What I Got Up To During My First Two Days In Paris

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Notre Dame

I went to Paris about five years ago but due to it being New Year I didn’t get to experience much of the city and explore anywhere near as much as I would have liked. This is why I chose to go back to Paris for a four-day city trip with one of my friends last weekend.

I was originally only going to go for three days but my favourite band were playing the city on the Thursday evening so I decided to bring the trip forward a day, because why not?! The band played in the Zenith in Paris which took us about half an hour on a train from Notre Dame (near where we were staying) and it was super easy to find. The show itself was absolutely amazing and I honestly think that people got far more into the show than I ever see them doing back home.

Back to Paris itself though. As we had four days we chose to not pack too much into each day because we wanted to relax and explore (and have more time to sleep), but we did manage to squeeze in quite a bit.

Eiffel tower skyline

Despite being super tired after only three hours sleep before travelling we visited Notre Dame the day we arrived. The cathedral itself was beautiful and actually a lot bigger inside than I was expecting. We opted to join the queue to climb up to the top of the cathedral which took about an hour but was super worth it. The walk up was quite tough (there are around 400 steps and it’s spiral staircases and they can get quite narrow) but the view at the top was breathtaking. There were two stops one in the middle of the cathedral and one right at the very top of one of the spires and you could see for miles.

On Friday we started with a trip to the Arc De Triomphe, again another monument that I did not know you could climb. The walk wasn’t quite as high as Notre Dame so it was a pretty easy one and again the views were amazing especially as were so close to the Eiffel Tower. Luckily we went up in the early afternoon so the sky was clear and the views unaltered.

Arc De Triomphe

Later on the Friday we went up the Eiffel Tower despite it being a pretty tacky it is a right of passage and you can’t really go to Paris and not ascend it. We opted for the lift ascend this time as we had walked quite a lot that day and we wanted to go right to the top. There weren’t huge queues which was good and it didn’t take longer than an hour from purchasing our tickets to reaching the top. There’s not really much to say about the view from the towers as anyone whose been will know how great it is.

To finish off our Friday evening we had booked tickets for the night bus tour which took us on a two-hour journey around the city to see some of the sights at night including the Opera House, Moulin Rouge and various other spots. The trip also took in the spectacular Eiffel Tower at night right on the hour when the tower sparkles. It really was a sight I can not explain in words.

Eiffel Tower

Throughout our first two days we ate a lot of pastries and macaroons and walked so much that we hit over 50,000 in the two days so we were pretty knackered. Keep your eyes peeled for the second half of my Paris diary.

Have you ever been to Paris? What are your favourite things to do?

April 19, 2016
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  • Kira L Curtis

    Sounds like you did get a lot in! I didn’t know you could climb the arc either! I’ll definitely have to do this one day! Not surprised you got the lift up the tower, your legs/feet must’ve been killing after all that walking and climbing!

  • dominika

    WOW the view of the city was definitely worth climbing! Great pictures!

    I’ve been to Paris but I was in high school that time so I would definitely love to go again to do proper sightseeing!


  • Beth

    Wow. Just wow. Those photos are amazing. Sounds like you are having a fantastic time

  • Gorgeous photos – Paris is one place I would love to go again – I went for 24 hours and it just wasn’t long enough! x

  • Harriet @ Toby&Roo

    Oohh it looks like you had such an amazing time – I haven’t been to Paris for years! H x

  • Elizabeth

    I went to Paris last September (just to try the coffee) and fell in love with it. I loved reading this post! I never got to see the Eiffel Tower at night because, as a sole female traveller, I didn’t want to be out by myself after dark. I’ll have to return again one day soon.

  • Jessica Dearnley

    Your photos look great, it looks like you’ve had an amazing time. I’m hoping to book Paris for later this year!

  • I still haven’t been up the eiffel tower- shameful I know! Sounds like a great break. x

  • Ah looks like you had a lovely time, you done lots of things I would love to do!


  • Reclusive Fox

    Wow, didn’t your legs hurt climbing 400 steps? I think I’d be exhausted after that..But the views would make it worth it :)

    • Yes it did hurt a lot. The 400 stairs we did have to stop and start a few times x

  • Melanie Edjourian

    You’ve taken some amazing photo’s it looks lovely 😉

  • Paris is such a wonderful city.Your photos are great.

  • I love Paris so much but it is so expensive. Lovely photos you got here x

    • I didn’t find it too expensive, the only thing which was was drinks I found x

  • I love Paris. Such a beautiful city. So lovely to see you had glorious weather

  • I went to Paris a loooooooong time ago and totally loved it! Seeing your photos has me craving a return.

  • Natasha Mairs

    I would to go to Paris. Love the sound of the night tour

  • GlamourGlitterGloss

    I went to Paris when I was very young but I’d love to go again so I could truly enjoy it. I’d love to go to the places you went, especially the Eiffel Tower and Moulin Rouge. I’d feel like I’m living in Anastacia :)

  • Laura

    Wow the architecture looks incredible! Its been a long time since I went to Paris and I’d love to go back xxx

  • Cassandra

    These pictures are gorgeous! I went to Paris in 2013 and hope to return again soon! I’m probably the only person on earth that’s not too fond of macaroons though haha

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