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How To Spend 3 Days In Paris

3 days in paris

Paris has been on my travel wishlist for so many years now so when Matt surprised me with a trip there as my Christmas present, I was beside myself with happiness.

While it’s not the cheapest European city, it certainly is one of the most beautiful and our three days there were truly incredible.

We managed to fit so much in despite only being there for a short period of time so today’s post is all about how to spend 3 days in Paris.

(P.S, there’ll be a post up in a few days all about the food we ate while we were there, so keep an eye out for that!)

3 days in paris

3 days in paris

Spend an afternoon in the Louvre

Being the absolute fool that I am, I didn’t realise just how big the Louvre actually is; it’s bloody huge. I literally thought it was just the glass triangle you see – not the entirety of the buildings around it (yes, I am THAT stupid.)

I digress.

The Louvre is without a doubt somewhere that you should spend the afternoon while in Paris, especially if it’s a miserable day. You can literally spend hours getting lost amongst the incredible art, intriguing sculptures and mesmerizing artefacts. Like I said before, the museum is absolutely massive and it’s so easy to get lost amongst all the art but it’s 100% worth doing; even if you’re not a huge arty fan, it’s still somewhere that anyone can enjoy and appreciate.

3 days in paris

3 days in paris

3 days in paris

3 days in paris

I do have to say however, that the Mona Lisa was probably the least impressive item in the whole museum, yet the hype surrounding it is insane! The rest of the art was absolutely unreal though; there’s so many things to see at the Louvre that you’ll probably miss a good amount of it, but it’s still worth having a go at fitting everything in!

3 days in paris

Be a real life princess at Sacré-Cœur

I’m an absolute sucker for beautiful buildings – New York and Budapest really reinforced this fact for me – and Paris’ offerings were no different.

The Sacré-Cœur was like something straight out of a fairytale movie and with the snow falling in the background, it truly was incredibly magical. The basilica resides on top of a huge hill and while the ascent is pretty tiring, the views from the top (and the basilica itself) makes it totally worth it.

3 days in paris

The interior of the basilica is just as impressive as the exterior, with stunning religious paintings and picturesque stone walls, it’s definitely something that you need to see if you ever find yourself in Paris.

3 days in paris

Visit the oldest monumental fountain in Paris – Fontaine des Innocents

The first stunning piece of architecture we saw when we arrived in Paris was the Fontaine des Innocents as it was located just a few minutes away from our apartment. While there was no water in the fountain, it still looked beautiful in the sunshine and there were lots of people around the area eating their lunch and enjoying the atmosphere.

3 days in paris

Admire the Gothic Notre Dame Cathedral at night

Notre Dame is a stunning piece of architecture at all times of the day, but it’s at night that it really comes alive for me. The eerily gothic church looks particularly impressive lit up at night and the two towers at the front remind me somewhat of the York Minster.

While it was certainly a beautiful building, it definitely wasn’t my favourite place in Paris, but it’s still somewhere that I think you have to visit.

3 days in paris

Be a true Parisian at the Arc de Triomphe

Located at the end of the Champs-Élysées, the Arc de Triomphe is one of the most impressive pieces of French architecture. It stands proudly at 164 feet high and is a true testament to French history.

We were lucky enough to see it against the snowy backdrop and it really was quintessentially Parisian; the arc itself resides in the middle of an extremely busy roundabout and it’s definitely something not to be missed.

3 days in paris

Make a wish at the Fontaine Saint-Michel

The iconic fountain is yet another stunning building to admire while in Paris. The fountain towers above the street below and the two winged dragons sit proudly on either side of the fountain.

It may not be the most famous building in Paris but it’s certainly still immensely stunning.

3 days in paris

Take in the granduer of the church of Saint-Eustache

This impressive gothic building wasn’t too far from our hotel and while there was a number of reconstructions going on, it was still a stunning sight.

It’s considered a masterpiece of late gothic architecture and it’s not hard to see why; we didn’t actually see inside the church but the exterior alone is something to admire.

3 days in paris

Take in the view of the Institut de France from the pont des Arts

The Institut de France is a French learned society and it’s a truly beautiful building. It’s situated directly opposite the pont des Arts (a bridge that crosses the river Seine) and is a lovely building to admire both during the day and at night.

I love how it kind of looks like a mini basilica and the tall pillars at the front of the Institute give it a really powerful presence.

3 days in paris

See the flamboyant Saint-Jacques Tower

The Saint-Jacques Tower is all that remains of the once largely famous Church of Saint-Jacques-de-la-Boucherie. The tower itself gives off a gothic vibe; something that is extremely common in French architecture.

The tower wasn’t too far from our hotel and we walked past it a fair few times during our jaunts out into the city.

3 days in paris

Visit the world-famous Eiffel Tower

If you follow me on Twitter or Instagram, you may have seen my dismay at the fact we couldn’t go up to the top of the Eiffel Tower due to ice on the platforms. Suffice to say, we were both pretty devastated but the tower itself was still a sight to behold.

It’s pretty much Blackpool Tower but a little taller ;).

3 days in paris

Visit the love locks

Paris is renowned for being the city of love and to celebrate that, thousands of people add to the collection of locks in the city.

