Paris is such a beautiful city with a romance of yesteryear coupled with new-world fashion and art. Last week, I had a client who wanted to visit Paris in a day trip from London on the Eurostar. Whilst I would have never recommended Paris in a day, especially for a first-time visitor, their itinerary was time-poor and sadly their budget couldn't stretch to a night or two in the elegant city. Now I thought, if they are only going to visit Paris in a day, then they must pack everything in they can but also have an authentic Parisian experience. This itinerary will ensure the best bits of Paris are covered.
9:20am - The Eurostar arrives from London St Pancras into Paris Gare du Nord. Disembark here and grab a quick croissant and cafe au lait to go. From here, make your way to the Montmatre district and the Sacre Coeur Basilica for awe-inspiring views of the city and Eiffel Tower.
A photo posted by Carin Olsson (@parisinfourmonths) on Nov 2, 2016 at 10:41am PDT
10:30am - On your way down, make a quick stop outside Moulin Rouge in the red light district on Boulevard de Clichy. From here, catch the nearest metro to Cathedrale Notre Dame. Did you know, Notre Dame is located on a small island Ile de Cite on the Seine River.
11:30am - The Louvre is next and as you are on a tight time schedule, I would recommend either joining a tour or purchasing a skip the line pass as the lines can be especially long at this attraction.
1:30pm - After admiring Mona Lisa in all her glory, stroll the Jardin des Tuileries, all the way up to the Champs Elysees, stopping for a lunch of frogs legs and escargot at Restaurant Le Fouquet's (and maybe even Creme Brulee for dessert). Then keep strolling up to Arc de Triomphe. You can climb to the top of this too but the lines are again long. Later in the day I'll show you where is an equal if not better view.
3:30pm - Make your way to the Tour Eiffel, Paris's crowning glory! I wouldn't waste your time ascending the elevator as who wants to see a view of Paris without the Eiffel tower in it. Instead, grab some French delicacies from a local boulangerie and have a picnic on the grass under the tower. This is what I deem to be a true Parisian experience. Treat yourself with champagne, croissants, macarons, French cheeses and a baguette.
5:00pm - If you have time before your train back to London, head for a spot of shopping in the Opera district. My favourite is Galeries Lafayette which is a similar department type store to Harrods in London. And, there is a rooftop terrace with incredible views over the city. Grab some dinner at the gourmet food court before making your way back to Gare du Nord.
7:00pm - Embark the Eurostar back to London and rest easy knowing you will make it back to Paris someday. Everyone does.
A photo posted by Carin Olsson (@parisinfourmonths) on Nov 8, 2016 at 12:22pm PST
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