How many times I’ve been in Paris? I don’t know exactly! Every time is like the first time. The sense of astonishment, impatience and excitement that pervades me it’s always the same!
When I arrive in Paris Charles de Gaulle, I usually take RER, a train that reaches the city center in few minutes and it’s really cheap (around 10 euro). I suggest to stop at Gare du Nord and from there taking subway instead of a taxi, the city public transportations are well organized.
The best thing when you arrive in Paris is taking a walk and getting lost in the streets of this town, to discover some magical parts.
My favorite place in this town is Place de La Concorde, I love the two big Neoclassical fountains with bronze statues in the middle of the square, they infuse a sense of peace, but it hasn’t always been like that: during XVIII century, a lot of people were guillotined included Queen Marie-Antoinette. From here you can see the Tour Eiffel profile in the distance, the Arc de Triomphe at the end of Champs Elysées and you can reach easily, crossing les Jardin de la Tuileries, the Louvre and the Palais Royal the former residence of French kings.
If you have time, spend some hours at The Louvre (entrance costs around 11 euro), the most impressive Museum of Europe, where you can admire a lot of masterpieces of the most important painters or, cross the Pont Neuf, the oldest bridge of Paris, and you will arrive at the heart of the city, l’Île de la Cité. Notre Dame, the iconic Gothic cathedral, will wait for you with its 54 gargoyles.
I suggest to return on the other side of the ciy, catch a glimpse of the Hotel de Ville and spend your time in the bohemian quarter Le Marais visiting the Centre George Pompidou, the modern art museum, the view from the top is astonishing!
Don’t forget to have breakfast, pain au chocolat or little madeleine are the best way yo start your day. My favorite bakery where you can find everything and more is Le Granier à Pain.
Take the subway and stop at Trocadero, follow the marble steps and from the wide esplanade you can admire the Tour Eiffel in all its beauty; cross the bridge and you will arrive under the big iron structure of this magnificent building. I suggest you to take the lift and go up, in the evening the queue is affordable.
If it’s spring or summer time, having a picnic at Champs the Mars could be a good idea: chilling drinking wine and tasting cheese will transform your day into a special one!
After your rest, you can have a walk along the Seine until Musee d’Orsay a pearl in Paris. Take the subway and reach Galeries Lafayette, a tour to the temple of shopping is a must!
If you still have time, take the subway (M12) from there to Abbesses the nearest subway station to Montmartre the famous artist quarter with its Sacré-Cœur Basilica. It has been the home to artists such as Salvadar Dalí, Claude Monet, Pablo Picasso and Vincent van Gogh.Once up on the hill, take the magnificent views of Paris.
Nowadays, the artistic spirit is still reflected by the many artists who occupy the square every day to draw portraits of tourists. Enjoy a delicious crepe at one of the many cafes.
For an alternative night enter into the famous Moulin Rouge on Boulevard de Clichy and enjoy a cancan show.
Doesn’t matter how many times have you visited Paris, there will be always something new to see!
Enjoy my gallery!