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    City Guide – Paris in 7 days – Day 1

    July 31, 2015

    Paris in 7 days – a city guide with a seamlessly-planned itinerary that finds magic in Paris and its surroundings in 7 days. Going beyond major tourist spots, this guide is packed with time-saving tips on skipping lines, hidden spots for best views of le Tour Eiffle, hip cafes for energy boost, fairytale-like castle tours, and more, all strategically planned to make the most out of your time and euro (and Instagram feed). But first things first…

     

     

    THE PACKING LIST

    carryon bag

    Packing light, ie. carry-on only, is entirely possible for a weeklong trip with mix-matching outfits and saves the anxiety of finding your luggage in a sea of crowd. This light bag (by Ela) with zippers and compartments is perfect to hold on-flight necessities — here’s a suggested list:
    { passport, wallet, phone, charging usb, earphones, moisturizing fuzzy socks, hand cream, hydrating mask, foundation, lipgloss, sunglasses, pen&notebook, tissue paper, neck pillow, a big scarf }

     

    [Transportation – Airport CDG to Paris]
    Buy train ticket on the machines or at the ticket office: “Billet Ile-de-France” Aéroport CDG – Paris (Zone 5 -> Zone 1)
    Cost => 10€ (adult fare) / 7€ (children 4 – 9) / free (children under 4)
    Follow signs for RER train, take the blue line RER B to direction Paris (Robinson, Antony, St-Rémy-lès-Chevreuse), then find the closest station to your destination (usually Gare du Nord).

     

    THE PARISIAN HOME

    Airbnb is no doubt the way to go for a local & authentic living experience. The residential buildings are old but absolutely charming with big windows, beautiful rooftops, and eclectic tiles in the hallway. You’ll most likely be climbing some spirally stairs and definitely be forgoing the concierge service but there’s no better way to have an authentic local experience.

    Lunch o’clock @ the Left Bank

    First day arriving the city, start with a casual stroll in the Luxembourg garden (6th arrondissement). Here you’ll spot many classic themes about the city: neatly groomed & symmetrical landscaping, baroque architecture, wine & sandwich picnics, green metal chairs, stylish Parisians in fitted blazers and Ray-bans reading under the sun.

    luxembourg garden


     

    Proceed through the cozy shopping streets of St.Germain – if you want to treat yourself something fancy, skip the crowded Galleries Lafayette and do it here. For splurging on a classic piece, try Rue de Rennes, Rue de Sevres, Rue de Babylone, Rue de Grenelle. Tip: some designers like Maje, Sandro, APC, have stock stores around the city, which are older season merchandise at a significant discount. Look for these hidden gems on Rue du Cherche-Midi and Rue St Placide. Stock Maje is on 6 rue du Cherche-Midi. (Shhhh!)

     

    By now your tummy is begging for some attention, and Le Bon Marche happens be in the same neighbourhood! How convenient. This oldest department store in Paris hosts the most grand and marvellous temple of gourmet goodness – La Grand Epicerie. Any food from anywhere in the world that you can think of, you can probably find it here – spices and jams in intricate jars, 2 entire walls of chocolates, exquisite truffles (your nose will lead you to this shelf), and you’ll ever see as many varieties of moutarde (mustard) in one wall. It makes a perfect stop for souvenir shopping.



     

    The beautiful Rose Bakery Tea Room on the second floor of Le Bon Marche will satisfy both visual and taste senses. Every detail in the decor exudes french elegance – white & grey with gold hardwares, pastel lamps and glossy black tables, bathed in luscious natural light. The desserts are decadent and works of art, try the fruit tarts and pistachio cake. Skip the latte though, it’s not their specialty.



    Views of le Tour Eiffel

    Of course the first evening in Paris should be spent in the magnificent air of the Eiffel tower. It’s one of those times when you think you have a pretty good idea of how it looks because it’s so overly photographed, but once you’re actually in its presence you can’t help holding your breathe and admire in awe. Yes it’s huge. Yes it’s crowded. If you want to take the elevator to the top, buy your ticket online beforehand. Tip: there’s a small walkway on the right (east) of the tower that leads to a quiet little pond and a few benches. Not many people know of this space and it’s simply an oasis of peace with a magnificent view of the tower.

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    Cafe Constant is the perfect place for an authentic french dinner near the Eiffel tower — 139 Rue Saint-Dominique, 7th. Get here by 6pm to secure a table, it gets busy soon after. Enjoy a pate/foie gras for appetizer, and a stuffed quail or pesto sea bream for entree in this wonderfully homey ambience. You can even catch a glimpse of the tip of the Eiffel right outside the restaurant.



    Now you gotta walk off that meal right? Head to the Seine river and walk down south along the bank to one of the city’s most photogenic bridge: Pont Bir Hakeim. (Yes yes this is the bridge in the Inception film.) Watching sunset here is an absolute dream — with arguably one of the best views of the Eiffel tower. The architecture boasts wonderful symmetries of columns and arches with charming little lamps hanging from each arc — no wonder it’s a popular spot for photographers (and iphonetographers).

    pong bir hakeim
    pont bir hakeim

    How was that for day-1 in Paris? Days are incredibly long in the summer here, you’ll have until 10pm to enjoy sunset – it’s crowned The City of Light for a reason (that’s my reason at least)… I suggest that you put on a face mask and sleep early tonight because Day-2 is going to be …. stay tuned to find out!

    Photography by delicate.affairs
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