If you had 12 hours to spend in Paris what would you recommend for visiting?
When I first came across with a similar question I said to myself: clearly nothing, so don't bother.
Now, after returning from Paris, I changed my opinion.
12 hours aren't enough to feel the genuine Paris, but they are more than enough to get an idea.
As a proof, I'm going to show you, in terms of tourists attractions, what we had the chance to see on our 12 hours marathon.
Point A (28 Rue du Caire, Paris, France) represents the place where we stayed.
Between point A and D there are several tourist attraction like:
Les Halles (B) having in the nearby Paroisse Saint-Eustache and Fontaine des Innocents
Centre Georges Pompidou (C)
Parc de la Tour Saint-Jacques
Fontaine du Palmier, Place du Châtelet (D)
In front of Paroisse Saint-Eustache
In front of Fontaine des Innocents
From A to E we walked. We could have taken the metro but we decided not to because it wasn't such a big distance. Further more, when using the metro, you don't get to see anything.
Between point D and E you can include also a visit to Notre Dame Cathedral. We visited Notre Dame on our first day in Paris, so we didn't include it in our 12 hours marathon, although it would have been doable.
From point E we bought a 2 day pass (18 euros) for the "batobus" - little ships that traveled along the Seine, making stops in 8 key tourists attractions.
F - Musée du Louvre
From point D we decided once again to walk. We didn't enter Musée du Louvre, but we saw Place du Carrousel, Arc de Triomphe du Carrousel, La Pyramide.
Before the ride we ate a sausage with cheese and, as desert, a pancake with Nutella chocolate.
Musée du Louvre - view from Ferris wheel
Eiffel Tower - view from Ferris wheel
Bassin Octogonal - view from Ferris wheel
G - Bassin Octogonal, Jardin des Tuileries
The next place we visited was Jardin des Tuileries. We stoped at Bassin Octogonal to rest a bit. In fact this is what most of the tourists were doing, at this point.
H - Obélisque, Place de la Concorde
In Place de la Concorde I ate another pancake, this time with apricots.
We saw the Obélisque and left for a walk on Champs-Élysées.
Champs-Élysées is a very crowded place, but it didn't bother me at all. On Champs-Élysées I entered SEPHORA (the place smelled like heaven), Starbucks (here we drank some coffee to get our batteries reffiled), Zara (didn't buy anything), H&M (didn't buy anything) and Disney Store (from here we bought two presents for our boy, Woody and Buzz, the main characters from Toy Story - they cost 35 euros each).
I - Arc de Triomphe
From the top of Arc de Triomphe I particulary enjoyed the 360 degrees view over the 12 boulevards and over the city of Paris. I strongly recommend you to visit it.
J - The Eiffel Tower
The Eiffel Tower was our last destination, for the day. We had to stay around 2 hours in line. The view I had from the top of The Eiffel Tower totally worth the waiting. If you are afraid of heights, the second floor offers also a very good view over Paris.
Champ du Mars - view from Eiffel Tower
Sacre Coeur - view from Eiffel Tower
Seine - view from Eiffel Tower
At around 8 o'clock we took "the batobus" and returned "home".
The second day we had a terrible muscle soreness.
P.S. Poate constituie un ajutor... Toate fotografiile au fost făcute cu o cameră foto semiprofesională (DSLR): NIKON5100 cu obiectivul: NIKON 55-200mm f/4-5.6G AF-S DX VR sau NIKON 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G AF-S DX VR.