36 hours in Paris: The Ultimate Guide for the Wanderlust
Bonjour, Merci, Au Revoir! Brush up on your French because you will need it during your 36-hours in Paris. The City of Lights has always been one of my bucket list cities mainly because when I first got hired as a flight attendant, my airline I worked for did not fly there. I can just remember sitting on jumpseat of that regional plane (50 seaters to be exact) just dreaming about the places I could go if I worked for a mainline. The idea of wearing that signature dress, serving people champagne as we cross the Atlantic to the home of macaroons and rosé wine. I swore that if I ever made it to Paris working for my dream airline, I would walk straight up to Louis Vuitton and buy me that Speedy 25.
So far this little dream of mine has come true, minus the Louis Vuitton. You know just waiting for that particular day to drop $800 on a purse.
My second month on the line, I made sure to pick up a Paris trip! I was just so excited to be traveling to a place where the women dress so chic. Since then I have been many times and can tell you I make sure to take in this beautiful city. If you only have a short time in Paris, you will find that this guide will help you concur and maximize your time.
Day 1 - First Day in Paris
Once landing in CDG I would suggest taking the train into town. I love public transportation because it is relatively inexpensive and you beat the traffic. Sometimes if you go by car to get downtown it can take you a commute time of 2 hours .
Once checked in, please fight the urge to fall asleep because that will screw up the rest of your days. My jet-lag cure is to always have a double Expresso with a pastry and lots of water.
With this extra burst of energy, I would suggest pre-ordering your tickets to the catacombs because the line is extremely long and you don’t want to waste your precious minutes waiting.
After seeing one of the bizarreness things, shake that creepy feeling by buying a hop on - hop off bus the ticket. Sometimes these tours are not the best, but I guarantee you there is so much architecture to soak in so why not zoom around town. Plus the ticket can be useful for a couple of days, so it will help you get around Paris.
At this point you are probably so tired that you want to drop, so my suggestion is to buy a bottle of wine, cheese, and crackers which will make for a great picnic by the Eiffel Tower. Take this moment to soak in the history and the language of this gorgeous city, but make sure your valuables are close to you in case you fall asleep.
End the day at a cafe for a light dinner and watch the Parisians commute back home after a long day of work.
Day 2 - Paris the City of Lights
Jump on that hop-on-hop-off bus and head straight to the Musee du Louvre. The best thing to do is to buy a skip-the-line pass and walk your way straight to the front. Here you can see the famous Mona Lisa by Leonardo da Vinci’s, Liberty Leading the People by Eugene Delacroix Liberty or Dying Slave by Michaelangelo.
After touring around looking at beautiful pieces of art that is over thousands of year old, you can bet you probably have a huge appetite. Head down to the Saint-Germain-des-Prés, Les Deux Magot where Hemingway and Paris literary elite use to hang out.
Add some spice to your night with dinner and champagne at a Moulin Rouge show. Founded in 1889, step back in time when the artist came to perform such colorful cabaret.
Day 3- Paris is always a good idea
With such an active day before, take time to stroll an enjoy the gardens of Paris. My favorite garden is Luxembourg. The French Senate own these gardens and cover 23 hectares. These gardens are known for their lawns, tree-lined promenades, and flowerbeds. After relaxing in the sun, hop on over the Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Paris and marvel at its 13th-century cathedral. Just make sure you cover yourself because churches have a strict dress code.
End your visit to Paris with a Riverboat Dinner Cruise. Soaking in the last couple of hours on a relaxing riverboat cruise is the best way to close out La Ville Lumière. Nothing beats eating Escargo while staring at the Eiffel Tower dressed in lights.