8 day itinerary for Paris Louvre, Musee de Orsay, Eiffel, Cemetary, Boulangerie, Marche Enfants and more
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Hi there! Its great to hear about your trip to Paris. Paris has seriously so much to offer to its tourists, that sometimes it becomes difficult to decide where to begin from. But don't worry, I have prepared an itinerary for you trip that will help you. Considering the fact that you had been here before I have suggested you a mixture of offbeat as well as regular attractions.
Paris Exposition: Champ de Mars and Eiffel Tower, Paris, France, 1900 (Source: Brooklyn Museum)
I hope you find my suggestions well suited to your taste. Read on to know what I have suggested for your trip:
The Louvre has got to be the first choice. Pardon me If I sound biased for I am an art enthusiast. Built in 1973, it is the treasure trove of art, housing masterpieces like the "Mona Lisa", "The Last Supper", the "Liberty leading the People", to name just a few. Apart from the fab paintings, the architecture is breathtaking. A unique mix of ancient masonry and modern impressions - sprawling lawns and the glass pyramid of I M Pei.
Here's some good to know information :
Le Louvre (The Louvre), (Metro: Palais Royal/Louvre),Tel.: +33 1 40 20 53 17. Open daily except Tuesdays and certain public holidays. Permanent collections 9 am to 6 pm (Wed and Fri til 10 pm). Under the pyramid is open 9 am to 10 pm.
1st arrondissement (Source:Wikitravel)
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Also within the 1st arrondissement where The Louvre is, there are these that would be a crime to miss out on:
- Jardin des Tuileries: The royal palace gardens, beautifully landscaped, home to the giant ferris wheel and skirting the Musée de la Orangerie and the Jeu de Paume.
- Colonne Vendôme: A magnificent 8-sided square and the King's statue which was first commissioned in 1699 as homage the the 'Sun King', Louis XIV. Come 1972 and the French Revolution, the statue was removed only to be put back in 1806 along with the Colonne de la Grande Armée.
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- Église Saint-Eustache: A huge façade, one of the last remnants of early Gothic architecture.
La Conciergerie: An ancient medieval fortress that served as the city's prison. One of the best examples of royal architecture.
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Here's a map of the 1st arrondissement, check here for higher resolutions:
Image:Paris 1st arrondissement map with listings (Source: Wikitravel)
Next you can visit Notre Dame Cathedral which is a Gothic, Roman Catholic cathedral. The church contains the cathedra (official chair) of the Archbishop of Paris. It is widely considered as the finest example of French Gothic architecture in Europe. The cathedral is famous for its stained glass windows and gargoyles. It would be a good idea to visit in the early opening hours to avoid ques.
Notre Dame de Paris / Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris (Source: Michal Osmenda)
Gorgeous. Really beautiful. Please, get a walk around the Cathedral so you can appreciate all the angles outside. Free entrance!
Phone No: +33(0)142345610
Monday to Friday: from 9:30 am to 6:00 pm
Saturday and Sunday: from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm
Address: 6 Parvis Notre-Dame, Place Jean-Paul II
Click here for more information.
After that, take in a taste of the Oriental world amidst the glitter of the City of Lights. On Rue Geoffroy Saint Hilaire, you will find the most unexpected. Here is the Paris Mosque. While this little sentinel of Arabic architecture and customs is an unlikely attraction by itself, don't just marvel at the white facade with colorful stone ornamentations. Delve inside and you will be transported into one of those tales of Arabian Nights that we so loved many moons ago.
Eid: take a break, contemplate (Source: Bu)
In the tea room, try out the mint tea, which for many, is the best they ever had the chance to sip. Cross the patio and you'll be greeted with an authentic Arab souk - right there in Paris. Haggle for the pretty or the bizarre and take a little bit of mystery back with you.
Address: 2, bis place of the well of the Hermit
Phone: 01 45 35 97 33
For tours, check the 'Guided Tour' tab on this page.
The basin (Source: Vincent Brassinne)
Here are the details of the places that you can cover during the second day of your trip.
Named after it's creator Gustave Eiffel, standing 324 metres tall and built in 1889, the Eiffel Tower is the most prominent symbol of Paris. Millions of visitors throng here every year. There are three levels for visitors and tickets can be purchased to ascend by stairs or lift. The tower guarantees a beautiful view of the city. The tower is even more gorgeous at night as it lights up and is a must see.
Eiffel Tower at Night (Source: kurtmunz)
The most beautiful and romantic place ever! The Eiffel tour is my favorite place in Paris! Take some time to appreciate the view while seated near the tower and see the tourists taking pictures and more pictures. The line is always crowed to go up the tower, but the view is worthwhile.