While the locks used to reside on the pont des Arts bridge, the weight of the love that radiated through the locks (lol) became too much for the bridge to bare and so they were relocated to a sqaure nearby. Hundreds of thousands of locks fill the metal mesh of various gates and while Matt and I didn’t actually contribute (we totally forgot to bring a lock with us!) it was incredibly lovely to see.

3 days in paris

See the remarkable Panthéon

The Panthéon resides in the Latin Quarter and it reminded me of the one in Rome. The domed roof is so beautiful, and even more so inside where the domed ceilings have the most beautiful carvings and sculptures.

The marble floors, towering pillars and beautiful paintings look absolutely gorgeous.

3 days in paris

3 days in paris

Take a stroll along the river

The walk along the river Seine is almost stunning, whether it’s raining or shining. There’s so many gorgeous buildings along the river and it’s such a beautiful, peaceful setting.

3 days in paris

It was bloody freezing though, so if you visit it during the winter then make sure to wrap up warm!

3 Days In Paris

Have you ever been to Paris? Would you like to go one day? Let me know in the comments or on Twitter @imjustagirl_16.

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19 Comments

  1. 21st March 2018 / 7:43 am

    Wow, I’m incredibly impressed at the amount that you and Matt packed in to just three days in the city! My boyfriend and I really want to go to Paris on holiday ourselves this year so this has given me so much inspiration! I really want to see the Louvre and the Arc de Triomphe (plus the Eiffel Tower obviously)! I can’t think of a better Christmas gift than a trip here, the boy did good! How did you travel to Paris, btw? My bf and I are currently looking at the EuroStar vs. flights to see what’s the best value!

    Abbey xx

  2. 21st March 2018 / 10:55 am

    Oh my goodness I have been waiting for this post ever since you mentioned you were going! I’ve only ever been to Disneyland Paris so I haven’t visited the main places to see and wow they look beautiful!! Looks like you had an amazing time, despite it looking so cold!! I can’t wait to read your post on all the food you ate, mmm!!

    Sarah | http://www.sazsinclair.com xx

    • chloedickenson
      Author
      21st March 2018 / 12:14 pm

      Thank you so much lovely lady! Xx

  3. 21st March 2018 / 11:12 am

    It sounds like you had an incredible time! I haven’t visited Paris in around 6 years so would love to go back and relive all the memories x

    Terri // TerriTalks

    • chloedickenson
      Author
      21st March 2018 / 12:13 pm

      We really did Terri! Xx

  4. 21st March 2018 / 11:22 am

    Your boyfriend is so sweet for surprising you with a trip to Paris! I personally didn’t enjoy Paris that much but I loved seeing the Eiffel Tower light show at night and I quite enjoyed walking through Champs-Elysée. Love your pictures! xx

    amerzwithlove.com

    • chloedickenson
      Author
      21st March 2018 / 12:13 pm

      He really is! Oh that’s a shame! Xx

  5. 21st March 2018 / 2:29 pm

    I need to go back to Paris ASAP, I loved it when I went!

  6. 22nd March 2018 / 4:53 pm

    Paris looks incredible! It seems like you managed to see so much. George and I want to go one day so this has given me loads of ideas of things we can get done in the few days we’re there. Can’t wait for more Paris posts! x

    Tiffany x http://www.foodandotherloves.co.uk

    • chloedickenson
      Author
      22nd March 2018 / 5:13 pm

      Thank you Tiffany! I’m so glad you liked it 😊 xx

  7. 22nd March 2018 / 8:57 pm

    How sweet!! I so want to go back to Paris, we are going in December but to Disneyland Paris rather than the city x

  8. 25th March 2018 / 2:48 pm

    Your pictures are stunning, and don’t worry I didn’t know the Louvre was that big either until a few years ago haha
    How crazy at how many people are at the Mona Lisa, like you said its not that exciting haha
    This makes me want to go back to Paris now!!
    Emma • http://www.emmalanglands.co.uk

    • chloedickenson
      Author
      25th March 2018 / 8:18 pm

      Thank you! Xx

  9. 26th March 2018 / 12:07 pm

    I still need to visit the Love Locks! The Eiffel Tower is definitely my fave, although I’ve grown more scared of heights as I’m getting older haha! It looks like you had the best time Chlo 🙂 xo

    Char | http://www.charslittleblog.co.uk

    • chloedickenson
      Author
      26th March 2018 / 12:39 pm

      Thanks babe! Xx

  10. 29th March 2018 / 10:37 am

    I visited Paris in October with a friend and managed to fit all of this in in 3 days, and then our final day we spent in Disneyland Paris cause we’re both big kids! The only thing I didn’t see was the Louvre but I’ve been on a previous Paris trip. we were so lucky with the weather when we were there that the day we’d planned to visit, we instead went to Sacré Cœur and sat on the hill drinking wine in 27 degree weather. Can’t complain!

    Love izzy | http://www.adoseofchatter.com

    • chloedickenson
      Author
      29th March 2018 / 11:59 am

      Ooh sounds lovely girl! X

  11. 4th April 2018 / 10:47 am

    Ahhhh. I really want to go! So many places to explore x

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