Updated: Mar 20, 2021
Can you say, ONE WEEK IN PARIS?
I can't believe this actually happened! This is unreal and was such a big dream...
Traveling as a stewardess I have been in France most of my time while in Europe, but of course in yachting we are mostly in Southern France such as Nice, Antibes, Cannes and all the way around to Saint Tropez.
I am currently working in Palma, Spain and my fiance is in Monaco. We had one week off and so Paris became a reality. What an experience planning for this week and looking forward to seeing each after after 4 months.
We chose a beautiful apartment on Airbnb that had everything we needed for one week. It was such a unique loft style apartment that caught my eye immediately when scrolling through hundreds of places to choose from. It is an actual one bedroom apartment, not like those that mention one bedroom, but then ends up being a convertible sofa bed in the living room. This apartment actually has both, which is pretty nice. It has great lighting, easy layout and aircon, which was most important for us in summer there.
Here is s a list of places you can visit during a week stay in Paris.
Arc de Triomphe
Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris
Place de la Concorde
Montmarte & Sacre-Cœur
Boat tour on the Seine River
Roue de Paris
This was of course the first thing on our bucket list to do, and thus our week began on my birthday with a quick breakfast and heading to the Eiffel Tower. This was during Covid-19 and we could visit the first and second floor and not the top. Second floor is still 114.91m above the ground and provides amazing views of Paris.
One thing not to be missed is the lights show at night. Once the sun sets, the lights go on every hour on the hour for 5 minutes. This is definitely worth going back for at night.
Arc de Triomphe
Next up we visited the Arc de Triomphe at Place de l'Étoile at the top of the Champs-Élysées, a national symbol. We didn't go up to the top as we didn't book in advance, but the experience near this monument is amazing in its own.
Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris:
A lifelong dream to visit this beautiful cathedral and unfortunately still in a phase of rebuilding. Notre-Dame de Paris, is a medieval Catholic cathedral on the Île de la Cité in the 4th arrondissement of Paris. On 15 April 2019 the cathedral caught fire, destroying the spire and the "forest" of oak roof beams supporting the lead roof. It was speculated that the fire was linked to ongoing renovation work. Word is that the Notre-Dame will reopened in time for the 2024 Paris Olympics, even though experts familiar with medieval restoration work say this timeline is unrealistic and it could take about two decades to rebuild the roof, spire, and parts of stone vaulting that fell through to the main sanctuary.
The Louvre is the world's largest art museum and a historic monument in Paris, and is best known for being the home of the Mona Lisa. A central landmark of the city, it is located on the Right Bank of the Seine in the city's 1st arrondissement.
The Tuileries Garden is a beautiful public garden located between the Louvre and the Place de la Concorde. It is a wonderful garden to walk through and have a lunch break through your busy schedule of walking. It was created by Catherine de' Medici as the garden of the Tuileries Palace in 1564, it was eventually opened to the public in 1667 and became a public park after the French Revolution.
Place de la Concorde
This was actually not on out list to visit, but as we were walking the third day we came upon this large square and immediately had to look up what this square symbolized. We came across some sad news unfortunately as it was a site where many notable public executions, including the executions of King Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette in the course of the French Revolution took place. The Place de la Concorde is one of the major public squares in Paris, measuring 7.6 ha in area, it is the largest square in the French capital.
This was a sad day for us, as my fiancé had to unexpectedly leave for work. We decided to end the trip close to his departed train station at Rue Crémieux. This is a one-block pedestrian street, originally built as workers' housing. The street was highly recommended by social media while we we traveling in Paris. It is all because of the quaint painted house fronts, and has become a popular destination for filming and for social media photos.
Montmarte and Sacre Cœur
Montmartre is a large hill in Paris's 18th arrondissement. It is 130 m high and is primarily known for its artistic history, the white-domed Basilica of the Sacré-Cœur on its summit (the highest point in the city), and as a nightclub district. The Sacré-Cœur, also known as the Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Paris, is a Roman Catholic church, dedicated to the Sacred Heart of Jesus.
Walking up he church you can find more love lockets, these we seem to find all over Paris on on weeks journey.
Formally known as the Hôtel national des Invalides , or also as Hôtel des Invalides, is a complex of buildings in the 7th arrondissement of Paris, containing museums and monuments, all relating to the military history of France, as well as a hospital and a retirement home for war veterans, the building's original purpose.
The buildings house the Musée de l'Armée, the military museum of the Army of France, the Musée des Plans-Reliefs, and the Musée d'Histoire Contemporaine, as well as the Dôme des Invalides, a large church, the tallest in Paris at a height of 107 meters, with the tombs of some of France's war heroes, most notably Napoleon.
The Panthéon is a monument in the 5th arrondissement of Paris. It stands in the Latin Quarter, atop the Montagne Sainte-Geneviève, in the center of the Place du Panthéon, which was named after it.
Boat tour on the Seine River
One of the must do in Paris is to cruise on River Seine, I almost decided not to as I can see all the attractions without the boat. That would have been a big mistake as the views from the river is amazing. I ordered the cruise online, so I can skip the lines at the cashier. Make sure you are seated outside, so you can truly take in the sights and grandeur of the buildings on both sides of the River Seine.
Roue de Paris
The Roue de Paris is a 60-metre tall transportable Ferris Wheel, originally installed on the Place de la Concorde in Paris, France, for the 2000 millennium celebrations. As you can see this is a great way to see beautiful 360 views from this location of the entire Paris.
To better understand the country’s love for gastronomy, there’s only one way: eat it all! Or at least, start with some of the most famous food in Paris. We went all out being such big lovers of food, endlessly enjoying ourselves a bit too much. From a small Parisian breakfast to takeaway pizza, in between tapas, big hearty lunches and always making time for a croissant or fresh pastry.
There was however one place that stood out for me, as this was also suggested to us by my fiancé's cousin. Unfortunately we booked it for later the week, and in that time my fiancé had already left for work. It was Angelina's, Legendary 1903 tea room offering refined pastries & hot chocolate in a belle époque–style setting.
Welcome to Angelina, the most renowned tea house in Paris, located strategically close to the Louvre enticing travelers from all over. One of the most charming patisseries you will see in the city, their perfectly made hot chocolate is rich and thick, a dessert in itself with a serving of fresh whipped cream. If you have a sweet tooth and want to indulge in fancy desserts at fancy prices, this is the place for colorful macaroons, and all the fancy bakes you can think of. I on the other hand visited to have my first eggs benedict in Paris and was pleasantly surprised with the difference the brioche bun was compare to the English muffins.
Paris surpassed our expectation and we enjoyed every single minute exploring. A few things to take in mind before you travel there.
Plan ahead and book ahead online to save you some money.
Learn a little bit of the language, the basics to get by.
Plan a strategic position for your accommodation, to avoid traveling far.
Don't be afraid to use the metro system, it's the easiest and quickest to get around..
Tip: Free museums on first Sunday of month.
Don't expect speedy service.
Just enjoy and it take it all, don't rush just to get through it all.
“A walk about Paris will provide lessons in history, beauty, and in the point of Life.” – Thomas Jefferson