I'm flying to Paris this sat morning and return mon morning, and i was wondering what the weather will be like...i presume cold??
I want to make sure i can fit everything in but i'm not sure where the main sights are in relation to another. So, I would be very grateful if anyone could suggest a possible itinery as i only have 2 days and want to make the most of it.
Also, what time does the metro run until at night? I'm going to the Moulin Rouge to see at show at 11pm, which will finish at approx 1AM, and i just want to make sure i don't end up stranded because i have missed the last service!!
Many of the things that you will want to see are relatively close to each other. Many are around the Chatelet metro stop (Notre Dame, Louvre, Hotel Du Ville). Les Invalides and the Musee D'Orsay are around the Invalides metro stop. And the Eiffel Tower is at the Champ de Mars stop.
As for the metros running, they will stop somewhere between midnight and one in the morning, depending on the line and the stop. Check out the Paris Metro site for hours of operation.
Paris nut to the rescue!!!
Let me first say I am extremely jealous that you scored tickets to teh Moulin Rouge! Last time I was there the show was sold out (and quite expensive anyways).
You are going to LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOVE Paris!
Ok, if you're going there for two days you will have enough time to do most of the basic tourist locations and maybe even walk around the city to find some unknown treasures.
Before I begin, I would suggest that you get a metro pass (it’s good on the metro, bus and RER commuter trains). They have a daily one (5 euros) which is well worth it - especially if you are there for a short time and want to see a lot of things. Also, get a good map of the city (along with a metro map that can be picked up at metro stations). I had the “Inside Out” Paris Pop-out map. It was so easy to read, and had all of the sights clearly marked, so it was hard to get lost. It cost about $14 CDN, but it was worth every penny. I know you're only going there for two days, so maybe trying to get one at the local tourist office may be more economical!
So here's Paris - the Whirlwind Tour......
Wake up early on both days so you can see everything! It sucks you don't have more time because it's such a beautiful city and there are so many nice day trips you can do, but that's niether here nor there.
I would totally recommend to see the Louvre, but it takes a day and a half to see. I spent half a day there and got to see the big things. I say go for it even though you're only there for two days (go early to avoid line-ups). Once you're done, walk accross the street to the Palais Royal and take some pics of the garden in there. Walk to les Halles so snap a couple pics of the architechture. Checkout the Pompidou to take a quick pic of it - it's very interesting! Walk down to the Seine river to snap a few shots, then cross the Pont Neuf to Ile de la Cite and see Notre Dame Cathedral. Continue going south and cross the other side of the river to get to the Latin Quarter and St. Germain, where there are tons of restos to eat dinner. While it's still light out try and see the Jardin Luxembourg and snap a pic of the Sorbonne. keep in mind this is a lot of walking so plan accordingly!
Take the morning and go to Montmatre - the area of town were Sacre Coeur is, as well as the "I Love You" wall and the only vineyard in Paris. Take the metro over to the Eiffel Tower (climb it! Although long lines may cut into your day!). Les Invalides is near-by and good for a couple pics, and Trocadaro is across the river from the ET. From Troc, walk to the Champs-Elysees and either metro it or walk to the Arc de Triomphe. Metro it to the Opera for some pics.
EXTRAS: If you're a Doors fan, metro it to the cemetaire Pere Lachaise, Jim Morrison is buried there. If you can fit it in to one of your days, metro it to le Defense (the modern, financial district) with La Grande Arc, which is to the North-West of the city. Takes about 5 minutes to get there by metro.
Anyways, I hope that helps! As for weather just check out the CNN weather forecast. It should give you an idea!
Have a great trip!
About your first question.
The weather is currently rather rainy and getting colder (currently 3 °C). Light snow or sleet is expected today, but as always, it will probably not hold . Colder temperatures are expected for the weekend so it may clear up a little.
You can check out the forecasts of the French weather agency, Meteo France here : http://www.meteo.fr
Daylight lasts from roughly 8 am to 6.15 pm.
mtlchica gave interesting hints, but I would modify this itinerary according to the weather as it involves a bit of walking.
If it is too bad, stay around the Louvre!
Take the morning and go to Montmatre - the area of town were Sacre Coeur is, as well as the "I Love You" wall and the only vineyard in Paris
I know another vineyard right in front of Montmartre, near the parc des Buttes Chaumont and there may even be others
If you're going to the Louvre then go on this website - http://www.louvre.fr/llv/commun/home_flash.jsp?bmLocale=en - and buy your tickets online so you don't have to wait in the line for them. This is well worth it as buying them there can take ages!