I’m sure you’ve heard of the phrase “Paris is always a good idea” & “Paris for the weekend” but how about Paris for a day?
This trip was taken while staying in Belgium from Brussels and you’d probably be guessing I took the train or “Flixbus” since its cheaper and convenient. It just takes 4 hours to arrive by bus and costs around €40 for a return ticket. If you go by train it can cost approximately €100 depending on the train you choose bear in mind Thalys is always an expensive option. If you’re a person like me who prefers comfort and likes to make plans without a time frame then you’ll choose to go by car.
Choose this option only if you are NOT on a budget. You can drive all the way to France, enjoy the view and navigate easily. You can even visit the nearby countries such as Luxembourg, Germany and Netherlands- but that’s obviously not in one day!
So as I wasn’t going to stay, I decided to invest that money into renting a car. It costed me around €300. This was petrol, insurance and toll included. It made sense to me for a number of reasons when I did all the calculations. You can find the one that suits your budget, there are cheaper ones too and also make sure to book a place for parking a night before. I picked the nearest one to Eiffel tower, this one was by Pullman Hotel in Paris which costed €20 for 24 hours. Here’s a picture of the car I chose:
When you exit the hotel parking, you can easily spot the Eiffel tower. I did not go further into buying the ticket for entrance or to go at the top because I honestly did not find it that amazing. Most of all, you can take amazing pictures from any angle you desire and if you’re further into photography or want a perfect picture of yourself with the Eiffel Tower, WITHOUT paying a penny then keep reading!
I walked along the famous Champs-Élysées and admired all the luxury this street had to offer. From designer outlets to 7 star hotels, it gives you the perfect glimpse of the Parisian lifestyle! I ended up having lunch at Ladurée because you’re in Paris, how can you not indulge yourself in macarons? #noshame.
If you’re looking for a proper place for lunch, this isn’t the spot. I wasn’t impressed with the salmon but the desserts were satisfying! I cannot stress enough how delicious the “ispahan” was. Any time you visit Ladurée, you must try it!
Next up was walking all the way to Trocadero, you can stop along the way to take pictures on the bridge just as I did or keep walking towards the perfect spot for pictures with the Eiffel tower and to witness the street life of Paris.
This was the highlight of my trip. I enjoyed so much, not just taking pictures but also the fun I had watching the street dancers, the music and the churros.
My last spot of the day was visiting the Louvré museum also known as Musée du Louvre. It was gorgeous, I managed to get beautiful pictures of the sunset that you can see on my instagram. You can also go inside if you have already booked your tickets in advance but it was so crowded that I just couldn’t. It’s definitely going to be on my list the next time I visit Paris because I just love admiring art and architecture. Plus, who doesn’t want to see the magnificent painting of Mona Lisa?
Last but not the least I stayed until it became dark to witness the Eiffel twinkle every hour! It was as wonderful as I thought. It twinkles for 5 minutes and its a breath taking view!
You may think it’s not a lot but I was exhausted at the end of the day. Nevertheless, it was a day well spent and I dont regret one bit of it! The next time I visit Paris it will be a minimum of 3 days! 😉
For more picture and videos visit my instagram feed @rampandroad.