A curation of tips, ideas, & inspiration of What to Do in 2 Days in Paris.
Oh, Paris… I miss you so much!! You are by far my favorite big city in the world. And while we were there only a month ago we are already dreaming up a long weekend trip to Paris next spring. There is no harm in dreaming, right?
And since we can’t stop reminiscing about our trip, especially Paris, I knew I needed to share a post with details of our favorite things that we did in Paris in 2 days.
This list isn’t in any particular order, but it includes a large list of things that we were able to do in 2 days. And if we hadn’t fallen in love with the Louvre (& gone back a second time), we could have done even more, which is why I have also included a list of additional attractions that we plan to visit on our next trip to the beautiful city of lights!
1. The Love Locks
The love locks that once covered the Pont des Arts Bridge have been removed & lovers everywhere have decided to restart this tradition in a new location. We accidently stumbled upon the love locks new location in Paris at the Statue équestre d’Henri IV.
Because this was an accidental find we didn’t put a lock on it, but next time we go I’ll be sure to bring a lock with me!
2. Notre Dame Cathedral
This is free! We were lucky to hear the organ & a choir sing while we wandered about Notre Dame. And for those who want to get a little extra exercise, there is a second line you can stand in to climb to the top so you can see the view!
ps. You might already know this I discovered that if you search Notre Dame Cathedral on your iPhone Maps you can see a “Flyover Tour” of Notre Dame Cathedral and Paris!
3. Saint Sulpice Church
If you are looking for another beautiful church, one that is often overlooked, & lacking only in crowds the Saint Sulpice Church is gorgeous. We visited more churches & cathedrals then I can count while in Europe & if you visit during the busy season & want to skip the lines while still seeing beautiful architecture I recommend checking this one out. We were the only ones there early Sunday morning & we were able to enjoy our own mini concert as the organist practiced in the background.
4. Walk the Seine
Grab a baguette or beignet to enjoy while walking along the Seine in the early morning. This was one of my favorite casual things to do while in Paris.
5. Wander the Streets
I also really enjoyed wandering the streets of Paris. Popping into little cafés for a fresh warm pastry & discovery all the hidden sights & streets. I must admit I have a special love for Paris doors, each one is so special & unique.
6. Bus Tour
As I mentioned above, we bought our trip from Groupon & one of the optional add-ons were tours, so we decided to choose one that included a guided bus tour of Paris that took you to the Eiffel Tower & included a river boat cruise.
We were able to see more of the city in this short bus tour than I could have imagined! Some people might think it’s too touristy to take a bus tour, but I’ve said it once & I’ll say it a million times more. This was the best afternoon-evening of our trip!
7. Eiffel Tower
Some people think the Eiffel Tower is overrated. I think those people are crazy! Not only does it have a unique history, but the view is amazing, especially from the very top.
When we return we will definitely be visiting the Eiffel Tower again.
8. Eiffel Tower at Night
And even if we don’t make it all the way to the top on our next trip, we will most certainly be sure to take in a view of the Eiffel Tower at night. It is beyond magical!
Every hour, on the hour, the Eiffel Tower lights begin to twinkle for about 5 minutes.
My favorite view of this was during dinner at Les Ombres which is a restaurant with a glass ceiling so you have a unique, one-of-a-kind, breathtaking view of the Eiffel Tower.
9. River Boat Cruise
This was way more fun than I had imagined it would be. Before boarding, we bought a Nutella crepe to enjoy while riding down the Seine on the open top floor of the boat.
We decided to go at sunset so we could enjoy both the daylight, sunset, & dusk view of our new favorite city. We arrived back at the dock just in time to see the Eiffle Tower light up for the first time that night.
10. Avenue des Champs-Élysées
Now I’m going to be completely honest, I didn’t find the Avenue des Champs-Élysées to be too incredibly thrilling or exciting, but that might be because it was pouring when we went. While I love shopping at Anthropologie for $9.95 deals, I’m not one to spend a lot of money on shopping. But for many, this is their favorite place in Paris.
However, it is good for a nice view of the Arc d’Triumph.
11. Arc d’Triumph
Speaking of the Arc d’Triumph, somehow we didn’t realize that you couldn’t actually get to the Arc d’Triumph without purchasing a ticket. And since we had already done a tour we opted to simply get our touristy picture from across the street, but maybe next time we will tour the Arc d’Triumph & get a view from the top!
12. Musée du Louvre – (The Louvre Museum)
After just a few moments in the Louvre Roger and I fell in love. While the art was beautiful, I was in awe of the architecture. I could spend hours simply gazing up at all of the uniquely carved & painted ceilings. Because it is absolutely impossible to see everything in a day at the Louvre we ended up going twice.
(A quick Google search led me to find that “The Louvre contains over 380,000 objects and displays 35,000 works of art. It is said that if one was to walk through the Louvre and spend only 4 seconds gazing at each object, it would take you three months to get through the whole museum!” … Can you imagine??)
I recommend getting your tickets ahead of time online and then going through a side entrance, which they will let you do if you show them your ticket. The first day we had to wait in line for 30 minutes – 1 hour just to get through the security in the pyramid. Getting the tickets inside took less than a minute because they have little kiosks, it was simply security for the main entrance that had a nightmare of a line. The second day we found a side entrance, under one of the tunnels, where there was no line & just security guards. We showed them our tickets, breezed through security, & was in the Louvre in a matter of minutes.
We felt like the Louvre was underrated & should be a must see for anyone visiting Paris who loves art & architecture. This will definitely be on our list of things to do when we return to Paris.
The Panthéon is a quick & easy place to visit if you have a long list of places you want to see while in Paris. Plus it’s free! And who doesn’t want a chance to look at even more gorgeous marble?
We’ve been joking that we now understand why marble is so expensive in the US, Europe has already used the majority of it up!
14. Luxembourg Gardens
The Luxembourg Gardens are beautiful, even at the end of winter! We strolled through the gardens on our second day & passed many locals on their morning walk & run.
This is number 1 on my list of things to do when we return to Paris. I would love to spend half a day to a whole day at Versailles.
2. The Catacombs
This is one of those things that I’ve ready you need to get your tickets in advance. This seems like a great way to avoid the rain in the winter or a pop-up shower in the spring for a 1 & 1/2 hour tour.
3. French Steps Overlooking Paris
We had planned on going to the French steps that overlook Paris, but somehow we never made it there, so this is definitely on our list of things to do next time we visit Paris.
4. Grand Palais
The Grand Palais was on our list, but somehow we never made it here either.
What are your favorite things to do & see in Paris?
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With love, G
You see, at just the right time,
when we were still powerless,
Christ died for the ungodly.
Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous person,
though for a good person someone might possibly dare to die.
But God demonstrates his own love for us in this:
While we were still sinners,
Christ died for us.