Two days in Paris, no problem. In this guide I share seven budget friendly things you should do while you’re out there. I feel as if I was in Paris for one week, when in reality it was only two days. I kept busy and I kept moving. Paris was the first stop of my Winter Wonderland 2018 trip.
My place of rest while in Paris was St Christopher’s in by the canal. Yes, I stayed at a hostel, don’t knock it until you’ve tried it. I did say this was a budget friendly guide. Staying at a hostel was as ‘extreme as it gets’ in terms of visiting Paris on a budget.
1. Notre-Dame de Paris
Situated on ile de la cite, one of the many islands in Paris. Notre-Dame de Paris reminds me of York Minster, equally as breath-taking when you approach it. For about two seconds I was lost for words. Notre-Dame de Paris is one of those monuments that you have to see up close before you can appreciate how grand it really it. The inside of the Cathedral is okay. The outside is stunning.
2. Love Lock bridge
You may have seen the headlines. ’45 tonnes of locks removed’. If you are caught attaching a lock to a bridge you may be fined!
3. Eiffel Tower
I mean, you kind of have to see it in the flesh. Let me be the first one to tell you. It is absolutely massive! The Eiffel tower is located right by the river Seine.
4. Seine River Cruise with Bateaux Parisiens
For a two for one experience, start you mini cruise thirty minutes before sunset. That way half of your cruise will be during the day, and the second half will be lit by the Eiffel tower during the evening.
5. Louvre Museum
Its free to entre if you are under 26 and are a member of the EU. No need to wait at the ticket office, just go straight to the exhibitions (with your passport of course). Before going to the Louvre, have a plan of action. My plan was to see the Mona Lisa and I did just that. IN 2 HOURS. Yes, I was there for a while, not because of the long waiting times, but because of all the other pieces of art that I had to stop and stare at.
While I was in Paris I visited the Louvre twice. The first time was with Sandeman’d Paris. Watch my vlogs below.
6. Galeries Lafayette and its observation point
For a stunning view of Paris, visit Galeries Lafayette. French version of Harrods is the only way I can describe it. Make your way to the top and you’ll find a stunning view of Paris.
7. Arc de Triomphe
Shop till you drop then visit Arc de Triomphe, easily accessible from all twelve of it’s radiating avenues. If you plan on visiting more than one European country, you will find several versions of the Arc de Triopmphe. Barcelona and Lisbon have one!