Simply Paris: with 6 Simple Travel Tips

February 17, 2016,

Paris has always been on my bucket list until the day I landed in Paris and I was able to cross it off my list. 

Paris is a magical city, filled with lights, fresh baked baguette, Parisians and je ne sais quoi.  As soon as I landed in Paris I was immediately in love with the city. 

In order to maximize and take advantage of every moment during your stay in Paris, listed below are little traveling and sightseeing perfect timing tips (Paris travel tips!) for you: 

Arc de Triomphe / Paris, France Photo by Celia Persechino // Simply Paris: With 6 Simple Tips at happiestwhenexploring . comArc de Triomphe
Yes, it is definitely on the every tourist’s list of to do’s in Paris and when you know the best time to visit, it changes the entire experience. The most magical time to go up the Arc de Triomphe is right away after sundown. Why? Simply to experience the extraordinary and breathtaking view of the Eiffel Tower that sparkles every hour for five minutes.

Eiffel Tower on a Rainy Day! / Paris, France Photo by Celia Persechino // Simply Paris: With 6 Simple Tips at happiestwhenexploring . comEiffel Tower
You will notice that the Eiffel Tower is always crowded and full of people. There are also numerous lines to either buy your ticket or go up. It will make you say, “Oh la la!”. Therefore, the perfect time to go is when it’s a little cloudy (yet not raining). There’s literally NO ONE in line and you get to see Paris on a cloudy day, which is just as beautiful as on a sunny day. Let’s not forget, there are also so many other observation locations where you get to see Paris on a sunny day and you don’t need to wait in line too long (Musée D’Orsay, Sacré Coeur & Galerie Lafayette).

Musée du Louvre / Paris, France Photo by Celia Persechino // Simply Paris: With 6 Simple Tips at happiestwhenexploring . comMusée du Louvre
Monday morning as soon as the doors open, would be the greatest time to visit the Louvre. No lines and you’ll have the museum to yourself. Trust me it’s huge; don’t forget to grab a map of the museum.

Musée d'Orsay / Paris, France Photo by Celia Persechino // Simply Paris: With 6 Simple Tips at happiestwhenexploring . comMusée D’Orsay
As for the Musée D’Orsay, the best time would be on a Tuesday morning (on certain days some museums are closed, therefore make sure you verify when each is open). In order to make it even more special, you should climb all the way up, there’s a little hidden area, where you get to see Paris through a huge beautiful clock, which is worth visiting.

Château de Versailles
When taking the train, please make sure you’re going the right direction (Versailles Rive Gauche). Be alert, as the train tracks split two or three times even though you picked the right tram (RER C). If your path includes Javel, Issy & Porchefoutain stations (exactly that order – skipping stations), it confirms that you’re on the right path. If you can’t decide which tour to take, if you opt for the passport tour, it will be worth it. The passport tour includes both castles and the beautiful gardens filled with fountains and flowers.

Eiffel Tower by night / Paris, France Photo by Celia Persechino // Simply Paris: With 6 Simple Tips at happiestwhenexploring . comOne day trip in Paris
If you only have a couple of hours or simply one day in Paris, in order to be efficient, a great place to begin would be at: Musée du Louvre (activity) > Jardin Tuileries (outdoor sightseeing)> Place de la Concorde (outdoor sightseeing) > walk on avenue Champs Élysées (shops & restaurants) > Ladurée (macaroons) > Arc de Triomphe (observation) > Place du Trocadéro (outdoor sightseeing) > Eiffel Tower (magic happens). By following this path, there will be no detours and you’ll have explored a great part of Paris.

Don’t forget to start your day with a freshly baked croissant 🙂

Simply Paris: With 6 Simple Travel Tips for visiting the Magical City! post by Celia Persechino on happiestwhenexploring . com // Illustration by Jenni Sparks at JenniSparks . com

All photos included in this post by Celia Persechino
Cover Illustration and Above Illustration by Jenni Sparks at JenniSparks.com 

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7 Comments

  • Reply Ilena C. February 17, 2016 at 5:34 pm

    There IS something about Paris…great photos and those were great tips for the one day in Paris! I will save them as a planner for a future trip. Thank you to you and to Celia Persechino, your contributor ❤️

  • Reply Celia February 18, 2016 at 12:53 am

    LOVE:)!!!

    • Reply Laura February 18, 2016 at 12:52 pm

      What a great overview of Paris! I can’t wait to visit one day!❤️

      • Reply Happiest When Exploring March 9, 2016 at 11:07 pm

        I can see you in Paris <3 eating a vegan croissant... sipping un café... ahhhh

    • Reply Ilena C. February 18, 2016 at 6:18 pm

      Hey Celia I loved your article and photos!

    • Reply Happiest When Exploring March 9, 2016 at 11:07 pm

      ME TOO 😀 Thank you!!!

  • Reply Ilena C. February 18, 2016 at 6:19 pm

    To you HWE… Great new logo!

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