If you only have 1 day in Paris, what would you do?
I know a lot of people have been dreaming to visit the city of love, which include me. When institution I worked with sent me to Amsterdam to attend a conference, I extend my trip and planned a 10-day Europe road trip with my friends. Our first on the list was the Paris DIY Walking Tour.
In our 10-day road trip around Europe, we only have one day to explore Paris, and I’m not sure how we’re going to make it work. My friend who has recently visited the city said to me that you need 4 days to explore Paris. 3 days at most. But my friends who are living in the Netherlands assured me that a day would be enough. So I trusted what they said. Besides, they sure know better since they are living right next to France.
Here’s 10 places to see on your Paris walking tour:
1 | Hotel de Ville
Here’s my Paris DIY walking tour! We start off from Hotel de Ville, a striking 19th-century City Hall building with a wide area in front where you can witness random people show off their skills in dancing, singing, etc.
2| Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Paris
Then we walked our way to the famous Notredame. We crossed the bridge of Pont d’Arcole to reach Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Paris, an iconic gothic church with a literary link. We wanted to go inside, but the queue was very long, and we don’t have all day for that. So we move on with our walking tour. We crossed a couple of bridges, the Petit Pont and Pont Saint-Michel, and snap a few photos.
3 | Palais de Justice de Paris & Tour de l’Horloge du Palais de la Cite
We passed by Palais de Justice de Paris, a massive home of French legislative power. Took a few shots and moved on, passing by Conciergerie (14th-century royal palace and prison) and Tour de l’Horloge du Palais de la Cite (gold clock).
4| Bookstalls along Quai de la Megisserie Road
After crossing the bridge of Pont au Change we saw a lineup of bookstalls along Quai de la Megisserie Road. They have quite a collection of books and on that same lane, we saw some stalls selling Paris souvenirs. I bought a few to bring back home for family and friends.
5 | Pont des Arts
Moving on with our DIY walking tour in Paris, we had a quick photo op at Pont des Arts, a scenic bridge crossing the Seine. Then headed to the Louvre Museum passing through Perrault’s Colonnade.
6 | Louvre Museum
Louvre Museum was originally built as a fortress in the late 12th-century and remained as such until the 13th-century. It was converted into a royal palace during the 14th-century and was used by Kings of France as their main Paris residence. Currently, this magnificent place is the biggest art museum not only in France but in the entire world. Aside from housing the intriguing Mona Lisa of Leonardo Da Vinci and other masterpieces from popular artists, the Louvre is also a famous movie location. I’m pretty sure you’re familiar with the Da Vinci Code movie.
7| Carrousel Arc de Triomphe
Moving on, we walked through Societe des Amis du Louvre. Then the Carrousel Arc de Triomphe, a historic square with a scenic view. Ahead we passed by Jardin des Tuileries. Standing from Place de la Concorde, an 18th-century plaza with an Egyptian obelisk, you can see from afar the tip of the Eiffel Tower.
8 | Jardin des Champs-Elysees
On our way to Arc de Triomphe, we passed by Jardin des Champs-Elysees and enjoyed a taste of crepes, a must try when you are in Paris.
9 | Arc de Triomphe
It was late afternoon when we reached the Arc de Triomphe, the most famous monument in Paris. Commissioned by Napoleon as a tribute to those who fought and died for France in the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars. On its inner and outer surfaces has the names of all French victories inscribed and below it lies the Tomb of the Unknown soldiers.
10 | Eiffel Tower
After spending a few minutes at Arc de Triomphe we headed to the nearest MRT Station and hopped on a train going to Eiffel Tower. We aboard at Ecole Militaire Station and walked our way through Park Champ de Marse, a landscape park with extensive lawns towards the Eiffel Tower.
Tour Eiffel or commonly known as Eiffel Tower, is a 324m-high 19th-century tower. This was named after Gustav Eiffel, the engineer whose company had designed and built it. The sun was setting when we arrived at the tower. It was magical. The beautiful tower with a purple-pink background. We took a bunch of photos and waited for the light show.
It was a cold night. After a few minutes, the light show started. It lasted for about 5 minutes. It was the most amazing 5-minute light show I’ve ever watched. I took photos for 2 minutes and stared at the tower for the rest of the show. It was mesmerizing.
Now I understand why they call this city the City of Love. The Eiffel Tower was the best place to end our DIY walking tour. And I couldn’t thank my friends enough who made this walking tour possible. I’m pretty sure I’ll be back in this city.
If you’re interested in this Paris DIY walking tour, I laid out our walking tour in google map for you to access. You can hover on the interactive map above to zoom in and out. Share with your friends or families who plan to visit this romantic place. I hope you’ll have an amazing experience.