One day in Paris
“A walk about Paris will provide lessons in history, beauty, and in the point of Life.” – Thomas Jefferson
I already mentioned in my last post “travelhacks“ that we will visit Paris together over the weekend. We have never been to Paris before and were so excited about this fashion metropolitan. But, we were struggling with our time management and could not make it to all of the places we intended to visit.
We stayed at the Holiday Inn Hotel **** in Marne-La-Vallée. It lies to the east of Paris and is not far away from the city and Disneyland. We decided to drive early in the morning around 6am because we need 5 to 6 hours to get there and the Check In was at 2pm. It took us ages to find the parking area of the hotel, but we were not knowing that the problem had just started… That Hotel has four stars, but we do not agree with it! We thought we had enough time to get ready and visit the city because they already had a free room before the regular Check In time. Our hotel room was not even close to what one would expect from a four star hotel. The bathroom was not clean and smelled bad. So, I asked the cleaning service if they can come in and clean our room again since we have to get ready. Instead of helping us out with that matter, they chose to ignore us. Afterwards, we talked to their manager and she told us that we should ask for a different room. And that is what we did…Our new room was larger, but we could not open the window So, we had to stay there for two days without fresh air. We asked the employees at the reception to open it for us and they told us that they would call the technical service, however, nobody ever came to open that window for us. This is an absolute no-go, especially for people that suffer from allergies and need that fresh air to sleep at night because the rooms have carpeted floors. The breakfast at the Hotel was horrible, too, pretty much like the whole service! Advice from us: make sure to plan where to eat for breakfast or lunch because the french cuisine is definitely not the best, or more precisely, does not suit everyone’s taste.
After all of these problems at the hotel, we finally explored Paris. We took the metro and the station was right next to our hotel. After 40 minutes, we arrived at the center of Paris. My tip: use Google maps not only to find out where you have to go, but also which metro you have to take. Google maps helped us out with our orientation. Our first spot was the musée des Arts décoratifs, where they celebrated the 70th anniversary of the House of Dior. The next problem was…the time. Musée des Arts décoratifs was about to close, or rather there was one hour left. We thought that we do not need a lot of time to check out the Christian Dior exhibition, but there was already a line of people waiting to get in. Eventually, an employee turned us away and suggested that we come back tomorrow when they open again. So, we got frustrated because our plan did not work out as we thought.
European Insider: If you are under the age of 26 and live in an european country, you can enter all of the museums for free!
Our next stop was the musée de Louvre which is right next the musée des Arts décoratfis. To be exact, the latter is just a wing of whole building. Musée de Louvre is the third largest museum in the world where famous art collections are displayed e.g. the portrait of Mona Lisa. It is also known for the glass pyramide and it’s shopping mall in the courtyard of the Louvre.
Afterwards, we decided to visit the largest shopping centre in France – the Galeries Lafayette Paris. The Galeries Lafayette in Paris is a place you have to visit if you are in Paris! We were fascinated by it’s architectural features. Our tip: they have a rooftop where you can enjoy the view of Paris and the Eiffel Tower.
The Eiffel Tower was the last spot we visited on our first day. The highlight of Paris is the Eiffel Tower which is 324m high. You can take beautiful pictures of the Eiffel Tower from the Palais de Chaillot, ride to the third etage of the Eiffel Tower or eat at the restaurant “Jules Verne“ on the second etage while enjoying the wonderful and breathtaking view!
At the end of this day, we took the metro back to our hotel to get some sleep for the next day in Disneyland (all about Disneyland in our next post!). We had a list full of spots we wanted to explore on this day, but due to the struggles on the beginning of the day, there was no time left. You definetly need two or even more days to explore all of these beautiful places in Paris.
What can you tell us about your trip to Paris?
Impressions of our day in Paris: