Author Marie Landry, friend and fellow-lover of all things Paris, joins us today for Paris Month! Marie is the author of a number of YA and NA novels such as The Angel Island series. I’m so happy to have Marie be a part of this year’s Paris Month as she has always been excited and supportive of this event every year. She even graciously purchased a souvenir from her trip last year to give away for Paris Month so be sure to enter for your chance to win!
Keep reading for some tips of what to see and do in Paris if you’re on a time crunch!
Three Tips for Three Days in Paris
First, I’d like to thank Michele for allowing me to be part of this year’s Paris Month. As a fellow lover of the City of Lights, I’ve eagerly followed along every April, happy to live vicariously through the posts, and I’m honoured to be part of it this year.
I’ve been to Paris twice now – once in 2001, and again last June. Both visits only lasted three days, which is enough time to see quite a bit, but not nearly everything. If you’re travelling to Paris and all you have is a long weekend or if Paris is a short stop along your travels, I have a few tips I hope you’ll find helpful.
1. Make a plan. I know a lot of people like to wing it, but I think it’s important to at least have a basic plan of things to see and do, especially if your time is limited. Decide what’s important to you: Museums? Churches? Major tourist sights? Off the beaten path sights? Shopping? Cultural experiences? My main list the first time was the Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame cathedral, the Louvre, and the Arc de Triomphe, and this past time my priorities were Montmartre, the Musée d’Orsday, and Moulin Rouge, plus re-visiting a few of my favourite sights. Also, if you do some research beforehand, you might find deals – for instance, many places have student discounts, and certain sights have cheaper or even free admission after a certain time or on certain days. Having a plan is not only important for shorter trips, it’s also important if you’re on a budget.
2. Take your time and really see. It’s no secret that Paris is absolutely gorgeous. You’ll likely do a lot of walking anyway, so take time to veer off the beaten path and check out some side streets, smaller attractions, and residential areas. Take some time to sit in a place like the Jardin des Tuileries, Places des Vosges, or Jardin du Luxembourg. The last time I was in Paris, my friend and I sat at the far end of the Jardin des Tuileries and watched people and traffic in the Place de la Concorde. It’s an interesting way to observe both the super-stylish locals and tourists alike, plus watching Paris traffic is an experience in itself.
3. Eat all the food! Paris is known for its delicious food – creamy sauces, pastries, crepes, bread, wine. I think I can confidently speak for our lovely Paris Month host when I say you must try macarons at least once. Paris is a foodie’s heaven. And even if you don’t consider yourself a foodie, there’s something for every palette. The friend I travelled with didn’t consider herself a foodie before the trip, but we tried so many incredible things, she came home a foodie. Whether it’s a patisserie, café, food stand, small restaurant, or something fancy, it’s hard to go wrong. And don’t worry about eating a gazillion calories a day – you’ll likely walk it all off each day!
Photo credits: Marie Landry
Enter for your chance to win a Paris souvenir prize pack from Marie!
- Open to residents of Canada and U.S.
- Ends on April 30th, 2016
- Winner will be randomly selected via Rafflecopter
- Prize will be mailed out by Ramblings of a Daydreamer