Phone No: +33892701239
Address: Parc du Champ de Mars, 5 av. Anatole
- 9 a.m. to midnight from 17 June to 28 August,
- 9:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. during the rest of the year,
- At Easter weekend and during the Spring holidays : extended opening hours to midnight.
Click here to buy tickets.
Next is the Musée d'Orsay Housed in an 18th Century complex, it houses a spectacular collection of Impressionist and post-Impressionist paintings, many of which were formerly hung in the Louvre. The architecture, needless to say, is exquisite.
L'Océanie (Moreau)- Musée d'Orsay - 19-08-2006 - 7h38 (Source: Etienne Cazin)
After this you can head on to Marche des Enfants Rouges and Le relais de l'isle. Established in the early 1600s, this is an ancient shopping area - the oldest covered market in Paris. Time has taken its toll; new facade replacing the original, but it still is home to countless cheese-mongers, colorful grocers and exotic vintners . To add to that, you will find a plethora of small restaurants in every turn, catering to all cravings; Italian, Japanese, French, Afro-Caribbean, Middle Eastern and more.
Great place to do shopping or to eat at the Japanese or Moroccan restaurants during lunch. The Italian Mangiamo is excellent for ham and Alain the boulanger has very good and pleasantly served cereal breads. The "Au coin bio" food stall serves food that tastes very much like shredded cardboard and just as tricky to swallow. The Rotisserie however is the best part and you can sample the scrumptious rillette or veal on weekends on the terrace.
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Address: 39 rue de Bretagne, Paris, 75003 | 3rd Arrondissement, enter on rue Charlot
Photographie au Marche des Enfants Rouges (Paris 3Ã¨me) (27) (Source: Jacques Froissant)
At the end of the day you would love to dine here. As famous as the city is for its art and architecture, it is also popular for its food. It is known all over the world that dining in Paris can be a bit on the expensive side, but it is lesser known that there are some of the best restaurants here which offer a wide array of amazingly cooked dishes for very reasonable prices.
Le Prez Verre is one such restaurant, where you will find traditional french cuisines, and being an avid food lover, you can eat to your heart's content without shelling a lot. The chef adds a delicious flavor and aroma to the food, and the atmosphere keeps you pleased throughout the meal. Take a note of booking ahead, as the restaurant is quite popular.
Here is a review:
the formula is truly gourmet lunch and an exceptional value for money simple dishes at the base but reinvented in a very affordable price. the restaurant is wonderful and although it is popular the service is good.
Prices range from €15 - €30
Opening hours: Tue to Sat 12noon-2pm and 7:30-10:30pm
Location: 5th Arrondissement (Latin Quarter)
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Start the morning with that delightful Parisian air whiffing up all things pretty. If one closes the eyes and tries to think of Paris and something long and stately that is intrinsically attached to the city, what but naturally comes to mind is the baguette. The deliciously crispy, knobbly and sometimes meter-long loaf that moves around the city’s streets in brown paper bags and gives a stiff fight to the Eiffel Tower as far as recall value goes.
Boulangerie (Source: Vasile Cotovanu)
There is a boulangerie or bakery in every nook and corner in Paris. The divine ones, however, are found at Le Grenier à Pain on Rue Abbesses in Village Montmartre. It was the winner of the ‘Grand Prix de la Baguette de Tradition Francaise de la Ville de Paris’. Or simply put, “the best baguette in Paris”. Plagued on most days with serpentine queues but certainly worth the wait. The greatest smelling breakfast – under € 5.
Paris : le Grenier à pain (Source: Frédérique PANASSAC)
While having that phenomenal breakfast, the next idea that comes along – rediscovering Montmartre on foot. The bohemian lifestyle shines out the best at two of my favourite locales in the neighborhood – Butte Montmartre (or the Mount of Mars) and Montmartre Hills. These are the places where Parisian artists and literary hopefuls (and some subsequent successful ones) thrived in a tax-free air, while Montmartre free-wheeled into decadence. Up came, however, many bars and a lively spirit.
The funicular takes one straight to the Sacré-Cœur Basilica but it pays to keep off the temptation. Hoofing it up the hill has its rewards. A better idea is to go for a guide. A little bit of local help never fails. Oriel Crane is just brilliant, and is commissioned with ‘Paris Walks’.
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Then you can visit Malakoff. Not catching many tourists attention, Malakoff is a great place to get some beautiful scenes of enchanting backwaters of Malakoff. Take a stroll to discover a potpourri of community life. So why to think twice, just put on your shoes and soak it up all. Malakoff is easily accessible by the metro. Here, you will find charming residences, attractive bistros in the backyards, cats and potted plants decorating the windowsills of almost all the houses, and a colourful life full of smiles.
