Making Time for Paris


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Paris. Just the name conjures up images of romantic walks along the Seine, indulging in some of the best shopping in the world, wandering through incredible art galleries and whiling away the hours sitting in outdoor cafes and watching Parisian life go by.

But of course Paris is also home to some of the best-known monuments on the planet, which means when you visit, especially if it’s for the first time, you face a bit of a dilemma.

Do you trek around the city to see those landmarks, or do you simply spend the time exploring the streets and soaking up the city of light’s atmosphere?

One way to tick all of those boxes is to spend a few hours, preferably on your first day, seeing the major sights and getting the lay of the land, and then you won’t have that niggling ‘I still need to get to the Eiffel Tower’ thought going around in your head.

The rest of your days can then be spent either going back to the places you wanted to spend more time in, or simply relaxing in your new favourite part of Paris, eating great food, drinking great wine and living la vie en rose.

As much fun as it can be trying to figure out a new city’s train and bus timetables, or finding a friendly taxi driver who won’t take you for the wrong kind of ride, when I’m trying to cover a lot of ground in a short amount of time I’m a big fan of just embracing the fact that I’m a tourist for a few hours and getting a guided tour.

Which is why a couple of tours caught my eye when I was checking out PARISCityVISION.

Their Skip-the-Line Eiffel Tower Visit, Paris City Tour and Seine Cruise is a four hour excursion that combines a coach tour, an hour long boat trip along the Seine, and that queue jumping trip up to the second floor of the Eiffel Tower.

The coach segment takes you along the Champs-Elysées, past the Arc de Triomphe, the Luxembourg Palace and Gardens, Place Vendôme Square, the Opera House, the Pantheon, the Orsay Museum, Place de la Concorde Square, and the Invalides.

As you cruise along the Seine in a fully glassed boat with a terrace you can watch riverside life as well as seeing Notre Dame Cathedral, the Louvre, the Orsay Museum, the Conciergerie and more.

By the time you’ve finished you won’t just have seen some of those famous sights with your own eyes, you’ll have a better feel for the way the city is all laid out. Which can be rather handy when you’re pottering around by yourself in the days to come.

While the four hour tour uses audio guides, they also have a full day one which includes a personal guide, skip the line guided tours of the Louvre, and Notre Dame Cathedral and lunch in the Eiffel Tower. You can check out that full day Paris city tour here.

Whether you prefer to dedicate a morning or afternoon, or an entire day to being introduced to the city, you can go to dinner that night knowing that some of those special Paris boxes have been ticked.

Which means there’s no need to feel guilty if you find yourself falling in love with Paris by night and staying up a little past your usual bedtime. Go on. You’re in Paris after all.

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As a journalist who loves to travel and is fond of a chat I'm oh so happy when I'm sharing travel tales and tips through my blog and on my weekly travel segment on Sydney Radio 2UE. When I'm not travelling or writing about it I can be found out and about with friends, curled up at home with a good book or watching an addictive tv show promising I'll stop after one more episode. Amanda on Google +

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