1 full day and about 7 hours in Paris (2nd day 8pm flight)
Replies: 26 - Last Post: Dec 16, 2012 5:43 PM Last Post By: gechecmsen
Dec 13, 2012 7:39 PM
1 full day and about 7 hours in Paris (2nd day 8pm flight)Little aggressive but I hope each would be short and quick. Kindly advise if the following works or how should the below be arranged?
8am Arc de Tripmphe, is Effel Tower close to it?
9:30am Notre Dame Cathedral
11am Centre Pompidou
3pm coffee break
6pm Moulin Rouge
On my 2nd day:
9am Le Mouffetard
11:30am The Louvre (for mona lisa only)
1:30pm Musee d'Orsay
3pm head to CDG
Are lockersavailable at train station? or else i will need to keep them at hotel and go back hotel before heading to CDG.
Any advise on transport, route, tickets to be used?
Dec 13, 2012 10:36 PM
I really don't see a point in making such a detailed itinerary; most of fun is from spontaneity. I suggest going with the flow, make a detour here and there, stay a bit longer at the Arc de Triomphe. If you like the Arc de Triomphe, will you really think "Oh, it's almost 10:30, I better hurry to the Notre-Dame!"? At least I won't.
I suggest making just a rough idea of what you want to see, and then going with the flow.
And to go to the Louvre only to see the Mona Lisa, not something I would do. Mona Lisa is one of the most forgettable artwork there, imo. I would only go towards the Mona Lisa again to see the painting opposite it- I really like that: it's huge and, well, memorable. My personal highlights of the Louvre was Napoleon's room and just the general atmosphere...although I can't remember much, Mona Lisa was certainly no biggie for me...
Others would come up with more suggestions.
Edited by: ansh_jain_97
Dec 13, 2012 10:55 PM
2I'd scratch the Moulin Rouge...very pricey, big show but little value. Must be something else worth seeing/doing that you've already crossed off your list...
An hour for the Pompidou? You'll have to wait in line to get in and that could shoot your schedule there.
I've been to the Louvre and didn't see the Mona Lisa...or most of the other iconic works...you either see them after working your to the front of the crowd or from the back of the crowd. If yo have to tick off the Louvre on your to-do list, then find something else and spend some time with it. I spent most of my time exploring the foundations and getting lost in the mummy rooms....
D'Orsay wasn't an option then, I would have spent more time there.
I love gothic cathedrals and have seen a lot of them in France and ND de Paris would have not even been on my list except there was a vespers concert the last night in Paris and I was staying next door. Too much to see for a short time--and for a long time, you'll share every minute of it with scores of other visitors.
To get a real sense of Paris, do visit this website and reconsider some of your choices...
Paris is so much more than what people think...
Dec 13, 2012 11:00 PM
I can say this, though. For a plan calculated down to the hour you have to know more about your destination than the following:
Understand? You can't plan by the hour and at the same time not know where the eiffel tower is.
Dec 13, 2012 11:04 PM
4And kerouac2, thanks so much for the Christmas in Paris 2012 post....I can't even summon one 'bah humbug'...wonderful, wonderful..thank you again.
Dec 13, 2012 11:12 PM
Dec 14, 2012 12:09 AM
6Kindly advise if the following works - No, it will not work.
Any advise on transport, route, tickets to be used - http://www.ratp.fr/plan-interactif/
Dec 14, 2012 12:19 AM
7Instead of standing in line for the Louvre and running to wherever the Mona Lisa is, just buy a postcard. You'll see it better.
"Le Mouffetard"??? Rue Mouffetard is a street, nowhere near anything else you have on your list.
Dec 14, 2012 12:41 AM
Dec 14, 2012 1:45 AM
Dec 14, 2012 1:46 AM
10If you really want to see the Mona Lisa, then see it. It's the world's most famous painting for sure. I liked it, but nothing much else about The Louvre. Just wander, rather than plan, it's more fun. It might be raining for two whole days (it rains quite a lot in Paris) so all the walking planned will be a waste of a plan! Just go and go with the flow on the days!
Dec 14, 2012 2:00 AM
11#9 - In 1981, the International Association of Scientific Experts in Tourism defined tourism in terms of particular activities selected by choice and undertaken outside the home. If I understand this correctly (but I probably dont) to be a tourist you dont need to come from the other side of the planet.
Dec 14, 2012 2:21 AM
12What day are you arriving? Louvre and d'Orsay are open until 10pm-ish on certain weekdays but at the same time they're closed one day a week. Best check.
It'll take you an hour just to line up for Notre Dame and d'Orsay. Arc de Triomphe and Eiffel CAN be done pretty quickly if all you intend to do is take a look around without going up.
Have heard Moulin Rouge isn't worth it because it's overpriced and full of Aussie girls.
Edited by: puff_ng
Edited by: puff_ng
Dec 14, 2012 2:41 AM
13... but with some rescheduling and elimination the following is, although packed, feasible:
- Walk from Eiffel Tower via Arc de Triomphe, Champs Elysées and Place de la Concorde to the Musée d'Orsay, which can be done in one and a half hours (Paris is a very compact city).
- Visit of Musée d'Orsay for, let's say, two hours.
- Have a quick half-hour lunch.
- Walk from Musée d'Orsay to the Notre Dame (won't take you more than half an hour).
- Visit of the Notre Dame for, let's say, one hour.
- Walk to the Centre Pompidou (another half hour).
- Visit of Centre Pompidou for, let's say, two hours.
- By now it will be early evening. Go back to the hotel. Have a shower.
- Get the metro to Montmartre (I find it overrated, but if you want to see it, why not?).
- Walk around. Get dinner. Go back to hotel.
- Plan the things you want to see in the Louvre (you won't be interested in all the departments).
- Get metro to the Louvre.
- Spend as much time as you want in the departments of your choice.
- Have a look at your watch and decide what else you want to do in the few hours you've left.
- Go back to the hotel. Get your luggage.
- Go to the airport.
Dec 14, 2012 2:47 AM
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