How to Measure Paris by Metro

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Paris, Paris. There’s nothing like the City of Love. You’ll definitely fall in love with its structures and corners. If you have the chance and the time in the world, you can walk for days on end around this lovely, lovely city, but you won’t find any end to its beauty and grandeur.

So, what if you only have a couple of hours (preferably at least a day) and a few euros to spare? Let’s try to measure the City of Love by metro (and other convenient transportation) based on what #RoverRecommends.

Photo of Châtelet, Paris, France by Unshod Rover

Your ticket to this French wonderland is called the Ticket Mobilis. It’s a day ticket that currently costs starting from Eur. 7.30 only, but will allow you unlimited number of journeys within selected zones of Paris on all modes of transport. It is valid from 00:00 to 23:59. You can purchase it at ticket offices in rail stations, on automatic ticket machines and in some shops.

1. Let's say we start from Olympiades, the southern end of line 14, from which we proceed to Bibliothèque François Mitterrand, then change to RER C to Saint-Michel-Notre –Dame.

Photo of Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris, Parvis Notre-Dame - place Jean-Paul-II, Paris, France by Unshod Rover
Photo of Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris, Parvis Notre-Dame - place Jean-Paul-II, Paris, France by Unshod Rover
Photo of Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris, Parvis Notre-Dame - place Jean-Paul-II, Paris, France by Unshod Rover
Photo of Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris, Parvis Notre-Dame - place Jean-Paul-II, Paris, France by Unshod Rover

Our First Stop is at the Notre Dame Cathedral, where French Gothic architecture adorned with gargoyles and chimeras would take you back to scenes of the movie, The Hunchback of Notre-Dame. Across the river is my favorite secondhand bookshop (well, along with those literarily scattered about the streets) in Paris, Shakespeare and Company.

Photo of Shakespeare & Company, Rue de la Bûcherie, Paris, France by Unshod Rover
Photo of Shakespeare & Company, Rue de la Bûcherie, Paris, France by Unshod Rover

[If you’re up for it, you can go tomb-raiding at not-so-nearby Paris Cemetery where you can try looking for graves of famous people like singers and musicians Frederic Chopin, Jim Morrison and Edith Piaf as well as writers Marcel Proust, Oscar Wilde, and Honore De Balzac, and just about the strangest and most fascinating tombs in the world. It’s an hour walk from Notre Dame one way, so no matter how interesting the prospect is, you might set aside your Lara Croft skills and fan mode for another time.]

Photo of Père Lachaise Cemetery, rue du Repos, Paris, France by Unshod Rover
Photo of Père Lachaise Cemetery, rue du Repos, Paris, France by Unshod Rover
Photo of Père Lachaise Cemetery, rue du Repos, Paris, France by Unshod Rover
Photo of Père Lachaise Cemetery, rue du Repos, Paris, France by Unshod Rover
Photo of Père Lachaise Cemetery, rue du Repos, Paris, France by Unshod Rover
Photo of Père Lachaise Cemetery, rue du Repos, Paris, France by Unshod Rover
Photo of Père Lachaise Cemetery, rue du Repos, Paris, France by Unshod Rover

2. Again from Saint Michel, we take 27 towards Gare Saint-Lazare and stop at ...

Photo of Musée du Louvre, Rue de Rivoli, Paris, France by Unshod Rover
Photo of Musée du Louvre, Rue de Rivoli, Paris, France by Unshod Rover
Photo of Musée du Louvre, Rue de Rivoli, Paris, France by Unshod Rover
Photo of Musée du Louvre, Rue de Rivoli, Paris, France by Unshod Rover
Photo of Musée du Louvre, Rue de Rivoli, Paris, France by Unshod Rover

The Louvre Museum. Perhaps, the Museum of museums, where the Mona Lisa awaits to half-smile at you. It’s a big place, so we might take a couple of hours here.

[Actually, a few strides away is the Musee D’Orsay, another very important museum and a less-frenzied alternative. But then, again, Louvre would take time. So, another day then.]

Photo of Musée d'Orsay, Rue de la Légion d'Honneur, Paris, France by Unshod Rover
Photo of Musée d'Orsay, Rue de la Légion d'Honneur, Paris, France by Unshod Rover
Photo of Musée d'Orsay, Rue de la Légion d'Honneur, Paris, France by Unshod Rover

3. From Palais Royal Musée du Louvre, we take 1 towards La Defense and stop at Franklin D. Roosevelt to marvel at the...

Photo of Arc de Triomphe, Paris, France by Unshod Rover
Photo of Arc de Triomphe, Paris, France by Unshod Rover

The Arc de Triomphe de l'Étoile, Champs-Élysées. The arch that pays tribute to the heroes of the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars stands majestic at the centre of the famous Parisian roundabout that we usually see in movies.

4. From Rond-Point des Champs-Elysees take bus 42 towards Hôpital Européen Georges Pompidou and stop by the ...

Photo of Eiffel Tower, Avenue Anatole France, Paris, France by Unshod Rover

The Eiffel Tower. On my very first time in Paris, I was treated to one of the best surprises in my life when my French friend took us along without saying anything only to be greeted by this beautiful iconic monument as we alighted from the metro.

[From here to our last stop, a long ride awaits. And so, don’t get mad at me if I told you that for now we have to skip Moulin Rouge, which is along the way, just to be able to catch the sunset at our last destination.]

5. From Monttessuy, we take Bus42 Gare du Nord to Concorde - Cours la Reine, then change to Metro 12 Front Populaire towards Abbesses and walk up to...

Photo of Montmartre, Paris, France by Unshod Rover
Photo of Montmartre, Paris, France by Unshod Rover

Montmartre. Where by sunset we can enjoy a view of the City of Love as it transforms into...the city of Lights. Here, we look back at our daytrip as we look down at the City that has been enchanting everyone for centuries.

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Photo of How to Measure Paris by Metro by Unshod Rover
Photo of How to Measure Paris by Metro by Unshod Rover

So should I book a Ticket Mobilis for two? //

Photo of How to Measure Paris by Metro by Unshod Rover
Photo of How to Measure Paris by Metro by Unshod Rover
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