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Two Days in Paris

By Edited Nov 20, 2013 0 2

For some reason, you've only allotted an untimely two days in the number one touristy city in the whole world. You have just two days in Paris. You're probably frantic with ideas and run-over and -amok with suggestions from friends, guidebooks and travel advisor websites—"go here"; "a must see"; "don't miss this summer"; and, such phrases offering confusion.

Not that I will be any clearer, but I do have some firsthand experience in Paris, having traveled there on eight different occasions (and lived in France for a short time). So, I may be bias, I may be skewed and, of course, not everyone will like what I have to say, so, so be it. At least I have been there, which you can never be certain of others (I know, How can you trust me then?). So, here's a concise quickie guide to a quickie two day vacation in Paris—the less you sleep the more you'll see.

Basilique du Sacre-Couer

The Sacre-Couer is one of the most distinctive buildings in all of Pariee. (I wouldn't spell it this way if people would just say it correctly, not "Pair-iss".) In any event, this building and the whole district around it face the city. You can go inside, but just taking some pics and looking out over the town is good enough or most. Save the "look around" for museums more worth your time.

Arc de Triomphe

The arch is worth a gander, but the near ten Euro admission charge to go inside is not (unless you like reading the names of a bunch of dead people). The street is busy so as you look up in awe, don't forget to look both ways when you cross. The arch has its arc in some interesting history, so hire a guide or read it in your guidebook if you're interested. It is worth seeing at night, or during the Christmas holidays when the whole street gets outlined and outfitted with fake snow and twinkling white lights.

Notre Dame Cathedral

The Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris won't take up too much of your two-day stint. It is, however, worth seeing from the outside. If you are into panoramic, then you might want to go to the top of all the above mentioned monuments. If you like to see street performers, jazz players, jugglers and artists, then stay to the outside of the Cathedral and saunter around. The two 70-meter towers and three outside doors are enough to take your breath.

Musee d'Orsay

If you are in the mood for impressionist artwork, then this is The museum to take your time in. This building was built for the World's Fair in 1900, and the inside is just as fancy. Degas, Manet, Van Gogh and the like are displayed here. The Louvre, Napoleon's tomb, Hotel de Ville, and any of the hammams are fun time gap fillers too. Bike or walking tours leave from hotels and take you to some of the best places, where getting there, learning something and leaving is tres importante.

You may not need much sleep, but you will need some food during your two days in Paris, so grab meals from street or corner vendors and not only save money but also save time and hassle from Pariee wait staff. And you MUST pop in to a few bakeries like Cosi rue de Seine and Le Grenier à pain for some fresh bread or a sandwich. This will assure enough time for all the sites mentioned here.

Two days is Paris is such a very short time, but hopefully these tips will help you make the most of your trip.



Aug 28, 2009 1:01am
Great tips! I'd love to fly there just for lunch, but these definitely sound like 2 heavenly days!
May 14, 2011 6:30pm
Last time I was there I discovered the lovely Luxembourg Gardens. Had been to Paris many times before but missed that one.
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