3 days in Paris, let's go for a walk
ALL THE MUST-SEES!
DAY 1 > First contact with the “City of Lights”
Get up early, feeling relaxed and refreshed, and head towards the Bir-Hakeim metro station. Before you tackle the Eiffel Tower, take a detour to the Île aux Cygnes by the Grenelle Bridge and visit the little Statue of Liberty. This quiet island is your first glimpse of the city’s beauty.
Then it’s time for the Eiffel Tower. If you are feeling motivated, climb it (and book beforehand on the internet). Otherwise, admire it from below and follow the Seine along the waterfront towards Les Invalides. Go past the garden of the Champs de Mars and the beautiful Quai Branly Museum (arts and civilisations of Africa, Asia, Oceania and the Americas) and its green wall.
Go down on the Banks of the Seine. From the Alma Bridge to Solferino, these banks are now reserved for pedestrians. Whether biking, napping, eating a picnic or playing sport, you can plan for a very pleasant stop there and enjoy the free events organised throughout the year.
The Alexandre III Bridge and Les Invalides will blow you away. Further on, the Place de la Concorde is very inviting. It is one of the most beautiful squares in Paris, but also one of the most invaded by motorists. Continue on your way and enter the Tuileries Garden. This is superb! You're very close to the Louvre, a magnificent museum and must-see.
Still not tired? Push on to the famous cathedral, Notre-Dame de Paris and finish with the Île Saint-Louis where you can enjoy a well-deserved ice cream from the famous ice-cream maker Berthillon. In the evening you can dine and enjoy a drink in the lively and charming district of the Marais.
DAY 2 > Visit the Latin district in the heart of Paris
Here you leave from the Arab World Institute near the Quai Saint-Bernard. This beautiful building houses exhibitions and has a large terrace overlooking the city. Walk along the waterside and head to the Saint-Michel Fountain, a typical meeting place for Parisians. Then stroll through the old, narrow streets nearby.
Go back up the Boulevard Saint-Michel to the Luxembourg Palace and Gardens. You are now at the heart of the Latin Quarter. The Musée Cluny (National Museum of the Middle Ages) is very near, as is the Sorbonne. Once you see the gates of the Luxembourg Gardens, turn at Rue Soufflot in the direction of the Pantheon. The monument you see, which is currently having work done, contains the ashes of some great men such as Victor Hugo and Jean Moulin.
Go back down towards the wonderful Luxembourg Garden and cross through it. Go out again on the Rue de Vaugirard side and enter Odeon, another emblematic district. A little further on you will find Saint-Germain-des-Prés. You can end the day quietly in a little restaurant in the area.
DAY 3 > The north of Paris, a different aspect
The north of Paris offers plenty of opportunities for a different perspective on the city.
Ménilmontant / Gambetta
The Père-Lachaise Cemetery, does that ring a bell? Of course, this is where Jim Morrison lies, but it is also one of the largest green spaces in Paris (43 hectares). Cross it in silence, relax in the quiet surroundings and take a look at the famous graves.
→ The Père-Lachaise Cemetery - 16, Rue du Repos (20th) –Philippe Auguste Metro station
Belleville / Saint-Martin Canal
Belleville is one of the Asian districts of Paris. It is cosmopolitan and there are many inexpensive places to eat here. Start at the top of Belleville Park at the Rue des Envierges and join Rue de Belleville, going through the park. Once at Belleville metro station, continue straight on to the Canal Saint-Martin, an ideal spot for picnics and games of pétanque.
Coming to Paris without visiting Montmartre, even for one hour, might seem foolhardy. The only catch? This district is overrun with tourists wanting to see the Sacré-Cœur and adjacent small, romantic streets. Opt for the area around the Abbesses metro station which is just as pretty, and the bottom of Montmartre on the Rue Lamarck side.
→ The Sacré Cœur Basilica in Montmartre - 35, Rue du Chevalier de la Barre (18th) - Abbesses Metro station - sacre-coeur-montmartre.com