Like I said in Monday’s post, we decided 3 weeks prior to go to Paris. I got to work on Pinterest finding out what we needed to see and do while we were there. I was so excited to be in the city! I knew I wanted to hit up some of the museums and historic places. I found out when each of the “MUST SEE” places were closed so we could plan around that as well. We also got our tickets in advance so we didn’t have to wait in line for tickets. We still had to line up to get inside, but we didn’t have to wait in line for tickets first.
We got in on a Sunday. After some craziness trying to actually get on our flights. Our flight from Salt Lake to Chicago was super late which put us in at the same time our flight from Chicago to Paris was leaving. We were able to get off of the flight and ran to the Paris flight, but it was just pushing back from the jetway when we got there. Luckily we were able to get on a flight to London and then to Paris. We were just a few hours behind schedule.
If you haven’t travelled overseas most flights for Europe are red-eyes. Knowing this I planned for Sunday to be fairly relaxed. Our AirBnB was within 10 minutes walking of the Eiffel Tower. I knew that had to happen as immediately as possible. Scott really wanted to take a Seine River Cruise and that sounded like a perfect way to see the city for the first time. The River Cruise started at the Eiffel Tower. After we showered and got ready we were off on our adventure.
Prior to the trip I spent countless hours mapping and figuring out the best routes, best cheese and bread shops and sites to see. We scheduled out our days allowing for changes if we needed to. Example: Monday we went to Notre Dame which is on Île de la Cité, also on the same island is Sainte Chappelle. Just across the Seine from both of these is the Latin Quarter and Pantheon that we wanted to visit. So we did all of that in the morning. Getting lunch (Crepes, always crepes) and standing on the bridge and eating. That afternoon we found our way to Sacre Coeur and the Montmartre area. The Moulin Rouge is also within walking distance. We hit all of that up.
All of my planning was to make sure we could be the most effective with our time and pack as much in. Here is my little spreadsheet that we kept track of what we were doing each day, where we had tickets for a specific time. It was perfect. We were even able to make allowances and go back to places (Angelina, Arc de Triomphe, Monmartre) to experience them more fully!