If you don’t know already, Berty is a wedding photographer, and about a month ago, he received an offer to photograph an elopement in Paris, France! After dancing around the living room and sorting out the logistics, I (Emily) was able to accompany him on this trip and meet an awesome couple! (You can find their photo set here!) When Berty wasn’t on-duty, we decided to see as much of Paris as humanly possible in the little time we had. If you are in a similar situation, say, finding yourself with an extra long layover, here are some tips on how to see as much of Paris as possible!
**This post is especially for you if you have a long layover in Paris!**
3 Days in Paris (And How To See Everything)
Even with our short amount of time, Berty and I were able to see…
- Eiffel Tower
- Musee du Louvre
- Musee D’Orsay
- Boat Cruise on the Seine
- Arc du Triomphe
- Notre Dame
- Saint Chapelle
- Centre De Pompidou
- Opera Garnier
- Unlimited Subway Rides!
- Among other coffee shops and cafes!
Here Are Some Time-Saving Tips…
The Paris Pass
Not only did this pass save us money, but it also saved us a lot of time. (Which is totally necessary if you have a limited amount of days in the city!) The Paris Pass allowed us free access into almost every monument and museum, as well as entry into their “fast-lane” if there was a line to get in. We didn’t waste any time buying tickets at each place! You can decide how many days you want the pass and you also receive an unlimited subway ticket within the city! We ordered ours online in Seattle, and went to their office in Paris to pick it up in person. Easy!
Get A Subway Map
If you want to see the city as efficiently and cheaply as possible, the subway is your best friend. You can buy a booklet (called a carnet, usually, 10-single pass ticket), or even an unlimited 1,2,3, or 5 day pass. It’s always possible to buy single tickets as you go, too. Paris is a very walkable city so depending on where you are staying in the city, you may not need a subway pass at all!
Do Some Research
Figure out where you are staying and find attractions near you. It is also helpful to make a “sight-seeing” route and locate/mark all your favorites on a map. Decide what attractions and landmarks are worth checking out, and try to make a loop route to catch them all along the way, without going back and forth across the city.
Know Your Priorities
Berty and I had discussions with many Paris-experienced friends to figure out what was worth seeing in the three short days we had. Our main thing (besides the elopement Berty was photographing!) was to see Paris’ famous monuments and buildings. We could have prioritized art (which there are 130 museums in the city alone!!) or food, or shopping, or anything else really. You just need to decide for yourself which parts of France you want to enjoy most!
What are you most looking forward to seeing in Paris? Are there any other useful tips we should add to this post? Let us know in the comments below!
Thanks for reading!
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