Paris is called “the City of Love,” which gets its name from the numerous couples that make it their destination of choice for a honeymoon and or marriage proposal. We surely did have magic moments in this city – who doesn’t? With monuments like the Eiffel Tower, luscious gardens, grandiose palaces and hundreds of intimate café, we are sure that you too would fall in love with this magnificent city.
Paris in two days
Two days are not enough to see and experience everything in Paris, but those short on time, we have compiled a good list of things to do. We recommend using the Paris Metro to get around – it is the fastest and cheapest way to travel the city.
The Palace of Versailles
The Palace of Versailles was the former royal palace and seat of the French government. It is a short train ride from Paris on the RER-C route.(we suggest you arrive early, about 9am, so you won’t need to stand in a 2 hours line – like we did) . The Palace of Versailles can get very crowded during the peak tourist season!!
This palace complex was built to impress. From a hunting lodge to a grand palace, the museum has many exhibits that showcases the meticulous planning involved in the construction along with old diagrams, model replicas and paintings of the palace from its early days. Our most memorable exhibit was the hall of mirrors. It was used for important functions of the French royal court and immortalized in history by the signing of the Treaty of Versailles.
Tickets : €25 (for the palace + the gardens at Versailles + musical fountains. Or you can buy a ticket for only the palace.)
Tip: Be sure to grab an audio self guided tour headset at no cost from the entrance inside the palace.
The gardens at Versailles
These gardens are another displace of the opulence of the French kings. If you are short on time we suggest simply visiting the gardens of Versailles alone. The lines here are never long, and the gardens are expansive enough for you to find uninterrupted space for photo opportunities. You could probably spend all day exploring the gardens at Versailles, but there are a few important landmarks worth mentioning – the musical fountains, the Orangerie gardens, the Latona fountains and the Apollo Fountains.
Tickets – For the gardens alone €9 (on days of the musical fountain shows). Free on other days.*
The Eiffel Tower at night (sparkles for 5 minutes every hour!)
The closet metro station is the Passy Station on the M6 line. We recommend viewing the Eiffel tower from the steps of the Trocadero directly across the tower.
The Latin Quarter (so much good food!)
Explore a variety of different cuisines and bars at the Latin quarter. The piano Vache was our favorite! This gem features live music daily and has a great selection of French wine and world beers.
Arc de Triomphe
Don’t forget you can go to the top! You get a great view of the Paris skyline and the Eiffel tower.
Picnic at the Eiffel Tower
Buy a baguette, some cheese, maybe some wine and relax! Champ de Mars located directly behind the Eiffel tower has extensive lawns and picnic areas.
Place de la Concorde
Ride the largest ferris wheel in Europe and get a chance to admire gorgeous views of Jardin des Tuileries and the Louvre.
Notre Dame de Paris Cathedral
Many people hang out here at night – they play music and dance. The Notre Dame de Paris Cathedral is probably one of the finest examples of Gothic French architecture. You will be mesmerized by the beautiful stained glass windows. Do go inside to check out the crypt that holds ruins dating back to the earliest settlement in Paris during the Roman occupation.
Dinner cruise/River cruise
Last but not the least, this is a nice way to get a quick view of the city. The river cruises last around an hour and cost around €10 a person. Dinner cruises cost more.
*Tickets for the palace of Versailles