When I visited Paris for the first time, I had a long list of sights I wanted to see and only three days to do it all. The Paris Pass allowed me to make the most of my short trip, saving time and money. The pass includes free admission to museums and monuments, fast track entry at the busiest attractions, a hop-on, hop-off bus tour, and a metro card for public transportation. I put together this list of some of the highlights from my trip.
Eiffel Tower Light Show
After dark, the Eiffel Tower sparkles like glitter for five minutes every hour on the hour. I enjoyed watching the lights while standing under the tower, but you can also catch the show from many of the other vantage points around the city described below.
Place du Trocadéro
Situated directly across the Seine River, Trocadéro is the most popular tourist spot for photographing the Eiffel Tower.
The Montparnasse Tower Panoramic Observation Deck offers a 360 degree view of Paris.
A river boat cruise is a great way to appreciate some of the city’s most notable architecture, as well as the many bridges that span the Seine.
Had to write a separate post dedicated to this neighborhood.
Arc de Triomphe
Visit the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and climb 284 steps to the viewing platform at the top of Arc de Triomphe.
The Avenue des Champs-Élysées stretches for over a mile from the Arc de Triomphe to the Place de la Concorde and is known for its shopping, theaters, and cafes.
Impressionist Art at the Musée d’Orsay
Housed in a former railway station, the Musée d’Orsay holds the world’s largest collection of Impressionist and Post-Impressionist paintings, including works by Monet, Renoir, Cézanne, and Van Gogh.
Sculptures at the Musée Rodin
The Musée Rodin is surrounded by a lush sculpture garden featuring some of Rodin’s most famous works, including The Thinker.
Mona Lisa at the Louvre
The Louvre is massive, and you could spend weeks trying to see all of it.
Tourists flock to the museum just to catch a glimpse of the Mona Lisa. As soon as you enter the museum, there are signs along the wall directing you to Leonardo da Vinci’s masterpiece. It’s a bit underwhelming when you finally reach the painting, but you can’t go to Paris without seeing it.
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