Paris for Three Days
BEST OF PARIS IN THREE DAYS
Going to Paris for three days? Are these three days enough? What’s the most interesting to see in the city of lights? These are probably the questions that are bothering you before your trip. These are my favorites. And it is so because they are often free of charges, good for walking and not so crowded as some of the other famous tourist sites.
1- Eiffel Tower & Champs de Mars
I believe Eiffel Tower doesn’t need an introduction. It is the landmark of Paris and one of its kinds! Its elegant construction is impressing even in the winter foggy days. I advise you to start your walk from Champs de Mars as the park gives nice perspective for your photos. I also recommend you, in case you want to save time and money, do not try to go up. The view from the top is not worth the lost time for waiting at the long queues and the prices of the tickets. Instead, you can use your short time for walking in the typical Parisian neighborhoods that follow in this list.
2- Champs Elysees & Arc de Triomphe
Simple coffee with milk will cost you 7 Euro but it is totally worth it, especially in beautiful sunny days. Walking on the boulevard is an adventure by itself. The mixture of classic architecture, modern constructions (such as the show room of Citroën), the hectic pace of life flowing around you and the view of Arc de Triomphe is kind of scene that you will never forget.
3- Palais de Chaillot & Place du Trocadero
This place offers the best view of the Eiffel Tower. The palace houses few museums that may interest you: the Maritime museum, Architecture museum and the Paris Aquarium and Théâtre national de Chaillot.
4- Place de la Concorde
I consider it as the most beautiful square in Paris. You have an access to few of the landmarks of the city which are visible from here – the Eiffel Tower, Champs Elysees and Arc de Triomphe, the Egyptian Obelisk of Luxor, Tuileries Gardens and the two fountains located on the square. The Ferris wheel is usually installed here for the celebrations at the end of the year.
5- Le Marais
Le Marais is one of these parts of Paris, like Montmartre, where you can easily get lost in the history and culture of the French capital. The neighborhood is known as the neighborhood of the Jews and many of them are still owners of shops around. The small narrow streets are filled with small boutiques, florist’s shops, cafes, and bars. Every corner is lovely and each place has its own unique charm. It is better that you foresee at least two-three hours for Marais because the time goes fast when you are well entertained. Many art galleries have their place here and I have been lucky enough to see one very interesting photo exhibition. Here also is the Picasso Museum.
6- Place St Michel, Notre Dame and the small streets around
It is one of the main junctions in the center of Paris. Very close to the square is situated Notre Dame de Paris as well as the Shakespeare & Company bookstore. This makes the place a good starting point for a nice afternoon walk. The streets behind Place St Michel, similarly to Le Marais, are interesting with the old fashioned shops and colorful facades.
7- The Opera
The Paris Opera is one of the most impressive buildings in the capital. Build during the reign of Louis XIV, famous as the Sun King, even today its architecture impresses with the splendor and richness of the details. During the year, there are almost 400 performances of ballet, opera and different concerts that give you a good chance to visit some of them during your stay.
8- Galeries Lafayette
Do you remember the novel of Emile Zola “The Ladies’ Paradise” (in the French original “Au Bonheur des Dames”)? Galleries Lafayette reminds me the atmosphere described in this book.
Opened in 1912, this luxury department store continues to attract visitors from all over the world for its Art Nouveau architecture and wealth of style and variety of fashion brands. But do not be fooled by the label “luxury store”. Together with the Dolce & Gabbana, Dior and Chanel you can find some more affordable brands. For the 14th of February for example, the discounts reached up to 50 % and cashmere pullover cost 36 Euro.
9- Place de Vosges
Place de Vosges is a very special part of Paris. Under the arches of the buildings on the square are sheltered art galleries, cozy cafes and bursting at the seams restaurants. Tip: the house of Victor Hugo is situated at one of the corners here and it is a small gem. The rooms show the typical atmosphere and lifestyle of the old times when the writer lived here. It is a quick visit, no need to foresee a lot of time for it.
10- Quartier Latin & Paradis Latin
The atmosphere in Latin Quarter of Paris is young and picturesque. It is the student heart of Paris and where the famous university La Sorbonne is located. As additional entertainment, you can get at Paradis Latin, which is cabaret offering erotic show if this is your cup of tea.
Have you been to Paris? What are your favorite places and entertainments? I will be glad to know how you see the French capital and what the most memorable experience was.