48 Hours in…Paris

Amylee Silva September 27, 2012 10

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

Eiffel Tower

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

Arc de Triomphe

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.


  1. Ralph Lehrman September 27, 2012 at 2:58 pm - Reply

    I am a semi retired artist and enjoyed reading some of the blog and remembering my time at the Eiffel Tower, Louvre, Notre Dame, etc. I have been to 10 countries, including a month in Norway on the famous Hurtigruten ships, from Bergen to the Russian border far north of the Arctic Circle and back to Bergen and on the Oslo, etc.

    Travel does so much to expand one’s mind and understanding of other cultures and lifestyles.

    I almost had forgotten about getting into the Louvre through the underground. I especially enjoy the little cafes of other countries and eating in some of thier restaurants. Happy traveling.

  2. IsabellesTravel October 29, 2012 at 12:30 pm - Reply

    I`ll be off to Paris in December for the 4th time and I`ll be sure to use the Metro tip to get into the Louvre, didn`t know about this. Thanks for sharing.

  3. Anita Mac December 19, 2012 at 2:47 pm - Reply

    The Louvre tip is brilliant….just make sure your second 24 hrs don’t fall on the day it is closed! Oops…climbed the Eiffel Tower and loved it….enjoyed dinner in a small restaurant with a great waiter who had me in stitches laughing. Woke up the next morning to discover that the Louvre was closed that day!
    Even with all my planning…if I don’t know what day of the week it is….well, that’s when I discover things like the Louvre is closed on Tuesdays! Guess I’ll have to come back! :)

  4. Nancy Young December 25, 2012 at 8:28 am - Reply

    I wish to go to Paris for at least 24 hours. I think this beautiful city has its own spirit :) Thank you for the tips!

  5. erin January 24, 2013 at 8:28 am - Reply

    I’m absolutely thrilled to be visiting Paris for the first time in April & May, and whilst I will have more than 48 hours (I’m there for a conference and will have about 9 days in the city) I love the suggestions of things to do. I probably wouldn’t have thought to go to the top of the Arc de Triomphe! Thanks for the suggestion :)

  6. Paul February 7, 2013 at 8:46 pm - Reply

    Great post. While we all love to spend a bit of time wandering around a city, it’s always amazing at just how much we can see in a few days if just go for it!

  7. Daniel Coleman March 7, 2013 at 8:46 pm - Reply

    Great timing, my girlfriend and I are finishing a trip there in July, thanks for the insights ;)

  8. wilma buccella March 7, 2013 at 11:04 pm - Reply

    I love Paris. Paris is exciting, beautiful, elegant and chique. It warms your heart, stimulates your
    senses and pleasing to the eye.
    And oh the food! Tres delicieux.

  9. Lesley Dempsey March 8, 2013 at 3:43 am - Reply

    Grab a round Paris open top double decker tour bus hop on hop off day ticket or even two day tiicket. You’ll get an overall look at Paris and commentary on attractions and then you can visit whatever takes your fancy. Also, take a boat trip on the Seine and visit the beautiful Sacre Coeur cathedral (also has a good view over Paris) , and watch the light show on the Eiffel Tower at night! And do plan on at least a week there, you’ll need it! Enjoy.

  10. jasmina April 27, 2014 at 8:24 pm - Reply

    well those are the main attractions – but don’t forget to get lost in the city and enjoy the spirit and atmosphere of this beautiful city. in the very least, take your gps on the smart phone and don’t go on the main roads, but go in the little side streets, where people live and you can see the true paris. i love walking paris and would never take the metro, i can walk and walk in this city all over, until my feet are blistered all over :)

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