Paris done in a day

Can it be done, you ask. And the answer is definitely YES.

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Firstly – don’t enter any of the big tourist traps. Paris is equal to long lines. All the big tourist attractions have long lines to them and if your not early enough you will end up spending a whopping 2 hours just waiting to get in to any of them. This is not well spent time.

Paris has so much to offer besides the main attraction. Should you avoid them? No. But you don’t have to enter them to experience them.

Take the Eiffel tower for instance.  A towering 324 man made latticework structure – and France´s most Iconic one. This year it celebrates its 125th years since first constructed. The Eiffel tower dominates this part of the south seine. Many of the better photo ops are shot around this area. You can’t simply miss this view, and it is breathtaking. Around 7 million people visit this structure each year – no wonder there is a long line. Take time to enjoy the surrounding park instead. Great for just relaxing or maybe even a picnic. This way you get to enjoy the sight of this wonderful tower and it is less crowded.

Spring in paris with the Eiffel tower towering.

Spring in paris with the Eiffel tower towering.

Map out what you really want to see and pack good walking shoes. If you are traveling with a spouse or a good friend you both may have different expectations of what you want to see. Me and Mr. grumpy always map out our wants in advance of a trip. You wouldn’t want to spend time in Paris arguing about what to see and do – that is just a big wast of time and effort – and Paris is after all all about the love. You should also decide if you wanna go by metro or by taxi. Metro is by far cheaper but more crowded and stressful. When we visited Paris we tried both. Mr. Grumpy did not take to the metro and the system very much so we had to switch to Taxi. And you get to see more of the city while driving the streets.

The best of Paris can be reached within a couple of hours. Do the hop on hop off busses and you see almost all the important sites within hours.  Don’t forget to take a walk along the seine. Especially on a sunny day. Buy some bread and cheese and have a picnic by the waterside.

a view of the tip of Ile st-Louis

a view of the tip of Ile st-Louis

If you really wanna do some shopping there are several areas to do this. You have the big and very long Champs-Élyseé with it´s designer boutiques. Big shopping centers such as Galleries Lafayette is located in Boulevard Hausmann. Want a more quiet shopping area try the Sorbonne Area

Highend shopping around Champés-Élyseé

Highend shopping around Champés-Élyseé

Arc de Thriomphe at the end of Champs-Elyseé

Arc de Thriomphe at the end of Champs-Elyseé

The busses do not take you up to the Montmatre area where the Sacre-Cæur is. This you have to do by your own. Take a taxi up to the church and walk down. You get an amazing city view from this hight. Enjoy a good lunch or dinner in the area. Worth exploring for a couple of hours.

Sacrè-Cæur always bring out the crowd

Sacrè-Cæur always bring out the crowd

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city view

 

Most importantly – don’t stress if you are not getting every little thing you want to get done. It takes time to fall in love with a city and you can always come back for more. ♥

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Springtime in Paris

Paris is never what you´re expecting I ones read. And it could´t be more true. This past week I have been giving the question of: So how was Paris? And to be completely honest  I struggle to answer this question.

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I can’t quite put my finger on what it is with Paris. Don’t get me wrong. I loved my 4 days in Paris. But I have also visited so many other big cities in my travel days and this is by far not my favorite city.

My ambitions may have been to high for Paris. I wanted to see and do so much of what Paris has to offer – and you just can’t do it all in 4 days.  And what about those tourist lines. Even for May month those lines are pretty long. For instance, when we decided to visit the Paris Catacombs in Montparnasse – we waited in line for 2.5 hours! – Madness. This was the only waiting in line we did on this trip.

You could loose so many hours just waiting in line here. And there are so many more fulfilling things to do than wait in line. Why not spend a couple of hours on a sidewalk café instead? Way more relaxing and fun time to spend your time. Get yourself a carafe of wine and just sit and soak up the sun, sound and the people. Thats therapy.

Paris by the seine

it´s been said that Paris at spring is the best time to visit. Warm without being to hot, the air is fresher, all the parks are luscious green and inviting to spend some time at or even a nice picnic. And last year Paris was named the winner of Tripadvisor´s traveler´s choice – the best city to visit.

And I admit it. Paris is lovely in spring. With all it´s great monuments, wide boulevards, all of the neighborhoods, charming sidewalk cafe´s by the dozen and not to forget the incredible light show at the Eifell tower after dark. I am so glad we stayed even if we were cold as ever. It was truly magical. And in spite of all the concrete city – Paris is still a very green city and I find that very charming.

I leave you with some pictures from Paris in spring:

 

Sorbonne university Paris

Sorbonne university Paris

The square outside Sorbonne University

The square outside Sorbonne University

a view of the tip of Ile st-Louis

a view of the tip of Ile st-Louis

Arc de Thriomphe at the end of Champs-Elyseé

Arc de Thriomphe at the end of Champs-Elyseé

Jardin des Tuileries

Jardin des Tuileries

Flowers and the view of the Louvre

Flowers and the view of the Louvre

Spring in paris with the Eiffel tower towering.

Spring in paris with the Eiffel tower towering.

And if you ask me if I would like to go back. That is a big YES, I would love to discover and explore more of Paris´s neighborhoods.

The pink City, Marrakech – the city of color.

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Marrakech is truly the 1001 nights in real life. It is called the pink (or sometimes red) city due to its color of the city walls. Located at the north of the foothills of the amazing snowcapped Atlas mountains. The pink color is originated from the pigment of the local clay and new regulations claim that every new house or building must be given this pink color.

The pink city wall with at lovely old door

The pink city wall with at lovely old door

It seem to me that there is color in every corner of this city. Bright and sunny colors which make you happy and want to put it down in a photography to remember later. This is some of the color I endured during our 2 days in Marrakech:

Color pigments mixed with water to make it hard

Color pigments mixed with water to make it hard

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color pigments

color pigments

Spices, a must to shop and bring home

Spices, a must to shop and bring home

the mini tagine in the color of the rainbow

the mini tagine in the color of the rainbow

Newly colored yarn, her hung up to be dried

Newly colored yarn, her hung up to be dried

And not to be forgotten when speaking of color. The Majorelle garden. Used to belong to the famous designer Yves Saint Laurent but was formed by the french artist Jacques Majorelle. The garden it selves is not very big but the colors are breathtaking. It even has its own color – the majorelle blue. Worth the trip while, but I recommend you do it in the afternoon.

colourful pots surrounding the park

colourful pots surrounding the park

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This is my second time to Marrakech and I never get tired of all its color and it makes me want to come back time after time.