Tips on Experiencing Paris on a Tight Schedule
A city like Paris should be visited for at least a couple of weeks if you want to just scratch the surface of all marvels that it can offer to you. Unfortunately, it often happens that we do not have the luxury of such extended visits. If you find yourself in the capital of France for just a couple of days, and you would want to see as much of it as possible, here are some tricks that might help you.
Focus on the main attractions
There are sights in Paris that you should not miss under any circumstances. Many of them have become synonymous with the city, and even though they are major tourist attractions, and would be swamped by visitors, they will help you feel the spirit of Paris in the best possible way. The three top destinations for you on your short stay should be:
- The Eiffel Tower – the international symbol of Paris and France as a whole. The 324m-high 19th-century construction dominates the landscape in the city centre. You can easily get there take a few photos and even climb it if you figure out you can spare the time.
- The Arc de Triomphe – located on the western end of the Champs-Élysées, this is one of the most famous architectural monuments in Paris. It is 50 metres high and was constructed in 1836. It is a work of art in its own right and will definitely give you great pleasure exploring its marvels.
- Notre-Dame de Paris – indeed the most famous temple in Europe, the Notre-Dame was constructed in the 13th century in a towering Gothic style that will not leave you indifferent. Even if you know nothing of the architecture of the period, you will be able to appreciate it. If you read the Hugo’s The Hunchback of Notre-Dame prior to your visit, you will add an additional layer to the experience.
The Louvre museum is another must-see too, but it will eat up at least a day to be able to appreciate even a small portion of its vast collection. Have it in mind in case the weather turns out to be not so favourable for walking outside.
Caption: The Eiffel Tower is the symbol of Paris
Figure out how you will be getting around
Your tight schedule requires optimising the travel time from place to place. Even though Paris has a relatively good public transportation system, driving a car remains the fastest way to get around the city. Find a good rent a car service in Paris especially if you will not be staying in the centre.
Mingle with the locals
Have breakfast at a bistro and experience one of the most-French pleasures of all – people watching. Visit a local music club, and experience the cuisine that has made the nation famous all around the globe. Talk to the locals – they are not nearly as unfriendly as they are made out to be by the prevailing stereotypes.
As you can see, even when you are pressed by time, there are ways in which you can explore and get to know the beautiful capital of France.