Here you will find some great restaurants and bars where you can either dine or sip in some beer.
Address: 116 D50, Malakoff
Getting there: Malakoff is served by two stations on Paris Métro line 13: Malakoff – Plateau de Vanves and Malakoff – Rue Étienne Dolet.
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Here are the plans for the fourth and fifth day of your trip.
The Paris Landing Area is a prominent wild-life reserve, situated 18 miles from eastern Paris. It houses many wild animals including river otter, fox, coyote, bobcats, eagles, gray bats etc. Besides, squirrels, gray bats, shrews, rabbits, wild turkeys etc. are also seen here. There is also a golf course, which is located on the western shore of the Lake Kentucky. The sanctuary features a 1 mile long bridge over the Tennesse river. You can do fishing, hiking, wildlife viewing etc. Horse riding activities are also seen here.
Wild Turkeys (Source: Charlie Day DaytimeStudios)
The Tenessee Wildlife Refuge (Big Sandy Unit) is another sanctuary, where you can spend a quality time. It is located near intersection of the Big Sandy river and Tenessee river.
Yahoo had this to review:
From fox to bobcat to the endangered red-tailed hawk, these animals are not on display, rather living their lives free from zoo cages or poachers, in their natural habitat. Endangered species, injured animals and birds that choose to make their home here are cared for by the staff and seem to enjoy the company of visitors. Scenic walkways, hiking paths and educational centers make this more than an animal exhibit. This is a full-featured outdoor park for families looking for outdoor adventure.
(Source: Yahoo! Travel)
Julia next to Big Sandy Creek (Source: s_mestdagh)
On the fourth day, it would be perfect to explore the much traditional Rue Montorgueil neighborhood followed by a Chocolate Massage at the famous Four Seasons Hotel.
If you want to get a taste of Paris like never before , then visiting the Rue Montorgueil Neighborhood is a must. Located in the heart of Paris , this neighbourhood is one Paris's few permanent market streets. It houses some of the best meat and fish markets in the city along with fine boutiques and the famous pastry shop named La Maison Stohrer. Due to its distinctly French setting, this place is an absolute must-see.
Here is a overview:
One of the best places to get an impression old Paris is rue Montorgueil, Paris's oldest market street. In some ways, it seems hardly changed since Claude Monet immortalized it in his painting La Rue Montorgueil back in 1878. As ever, this delightful, grey-tiled street is lined with fruit/vegetable markets, butchers, fishmongers, bakeries, and cheese shops. You may feel transported in time as you listen to the merchants calling out, encouraging you to inspect their fresh salmon, cuts of meat, or sweet, sweet strawberries, three baskets for the price of two.
Next day it is time to head to Four Seasons Hotel. The special and unique Chocolate Massage here is probably one of the most unique things to do in Paris. Set in a perfect setting, the massage traditionally starts with a traditional Chocolate Body scrub with a Swiss and Belgian Chocolate wrap and so on continues one of the best massages you will ever have in your life. All in all a two and a half hour of Pure Bliss.
The decadent spa Preview treatment begins with a chocolate body scrub and is followed by a nourishing Swiss chocolate body wrap. The package is finished with a relaxing deep-tissue massage using warm cocoa-shea butter. This blissful treatment lasts 2 and half hours and is guaranteed to leave you both feeling irresistible
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On the fifth you can also enjoy some street side shopping. Paris has three main flea-markets. The most famous of these is the Marché aux Puces de St-Ouen (Porte de Clignancourt) (Clignancourt Flea Market), this is the ultimate place for buying antiques, second-hand goods and retro fashion.
Address - 140, rue des Rosiers, Saint-Ouen 93400 | Contact: +33 1 4012 3258 | Open Hours: 7.30am-6pm Sat-Mon
Les Puces de Saint Ouen by Paris-Sharing - 1 (Source: ParisSharing)
Around 60 to 80 book dealers gather every weekend at the Marché du Livre Ancien et d'Occasion, an old book market, started in 1987. If you are a book lover like me, then this is a must visit destination for you.
Address: Market George Brassens. 104, rue Brancion, 75015 Paris | Hours: 9am to 6pm (every weekend).
Books (Source: Gemma Bardsley)
The smallest of the flea markets, Marché aux Puces de la Porte de Vanves is home to trinkets, paintings, furniture, jewelery, curios and much more.
Addresses: avenue Georges Lafenestre & avenue Marc Sangnier | Phone: (+33) 06.88.64.82.77 | Hours: Weekends; avenue Marc Sangnier until 1 p.m.; avenue Georges Lafenestre all day.
