Hey friends! I apologize in advance for this post, I wrote it after drinking a couple glasses of wine (it’s been one of those weeks..) so I have failed to censor myself as I usually try to do and am far too lazy to edit it. I hope you find it as funny as I do. Okay, you probably won’t but hopefully, you’ll find this somewhat helpful when trying to figure out how to spend three days in Paris! Besides that whole incident on the Eiffel Tower that I posted the other day, Paris was a dream. We stayed in the cutest Airbnb, ate delicious croissants, and drank damn good cups of coffee. The buildings were so Parisian (literally, there’s no other word), and everybody was so stylish! I can’t wait to return.
Since our wonderful Airbnb in Paris was located in Beaugrenelle within the 15th Arrondissement, we had easy access to many of the major landmarks – including the Eiffel Tower! With any city, I recommend booking your stay (where it’s in a hotel or in an Airbnb) in a location near the activities you want to do and the locations you plan on visiting.
Anyways, keep reading to find out how we spent three days in Paris!
How To Spend Three Days In Paris
Day One In Paris
We took our engagement photos!!! First of all, I never would have thought that I’d be getting married let alone having our engagement photos taken in PARIS. That was a dream come true. I haven’t seen all of them yet but here’s a sneak peak! I’ll create a post with all of them once I receive them. Chris’s sister, Jenna, is a very talented photographer and was awesome enough to take our photos :). She has her own blog as well – which you can check out here! Thanks, Jenna!! (if you read this lol).
After our “photo shoot”, our first official activity in Paris was to visit Arc de Triomphe. While this was only a 15-minute walk, my feet were so sore from the nonstop walking we had done while in London, that we ended up getting an Uber to the Arc lol.
The Arc de Triomphe is located on the deathtrap known as Place Charles de Gaulle, a massive road junction. Mothers, doctors, and the overall general public DO NOT RECOMMEND trying to cross this on foot. Our Uber had dropped us off at a nearby hotel and we spent a solid ten minutes trying to figure how the hell to cheat death and get across to the Arc. Well, it turns out, there’s a pedestrian tunnel that we finally found. Duh, amateurs.
Speaking of death and what not, climbing all 284 steps up to the top of the Arc de Triomphe was my own personal hell. I’m not the most in shape person in the world, but I’m also not the most out of shape person in the world, and these steps fucking killed me. Pardon my French. Pun intended. When we finally reached the top, I was in so much pain that I didn’t even care about the view. I went straight to a bench and sat my ass down for a few minutes so I could try and remember how to breathe. Once I was breathing again, I stood up to look at the view and MY GOD IT WAS THE BEAUTIFUL VIEW I HAVE EVER SEEN and it made my pain disappear. Basically, the steps are a bitch but the view is worth it.
Tip: Skip climbing up the Eiffel Tower and climb up the Arc de Triomphe instead. The Arc gives you the best view of the Eiffel Tower and Paris. If you climb the Eiffel Tower, you get an okay view of Paris but since it’s actually so high up and Paris is very flat, it’s hard to distinguish the buildings from one another. Also, you don’t get a view of the Eiffel Tower which is what people really want to see, let’s be real here.
After spending some time admiring the view, we made our back down the Arc and started our long walk down the Champs Elysées. We spent some walking around the Louis Vuitton store located there, where one wallet was literally more than my rent lol. Then, the hanger was starting to act up like a painful zit so our next mission was to find a place to eat.
We decided on the Bistro 25 and I got a cheeseburger, which I regret because it wasn’t that good. I was just looking at their menu now and wish I would’ve gone for the French Onion soup or for some sort of pasta. We also all tried escargot for the first time!! It looked absolutely disgusting but it was surprisingly delicious?! Basically, it was nothing but garlic flavored butter and when a food has ‘garlic butter’ in the name, I’m so down for it. If you follow me on Snapchat (hint, hint), you would’ve witnessed my reaction!
Once we were all fed and happy, we continued our stroll down the Champs Elysées (btw, this is like my favorite thing to say at the moment – it’s so fun to say and it just rolls off the tongue. I keep randomly saying it for no particular reason lol) until we made it to the Jardin des Tuileries. There, we sat at the fountain and enjoyed some downtime. I read a few chapters from Harry Potter and The Philosopher’s Stone – which I had picked up at the Warner Bro’s The Making of Harry Potter Studio Tour whilst in London – and I felt like a local at that moment. It seems like whenever there’s a nice day, Parisians take to the Gardens and enjoy some time in the sun.
We Recommend Reading: Warner Bro's The Making of Harry Potter
Tip: If you find an empty chair around the Jardin des Tuileries, stick to it like glue because it’s very hard to come across one. Chris and I were lucky enough to find two right next to each other but apparently, that’s quite rare.
I wrote a post all about my first experience visiting the Eiffel Tower, which is linked right below if you want to read more about that. There was a knife attack and a bomb threat if that gives you any idea as to how it went.
We Recommend Reading: We Were Trapped In The Eiffel Tower
Day Two In Paris
After a rough night with very little sleep, we had a scheduled tour of The Louvre bright and early. We met our tour guide under the Arc de Triomphe du Carrousel and spent the next five hours exploring the Louvre. The history behind it is as fascinating as the artwork on the inside! It was also amazing to see the original Mona Lisa! According to our tour guide, even though Leonardo was painting a portrait of Lisa del Giocondo, he actually painted her face in the same likeness as his gay lover. How cool is that? My two other favorite pieces of art were Psyche Revived by Cupid’s Kiss, a sculpture by Antonio Canova and Venus de Milo.
Tip: While a bit pricey (about $70 a person), book a private tour for the Louvre. The Louvre ended up being my favorite part about Paris, and I believe it was because we had a private tour guide. She made the history and the meaning so much more fascinating than what we would’ve discovered on our own.
After leaving the Louvre, we had a nice lunch in the park just outside of the Arc de Triomphe du Carrousel. We then walked along the Seine River until we reached Notre Dame. When we got there, there was the longest line and I didn’t feel like waiting to go in lol. Plus, I really had to pee so I coughed up a Euro to use the public restroom nearby and sat down at the base of the statue Charlemagne et ses Leudes to write on the postcards I’ve been collecting throughout the trip so far while everyone else went inside to tour Notre Dame.
Tip: Do not engage with anyone who’s feeding birds or handing out bird seed at the Notre Dame or any other “touristy” location. Chris and I stopped for a second to watch this little boy play with the pigeons that were on his head and this lady forcibly opened my hand and placed some bird seed so the pigeons would land on it, even after I told her no. I dumped the food onto the ground and then she said I had to pay her a Euro! I did because I didn’t want to make a big deal about it when I really I shouldn’t have paid her.
Day Three In Paris
Chris and I spent our last day in Paris at Disneyland! I’m going to write a whole separate post comparing Disneyland Paris to Disneyland Anaheim so I’m not going to say much here. It was fun though! One of the items on our bucket list is to visit every Disney park – this was only my second one and Chris’s third so we have a long way to go lol.
Read More: A Guide To Surviving Disneyland
So that is how you can spend three days in Paris! It was quick but eventful. I actually don’t feel the urge to return to Paris (right now anyway) because I believe we saw everything that we wanted to see and did everything that we wanted to do. I do believe that Paris should be on everybody’s travel list. However, next time we come to France, I definitely want to visit a smaller or less well-known city.
Have you been to Paris? If so, what would you recommend a first-time visitor to do?
Talk to you soon!
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