I have under 20 minutes to hull butt from The Louvre, exit the grounds, find the bridge – cross it, turn up a street or two and find my tour bus before it leaves the designated meeting spot. Because if it does leave with out me, then it will cost me almost 100 euros in cab fare to get back to my overnight dwelling and 100 euros is something I just can’t afford to spend two days into my 14 day European adventure. Sign “Department of Egyptian Antiquities”. I swear I was just at the Venus de Milo how did I end up in Egypt? I break out in a light jog toward the end of the corridor finally noticing an exit sign. I run toward the door and emerge from it… Now where the heck am I?
The first 24hrs
VISIT: The Eiffel Tower – If you’re able to, give it a go and walk up to the 2nd floor. From here you can also take the lifts up to the top. Built in 1889 for the World Fair, the Eiffel Tower was only meant to stand for 20 years but over 120 years later, it remains Paris’ most iconic figure.
VISIT: Notre Dame – This Gothic masterpiece dates back as early at 1163 when ground first broke on its construction. The gargoyles, meaning drain in Latin, are the most recognizable architectural features and were once painted in vivid colours.
VISIT: Moulin Rouge – Located in the “Red Light” district of Paris, the infamous French cabaret is an extremely popular show with cheap cafés all around it. Tickets from as low as €50.
48 hrs later
VISIT: The Arc de Triomphe – After seeing the view from the top of the Eiffel Tower, it almost seems silly to climb to the top of the Arc, but think Champs Elysées stretching out in front of you, sans metal wires everywhere. Adults €8.
LOCAL: Walk down the Champs Elysées and grab the essentials from your local Monoprix: wine, cheese, smoked meats and a baguette then head to a local park and indulge in life’s simplest pleasure, eating.
Beat the lines at the Louvre! Wait in the line above or pay the 3 EUROS and enter through the underground. Many visitors are unaware that there is a Metro entrance to the museum and the small investment in a metro ticket is well worth the cost of a sometimes non-existent line.
VISIT: The Louvre – the Venus di Milo, Winged Victory and of course, the Mona Lisa. No further explanation required. Combined ticket €14.