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8 Tips for Paris

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

I've decided to share a few of my personal tips for traveling in Paris. Of course you can find many tips for what to see, where to eat, etc., based on your personal preferences, but here's my two cents on what we'd have done differently or planned better for.

1. Buy tickets for the Louvre ahead of time. When we went, the line to get inside for ticket holders was completely empty, whereas the lines to get inside without a ticket were a several hour wait.

2. If you did not buy tickets ahead of time (shame on you) and do not want to wait 3 hours, you can also buy tickets inside of the Le Carrousel de Louvrewhich is at least an hour long wait, and then go into the nonexistent line for ticket holders and be inside within 5 minutes. Just beware, there are two lines inside of the Le Carrousel de Lourve, one for just buying the ticket, and the other line for getting inside. Of course you would be smart to wait in the line just for the ticket since it's much shorter and then you can get inside effortlessly at the actual Louvre entrance.

3. If you are interested in seeing other museums and monuments, save yourself time and money by buying a museum pass here, which includes the Louvre. We didn't know this existed before we went.

4. The Louvre website has a floor plan available. Do some research on what you'd like to see and make a plan on how you'll go about doing it. The Louvre is huge and can be confusing, so making a plan on what to see will make it that much more enjoyable to visit.

5. Eiffel Tower lines are long. And if you don't have a ticket purchased already, the wait will be even longer. You can buy tickets here ahead of time. Because of the long lines and our relatively short stay, we didn't get to go up the Eiffel Tower.

6. Besides doing some epic shopping at Galeries Lafayette, you can go all the way to the top floor which has free access to the their rooftop. Rooftop=amazing views of Paris. For free.

7. The Arc de Triomphe is not open 24 hours, unlike what we thought. It closes by 10:30pm or 11:00pm, depending on the months. If you want to see it up close and personal, get there before that time. And it costs 8 euros.

8. Cappuccinos in Paris are delicious, and strong. But also expensive. They start around 5 euros. Save money for cappuccinos.

The general theme here is that lines are long and you should buy tickets for everything ahead of time. I've talked a lot more in detail about our Paris trip throughout my previous posts, so you can find much more there if you're interested. Hope you have awesome travels!


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nadaschokolada said...


Thank you so much, what an amazing compliment :) and yes I'm sure you as a blogger know exactly how much time and effort really gets put into a blog so it's so nice when people appreciate it :)

Makayla Rose said...

Unfortunately, when I was in Paris I only had two days.. I would love to go back and experience it on my own agenda!

nadaschokolada said...

Awww that's a shame, two days is definitely not long enough to do much! We were there 5 days and that also felt like a crunch! I would say a week would probably be perfect for Paris :)

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