Paris in 48 Hours

I’m often asked what my favourite site is in Paris and, recently, what I would do if I only had 48 hours.  That seemed impossible to me as I feel there is so much to do, however, I successfully narrowed down my list.

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Seine River and the Love Locks Bridge, Paris, France

I did this for our first visit and we worked our way down.  It assured that we saw everything we wanted to and didn’t leave feeling we missed something in case we never made it back.

Map everything in each Arrondissement

If you're planning a visit to Paris, here is an interesting map which summarizes the attractions to see.

One of the best things I did for our first visit was think about how we could maximize our time.  This is helpful whether you’re there two weeks or more, or only 48 hours.  I included top sites, shopping, and dining.  It helps to get the hours and any special events such as extended hours for museums, etc.  I also figured out which dates/times are the busiest at each site so we could avoid them, however, I realize this may not be possible if you’re on a schedule.  Although I’m a shopper at heart, I didn’t include this in my “Must Do” list.  I knew I could get anything I wanted after I left so I’m not going to add boutiques in my list.  This will be a separate post and trust me, I have many places to include!

Le Grande Dame

Merry go round, Paris
Note: the champagne bar opens at 5pm, and there are two restaurants.  We love le Jules Verne and the view is breathtaking at sunset.  Also, the Eiffel is a perfect spot for a picnic… I love to watch her twinkle.

Notre Dame

Ile de la Cité, Notre Dame Catheddral, Paris
You can view the Crown of Thorns on certain dates, plus the Rose Window is a site to see.


Musée du Louvre, Escalier du Ministre, aile Richelieu
For us, this was the D’Orsay and Louvre, however, you need to determine which museum{s} is best for you.

Pont Alexander III

I am in love with this bridge and just wanted to stroll across.


This photo was taken during our fist trip.. I love the cocktails also!  PS: The bar is wonderful, I especially love the macaron cocktails.


Montmartre, Paris
There are artists painting and selling their art on Sundays.

Moonlight walk along the Seine

Pont des Arts or Passerelle des Arts is a pedestrian bridge in Paris which crosses the Seine River.
This is one of my absolute favourite things to do, perfect for late hours once everything is closed.  If I only have 48 hours, I would stay awake the entire time and sleep after I left.

Luxembourg Gardens

Luxembourg Palace and gardens
And a stroll around  Saint Germain-des-Prés.. wonderful shopping and beautiful architecture.

Flower and food markets

Rue Cler, Paris, France. I'd love to visit here again. It's the perfect neighborhood.
I prefer the Rue Cler since we always rent apartments in the 7th.  Fresh flowers are always a must for me, plus I love picking up wine, cheese, breads, and any item that cannot be found in the US.


Angelina | Paris, France | Rue de Rivoli near The Louvre Museum
The chocolate chaud is out of this world!  Plus, there are great boutiques near by if you have the time


Paris cafe.
– We traveled via Batobus since we prefer to see the beautiful city rather than be underground, plus you can view more sites that you may not be able to see otherwise.

– Purchasing tickets in advance saves time and money.

– Wear comfortable shoes and carry a small bag {if you need one}.  I typically don’t carry one unless we’re going to dinner in the evening and we take a cab.  The last thing you want is to be a victim of pickpockets.

– Plan for the unexpected.  You may see something you must do or see.  Some of our best memories are strolling down unexpected corners of neighborhoods and talking with locals.

– Learn about the history before you visit.  My husband wished he read more about the history of the Notre Dame before our first visit so he could have appreciated it more.

If you had 48 hours, which sites would you visit?

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  • Reply Susan Athanasakou September 24, 2014 at 12:53 pm

    Well , I think you more or less covered every thing in your choices.
    Beautiful pictures.
    That is very good advice about reading up on a place before you go.

  • Reply miss b September 25, 2014 at 2:09 am

    I think you have just about covered all the main places. Great photos! We like to stroll around Le Marais finding unexpected gems.

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