Originally Posted by jennyranson
Just Walk! In that short time don't even try to go to any museums ( I might make an exception for le Musee d'Orsay which is amazing), though as you walk try to take in the top of the pyramid at the Louvre and the entrance hall to the museum underneath. There are some great shops there too, underground with good quality souvenirs. Great fun too to walk along the river and see all the old book and postcard stalls, plus the beautiful bridges which have inspired so many painters, poets and song writers. A trip to Montmartre is worthwhile, to visit the basilica and get the views of 'le tout Paris'. Good food, cheap and plentiful there too.
On Sunday walk round the Isle de la Cite with Notre Dame and the wonderful flower and bird market. Then cross the river and look back at the old prison of the Tuileries. And the Saint- Chapelle has the best stained glass windows.
Most people find that climbing the Eiffel Tower is a disappointment and expensive, so I would just walk around it underneath and see the gardens. The student quarter of Boulevard St Michel is great for cheaper cafes and a fun atmosphere. If you decide to splash out take a river trip on a 'bateau-mouche', though avoid the ones that offer you lunch as they are a rip-off.
Enjoy it! I can never get enough of Paris.
Oh Jenny those are excellent tips! i will write it all down so i can get to all the places you suggested!
We have decided not to go up the Eiffel tower because since i turned 20 i am really afraid of heights. But at least see it and be around it is just a bonus!
I have seen it before when i was 5 but i dont remember much of it!
We plan on just walk walk walk around the city anyway i presume its just like Rome that you need to keep walking to see the art and old buildings , we wont be taking any taxies