In March 2018, I was able to give myself a short stay in Paris (combining work and personal visits). This was of course not the first time I came to Paris, but I still take so much pleasure to come back to discover this city that never ceases to amaze me. Here is a little guide of ideas on what to do and what to visit, divided in 2 days. It is far from being complete – but at the same time, what do you really have time to discover in such a short time? Here is the summary of my (very) short weekend alongside with my best friend.
This is the first time that I come to Paris without entering this majestic museum. And yet, despite my many visits, there are always corners that I missed. But because of my lack of time, I did not follow this cultural visit and I was satisfied with visiting only the Tuileries Gardens. It is always nice to take the time to walk in these majestic gardens, sit around the fountain and contemplate the Parisian life.
Feel free to walk after in the street of Rivoli, one of the most famous streets in Paris, a commercial street whose shops include the most fashionable names in the world.
Le Marais is one of the oldest and trendiest neighborhoods in Paris. It has many shops and lots of good restaurants, hence no wonder it is a very popular district. We followed line 1 of the Metro from Rivoli to Le Marais and ended up walking around these streets. As it was already lunch time, we decided to stop at L’as du Falafel, a well-acclaimed oriental restaurant serving falafel, humus and eggplants. We waited around 20 minutes to get in as it is always crowded -but that is the sign of a very good restaurant, isn’t it ? It is also not particularly expensive so it might be a good alternative if you are looking for a nice lunch and if you’re on a budget.
Grevin Museum & Montmartre:
We decided to spend our afternoon in the very popular neighborhood of Montmartre. As it was on the way though, we stopped for a visit at the Grevin Wax Museum. It is actually similar to Madame Tussauds in other countries with waxes of celebrities. It took us around 2 hours for a proper visit; and we had lots of fun picturing ourselves with all the waxes. They are categorized through departments: music, cinema, food chefs, musicians, politicians etc. I had been in this same museum already but I was 10 years old – so even though I remembered quite a lot, many waxes were new and changed.
After our fun time, we decided to continue to our original plan: Montmartre. It is one of the most popular and cute neighborhood in Paris. If you want a tip though, be ready to walk a lot and go up many many stairs ! Our first stop there was for the “I Love You” wall that you probably saw in many blog pictures. It is a famous encrypted wall with “I love you” sayings in all the languages of the world. Luckily, we arrived a few minutes before it closed so we managed to get our pictures !
And it’s a wrap for a long and busy day. Next day will be as packed as this one, but when in Paris, you don’t pay attention to the miles you’re walking or the tiredness – you just want to see everything and make the most of it!