Sometimes too much information isn’t a good thing, so we’ve compiled a simple short weekend itineray as a starting point. Our Itinerary will take in all of the sights including (XXXX), good food and a night at least to experience the Paris nightlife. Don’t worry, we even managed to include some chill to Paris without the need of rushing about.
We landed in Paris from London on a sunny spring evening in June. Once getting through security we headed to buy tickets for the train into Paris. This is the quickest and cheapest way of arriving in central Paris. Buy your tickets in the terminal, they cost around €10 per adult and €7 for children.
We took an RER B train (Blue) there are trains all day and it will take around 30 minutes to get to Paris Gare du Nord. You will be able to hop onto the metro at Gare du Nord should you need to.
We Stayed – Hotel Icône – From £123.00 per night
Ideally situated in Paris’ stylish 2nd district the Hotel Icône offers stylish individually decorated soundproofed rooms as well as being located close to both the Opera Garnier, The Louvre, and the famous Galeries Lafayette shopping mall. Enjoy a hearty buffet breakfast each morning or even have it delivered to your room.
By the time we got checked in and got a quick shower it was 6 o’clock and we weren’t too hungry at this point so as the sun was shining we decided to go out for a walk to the nearby Opéra Garnier to take in our first hit of Parisian life.
We’d read on TotalGuide earlier that the Palais Garnier is the home of one of Paris’s most legendary characters, the famous Phantom of the Opera. Although we didn’t venture in or see box number 5, it was still quite a remarkable building from the outside.
In the spur of the moment and because we weren’t at all ravenous, we decided to skip the metro and walk to the Arc de Triomphe. It took us around 40 minutes, but because the night was warm and the sun was still shining we thought it would be worth it.
One thing i hadn’t realised about Paris was the simply stunning architecture. Even normal houses on ordinary streets were like something out of a Marcel Proust novel. We saw sights on our walk that we had no intention of visiting including Chapelle Expiatoire which is a tiny chapel honoring the royal family, Musée Jacquemart-André, a mansion housing 15th-18th century art before finally embarking on the Arc de Triomphe.
I must have seen many pictures of this monument which honours those who fought and died for France in the French revolution and Napoleon war, but it was beautiful to see with my own eyes. We were incredibly lucky as we had stumbled upon sunset and it is something i have told others to plan around.
Walking away from the Arc and down the Champs-Élysées at sunset on a Friday night with the weekend ahead of me made me feel like i was in a romantic parisian movie, strange huh?
Having taken myself out of my oscar-winning performance we finally decided we were hungry enough to sit down for dinner.
Having made much progress, we thought it would be a sensible idea to call it a day and get some rest so we can be up early to explore tomorrow. We went to the nearest metro station Kleber, however, after pondering and having a bottle of wine we decided it would be better to ask. A lovely local informed us that walking to Trocadéro metro would give us a direct route home. We got off at the nearest metro station to Hotel Icône Richelieu – Drouot.
Père Lachaise Cemetery
Having taken myself out of my oscar-winning performance we finally decided we were hungry enough to sit down for afternoon dinner. We ventured into Le Sens Unique (47 rue de Ponthieu, 75008 Paris France) at around 8:00 pm and it was no problem getting a table. Sometimes this works, other times it doesn’t so if you want to get a table, book ahead.
This typically French restaurant was certainly a hit. We had starters of foie gras followed by Goose confit and sarladaise potatoes with homemade chocolate crème brûlée to finish. The meal was watered down with a bottle of Coteaux du Languedoc, Mas Fabregous, Croquignol 2013. Fabulous
Hotel Icône – €
RER Train (Charles de Gualle – Guard du Nord) – €21
Friday Night Meal €
Metro Ticket €
Eiffel Tower €
Pastry & Coffee €
L’Oiseau Blanc €
River Siene Cruise €
Pere Lachaise €
Le Sens Unique €
Total Cost = €
* Prices based on 2 persons