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FOUR GREAT DAYS IN PARIS





Paris is a city packed with wonderful things to see and do. There may be a temptation to spend the trip in a café letting the French way of life wash over you, but it would be a shame to miss its treasures. Here are the best of the city’s must-dos. Energetic sightseers should manage everything on these itineraries, but this selection can also be dipped into for ideas. All are reachable by public transportation. Price guides are for two adults or for a family of two adults and two children, excluding meals.

Day1

Morning

Begin with the Musée du Louvre, one of the world’s most impressive museums. The best way to start a tour of this huge collection is to beat the crowds by entering the littleknown entrance at the Carrousel du Louvre. Save time by getting a floorplan and figuring out where you want to go and sticking to it.

Lunch

There are many cheap eateries nearby, but for a great lunch experience head to stylish Café Marly . On warm days sit in the outside gallery or revel in the cozy red velvet and gilt splendor of the interior.

Afternoon

Choose from three museums for the afternoon. The fatigued should head to the sublime Musée Rodin  for a soothing stroll in the sculpture garden and a pensive moment next to The Thinker. Those seeking modern masterpieces should visit the Musée Picasso , which has works by Pablo Picasso, from early portraits and sketches to an amazing range of later paintings. To go even more modern, explore the crop of galleries that are known as “Scene Est” in the 13th arrondissement (district). “Scene Est” is three roads’ full of cutting-edge galleries, with the Rue Louise Weiss (Map 18 E4) the most important and the Air de Paris gallery the most funky.

Evening

The Palais de Tokyo  is currently Paris’s most fashionable exhibition space, with its multimedia displays open till midnight. After a quick tour around, stop at restaurant Tokyo Eat.

Day2

Morning

One-stop shops for gourmets and gluttons include Fauchon, Hediard and La Grande Epicerie at Le Bon Marché . In fact, anything that is edible – as long as it’s delicious – can be found here. Specialty shops include Poilâne for bread, Richart for chocolate, Legrand for wine and Pierre Hermé for cakes. Or head down the Rue Mouffetard, one of the city’s best market streets.

Lunch

True shopaholics can eat in one of the main department stores. La Toupary at La Samaritaine has a stunning rooftop view of the city, while the World Bar at Au Printemps, designed by Paul Smith, is a super-cool eatery .

Afternoon

Either shop till you drop in your chosen department store, or go esoteric and visit the Musée de la Mode at the Louvre ; a true temple to fashion, dedicated to beautiful clothes and accessories. Boutique lovers should go to Claudie Pierlot, Agnes B, Isabelle Marant, Vanessa Bruno .

Evening

 Head for restorative drinks and dinner at Kong on top of Kenzo’s flagship store and fashion shrine .



Day3

Morning

Take receptive young minds to Parc de la Villette, which has an impressive children’s program. La Cité des Sciences et de l’Industrie (Science City) is packed with interesting interactive exhibits for budding Einsteins . Family fun can be found at the Ménagerie  in the Jardin des Plantes area where the zoo is very popular. Even more exciting than the live animals for some are the skeletons and stuffed beasts in the Muséum National d’Histoire Naturelle .

Lunch

There are lots of cafés in the Jardin des Plantes area or a more formal lunch can be had at Mavromatis . Afternoon No child can resist a trip up the Eiffel Tower, so take them up in the

afternoon

for a great view of the city, or wait until nightfall and time your trip to coincide with the changing of the hour when thousands of lights twinkle for ten minutes . If there’s time, take a tour of the waxworks at the Grévin museum . Most of the models are of French celebrities, but big international names in art and sports can also be spotted

day4

Morning

For today’s trip the metro is banned, so instead take the hop-on-hop-off bateaubus up the Seine. The first “stop” is near the Eiffel Tower so a quick look around the Champ-de-Mars underneath Gustave Eiffel’s monument is recommended . Continue on the bateaubus to the Louvre stop, jump off and wander around the Jardin des Tuileries .

 Lunch

 The tea salon Angélina  is a cut above other cafés on Rue de Rivoli. Leave space for the famous Mont Blanc cake of chestnut purée and cream.

Afternoon

Reboard the boat and head up to Notre-Dame , then it’s a good walk down the Boulevard St Michel to the Jardin du Luxembourg . There’s lots to see – chess tables, beehives and donkey rides – and the Senate Art Gallery hosts blockbuster shows. For a final blast of fresh air, cross the city to the Parc André Citroën and take a tethered balloon ride .

FOUR GREAT DAYS IN PARIS FOUR GREAT DAYS IN PARIS Reviewed by MELANIE INFINITY on January 08, 2020 Rating: 5

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