Paris city is considered as the city of romance that overflows with monuments, museums, and varied cultures. Taking a tour to Paris, either for a short or long time would always be something that is in the bucket list’s ring of every traveler. Exploring most parts of the French capital on a weekend seems impossible for most travelers who come to visit Paris from all over the world. But the right planning that holds more personalized interests can make it possible for every traveler to spend two days or more and explore most of Paris city.
Here are a few aspects that travelers need to look into while taking weekend Paris tours.
Getting to the Paris City
Travelers who are coming from North America can get nonstop flights to the main International airport of Paris – Charles de Gaulle International Airport. Plenty of taxis and RER trains are available to find your way to Paris, most of which are expensive than the cabs that are available there. These taxis and trains can take you to central Paris in just forty minutes.
Taking trains to Paris would be the quick and easiest way, just like a flight, for travelers who are coming to Paris from Europe itself. The city has six major train stations that connect the metro subway line. The six of these stations also offer taxi stands for travelers who prefer to navigate the city above ground.
Tempting Your Taste Buds while You are in Paris
Paris is known for its food culture – mainly for food and wine. Travelers can stop in patisseries for French eating, baguettes, or pastry. French dishes with cheese like creamy French brie are popular choices among travelers. Kir Royale – which is a French drink that is made of black current-flavored liquor and champagne, is one of the most popular French drinks. Sit-down meals at the traditional restaurants of France are also the most celebrated choices for people who love to spend time.
Top Tourist Sites in the Paris City
The most visited attractions of Paris include the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre Museum, and a stop at the Notre Dame. The queues at the Eiffel tower can be prohibitively long, mostly in summer. But, touring the Louvre and Notre Dame is quick and easy. Charting your routes ahead of time can help a lot in saving a lot of your time. The website of the museum offers a guide to the most popular works of the museum, which is believed to be seen in ninety minutes.
Other Attractions to See in Paris City
Seine riverboat rides are a good way to get an idea of the city. Some of the other sites that can be seen within a weekend include Arc de Triomphe – a monument that has been built to honor the troops of Napoleon who fought and died in the French revolution. The Arc de Triomphe sits on one of the most beautiful and tree-lined avenues – Avenue des Champs-Elysees, that is home to the most popular and exclusive retail stores of the world.
Other attractions include the Jardin du Luxembourg and the Jardin de Tuileries, two of which are the most beautiful and popular gardens of the city. The white-domed church atop Montmartre called the Sacre-Coeur is the second-highest point in Paris after the Eiffel Tower. If not satisfied with the Louvre museum, travelers also have a choice of visiting the Musee d’Orsay that is situated across the river from the Louvre and has a collection of impressionist art.
Where Can You Stay during Your Paris Tours?
Paris is regarded as a walking city, especially during the season when the weather is nice. The beauty and architecture of Paris are best experienced on the traveler’s foot. Therefore, it is always best to choose hotels that are within a walking distance of the Seine River or any major attractions you would like to visit. This can help you save a lot of your time and the money you will have to spend on transportation in Paris. This choice can provide you opportunities to experience the city more at your convenience and pace, rather than from the windows of a bus, cab or train. Look for stays in the eighth arrondissement – the neighborhood that hosts Avenue des Champs-Elysees. Hotels are tending to be a bit expensive in this area but the convenience it offers you cannot be matched. These places would be of great help for travelers who are looking forward to taking a walking tour across Paris.
There are also less pricey options like the fifth arrondissement, which is in the neighborhood of the Latin Quarter, which is near the Notre Dame and many other restaurants in Paris. There is also an option called the fourth arrondissement, which is a lively and colorful area and also home to the Marais.