Travel Guide | 48 hours in Paris

Monday, November 20, 2017

A few days are not enough to see any city, anywhere in the world, let alone Paris. This is because there are very few cities which can close or compare with what Paris has to offer. A vibrant nightlife, high class chalet in France and dining options coupled with diverse and unique cultural attractions makes Paris a must visit city. But what happens if you are short of time and have just two days to figure out an ideal itinerary? It was a bit tricky, but I have somehow managed to prepare a guide which will allow you to experience the best of Paris in the 48 hours you have at your disposal.
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Day one - morning
Begin your tour at 9 am by taking a walk along the bank of the Seine and relishing an amazing croissant in any of the cafés there. Your first stop has to be the museums of Paris, but unfortunately due to time constraints you can visit just one. Between the Musee d’Orsay and the Louvre ( the biggest in the world), it is hard to make a choice. The first museum focuses on works of Monet and Van Gogh, so go directly to the fifth floor and see these famous works. If instead you wish to visit the Louvre, enter the museum by a smaller side entrance to save time. Remember there are eight miles of corridors here, so decide beforehand the pieces you want to see to avoid losing your way in the maize.

Day one - afternoon
Once you are through with the museums, take a short stroll to the nearby 853 year old Notre Dame cathedral. You need to get up close to this stunning piece of gothic architecture on the exteriors to enjoy the experience. Next head to the Le Marais area, with its unique bars and restaurants for an exquisite meal. The Marais is always a beehive of activity, with its culture shops, bars and other important institutions. Streets which branch off the thoroughfare of Rue des Franc - Bourgeois are a shopper's delight which offer rich pickings to those who can bargain. 

Day one - evening
Paris is known for its nightlife, and there is no better way to experience it than by visiting the busy Canal St. Martin area, which is always full of revelers and hipsters. The place is packed with bars, bistros and other hip places.

Treat yourself to a delicious and traditional French meal at any of the fine restaurants here. Enjoy an aperitif as you watch the sociable gatherings pass by. The food prices are reasonable and the quality excellent. If you still have the energy drop into the Comptoir General, the most well known hidden bar of Paris, or else head home.

Day two - morning
Take the metro to the northern part of the city to visit the area known as Montmartre. This hilly region is full of spots where you can purchase almost anything in the kitsch boutiques, sex shops and weird museums and other crazy offerings. Your next destination is the Basilica de Sacre-Coeur, where once you have managed to elbow your way up to the top, you will be rewarded with superb views of the city of Paris.

Rush through the underground passageway to reach the base of the Arc de Triomphe, the magnificent monument, erected by Napoleon, to honor his troops who gave their lives fighting for him.

Day two - afternoon
Located on the 5th arrondissement, the Jardins des Plantes and the zoo located within the premises is worth looking into. This botanical mecca houses some exotic plants and the animals in the zoo are equally rare and in good shape. Once your park visit is finished, ask directions for the Grand Mosquee area. Here you can try out some of the best tea preparations to feel refreshed almost instantly. In addition, the peaceful courtyard of the mosque will re-energise you for the exploits ahead.

Day three - evening
Sadly this is your last evening in the city, but luckily the best is yet to come. No trip to Paris is deemed complete, without an excursion to the architectural beauty known as, the Eiffel Tower. Once the sun sets and the different colored lights come on, this iconic landmark of the city of Paris will bewitch you with it's sparkle. After every hour, for the first five minutes, the tower will radiate into a myriad colors, pleasing to the eye.

Say your farewells to the Eiffel, and make steps towards the river Seine, following the walking route along the bank, called Les Berges. This riverside promenade, is the ideal place to unwind at the end of your holiday. The riverbanks of the Seine are listed UNESCO World Heritage Sites, where walkers and enthusiasts can enjoy local food and outlets selling sustainable tourist products. Find a good spot somewhere near the stairs of the grand waterfall, and open a bottle of French wine, to raise a toast to this remarkable city.

The French capital has a host of attractions, making a return visit to Paris a distinct possibility. While planning such a short trip to this lovely city, it is first important to get your bearings in order to save valuable time. Just keep in mind that the river Seine, basically divides the city in two segments. While one side houses the Notre Dame Cathedral and Ile-St Louis, the other key monuments like the Eiffel tower and Arc de Triomphe lie on the other. The Metro is the greatest way to travel, even though Paris is perfect for walking.

Have you been to Paris? What are the must-sees and must-dos that you can recommend to first time travelers? Leave a comment! Let’s chat.

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