Three Days in Paris

Paris is one of the most beautiful cities in the world and it’s charms are spellbinding. So much so that we have visited here several times and still love returning.

On a recent visit, we stayed at the Westin Hotel, which is located adjacent to the Tuileries Gardens in the 1st Arrondissement. We enjoyed being close to this peaceful oasis in the middle of a bustling city and spent much of our down time here. If your budget allows for complete indulgence, book one of the Penthouse suites with a view of the garden and the Eifel Tower. The standard rooms are beautiful as well, but do not expect a view.

Our goal for this stay was to have a somewhat indulgent visit in the city of lights. Indulgent for us means luxurious accommodations, delicious food and an unhurried pace. 

Our recommendations:

Day 1 – Coffee and a croissant in the hotel cafe. Stroll through the Tuileries toward the River Seine to visit Notre Dame Cathedral and the Louvre. It takes several hours to see the Louvre thoroughly, but do not stress, see the artists that interest you the most and leave some exhibits for your next visit. Purchase your tickets in advance and save time standing on line.

Take an Uber over to  L’As du Fallafel at 34, rue des Rosiers for the best “tourist trap” fallafel experience in town. You will stand on line, but that is part of the experience.

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On your way back to the hotel, pick up Macaron’s at Laudree and a bottle of champagne from the wine store around the corner. Afternoon delight.

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After a good rest in your very indulgent Westin bed, get dressed and taxi over to LeChemise  for a wonderful gourmet dining experience. You will need a reservation, so plan in advance.

 

Day Two:

Stroll over to Boulevard Saint-Germain for breakfast at Cafe de flore. Choose an outside table, of course. Pink champagne and people watching are at it’s best here.

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After a leisurely breakfast, do a bit of window shopping at some of the swank shops along the boulevard, (don’t forget to say BonJour when entering every shop), then take a taxi to the Eifel Tower for a quick photo opp. If it is a clear day, purchase a ticket and take the elevator to the top for a breathtaking view of the city. If you go back at night, we suggest viewing at dusk from Jardins du Trocadero. The twinkling light display with the garden fountain in the foreground should not be missed.

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From here you can walk (about 30 minutes) to the Musee d’Orsay and spend the afternoon with your favorite Monet, Manet or C’ezanne – take your time.

 

Assuming you have a reservation, you can have dinner at LeSouffle, where you will be delighted by the charming atmosphere. We tried several savory souffles and a couple of sweet ones. It’s all good- indulge!

Day Three: If you have been to Paris before and have crossed most of the major sights off your list, you might want to get out of the city. Devote a full day, to Versaille where you can tour the Palace and see the famous hall of mirrors, or spend a half day visiting Reimes, where you can tour several famous champagne houses. We visited Versaille on our last trip to Paris, so this time we chose Reimes.

Reimes is a beautiful town and easy to see on foot. Just pick up a map at the train station’s visitor center. You cannot miss Notre Dame Cathedral which stands in the city centre and is open to the public with no admission.

There are several champagne houses to choose from in Reimes, including the very popular Mums and Tattinger, but we chose Pommery after reading several Trip Advisor reviews of all the houses. Pommery stood out because of the quirky art display that is included within the tour. We were happy with this choice. Devote at least two hours here for the tour and tasting and another hour to explore the city before heading back to Paris in time for dinner.

Sip slowly….

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Back in Paris with time to spare before dinner, walk over to the Ritz and find a cozy seat in Hemingway’s. You will pay dearly for your drinks, but if you are a Hemingway fan it’ll be worth it. Drinks served to ladies include a rose – now that’s indulgent.

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No reservations? Take a chance and walk into Taokan. If you like Dim sum served in an elegant and sophisticated atmosphere, this is your place. Savor a pot of tea at the end of this very indulgent meal. Everything is as good as it looks.

Indulge in one last cup of cappuccino at your favorite French cafe before heading back to the real world.

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                                  bonne journée
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12 Responses to Three Days in Paris

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  2. pmaghamfar says:

    We spent 3 weeks in Paris, in January of 2013, and it was a fantastic time to visit. There is nothing as beautiful as Paris under a blanket of snow. Thanks so much for stopping by One Road at a Time and posting a comment/question, which I answered on our site. Nice to meet you and safe travels. ~ Patti

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    • Suzanne says:

      We have never visited Paris in the winter months, but I am sure it is magical.Thank you for answering my questions about your Visa application over at “One Road at a Time”. I will read the post you suggested for more info.

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  3. kemkem says:

    Lovely itinerary. I absolutely love it! :-). I certainly wouldn’t mind doing this. The food looks amazing. Last time we were in Paris, it was just for a day with my MIL to show her the highlights. I’ve previously been to Versailles, so l would choose Reimes or maybe Chantily or perhaps a return visit to Giverny. There is so much to love about Paris and seems you guys did it right. Now, you’ve got me thinking..haha!

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    • Suzanne says:

      kemkem, the food was amazing and worth every calorie! Giverny would get my vote for sure. Have always wanted to see Monet’s Garden. Next time for sure. P.S. I am enjoying your blog and can’t wait to read more of your adventures. Happy travels.

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  4. Ahhh Paris! I admit to having been there about 12 times and that it is one of , if not my favorite city in the world. My husband is French and grew up in Paris till his family moved to L.A. when he was 16. I have never been up the Eiffel Tower but I do love just mostly wandering the steeets, eating the food, going to the incredible street food markets and my favorite museum is the Musee d Orsay which we both prefer to the Louvre because it is much more manageable and as well an absolute treat and wonderful architecture. Two other museums of note that tourists usually
    “skip” are the tapestry museum and the fashion museum.

    Thanks for a lovely trip down memory lane! You are making me nostalgic. Lovely photos!

    Peta

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    • Suzanne says:

      I agree, Paris never gets old. Actually, I prefer the Musee d Orsay as well and I typically enjoy the Modern Art Museum but did not have time for that one on this trip. Will check out the tapestry and fashion museums next trip. Nice meeting you and thanks for commenting on our photos.

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  5. Gilda Baxter says:

    Sounds like you had an amazing time in Paris? I visited last year with my sisters and my brother-in-law, but I had been before. You can never tire of Paris, I will definitely visit it again soon😄 I have never been to Versailles.

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    • Suzanne says:

      Paris is definitely a city that you should visit again and again and Versailles is worth the effort. It puts the “let them eat cake” comment into perspective!

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  6. It seems like you had a fabulous experience! I love your recommendations. Do you have any tips for visiting the Louvre?

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  7. Suzanne says:

    Hi Agness, my advice would be to purchase your tickets in advance if possible. Lines are long to get tickets, then longer to get into the Palace. Plan at least two hours for seeing the interior and grounds and don’t skip a thing! Thanks for stopping by.

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