By Emily on 22nd June

After a whirlwind weekend of exploring Paris, it’s hard to believe that the journey even happened. I saw and experienced things I had only ever seen in movies. Before the adventure, I was given some extremely helpful advice. Here are my top tips for a safe, fun trip to the City of Light and Love.

Rise and shine

The view from the top of the Eiffel Tower was stunning and easily my favourite part of the trip. However, if don’t like getting up early, you might have quite a lengthy wait in line before reaching the top. If you make it your priority in the morning, you won’t be disappointed.

*Take advantage of the discounts offered to young people and children.

View from the top section of the Eiffel Tower

View from the top section of the Eiffel Tower

Shop before Sunday

Many stores are closed on Sundays, so keep this in mind when if you’re trying to find a stylish outfit in the fashion capital of the world. If you’re still on the lookout for the perfect souvenir, though, don’t worry — shops by typical tourist areas like the Moulin Rouge and the Eiffel Tower will still be open on Sundays.

Hop on the Eurostar

Taking the Eurostar was much easier than travelling by plane. The wait wasn’t long at all and it was quite cool to travel through the Chunnel and arrive in France. Be ready for it, though – the journey through the Chunnel was quicker than I thought!

Eat your way through the city

Start off the morning with coffee and a croissant for breakfast, enjoy a baguette for lunch or dinner, and top off your day with a Nutella crepe. Each of these weren’t very expensive and were taste explosions in my mouth. No one does it better.

Delicious Nutella crepe-making by the Notre Dame

Delicious Nutella crepe-making by the Notre Dame

Double-decker everywhere

Since I only went for a weekend, I didn’t have much time to waste trying to figure out how to get to all of the major attractions. The bus tour was magical. It the only other transportation cost during my short trip, and it even took me back to the train station on my last day. Double decker tours are typically available in most big, historic cities, so take advantage of the easy ride! Here in London, the Original Tour will take you to all major attractions.

Constant vigilance!

I was astounded by the pickpocketing stories I heard from friends and family from their time in the city. People will attempt to wrap a bracelet around your arm to distract you or ask you to sign a petition in an effort to get your vital information (that they can then use in any number of ways). Stick to souvenir shops, keep your valuables at the bottom of your bag, and be aware of your surroundings – it won’t even be an issue!

Stay up late

I had no idea the Eiffel Tower had a night time sparkle show. It might be a long day, but it will be a worthwhile experience. Find a good spot in the grass and relax with your family while watching this amazing man made architectural feat light up the night.

View of the Eiffel Tower during the light show

View of the Eiffel Tower during the light show

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