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Explore Paris in 5 Hours: Places You Can See In Paris

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Exploring Paris in 5 hours

Paris has been topping my European bucket list for the longest time. As soon as I received my British passport, I booked a day trip to Paris.

2017 started off with an adventure and it doesn’t seem to be stopping.  I never would have guessed that my dream of visiting Paris would come true. This year has truly been magical and I am so grateful for everything that has happened. What are you most grateful for this year?

Patience does pay off and hard work does bear fruit. 

I was travelling with my friend and this being a day trip, we booked the 5:40 Eurostar to Paris Gare du Nord. Paris greeted us with rape seed fields,  graffiti walls and cold weather.

My first trip to Paris was nothing less than an adventure. From getting lost for 3 hours (we had reached our destination but due to language barrier thought we had to get another train and that took us away from the main city) to getting soaked in rain, including my camera. But, even after losing valuable time, we still managed to fit in a lot of places.

Eiffel Tower

at the Tower of Love - Eiffel Tower

I wanted to take it easy on this trip and not cram too much into the itinerary but there was one thing I wanted to see and it was Gustave Eiffel’s magnificent creation, the Eiffel Tower! You cannot come to Paris and not visit the Eiffel Tower, that’s just wrong.

I got goosebumps when I saw the Eiffel Tower. It was love and pure love when our eyes met lol. But in all honesty, I couldn’t believe I was in Paris and my dream of seeing the Eiffel Tower had just come true. A memory, a feeling I’ll always cherish!

What’s on your dream radar this year?

We purchased a ‘day pass’ which allows unlimited travel on train, bus, tram and RER for a day and costs €7.30 per person. (Once you exit the Eurostar train, turn left and make your way to the ticket desk located down the stairs after platform 19 from where you can purchase your tickets). 

We took RER B from platform 42 towards St-Michael – Notre Dame (RER is a more convenient option and takes around 30 minutes) where we changed to RER C. Exit the station and turn right and if you lift your head, you will see the Eiffel Tower.

Top views of Paris city from the Eiffel Tower summit

Paris City views from the Eiffel Tower

The Eiffel Tower offers spectacular views of Le Paris. If you’re afraid of heights (raising both my hands) I suggest you still go to the summit. The breathtaking views of Paris city go as far as the eye can see even on a gloomy foggy day.

Notre Dame Cathedral

Notre Dame Cathedral - France's Gothic Architectural beauty

The Notre Dame Cathedral falls on the same route and 15 minutes away from the tower. The cathedral is just on your right once you exit the station.  

France’s most beautiful church and an architectural beauty in its own right, Notre Dame cathedral is one of the busiest yet most serene place to visit. The more you explore the most you’ll want to see of the cathedral.

Tip: Beat the crowd and go to Square Jean XXII. The pictures are as spectacular as the front. If you have spare time, there’s a small beautiful garden right opposite the Notre Dame. 

River Seine

River Seine flowing through the heart of Paris

River Seine flowing through the heart of Paris City

The river seine flows through the heart of Paris and is 777km long, so you cannot miss it. A great place to unwind, relax and just have a good time with loved ones or kill time people watching because there’s so much going on here.

Pont des Arts

Pont des Arts - the Love Lock Bridge

I call it the ‘love lock’ bridge. First ever metal bridge constructed in Paris. It does feel empty without the locks though but Pont des Arts remains popular with the tourists.

A 15 minute walk from Notre Dame (towards the right of the cathedral). It was pouring down like crazy but still we decided to walk to Pont des Arts.

Institut de France
Institut de France is a landmark building which stands tall and beautiful
With its impressive architecture and a golden cupola, the Insitut de France is a beautiful building right opposite Pont des Arts.
If you have been avoiding Paris thinking you don’t have enough time, book your tickets now. If I managed to see so much in those 5 hours, I bet you can too.
Those of you who have already set their foot prints in Paris, please share your favourite memories.  Also if you’ve got any tips for us, that would be super helpful.
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An asian adventurous girl whose ‘dream is to travel’ through Northern India -countries, places, anything connected to Himalayas especially Kashmir (considered to be one of the most dangerous places yet a paradise on earth). The mentality that ‘Marriage is the answer to every problem’ should be flushed out of our mind.

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