A Oui Bit of Paris

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If you had a total of 32 hours in Paris, what would you do? Well, I’ll tell you what I would do. Under normal circumstances I would run around like a crazy person trying to see everything I could. However, if your vacation is along the same vein as mine, i.e. you’re taking it as it comes; no books, no real planning and no map, then here’s your list:Un: After dropping your luggage off at a hotel (and noshing at Angelina’s) make your way to the Louvre and take as many touristy photos as possible. Or just paparazzi your friends. *and thus disproving my early assertion. Missing: miming photo… how did we forget a miming photo?!

Deux: From the Louvre, cross the road and head toward Pont Des Arts bridge to witness the many declarations of love from around the world. My favorite: Love overcomes all barriers and distances (photographed below.)

Tois:Jump on the next hop-on-hop-off bus coming around the corner and (even if it’s cold) head to the upper deck for some great shots (besides the lambo):

Quatre:When you’re feeling a bit peckish, pull out your afternoon snack you wisely purchased at Angelina’s. Unlike me, however, you’ll be smart enough not to stick it next to your camera… right? I’d recommend the nutella and pistachio!

Cinq: When you’ve completed round one of the bus circuit, hop off to do a bit of Parisian shopping. Wander aimlessly, you really can’t go wrong! For example, we ran into the flower shop (right) and didn’t want to leave. I was drinking it in with my eyes an my nose… heaven!

Six: However, for the best shopping, I recommend wandering aimlessly in the direction of La Grande Epicerie. If you’re looking for true Parisian goods minus the tourist price, it’s a great spot. I bought two bars of soap (honey and almond) for 2 euro each, a packet of loose leaf tea (samarcande) for 4 euro, a shopping bag for 2 euro and some of the coolest multi-colored pasta I’ve ever seen for 4 euro. I really wanted some black and white stripped jumbo bowtie pasta and these multi-colored striped sombrero pastas but they were a bit more fragile, so maybe next time… if I have a suitcase.

All major monuments should be done during the day and at night, in my opinion. Just because you’ve seen it once doesn’t mean you’re done.

Huit: After a good night’s sleep,hit the Louvre and the Eiffel Tower first thing in the a.m. Take some water and plan wisely. With limited time, it’s best to set goals for your artsy perusal.

Neuf: Pay your respects to Quasimoto at Notre Dame. If you have time, stand in line for the Bell Tower but if not at least view the main cathedral; it’s free, you have nothing to lose!

Dix: As you’re seated on the train back to London, make a list of the things you want to see but didn’t get to this round. For example, the Musee d’Orsay, Versailles, wandering the Champs-Elysees, the Sacre Coeur and the Rodin Museum (especially to see him!)

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