Summer in Paris, France (2017)

I initially shared the itinerary of our recent trip to Europe (click HERE to read about it). On this blog entry, I’ll be sharing details and information that can help you plan your trip to Paris. I hope these would help you come up with your perfect itinerary!

Disclaimer: I am not an expert about Paris and its attractions  since I have only been there once. I am also not a travel expert but I will try to be as honest as possible as I share our experience. 🙂

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We flew from Manila, Philippines to Charles de Gaulle (CDG) Airport in France via Eva Air (will post a review soon). There are express trains from the CDG Terminal 2 that lead to Paris. We took the train to Garu De Nord Station (Paris Nord/North Station). Each ticket for this express service costs €10.30.

Garu De Nord is the largest train station in Paris. It provides a wide range of rail links including the ones that go cities outside France such as Amsterdam, Brussels and London. Read more about going to Paris by Train HERE.

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Gare Du Nord (North Station) in Paris France

ITINERARY

  • Day 1 – Arrival in Paris, Paris City Tour
  • Day 2 – Paris City Tour
  • Day 3 – Versailles Palace/ Paris City Tour
  • Day 4 – En route to Amsterdam, Netherlands

ACCOMMODATION

Hotel Name: Ibis Paris Gare Du Nord La Fayette (3-Star Hotel)

Room Type: Standard Room with two (2) single beds placed right beside each other

Amenities: WiFi, LCD Flat Screen Television, Airconditioning, Hot and Cold Shower, Desk, Wooden Floor

Pros:

  • Location – It is a short walk from Gare du Nord (takes 4-5 minutes only). Aside from having easy access to trains within Paris, it was also beneficial for us since we had to travel to Amsterdam on our 4th day so it was really an advantage that we were very close to this station. We also managed to carry our luggage ourselves (with my husband carrying the bigger ones. Hehe.)
  • Restaurant – It has a restaurant that serves breakfast from 6:30AM to 10:00AM (we didn’t avail this service)
  • Bar – Located at the ground floor and is open daily
  • Reception – There is a receptionist 24 hours a day.

  • Rate – Affordable and reasonable.
  • Bed – Comfortable
  • Bathroom – Regularly maintained
  • Lift – Secured lift wherein you have to tap your card to access the higher floors

Cons:

  • Heating – I think it didn’t have a heating system although I am not very sure about this. It was cold during our visit so there was a bit of discomfort
  • Airconditioning Control – There was no proper control for the airconditioning in the room.
  • Space – We had two (2) large bags and two (2) medium bag. There was a bit of difficulty in opening our luggage at the same time but I still find this acceptable though because the room rate is not as expensive.

Overall, we are satisfied with our stay and would recommend this hotel especially to those who need e. The staff were also polite and promptly responded to our needs and requirements.

Location:122 Rue la Fayette, 75010 Paris, France (View on Google Maps)

Phone: +33 1 45 23 27 27

Check in is at 12:00NN. Check out is at 12:00NN of the following day.

Website:Ibis Paris Hotel

WEATHER

We went during the Summer season. Ironically, it rained  a lot during our stay and we were not prepared for it! I packed my shorts and dresses for this trip, but there were days where I had to forego wearing my dresses and skirts and wear jeans instead to protect myself from the cold. It also kind of ruined our itinerary at first and taking photos became harder than usual.

The advantage of visiting during the summer season is the days are longer. We got to do more activities because the sun rises early and we got to stay out as late as 10:00PM because sunsets are usually at around 8:00PM to 9:00PM.

Tip: Check the weather forecast one to two weeks prior to your trip. It also wouldn’t hurt if you bring a coat or a jacket since it can be really warm during the day but cold during the night.

ATTRACTIONS

Eiffel Tower

Erick booked our guided tour and fast pass (skip the line ticket) online. We met our tour guide in the morning at a shop that’s around 1km away from the attraction.

The Eiffel Tower (or La Tour Eiffel as the French call it) was named after Engineer Gustave Eiffel whose company designed and built the tower. It was nicknamed as “La Dame de Fer” or “The Iron Lady” in english referring to what material it is made of: IRON. It was built in 1889.

Location: Champ de Mars, 5 Avenue Anatole France, 75007 Paris, France

Rates and Opening Times:

Source: https://www.toureiffel.paris/en/rates-opening-times

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Musee du Louvre

Also called The Louvre Museum, this is the largest museum in the world. It is located on the Right Bank of the Seine in Paris, between the Tuileries Gardens and the church of Saint-Germain l’Auxerrois.

It was originally built as a fortress in 1190. During the 16th century, it was converted into a royal palace. After almost two centuries later, the French Monarchy moved to the Palace of Versailles, that the first Louvre museum was opened to the public, and offered just 537 paintings.

 

 

Location: Rue de Rivoli, 75001 Paris, France

Opening Times:

Daily (except Tuesdays): 9 a.m.–6 p.m.
Wednesday, Friday: 9 a.m.–9:45 p.m.
Closed on Tuesdays, January 1, May 1 and December 25
Rooms begin closing 30 minutes before museum closing time.

– Pyramid and Galerie du Carrousel entrances: open every day (except Tuesday) from 9 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Mondays, Thursdays, Saturdays, Sundays; and from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Wednesdays and Fridays.
– Passage Richelieu entrance: open every day (except Tuesday) from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. (6:30 p.m. on Wednesdays and Fridays)
– Porte des Lions entrance: only for groups with their booking confirmation

Rates:

Tickets being sold at the musuem costs €15 and is valid for a same-day visit to the Louvre and the Musée Eugène-Delacroix.

Tip:

Buying a fast pass online would help reduce your queuing time for buying the actual ticket and for the entry to the museum.

From October to March: access to the permanent collections is free for all visitors on the first Sunday of each month.

Source: Musee du Louvre Website

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Notre Dame Cathedral

Notre Dam Catherdal (c) Joanna Armendez

Location: 6 Parvis Notre-Dame – Pl. Jean-Paul II, 75004 Paris, France

Rates and Opening Times:

Monday to Friday – 8AM to 6:45PM (no midday closure)

Saturday and Sunday – 8AM to 7:45PM (no midday closure)

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River Siene Cruise

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Jardin de Touleries

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Pont des Artes

Location: Pont des Arts, 75006 Paris, France

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Musee de l’Armee

Location: 129 Rue de Grenelle, 75007 Paris, France

Contact: +33 810 11 33 99

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Arc De Triomphe

Location: Place Charles de Gaulle, 75008 Paris, France

Versailles Palace

Location: Place d’Armes, 78000 Versailles, France

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There are other popular attractions that we were not able to visit

  • Grand Palais
  • Minis Palais
  • Sacre Cour
  • Opera Garnier
  • Luxembourg Garden

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