• Fokke Baarssen

Weekend in Paris, a 3 day guide to Paris


The first weekend of September we're heading to Paris from Amsterdam with the Thalys train just a 3-hour ride to Paris North were we take to metro to our first hotel


Paris sunrise Eiffel tower

Le Narcisse Blanc Hotel***** & Spa is inspired by a muse who embodied the ideal of the timeless beauty of Paris. An elegant retreat that captures the spirit of Paris past and present, near the Eiffel Tower Timeless, elegant and focused on the finer things in life.

Beautiful rooms and a winning location, Le Narcisse Blanc provides all the creative inspiration you need for a boutique city break in Paris...

The Eiffel Tower, with its majestic setting in the Champ de Mars gardens. The artistic treasures of the Musée d’Orsay, and culinary delights of rue Cler. Le Narcisse Blanc puts you in the perfect position for exploring the City of Light’s most dazzling sights


Breakfast at Le Narcisse Blanc Paris

Mornings in our room Le Narcisse Blanc hotel

street views around the hotel Le Narcisse Blanc

After we dropped our Luggage we start to walking around wandering the Streets of Paris with Always the Eiffel tower high in the sky shining in the sun.

Our first stop is hotel Les Invalides

In 1670, no foundation existed to house wounded and homeless veterans who had fought for France. Louis XIV, who was anxious about what would happen to soldiers that had served during his numerous campaigns, decided to build the Hôtel Royal des Invalides. It`s one the most prestigious monuments in Paris. Today, under the Ministry of Defence but also occupied by numerous organizations that are part of other ministries, the Hôtel National des Invalides still retains its original function as a hospital and hospice for badly injured and disabled war veterans. As well as the Musée de l'Armée, it comprises the Musée des Plans-Reliefs and the Musée de l'Ordre de la Libération as two churches: the Eglise du Dôme, which houses the tomb of Napoleon Bonaparte designed by Visconti in 1843, and the Eglise Saint-Louis des Invalides.


Hôtel national des Invalides

Hôtel national des Invalides

We walked around the buildings shoot some photo`s and walking farther were we passed the luxury shopping mall Le Bon Marché enjoyed some coffee in the many cafes in Paris. Did you know how many cafes there are in Paris? There are around 7000 cafes in Paris. In the 1880's there were around 45,000 cafes our next stop is Le Jardin du Luxembourg in the lovely area to relax in the afternoons in the city.

Le Jardin de Luxembourg is a very popular garden with Parisians who love to promenade here. Visit the garden when in Paris and enjoy the peace and beauty

The gardens are a great place to relax whilst visiting Paris. If you have children there is a very good play area and a puppet show. Adults are catered for too and can play chess, tennis, bridge or remote control boats. Whilst there are flower borders it is really more of a park. A place to enjoy some greenery in the heart of a city.


Le Jardin du Luxembourg

Le Jardin du Luxembourg

Le Jardin du Luxembourg

Here in the park we relax a bit, looking around and buy some ice cream and keep walking our route to the Seine river where our next stop is the Notre Dame.

The Cathedral of Notre-Dame de Paris, a masterpiece of Gothic architecture, is the most visited monument in France. It was built in the Middle Ages.

In the middle of the city, Notre Dame de Paris means 'Our Lady of Paris'.

Notre-Dame de Paris, also called Notre-Dame Cathedral, cathedral church in Paris, France. It is the most famous of the Gothic cathedrals of the Middle Ages and is distinguished for its size, antiquity, and architectural interest


Notre Dame Paris


Notre Dame Paris

We enjoyed the afternoon sun in the park and walked around the Notre Dame heading back to the Eifel tower following the Seine river and take the metro to Champ de Mars - Tour Eiffel for watching the sunset in the park. 7 years ago we did this route also ,we saw many things are changing militaries are these days usual by the cultural sights, if you one visit the Eifel tower now the security looks like an airport, it feels sad we lose so much freedom.


The next morning we wake up early to watch the Sunrise by the Eifel tower to shoot some photo`s there and avoid the crowd. Still there where some people shooting for magazines and we meet up with some other bloggers. After a couple of hours and visit al the viewpoints and the typical post card views of the Eifel tower we heading back to our hotel to enjoy a lovely breakfast in our room en relax until around 11:00 and checked out take the metro to our next neighborhood.


Sunrise Eifel tower

Our next hotel is Hôtel Square Louvois

This stylish hotel enjoys a central location, with easy access to the Louvre and Palais Garnier opera. The underground pool and relaxation area are a delightful, unusual for central Paris.

A beautiful boutique hotel in the second arrondissement, full of Art Deco touches and elegant Parisian design in a lovely neighborhood full of Asian restaurants.

