As any woman on this planet will know a trip to Paris is the highlight of spring. No matter how many folders I had waiting for me in the office or how the world was speeding around me, my mind was already set. For a few days I would leave everything behind and focus on being simply a tourist. Well, maybe not just a tourist, more like a traveler with a mission. And as Valentine’s day approaches there is no better place than Paris to spend your weekend.
As a first timer I just picked the easy way out from the airport – jumped into a taxi and directed the driver towards the hotel ( it cost me around 50 E). Now, if you never been to Paris, than booking a hotel in the city center will turn up to be quit an adventure. The rooms are usually smaller than you would expect and the prices pretty high. My booking was at Bailli de Suffren hotel, a 3* boutique hotel near the Eiffel Tower. Most important it is situated within 1 minute walk from Ségur metro station and that is one of the first condition I have when visiting a new city – make sure I have a subway station nearby so I can quickly get around. It is also within 2 km from the Eiffel Tower which made my evenings glitter when I took late walks to admire the lights of Paris. And if you are in the city for a romantic gate-away the interior décor will for sure inspire you. Just this – my bathroom had one glass wall which was kind of too much when it comes to being intimate with each other 🙂 .
Plan the day in advance so you won’t get lost in the details
In Paris is easy enough to lose track of time. There are so much to see that at one point you will find yourself with sore feet and not enough hours in a day to go around. It took me a few more trips to the city to get things right.
So here are a few tips for you if Paris is on your agenda for the future:
- Book your hotel at least 2 months in advance and make sure is within the city center and near a subway station, so you will not waste time commuting
- Check if your hotel has an intercontinental breakfast. Otherwise you will find yourself staring at a tiny croissant and cup of coffee. All cafeterias/ bars/ pubs open for breakfast after 10.00 am so if you are planning an early breakfast, you are out of luck.
- Pay attention when crossing the road ( even if it is green light), the French don’t seem to have the notion of stopping
- Go visit the Eiffel Tower in the evening, the panorama of city lights is much more spectacular and romantic than during the day time
- If you want to really see Paris from above just climb on top of the Arc de Triomphe de l’Étoile, one of the most famous monuments in Paris. It stands in the center of the Place Charles de Gaulle and offers amazing views of the city.
- To have a better understanding of the Montmartreand Pigalle just book a hotel for one night here. This way you can really enjoy visiting and sightseeing without having to make a second, third or fourth visit to the 18th arrondissement. And trust me, if you want to take your time at visiting all that this area has to offer, one day will not be enough
- Be aware of shell game/ thimblerig game players on the streets towards Sacre Coeur, they will try to take advantage of you and cash in your money
- Most of all go rent yourself a Porsche from Place de la Concorde, situated at the end of the Champs-Elysées. It will cost you about 140 E /per hour and you can drive around in style, while enjoying the Champs-Elisèes in all its glory from the Place de la Concorde to the Arc de Triomphe.
With everything that happened lately Paris seems not quite the same as in the past years. It has a kind of precaution hanging in the air. Nevertheless its timeless seduction is still there, captivating your heart and mind. Within the walls of charming old buildings restaurants are full of laughter and joy. The Latin Quarter and its dizzying shops are filled with tourists. Best of all, as spring is near, Paris prepares again for all the great love stories that lovers from all over the world are bringing to its streets. It is still one of the world greatest cities. A place to love and to be loved.