Paris travel tips: a one day guide through the city of light
Since Paris is only a 3 hour ride away from where I live a lot of the times we just visit for a single day and go by car. If you prefer driving to taking the high speed train from Belgium you don’t need to get stressed about finding a parking spot in the middle of the city center. Just type in rue Collette and I am positive you will find a nice parking spot right after entering the city near Porte de Saint-Ouen. From there you only have to walk 200 meters until you end up at metro station Guy Moquet. If you want to see as much as you can of this wonderful city in 1 day I can highly recommend you to buy a 1 day metro pass since you will be using it a lot! The metro system in Paris is one of the best there is and super easy to figure out. Now off to our first stop: the Eiffel tower! Try to go as early as possible to this beautiful landmark cause the later it becomes the busier it gets. My favourite viewpoint is on top of the Trocadero across the Seine.
When I travel somewhere only for 1 day I tend to skip the very touristic attractions, so instead of going up the Eiffel tower and waiting in line for over an hour I much rather prefer to just stroll around and take in the scenery and atmosphere around me.
Ever stumbled across a photo of a beautiful carrousel online? Chances are high it was taken right at this exact spot. Just go down the stairs at the Trocadero facing the Eiffel Tower and you will bump into not only one but two of them! Please remember to also bring your patience with you since you will most definitely need it.
From it’s off to Les Tuileries! This is my personal favourite and if you have a few more days to spend in this gorgeous city you can easily wander around here for hours.
From here it’s only a short walk over to Place de la Concorde. The whole area breathes grandeur and if you look the other way you can still spot the Eiffel Tower!
Right in front of you you will find the Louvre, which you should definitely visit once in your life! Or even better go to Musée D’Orsay, It’s much smaller but holds Monet’s Waterlilies and it’s just a lot more fun than to be pushed around by 200 other tourists all trying to see the same painting… From here you take a left to enter the area of the Palais Royal. Home to probably the most exclusive vintage shop there is: hello Didier Ludot! A few years ago this place wasn’t crowded at all, unfortunately these days it got so Instafamous cause of the black & white striped columns… you know which ones I’m talking about ;). And by the time we got there, I am not kidding, every column had a person posing on it or next to it!
Right in front of the Palais Royal you will find the prettiest subway entrance of entire Paris. Since a place like that is always so crowded with people coming and going I prefer to do shots “looking up”. That way you avoid the typical tourist shot.
From this point it’s pretty easy again to get to Montmartre, so just hop on the subway and prepare for a very steep climb. You can take the easy way up by elevator or you can walk up the most beautiful winding stairs! I chose the latter one and was definitely not disappointed!
Around this time it was nearly 5 o’clock so almost time to start driving back home to Antwerp. But not before I would have seen the Eiffel Tower once again in all his glory.
Once the sun sets the lights come on (check your weather app to see the exact time) and you can admire it in all it’s twinkling glory.
On top of the Trocadero it got so busy at this point that we went down a little to get a better view.