I’m happily engaged in creating instructions, suggestions and maps for my seriously world traveling friend who is taking her teenaged grand-daughter on her first visit to Paris. I get to imagine this teenager seeing Paris for the first time. What will she think as she experiences Paris for the first time? Which one of the monuments will make the most lasting impression? Will she simply refuse to return home?
I still get a bit giddy when I’m in Paris even after many visits and many decades past being a teenager. I watched the movie “Funny Face” (made in 1957) again recently. The film beautifully captures many famous tourist sites. I watch those segments anytime I feel the need. No matter how often I’m in Paris I always end up visiting **the usual tourist destinations** (see 1-6 below).
Here’s my list of <il faut>> “you must” see sites for my friend’s grand-daughter’s first visit to Paris (and probably every visit thereafter). I’ve listed these visits/sites in preferred order based on the location of their hotel. (I’ll prepare your itinerary based on your hotel’s location, duration of your visit, and personal preferences. Contact me.)
- 1) Eiffel Tower
- 2) Musée d’Orsay
- 3) Notre Dame
- 4) Le Louvre
- 5) Montmartre
- 6) Saint-Germaine-des-Prés area
1) Eiffel Tower — They can take bus line 82 from their hotel to right in front of the Eiffel Tower. The bus stop is appropriately named Tour Eiffel. They get to stay above ground and will see the Eiffel Tower grow larger and larger, with a full unobstructed view as they cross La Seine from the Right Bank to the Left Bank.
2) Musée d’Orsay — Bus line 73 has been called “The Best Tourist Bus Line in Paris”. They will be traveling down the Champs-Élysées, circling the Place de la Concorde and then crossing La Seine. The Musée d’Orsay is the terminal (end point) of this bus line so they can’t get confused about when to get off the bus. This trip should absolutely dispel any previous hesitation about “taking the bus”. I might switch it to their first visit destination for precisely that reason.
When my world traveling friend offered her grand-daughter a trip to “anywhere in the world”, this wise young woman said “Paris”. Yes, Paris is the most visited city in the world and is “full of tourists”. There are **very** good reasons why this is true (see items 1-6 above).