3 days and 7 things to do in Paris

Oh, City of Love! The second part of our European vacation was spent in the French capital, so let me take you with us and our few days in beautiful Paris.

First of all, let me say that everything we did was almost free – so whoever said visiting Paris was expensive clearly hasn’t been there! We stayed in a hotel about 20 minutes outside of the city, and took the subway early in the morning and late at night. I HIGHLY recommend doing the same if you don’t want to spend a fortune on hotel rooms, considering if you are in Paris you might not spend a lot of time in them!

So after spending the days in Amsterdam and Brussels, we drove to France. Obviously there are millions of things to do in Paris, but we only had a few days and decided to do the ones we would hate ourselves for not doing later. If you have more time tho, make sure to check out Montmartre and Versailles!

1. Since it was his first time, it was pretty obvious the Eiffel Tower was going to be our number one stop. You should 100% make your way to the Trocadero terrace for the BEST view! I remember telling him to close his eyes the moment we stepped out of the station, and guided him to the centre of the plaza. The look on his face when he saw the tower was priceless and I wish I got it on camera! Every single time I come to Paris I feel like I’ve never been here before and seeing the Eiffel Tower for the first time. The day was so hot and sunny, and the fountains were creating a rainbow, so you know… Free and stunning!

2. Next on our list of inexpensive things to do in Paris was hitting up the Champs-Élysées. More precisely standing in the middle of the road and staring at the massive Arc de Triomphe. Don’t worry it looks a lot more dangerous than it is, and everyone does it! 

3. After “risking your life”, make your way down the avenue and please please please stop at Ladurée! There might be a line (and it might take you 20 mins to get your order in) but the macarons there are to die for! You cannot go to Paris and not try the most famous macarons on Earth, that is just not an option. The best ones we got (in my opinion) were the lemon and the raspberry ones – ugh can anyone send me a care package??

Les Champs-Élysées is probably one of the best known places in all of France, and it is absolutely stunning (the buildings!!) but everything is sooo expensive there!! Unless you want to spend 8 euros on a simple cup of coffee?… 

4. We spent a few hours enjoying the sunset view and the warm evening in the Jardin des Tuileries (directly at the end of the Champs-Élysées). From there you can see the Eiffel Tower and the beautiful buildings around you, but cannot hear any of the cars and traffic! It feels like you are out in the country.

5. We didn’t get the chance to visit the Louvre Museum because it turns out they are closed on Tuesdays and that was the only day we had the opportunity to go! SO make sure you are planning that into your schedule if you decide you want to go! You can still see the stunning glass pyramids 🙂

6. Our last day in Paris, we decided we wanted to see the city but from a different point of view – hence the boat tour. It cost about 15 euros per person, lasted 2 hours, and made us feel like we were the only people in Paris! When you are walking in the city, you are constantly surrounded by tourists, locals, cars, bikes,… but when you are on the boat, you are almost alone. You see places you wouldn’t have seen otherwise, and are told by a guide a billion things you’d never know (like the Eiffel Tower weights over 10,000 tons and requires 50 tons of paint every 7 years to protect it from rust!). 

7. Ok I kind of went all over the place here and finished with this last thing to do – which is in fact the first thing we did in Paris on our first day there! I just thought I’d share all the inexpensive ways to visit Paris before I told you about this one – the happiest place on Earth! When we went to Florida in the fall, we spent the day in DisneyWorld and LOVED it. Of course, who wouldn’t! So when we decided to go to Paris, it was a no-brainer (at least for me since I love everything Disney) to go to DisneyLand Paris. Growing up close to Paris (3h car ride from my childhood home), my parents took us to DisneyLand a few times – and I have the best memories of the park! Clearly I haven’t grown up as much as I thought I did, because the first thing I ended up doing was getting some cotton candy and dragging my man to the BEST attraction – in my opinion – “It’s a small world”. Hands down the most magical thing to do in Disney, besides going to the live shows which are jaw-dropping. I love being allowed to be a kid for the day, eating too much sugar and running around laughing and smiling at all times. 

PS: If any of you know where I can get the “Duchesse” stuffed animal (the mom in the Aristocats) I would be the happiest of all happy people. I remember wanting it as a child when we went inside the Disney store leaving the park, and have not been able to get my hands on it – even tho I have checked every single Disney store I have ever come across since! So you know… if you see it, holla!

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  • Briana

    Okay this looks beyond amazing lucky girl!

    Briana
    https://beyoutifulbrunette.com/

    • Marie

      Thank you so much babe! It was amazing!

  • Ruthie

    Where did you book your river cruise through??? I

    • Marie

      We didn’t book in advance, we just walked to the dock and bought our tickets before boarding 🙂 We went to one of those companies that dock beside the Cathedrale Notre Dame.

  • Nicole

    Disneyland was definitely the highlight of my Paris trip too! ❤️

    • Marie

      Disneyland is a must!! Anywhere you go, if there is a Disney park you HAVE to go – right?