Paris: Doing it Right (or Left)
Welcome to Paris thru my eyes.
You've been coming with me for 6 years on our trips to the City of Light. I never get tired of it.
There is no right or wrong way to see this city. Each neighborhood (arrondissement) is unique and has its own special beauty.
Right or Left bank, it matters not.
However, people were put off last year when Anthony Bourdain told visitors to Paris to "skip Notre Dame and the Eiffel Tower. Walk by, take a picture and move on", he said.
Go take a look at the beautiful Arc de Triomphe, climb the 288 steps like we did (you can reward yourself with an extra croissant later!), the views are spectacular. Check out the Eiffel Tower and all the other historical sites, click your camera then move on. There is just too much to see and do in your precious week in Paris.
Get off that double decker tour bus and move your derrière.
Take a walk instead, maybe a 5 mile walk. You will see more by foot than by tour bus.
Avoid the Champs Elysees at all costs (it's like Times Square but worse), and take a side street, away from the fanny packers.
I know I sound bossy (because I am!), but see Paris like the Parisians do.
(I don't go to Times Square and I don't go to the top of the Empire State Building either, except on my 7th grade field trip).
Go to the Louvre on Wednesday or Friday nights, when it is open until 9:45 pm, to avoid the 2 hour lines to get in during the day (no thanks).
Sit at a cafe where only French is spoken and watch the scenery go by.
Try not to go to Starbucks (which are popping up all over Paris), instead, go into a real French cafe and linger on your cafe creme (and do not ask for a decaf cappuccino!).
Go to a small museum in a funky neighborhood, and eat something you would never try at home.
Sit on a green metal chair in the Jardin du Luxembourg and watch the people go by (and the magnificent floral displays!).
Go to a classical concert (the posters are plastered all over the city w/ schedules) in one of the many magnificent cathedrals.
Go grocery shopping and buy a bottle wine and some cheese and tote it to a park and relax.
Take the metro to a cool neighborhood and visit a small church.
At sunset, every building (including the Eiffel Tower and Arc de Triomphe!) can be seen in the distance.