Paris was on my list for everrr. If I look back , I really do not see any valid reason for postponing my desire to visit one of the best cities in the world. Actually one of the first things I told Manhar on our first day of exploring Paris was – “How come we waited so long to visit this place?” , I blame him hahahhahahah. Yes 7 years of togetherness and 32 countries later , here we were in one of the most romantic places in the world – PARIS. The experience was very different for both of us. This was for the first time we had decided to take things slow – with no agenda , no plan – we were kind of improvising on daily basis. We were learning about the city of lights on the go , what makes it special and why the hell are people crazy about it. One thing was very clear to us , traveling to Paris for the first time is not very easy. The cultural difference , language , the logistics and the overwhelming amount of things that Paris offers can be a real challenge for first-time visitors. So if you are planning to visit Paris , I have compiled a list of practical tips specially for first timers. Trust me , you will thank me later . So before you set out on your fantasy trip , here is a short guide for practical tips for visiting Paris in order to avoid unpleasant experience – “Paris for First Timers – Things to know” .
Paris will not fit in your 2 day short visit :
My biggest takeaway from this trip was – Paris is not a weekend getaway. You need to have 4 – 5 days to really enjoy the city. Cramming everything you would want to see in just 2 days is bound to leave you frustrated and literally hate Paris.During such a short visit you would be hitting the usual touristy spots like Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame, Louvre and therefore experience crowds, long lines and not the real local Paris. 4- 5 days will give you time to slow down , roam around in charming neighborhoods, enjoy local food and go beyond the touristy stuff. There are some excellent day trip spots around Paris as well which again will require some time. In nutshell , to get the whole Parisian vibe – you need to slow down.
Where you stay in Paris matters :
Location! Location! Location! .. no i am not a realtor and I am not selling a house ???? … hahahhaha but this is absolutely true that it really matters where you stay in Paris to enjoy Paris. See Paris is a collection of numbered neighborhoods ( 20 to be precise) called arrondissements. The twenty arrondissements are arranged in the form of a clockwise spiral starting from the middle of the city, with the first on the Right Bank (north bank) of the Seine. To give you an idea , the 7th arrondissement is home to the Eiffel Tower and the 8th arrondissement is home to the Champs-Elysées, Arc de Triomphe and the Place de la Concorde. So where you stay in Paris will dictate how much time and money you will spend in commuting. If you stay anywhere between 1 to 10 arrondissements , everything will be easily accessible.