France

Paris

Arrival Steps

  • The metro system thru Paris is extremely extensive! Most of the tourist areas in Paris are fairly close together so once you get there you can walk.

 

  • We bought a pack of 10 tickets for €14.90 (called a carnet) which turned out to be enough for our four nights in Paris!

Paris thoughts

Paris is beautiful. There is so much to see that one visit really doesn’t do justice!

Planning to make a future trip back helps split up the cost because Paris is EXPENSIVE! It is definitely not as friendly to a backpacker budget as other European cities.

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When you see the Eiffel Tower, you will realize just how SMALL you are. That structure is amazing and you can see it from most of the city!

We have a friend in Paris so he helped show us a few local hotspots for nightlife and restaurants!

One area we really like was near Rue Princesse in the 6th Arrondissement near Mabillon Metro stop… many restaurants and bars loaded with Parisians!

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Notre Dame is a must see at least from the outside. You can climb to the top but there was a huge line while we were there!

We took a trip to Versailles on the RER (faster train but you will need a separate ticket) which cost €3.65 each way. I suggest buying the return ticket as well or you will wait in line in Versailles to get back to Paris!

The Seine River runs thru much of Paris along with several islands you can’t miss.

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The walk along the river starting from the Eiffel Tower all the way to Notre Dame has many sights you don’t want to miss!

A stranger took this photo, and we ended up making friends with this kind soul! Never know who you will meet on travels!

Avoid eating around the main, tourist drags as you are SURE to get a low-quality expensive meal!

Must See's/Do's in Paris

1. Eiffel Tower

2. Louvre Museum

NOTE: costs is €17 each! So worth it. This museum is FULL of amazing history, art, artifacts, etc.

3. Versailles Palace and the Gardens

NOTE: These are separate tickets! (we learned that the hard way). It’s €18 for palace & €9.5 for gardens, per adult. Out of the two, we personally suggest you see the gardens! They are beyond-words breathtaking. 
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Additional NOTES: Be mindful of the weather, book tickets in advance, and PLEASE see the gardens! They are lovely. Also, even though we booked tickets in advance, we had to wait in a line. Just what comes with the crowds + popularity of Versailles Palace & Gardens!

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4. Notre Dame

5. Musée D'Orsay

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6. Musée Rodin

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7. Grand Palace

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8. Arc de Triomphe

NOTE: you can pay 12€ to go up to the terrace! They also offer discounted prices for ages 18-25. We did not do this, but I imagine the view is nice!

9. Opéra Garnier

NOTE: we considered going to this! But, we decided to save €’s and waited to see the Opera in Austria.  However, we know it’s amazing —  and for that reason, we have it listed here! If anything, check out this gorgeous building!
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10. Musée Picasso

NOTE: even if you are not super “into art”, we recommend seeing Picasso’s work. It could not be more fascinating!
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11. The Madeleine (Greco columned church)

12. Saint Denis

NOTE: this is a train ride from Paris! You can see the cathedral where the kings and queens of France were crowned and many are buried! Definitely a day trip. 
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13. Pantheon

NOTE: there is a huge pendulum that shows the earth’s moving beneath your feet, here! Cost is 9€ for adults and reduced costs for ages 25 and under.
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14. Saint Chapelle

NOTE: there is a BEAUTIFUL stained-glass in this chapel! Cost is 15€ (definitely higher than some churches) and reduced price for ages 25 and under.
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15. Orangerie Museum

NOTE: do not miss the famous Monet’s Water Lilies!
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16. Napoleon's Tomb in Les Invalides

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17. Rue Cremuix

NOTE: this is known as the most colorful street in Paris! And it certainly is that! 🙂

18. Citroën Park

This park has a massive hot air balloon (Morgan LOVES hot air balloons)! And this park was a short walk from our Airbnb!
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Watching the sunset together & taking goofy selfies at Citroën Park!

19. Catacombs

NOTES: expect to wait in line (just like at Versailles) even if you buy tickets in advance. Also, this site is not wheelchair friendly and there are 243 steps going up & down. Use your judgment on whether this site is suitable for you! It’s SO COOL — so we had to add it here.

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20. Montparnasse Tower

NOTE: This spot has an outstanding view of the city! You can purchase day only or day & night tickets!

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Beautiful trees, greenery, and flowers on buildings everywhere!

Definitely checkout the beautiful Alexander III Bridge!

This place was on the pricier side, especially compared to other places we ate. But wow was it tasty! And amazing service + atmosphere!

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This may look super basic, but it was THE BEST VEGGIE BURGER EVER!

Explore these amazing gardens, parks, and canal!

21. Jardin Des Tuileries

NOTE: this garden is free to access! Hours are extended (7 am- 11 pm) in June, July, and August.

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22. Jardin Du Luxembourg

NOTE: this garden is free to access! Hours vary depending on the season. They offer free, group, guided tours starting at 9:30 am — on first Wednesday of the month from April to October.

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23. Parc des Buttes-Chaumont

NOTE: this park is free to access! Hours vary, and they do offer group tours — info can be found at the park tourist office.

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24. Canal St. Martin

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Take a breathe 🙂 We know this is a lot, but we want you as prepared as possible!

Paris Public Transport

Single Ticket €1.90

Pack of 10 tickets for €14.90 (called a carnet)

Ticket from CDG Airport to City €10.30

  • Normal Tickets are only valid for metro lines, RER lines (RATP and SNCF), Ile-de-France bus lines (RATP and OPTILE) within zone 1-3.

 

  • You need an additional ticket to travel to zone 4-5 (CDG/ ORLY Airports, Disneyland, Chateau de Versailles). Explore via the buttons below, as there are many options to choose from on the websites linked!

Paris RER MAP

  • The RER train service connects Paris with the local suburbs. You can use the RER with your normal ticket within zones 1-2. However, you will likely only use the RER to travel to CDG/ OLRY Airport or Versailles but make sure to purchase the correct ticket!

 

 

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