(Vocus/PRWEB) February 24, 2011
Forget the tour buses and leave the tour guides behind because, when you’re next in Paris, all you need is a metro map, a Paris Visite Card and a sense of adventure for a whistle stop tour of the City of Light.
The Paris Visite Card is like your very own key to the city, giving you access to zones 1-3 or zones 1-6 depending on which one you get. The latter, whilst slightly more expensive, will give you more flexibility to adventure further as the allure of Paris’ side streets, parks and quarters arouse your interest.
The Best Place to Start
Like any great tour you’ll need a starting point and is there a better one to choose than the Eiffel Tower!
Stretching from the horizon and piercing the clouds (if you’re unlucky enough to have any hanging around), the Eiffel Tower is the ideal marker to always keep your bearings intact. After you’ve had chance to marvel at its magnitude, maybe over a coffee and croissant, cross the Pont d’Lena bridge and head into Palais de Chaillot for The Trocadero Metro point.
From here you can head to Kleber or George V for the Arc de Triomphe. Now, whilst admiring this iconic landmark it is also worth watching, what can only be described as the Wacky Races, on the famous roundabout surrounding the monument.
The George V stop will also perfectly direct you down to the Champs-Elysees. Jump off the Metro at Franklin D Roosevelt and enjoy a saunter down Paris’ most famous street. Also, don’t be afraid to wander down the side streets as it is here you are likely to find cheaper beers and snacks for a well-earned pit stop.
Amazing Views at Every Stop
On the river side of the street there is the Grand Palais which is well worth a visit if there is an event on. If you have detoured here, use the Champs-Elysees Clemenceau Metro point to take you to Concorde.
Concorde is a great stop for a number of reasons. First of all there is the L’Obelisque to admire and then there is the Jardin Des Tuilleries. This large park is a great place to relax and hang out and if you do it properly you can easily reach a beneficial vantage point to see all the way back down the Champs-Elysees and to the Arc de Trimophe.
At the other end of the gardens is the awe-inspiring Louvre. There is actually a Metro stop, Louvre Rivoli, which takes you directly into the museum if you want to avoid the walking. Speaking of Rivoli, the Rue de Rivoli is a great place for some high street shopping because, let’s face it, not everyone can afford to shop in Dior or Dolce & Gabbana every day.
The next natural stop from here is across Pont Neuf, thought to be the most romantic bridge in Paris – especially at night. On the Ile de la Cite is where you’ll find Notre Dame. After visiting the gothic cathedral take a short detour to Berthillon and you will be rewarded with some delicious ice cream.
The Best Place to Finish
Back on the mainland and the Saint-Michel is a good point to launch a brief visit to the plush neighbourhood of Saint Germain with all of its designer boutiques and glamorous shops. When you have finished pining after beautiful dresses and designer goods, head to Solferino for the Musee D’Orsay. This is one last museum to appreciate before hoping back onto the Metro and back to the Eiffel Tower, only this time, it’ll be lit up.
There is a glut of things to do and see but you don’t need a tour guide or tour bus to show you them all!
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