Sightseeing Walk though the city.
If you come to Paris, you must of course visit the Eiffel Tower. Therefore, our tour starts right there. We took the metro to the Trocadéro station and enjoyed the view above the tower from the Jardins du Trocadéro. From here you can take great photos. We walked over to the Eiffel Tower and then strolled eastwards along the Seine. From the pedestrian bridge Passerelle Debilly you have another perfect view over to the Eiffel Tower and so we had a short photo stop before changing to the north side of the river.
Around here you’ll find some nice museums. Since we have not been to the new Yves Saint Laurent Museum, we decide to visit this one. I really liked the exhibition with its great creatures and sketches. Those who are more interested in modern art should visit the Museum Palais de Tokyo instead.
YVES SAINT LAURENT MUSEUM: AVENUE MARCEAU 5, PARIS
OPEN TUESDAY TILL SUNDAY 11 AM - 6 PM / FRIDAYS UNTILL 9 PM
PRICE: ADULTS 10€ / STUDENTS 7€
PALAIS DE TOKYO: AVENUE DU PRÉSIDENT WILSON 13, PARIS
OPEN WEDNESDAY TILL MONDAY NOON - MIDNIGHT
PRICE: ADULTS 12€ / STUDENTS 9€
We walked along the banks of the Seine. Soon we discover the famous bridge Pont Alexandre III, which you cannot miss due to its extravagant and impressive decoration. The bridge was built towards the end of the 19th century in honor of Tsar Alexander III, who had inspired the union of the French-Russian alliance only a few years before.
On the north side of the Seine, the L'Orangerie is just a short distance away, a truly magnificent museum with eight huge paintings by Monet. I love spending time here! You’ll see why…
MUSEUM L'ORANGERIE: JARDIN TUILERIES, PARIS
OPEN WEDNESDAY TILL MONDAY 9 AM - 6 PM
PRICE: ADULTS 12€ / STUDENTS FREE
After enjoying Monet’s art, make your way over to the Louvre now, which will take you through the tulip garden. When we visited Paris, it was closed because of snow. However, I have also strolled through the garden several times during my previous visits and liked the peaceful garden in the city a lot.
The Louvre, like the Eiffel Tower, is regarded as a symbol of Paris. The glass pyramid is great to look at. But do not make the mistake of lining up at the entrance through this pyramid. A photo is enough here. The entrance to the museum itself is located underground and is much easier to reach from the metro station or the surrounding stairs, which will save you the unnecessary waiting time at the pyramid. The exhibition of the Louvre is huge! If you would look at each piece of art individually, you would be inside the museum for days ... So plan ahead and know which parts of the museum you want to see, otherwise you will run around and get lost.
MUSEUM LOUVRE: RUE DE RIVOLI, PARIS
OPEN WEDNESDAYS 9 AM - 9.45 PM / THURSDAY TILL MONDAY 9 AM - 6 PM
PRICE: ADULTS 15€ / STUDENTS FREE
After the visit of the museum, we continued along the Seine. A few minutes later, we could already see the Ile de la Cité, which is a small island in the middle of the Seine. Especially recommended are the Saint Chapel, which unfortunately, I have never seen myself. But people told me its an exceptionally great and impressive church.
On the Ile de la Cite you will also find the famous flower market. When I was there on my last visit, many animals were sold as well: birds, rabbits, guinea pigs, and others… All of them were in tiny cages and I felt bad for all of them and wanted to leave immediately. I believe the so-called bird market takes place every Sunday. Nevertheless, you should be prepared and decide for yourself if you want to visit and take part this misery.
The last stop for today, after a lot of walking will be the famous Cathedral Notre Dame. A walk through the associated park is recommended as well. From the Pont de l'Archeveche you can look back and have a good view of the cathedral.
When finishing the tour, it’ll be late already. Go grab a drink or have dinner around somewhere and enjoy your evening. After so much walking, you definitely deserve a huge dinner.
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What about you?
How do you like the beautiful city of Paris? What is your favorite part of the city, your favorite restaurant or your favorite shop? Is there anything along the way you'd recommend to stop at? I'd love to hear your suggestions!