First timer to Paris...
First timer to Paris...
I just have to say one thing: YOU ARE GOING TO LOVE IT! Not like I'm hyping it up or anything, lol.
Ok, if you're going there for four days you have moooooooore than enough time to do all the basic tourist locations and 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) as well as a weekly one (14 euros), and if you decide to get the weekly one, you can always sell it to other travellers when your time is up (you'll have three extra days on it that someone else could use!). Also, get a good map of the city. I had the Let’s Go Western Europe book, but I found the map left something to be desired, so I also got 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.
If you’re going for four complete days, I’d probably suggest for you to section of the city into sections so you can explore it separately.
Day 1: (6, 7, 8, 15, 14 arrondissments) The areas surrounding the Eiffel Tower and les Invalides, Trocadaro, Arc de Triomphe, Jardin du Luxembourg, Montparnesse, the Sorbonne.
Day 2: (1 (only part of) 2,3,9,10,18 arrondissements) The area’s surrounding Scare Coeur (Montmatre), Forum des Halles, Centre George Pompidou, the Opera, St Eustache.
Day 3: (1, 4, 5 arrondissments) The Louvre (takes a day and a half to see, but we spent half a day there. Go early to avoid line-ups), Palais Royal, Latin Quarter and St. Germain, Notre-Dame and Ile de la Cite, Jardin de Tuileries, St. Germain, and the beautiful bridges on the Seine, Musee d’Orsay, the Fine Arts Academy.
Day 4: day trip to Versailles. It’s a beautiful castle from the 1600s. It’s absolutely breathtaking. The castle is about 12 km from the centre of the city, but is well worth the trip. (if you get back early, take more time to check out the stuff listed in Day three )
The city is sectioned off into 20 arrondissments, which is how I made the plan. If you have some extra time, go and take a trip to the cemitaire Pere Lachaise, located in the 20th. Jim Morrison is buried there, along with very famous literary figures The bibliotechque national is very modern, but slightly out of the way (Just past Gare Austerlitz in the 13th, and le Defense (the modern, financial district) with La Grande Arc, which is to the North-West of the city.
Hope I helped, just a little overview off the top of my head, if I think of anything else, I’ll let you know! Just remember to go around and discover the city!
Make sure you go to the Catabombs, and the cemetery where some famous people are buried (Oscar Wilde, Jim Morrison, etc), and also try to walk to a lot of places - it's quite "small" and flat.
I hope you enjoy it.