Weekend Trip to Paris

No no no I am not going to Paris for the weekend (but if anyone wants to take me I will gladly go!) I am starting a new series, based on my own travel experiences and my severe case of wanderlust, of how to see a city over the course of a long weekend!

Three days. In Paris.

Let’s do this.

Day 1: Go straight to the Eiffel Tower! Do not pass go, do not collect $200. Be at the Eiffel Tower as soon as it opens. Actually, get there 20 minutes before and grab a crepe at a street vendor or at a patisserie. When you get down from your amazing experience hop on the metro (it’s very easy to navigate, even if you don’t speak French) and go to Notre-Dame. Tour the cathedrale and it’s catacombs then walk around the Ile de la cite: Sainte Chapelle, Place Dauphine, Pont Neuf, and Place St-Michel. Eat lunch at a cafe on the Left Bank, there are some amazing places in St Germain. Walk along the Left Bank and go see the Musee d’Orsay. If you have time before dinner hop on the metro and see the Hotel des Invalides where Napoleon’s Tomb is! Pick a great spot for dinner on recommendations from your hotel or one of the many guidebooks!


Day 2: Start your day at the Louvre! Take a full half day soaking in all the exquisite art and then leave both amazed and a tiny bit depressed because you wish you could stay. Eat lunch at a cafe by the Jardin des Tuileries. Walk through the jardin, see the Musee de l’Orangerie (where Monet’s Water Lillies are shown), check out the Place de la Concorde as you get to the beginning of the Champs Elysees. Walk down the Champs Elysees and buy some macaroons at La Duree and look at all the very expensive shops. End your walk at the Arc de Triomphe! Dinner again wherever you choose! I never ate a bad meal in Paris!


Day 3: Catch the RER out to Versailles and see it all! Tour the main Palace, the gardens, the Grand Trianon, and Marie Antoinette’s Hamlet. Take the RER back to Paris and hop on the metro to head to Montmartre and have lunch! See the Basilique du Sacre-Coeur and walk through Montmartre looking at the artists colony. Take a Seine Dinner Cruise and enjoy your last night in Paris! Toast to the Eiffel Tower as you go by and see it sparkle!

like that photo bomb on the right? haha yeah…

Extra Credit: if you’ve got extra time or get to stay a little longer these are other things you can add
– Jardin du Luxembourg
– Pere Lachaise Cemetary (seriously)
– Take a cooking class
– Take a day trip to Chambord or Chennonceau
– Euro Disney is only an RER ride away!

Who’s ready to go to Paris?

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  • Sarah Beth

    Um, I’ll go!!!!! Those pictures are fabulous and just make me want to go to France that much more- not I already didn’t want to go super badly!!


  • Katherine Nolden

    Let’s go!

  • Katherine Nolden

    Thanks Sarah! I took them while I was studying abroad!

  • Gaby

    I wasn’t really interested in Paris until now hehe

  • Thobeka

    A friend and I are planning a weekend in Paris, in August and your itinerary is all kinds of perfect! Thank you!

    • Katherine Nolden

      I’m so glad it helped! It really is a very busy plan of attack but a beautiful one!

    • Trudy Macy

      I read that in August everything shuts down…..check on that……Supposedly everyone in Paris goes on Holiday….things shut down….

  • http://j-ouellette.com/ Llyane @ FrenchOnSkype

    Wonderful recommendations, beautiful pictures! :)
    ~ Llyane

    • Katherine Nolden

      Thank you Llyane!

  • http://janelleruns.com/ Janelle The Kay

    Thanks for the post! I thoroughly enjoyed it! It has been nearly eight years since my last trip to Paris, I can’t wait to go back next year!

    • Katherine Nolden

      So exciting you’re going back! Are you already planning your trip?

  • Trudy Macy

    The RER doesn’t go to Versailles, you must get onto the “suburban” train lines that connect to the town of Versailles

    • http://duchessofplumewood.blogspot.com/ Katherine

      That’s right! Thanks for that clarification!

  • Trudy Macy

    Great recommendations…..I just spent 6 days there and could barely cover the Louvre and Versaille in two days at each. I recommend a Museum pass…..I bought one, really was a $ saver…..

    • http://duchessofplumewood.blogspot.com/ Katherine

      I was going to get a Museum pass when I was there but it turned out my Student Card got me cheaper prices altogether, so if someone is visiting without an international student card then I would definitely recommend a Museum pass!