I have been to Paris three times in my life: on a day trip in high school, with my parents when I was a kid and in December 2012 with my girlfriend to celebrate New Year’s Eve. Paris has never disappointed. The saying that ‘Paris is always a good idea’ is definitely true.
4 Days in Paris
The City of Lights is magical during the winter holidays. We spent three nights and 4 days in Paris, more than enough time to see every a visitor should see. Our accommodation in Paris was located in the heart of Montmartre. The metro station was quite close, which is always an advantage in a city of this size. It is by far my preferred way of getting around in cities. It’s quick, cheap and straight-forward.
We spent our first days exploring the cozy neighbourhood that is Montmartre. We went to the Basilique du Sacre-Coeur and meandered through the narrow cobbled streets and across quaint squares where artists paint their paintings and draw their drawings. In the evening we headed over to the Champs Elysées and strolled around at the Christmas markets.
There’s just something about Paris that’s difficult to put in words. The city has a feel to it that no other city in the world has. 4 days in Paris and it’s still difficult to describe it. It’s grand and it’s cozy; there are small cafés and the sound of accordions. There is the Louvre, the Eiffel Tower and the Seine. Did I mention that it’s a magical city during the winter holidays?
Our second day was all about culture. We made our way to the Louvre early in the morning in an attempt to beat the crowds, which was not successful to say the least. We got in after queuing for about 45 minutes. It was absolutely worth the wait though. The Louvre is without question one of the best museums I have ever been to. I love museums and try to visit one wherever I go. It’s a great way to learn about a particular culture or gain some more knowledge in general. After several hours of admiring some of the world’s greatest paintings, we continued our cultural tour of Paris. Next up was the Cathédral de Notre-Dame, another world-famous Parisian landmark and actually the most-visited place in France. This time we didn’t queue to get inside. We strolled alongside the Seine, enjoyed experiencing the grandeur of the buildings of Paris and headed back to our hostel.
We spent New Year’s Eve at the Champs Elysées with tens of thousands of other people. After midnight we headed to the Pigalle district, famous for its nightlife and the Moulin Rouge.
The following two days were spent doing everything we could possibly do in that timeframe. We put a lock on the Pont des Arts (aka lover’s bridge), went to see the magnificent City Hall, the eccentric Centre Pompidou museum and, of course, the Eiffel Tower.
The Eiffel Tower can be seen from almost everywhere in the city. It’s the city’s biggest landmark, but we saved the best for last. The queue to go up the tower was enormous though, and after giving it a try at first, we gave up and went for a walk around. The views from the ground aren’t too bad either.
4 days in Paris were spent strolling around the lovely historic neighbourhoods. I’m definitely going back.