I traveled to Paris – and through Paris to New Caledonia, but this is a story for another time. I spent three days in Paris before catching a flight out of the country.
I stayed in the Louvre area. I had never stayed in that area before and I was really pleasantly surprised. The entire neighborhood is upscale and has a lot of great places and monuments to visit. Aside from the well-known Louvre museum, I would recommend:
- The Carrousel du Louvre with its many shops. There is also a nice Starbucks there where it is usually possible to find seats. From the outside, near the top of the glass pyramid, you can also see the Arc de Triomphe of the Carrousel.
- The Rue de la Paix nearby, which has a lot of very impressive jewelers displays and is known for its expensive shops,
- The Tuileries Garden and the Wheel of Paris (Roue de Paris). Be aware the wheel may not always be there as it is sometimes on loan to other countries.
- The Palais Royal arcades and its small garden. It has older shops to visit. The garden itself is quite nice with lots of statues and a characteristic column display good for taking pictures on or bringing small children to play.
- La Comédie Française,
- Saint-Anne Street, also known as Little Tokyo, which has a row of great, cheap Japanese eateries.
- Further away, even the Etoile roundabout and the Eiffel Tower can be reached on foot.
I thought the hotel I was staying at was especially nice and well located. I was very happy with my stay so I figured I would share pictures. The rooms and bathrooms were roomy, which is unusual in Paris, and it had an excellent, albeit expensive restaurant. Toiletries were from the Fragonard brand which makes the French Eau de Toilette perfume, and had the same very recognizable and pleasing smell. That was a nice touch. Unfortunately, the hotel did not have an airport shuttle and I was carrying a ton of luggage with which I did not fancy taking the metro, so I ended up riding a taxi in full-blown traffic on a Friday night, which was not fun and took ages.
And a few pictures from the surrounding areas:
Bonus: This was me in Paris, and now you can see why I did not feel like taking the metro.