After a warm welcome of the staff and some drinks, we dropped our luggage and discovering the area of our hotel Hôtel Square Louvois


Swimming pool and Spa Hôtel square louvois paris

beautiful design in the bathroom Hôtel square louvois paris

views over the city Hôtel square louvois paris

The Hôtel Square Louvois**** lies in the 2nd arrondissement in central Paris just minutes away from the city’s main attractions (Musée du Louvre, Jardin des Tuileries, Opéra Garnier, Grands Magasins etc.)


We walked to Musee du Louvre did some sightseeing at the Le Palais Royal and relaxing in the park a bit


Le Palais Royal

Le Palais Royal Created by the Cardinal Richelieu in 1633, the Palais Royal and its gardens, just a short walk from the Louvre, housed royal families up until the Palace of Versailles was built. Prestigious and peaceful, the gardens are surrounded by a superb futuristic architecture with contemporary sculptures by Buren and Bury. The Colonnes de Buren was designed by artist Daniel Duren and are situated in the courtyard, near the garden and Ministry of Culture. The 260 black and white striped octagonal columns are definitely worth a visit and are one of the symbols of Paris.


After some photo`s and sightseeing, we took the metro to Rue Cremieux a lovely colorful neighborhood in the city.

This charming street is located in the 12th arrondissement, between Rue de Lyon and Rue de Bercy. A lovely spot for a picture

Rue Crémieux is beginning to fall victim to its success and you may well not be the only one taking photographs in this street whose façades are reminiscent of Portobello in London or Burano in Venice. The light plays with the colors all day long, so much so that fashion bloggers have made it their favorite spot for presenting the latest outfits. Here’s some advice so that this little piece of paradise remains one – be discreet! Rue Crémieux 75012 Paris


Rue Cremieux a lovely colorful neighborhood in the city.

We loved to shoot here but exept this street in this area is not much to do so we took the metro back to Louvre to watch the sunset there.

I love to the sun goes down behind the pyramid

The Louvre Museum is unquestionably one of the finest art galleries in the world. Home to hundreds of thousands of classic and modern masterpieces, the Louvre is the icing on the cake of French culture and a testament to European art history – it’s not surprising that it’s also the most visited art gallery in the world!


Louvre

Louvre

The Louvre Museum is unquestionably one of the finest art galleries in the world. Home to hundreds of thousands of classic and modern masterpieces, the Louvre is the icing on the cake of French culture and a testament to European art history – it’s not surprising that it’s also the most visited art gallery in the world!

The next morning we wake up and enjoy the breakfast in the hotel,did some morning swim and heading to our next hotel on walking distance Hotel Secret de Paris

in the heart of Paris and just a stroll from the Grands Magasins, the boutique design Hotel Secret de Paris bathes you in the atmosphere of the City of Light.

With wit and designer dash, the design hotel offers all the creature comforts you could wish for in a luxury boutique hotel. And by night, it’s the perfect place to prolong the magic of Paris, France.

Secret de Paris - Design Boutique Hotel is located in Paris, between Montmartre and Opera Garnier. It offers luxurious, boutique-style accommodation and facilities such as a sauna, hammam and fitness centre.


Breakfast Hotel Secret du Paris

Hotel secret du Paris

Our last day in Paris we walked up to Montmartre and wandering around the colorful Streets did some shooting but it was very crowded so we did a Thai lunch and take the metro to the Streets around the Eifel tower for some last photo spots visit The Champs-Elysées this is the most famous avenue in the world.the Avenue des Champs-Élysées is a Paris must-see. Tourists and Parisians can be spotted strolling at any time of day or night and at any time of year along this iconic two-kilometre stretch between the Place de la Concorde and the Arc de Triomphe. Like the Eiffel Tower, the avenue is a symbol of Paris


Eiffel tower reflection

Tour Eiffel

The Champs-Elysées

The next morning we waked up early to wandering around the Streets of Montmartre to avoid the crowd.The Streets where qout and lonely in the morning, only a few people to clean the Streets.

The Sacré Cœur on top of the hill of Montmartre not only offers the best view of Paris. The famous district in the north of the city has had more influence on the history of the city than any other place in Paris

Montmartre is a misunderstood gem. Of course, the hordes of visitors climb the stairs to see the Basilica of the Sacred Heart, to make a clichéd French meal disappear and to catch a glimpse of the great Parisian skyline, but what is really hidden in it? those charming alleys with kaseien? Here are our suggestions on how to experience the sights of Montmartre in this lively district up-hill.


Montmartre is a misunderstood gem.

Montmartre

Montmartre

After some sightseeing and photo shooting were heading back to our hotel to enjoy our breakfast and get some more sleep. It was a great trip and weekend in Paris but we were so tired of walking my legs tingling everywhere we need a day full of sleep

After a couple of hours sleep we checked out and took the train back to Amsterdam, I hope you enjoy our trip and see you next trip


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