Beads at flea market (Source: Kathleen Conklin)
A romantic trip to Paris would not be complete without a picnic. Parisians love to picnic when the weather turns warm. With so many beautifully landscaped garden all around the city , it is no wonder that people come in to soak the sun and enjoy the beautiful view of the city. With the beautiful Seine River flowing through the city it is no wonder that any time of the day or night you will see people sitting on the banks of the river and enjoying its view. The Champ de Mars, in the shadow of the iconic Eiffel Tower is a very popular picnic spot for the people of this city.
Square du Vert Galant at the very tip of Paris’ Ile de la Cité is another beautiful spot where you can watch boats go by.
Le Square du Vert-Galant (Source: @rgs)
Pack a picnic hamper with food and wine to enjoy the beautiful nature. To make a hamper you can always pick bread from the many boulangerie around the corner. The Maison Kayser bakeries has an assortment of the best pastries, pre-made sandwiches and bread.
You can buy the best the best cheeses, pâtés and other delicacies, at the renowned Grande Epicerie de Paris. They also have great salads. At Boulevard Richard Lenoir you will find poppy-seed flutes and huge brioches; pâtissiers with tarte tatin and charcutiers displaying all kinds of pâtés and foie gras, apple juice made by Picardie farmers. Don't forget to pick up vine or champgne at the marchand de vin and head to the beautiful picnic spots in the city.
Parc Montsouris (Source: besopha)
Here is alist of places that you can cover on the sixth and seventh day of your trip.
While making a trip to Paris you could also head to the historic town of Normandy which is a 2 hour drive from the city. Offering a truly unique insight into the War of Normandy, this city houses many museums and British, American and German Cemeteries.
In addition to this you can also head to the sandy beaches of Normandy where you can have a nice and a relaxed vacation in the picturesque French countryside. Other major attractions include the famous Tapestry which tells the story of the invasion of Britain by William the Conqueror in 1066. Also do not forget to visit the majestic Chateau de Sassy gardens which are a true visual delight and have that treasured tranquillity about them.
Lonely Planet sums it up beautifully:
Three things sum up Normandy Camembert, cider and cows. Spread along the Channel coastline between Brittany and the far reaches of northeast France, Normandy is where the green, pleasant French countryside smacks hard into the rolling waves of La Manche (the Channel). It's a place of churned butter and soft runny cheese, where broad fields and dry-stone farmhouses perch on the edge of chalk-white cliffs, and the salty tang of the sea is in the air. Normandy is an enticing blend of old and new. Fishing boats jostle with designer yachts in the harbour of Honfleur;
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In the end experience the breath-taking scenic beauty of Paris by taking a walk up the famous Montmartre Hill. A perfect way to sum up an incredible visit to this city, this walk will take you through some of the most traditional cafes of Paris which have a character of their own. As you continue you walk you come across awesome views of the Paris Skyline and on the top you will find the majestic Sacre Cour Basilica which is an architectural delight in itself. On the way down don’t forget to collect some really nice souvenirs from the shops by the streets.
An uncrowded and trendy part of the city - very artistic. We stayed in Montmatre and walked to the local bakery each morning for fresh bagettes and croissants - amazing! The streets are quiet and very pretty - with lots of little cafes scattered about.Its generally not as expensive as the main parts of the city. It was so relaxing to explore and see where we ended up or what we found.
There can be few things better than a Seine Night River Cruise to close the day. Spend an evening in the city of love and lights by taking a cruise on River Seine! Since the medieval times, the Parisians have embellished the Seine river banks. The result is seen today as one of the most mesmerizing man made landscapes on earth.
Sail along as you treat your eyes to the Notre-Dame, the Louvre, the Orsay, Palais de Chaillot, the Eiffel Tower and the list would go on.
Las Bateaux Parisiens has left me speechless. If there is as an art in showing what one is proud of, they have excelled in it. Out of the amazing array of cruises that they are offering, I have chosen two that would suite you two the best:
Paris Illuminations: Start the breathtaking cruise at the foot of the Eiffel Tower and be enchanted as you see the real reason as to why Paris is deemed as the city of lights. The thousands of twinkling lights and their equally lovely reflections promises to give a soul lifting experience. These cruises also have a lovely dinner as a part of the deal. Rates startare at EUR 99 ($129.61); Book here.
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- Dinner Cruise | Paris Bistro: Another very promising variation:
End of the day. Enjoy a tour on the Seine in an entirely glass over boat with a panoramic view on the most beautiful sights of Paris. A lunch awaits you in our quayside cafe-restaurant.
