Paris is huge. Don’t expect to see everything the first time. It’s a great place with plenty to do. Be sure to learn a few simple French phrases to start off your conversations before switching to English. It is much appreciated. Also, in my opinion, Paris is one of the most friendly cities we have been. People are often happy to help with directions. If you are polite, you will probably be treated the same.
Things to Do
Eiffel Tower – For the best view, take the subway to Trocodero. There are many metro stops you can take to the Eiffel Tower, but this one is great for taking pictures. Give yourself some time because the lines are usually long. Check opening times and try to get there as early as possible. There are different prices depending on how high you want to go. Picture: View from Trocodero at night.
Sacre Coeur (Montmartre) – It’s a long way up to Sacre Coeur but the view over Paris is excellent. When you are at the top facing the view of Paris, head toward your right to find yourself in a cute little artist area of town.
Louvre – The Louvre is huge. You will not see it all in one day. Pick a section and don’t get worn out.
Notre-Dame – If I remember correctly, you can go inside to look around for free if you are not interested in taking a guided tour. While the front of the building is the famous view, don’t forget to check out the back. It’s very pretty. Check it out while you are on your way over to the next island to eat your ice cream at Berthillon.
Disneyland Paris – There is a train you can take to get here. It doesn’t take long at all. Disneyland Paris is the EXACT same park as in Florida. You may be confused by that, except they keep calling Mickey Mouse “Mické.” The park is less crowded and a bit cheaper! We really enjoyed it.
My 2 top recommendations in Paris are fondue and Ice cream. Fondue is served many places, but the ice cream……. there is only one place and it’s worth the airfare for that ice cream alone, even if you have to live under a bridge. This is Berthillon. Now you may see signs for this ice cream in other shops, but you must visit the one at 29-31 Rue Saint Louis en I’ile. If I am not mistaken, the ice cream is freshly made with natural ingredients so there are different flavors every day. Best ice cream I’ve ever had. A great time to go would be after visiting Notre-Dame. It is located on the next small island.
Where to Stay
Don’t pick an area outside the city. Paris is huge and you will spend too much time travelling.
If you are looking at areas to stay in Paris, I would suggest the Latin Quarter or Montmarte. There are many nice areas, but I happen to enjoy these two.