After settling in, and drying off, at our Airbnb in the 17th, we set out to explore Paris, not wanting to miss out on a single moment.
Side note: Before we got started on our sightseeing, we stopped at the Monoprix around the corner from our apartment to pick up some snacks, breakfast food, and something to cook for dinner our first night. One of the best things about renting through Airbnb, in my opinion, is the ability to find a place that allows you to cook some meals. I love eating out, but not three meals a day. Unfortunately, cooking pasta on a hot plate in a Paris studio wasn’t as easy as we thought it would be.
Our Day 1 Itinerary included Montmartre/Sacré Coeur, Moulin Rouge, Boulevard Haussmann, Galeries Lafayette, and the Opéra (Palais Garnier). We managed to get to all of these, mostly on foot, allowing us to enjoy the city at a leisurely pace.
We took the Métro from Villiers to Lamarck. The best option for visitors using the Métro is to buy a carnet – 10 tickets for just over 14€. After exiting the Métro, we made our way through Montmartre, past the tourist shops and street artists, to Sacré Coeur.
The inside of the Basilica was, of course, beautiful as expected. The sprawling views of the city from the steps leading up to Sacré Coeur didn’t disappoint either. Thankfully Ted put up with my touristy desires and took my photo, no questions asked, every step of the way.
From Sacré Coeur we made our way to the infamous Moulin Rouge. I had thankfully been warned that the famed site was a bit underwhelming. Despite this fact I’m happy that I saw it, and would only advise skipping it if you absolutely do not have the time.
After seeing the Moulin Rouge we made our way toward Galeries Lafayette and Palais Garnier. Admiring Boulevard Haussmann from different vantage points was appealing to me as I studied urban planning in graduate school.
Visiting the grandest Galeries Lafayette was high up on my list. Living in Nice I had a Galeries just a short walk from my apartment. Yet Nice’s store is nowhere near as large, impressive, or beautiful as the one in Paris. I would love to go back in December sometime to see their holiday display.
For our last stop of the evening, we made our way to Palais Garnier. While we didn’t get the opportunity to go inside, we did admire the beauty of the buildings façade. A look around the inside is yet another thing to add to the list for next time.
Up next: Day 2 in Paris