Paris bistro - Dinner cruises (Source: Parisian boats)
Rates are at EUR 48 ($62.84); Book here.
# One hour sightseeing cruise at 6.00 pm or at 8.30 and dinner alongside the quay at Bistro Parisien at 7.00 pm.
# Inclusive formula with a la carte choice (starter main course dessert), white wine kir, drink (glass of wine or beer (33cl) or a soft drink), coffee.
# Table service.
# Children under 12 years old : EUR 15
Paris bistro - Dinner cruises (Source: Parisian boats)
Go here for their e-brochures.
Seine at night (Source: echiner1)
On the seventh day you can head on to Loire Valley. Loire Valley is about 80 km from Paris. Although it will take a week for you to cover all the places in Loire Valley, you could cover the major attractions in one day. A land of vineyards, hills and flowers, the valley is known for the gentle and relaxed lifestyle of its people. If you just want to getaway this is the place for you.
They also have some really good restaurants. We have already written about the best restaurants in Loire Valley. Click here for the article.
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On the last day your trip you can just stroll around the city. Since Paris is a mecca of fashion, you can also do some shopping. Check out this Freepstar shop for some vintage shopping.
Try something different and unique by taking the Chocolate and Pastry Tour. Visit here for details
If you want to relax then visit Jardin du Luxembourg which is the most popular park in Paris.
Here is a visitor review of the park:
I always enjoy visiting the Jardin du Luxembourg on a sunny day, there is always so much to see and do. The gardens are a very enchanting place in Paris, and not to mention the effect the tranquil atmosphere of the park has on me. The layout of the magnificent gardens (filled with an abundant amount of multi-colored flowering plants), is centered around the Luxembourg Palace and dominated by an enormous octagonal pool. The statues of various past queens of France (many were erected in the 19th century during the reign of Louis-Philippe) are scattered throughout the green oasis of the park. Saint Genevie's (patron saint of Paris) status is not to be missed, along with Fontaine de Medicis statue (17th century fountain), and the Monument to Delacroix statue by Jules Dalou, as you are walking along the terraces that overlook the octagonal pool.
After this, why not visit the resting place of those who are most faithful to man? Our pets live with us and give us unquestioned love. This next place is a homage paid to these faithful friends.
Now this is a far cry from Stephen King's work with the same name. Nevertheless, it is a matter of perspective of course. Staying on the prettier side, the Paris Pet Cemetery is one of its kind. While the rest come to get a glimpse of the graves of the Grand Masters and tries to unearth the Roselin with the Da Vinci Code paperbacks in their hands and cameras around their necks, let us take a minute for our dear departed animal friends.
Ramses (Source: Sarah Elzas)
Take a lazy stroll and see the heart-warming gifts and messages people leave for their beloved dogs, cats, or even squirrels. You might even remember a beloved pet of yours, and put down a rose or send a loving thought his/her way.
In a sanitary gesture way ahead of its time, a law in 1898 forbid people from just throwing their dead dogs into the streets, the trash or the Seine river. Thus the Pet Cemetery of Paris was formed by Georges Harmois and Marguerite Durance in 1899, and they called it the Societe Francaise Anonyme du Cimetiere pour Chiens et autres Animaux Domestiques (The Anonymous French Association for the Cemetery for dogs and other animals Domestics).
(Source: Paris Pet Cemetery)
Address: 116 bis boulevard Voltaire
Pussy 1988-2000 (Source: Sarah Elzas)
In the evening you can go to Canal St. Martin which is an extension of Seine River and an ideal place for a summer stroll, offbeat shopping and scenic biking. Glorifying the Parish beauty, this neighborhood is beautified piece of land with lush green lawns and footbridges over the water. A boat tour of this canal is a great experience.
Here's an article which says:
Witness firsthand the spot that was once the heartbeat of medieval Paris, and that took over 100 years of hard labor to complete. Climbing the North tower to see Paris from the hunchback Quasimodo's vantage is essential, too. You'll soon understand why Notre Dame is one of Paris' top attractions.
(Source: Best Paris Sights and Attractions)
Visit this site for more details on how to reach there.
Address: 19 Rue Jean Poulmarch
End your trip with this cemetry. What cemetery has its own website? That should be your first indication that Pere Lachaise is a cemetery like no other. The final resting place of a number of famous writers, musicians, artists and more, visiting this cemetery is an experience you won't get anywhere else in Paris.
I went on a gorgeous fall day, and my experience was wonderful. The cemetery is so large that it doesn't matter if there are a lot of people there- it won't feel like it! Tip: Take a picture of the map with your camera and you can refer to it throughout exploring the cemetery.
PeÌ€re Lachaise Cemetery (Source: Chris Foley)
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