Three Days in Paris, France


Photos taken w. Canon Rebel T6 EOS by Spencer Elizabeth

My very first solo international trip was to Paris, France. This trip exceeded my expectations and had an amazing time! I thought I would share some tips that I wish I would have known before going on my trip and my overall experience!





Travel Tips for France

-To save money, purchase a "carnet" of 10 tickets for long-term visits (approx.€14,90) or €1,90 for a single ride.

-Plan out the main landmarks and activities you want to see/do before you get there (personally, last-minute planning caused me stress)

-The metro is very simple to use if you pay attention and get familiar... this will reduce your chances of getting lost

-Screenshot your metro route before leaving WiFi, so you always have it on hand if WiFi is not available.

If you aren't fluent in the language, download the Google Translate App, you can hold your camera to a menu or signs, and it will translate it to the language of your choice.

Download a Currency App to see the exact amount you are spending in your home currency

The metro system in Paris has a map of the landmarks and routes to take at a majority of the stations (follow the color, number or letter)

These tips are guaranteed to help your trip go smoothly!!!

DAY 1 IN PARIS, FRANCE: 02JAN2018

I landed in the evening for my first day in Paris so, I wasn’t able to much. To avoid my jet lag, I stayed awake and got ready for my evening. It was important to me that I made my way over to the famous Eiffel Tower. Lucky for me the tower was one subway stop from my hotel so during my travels through Paris I passed by it quite a few times.

Unfortunately, the reservation to eat inside of the Eiffel Tower was booked and the line to go up was at least 2 hours long so, I recommend booking tours a few days in advance to skip the line. Nevertheless, it was still an incredible sight to see! This activity is free unless you chose to go up the tower or have dinner inside of the monument. If you chose to have dinner...EIFFEL TOWER RESTAURANT

There's also a Ferris wheel and huts with souvenirs and treats on your way to and from the monument. If you are big on treats, you are bound to have a croissant or two (€2-4). I took some pictures, bought some souvenirs and walked around to take it all in. I stopped at a cafe called Le Petit Suffren for a cappuccino before I headed back to my charming little hotel; Hotel Gavarni.


DAY 2 IN PARIS,FRANCE: 03JAN2018

My second day in Paris was my official full day, so I had several things planned on my itinerary! I planned to go to a restaurant I saw on Pinterest called “Le Consulate and visit three major French Landmarks; The Louvre Museum, Arc de Triomphe, and Notre Dame de Paris, all insanely beautiful. I woke up around 8:00 am, to get ready for the day, grabbed breakfast at a local shop and officially started my day at 9:30 am. I planned out where I was going based on the distance of my hotel to each destination. Don’t forget to screenshot your route...just in case Wifi is spotty or completely unavailable. I recommend wearing sturdy shoes because the French streets are not heel friendly…I almost twisted my ankle a few times lol. By the time I got off the subways and walked up the hill to the restaurant it was 11:00 am. I took some pictures and got a table for lunch. They had escargot “snails” on the menu. It's a French delicacy so, I had to give it a try. They were surprisingly very good! I also had French fries and two glasses of wine that I don’t recall the name of.



After my meal at Le Consulate, I snapped a few more photos in the area and took a 14 min subway ride to the Louvre Museum. If the line wasn't so long I would have gone into the museum to see Mona Lisa but, I went in the next year on my second trip to Paris! I strongly suggest purchasing tickets a couple days before your trip to avoid lines and regret lol. I did somehow find myself underneath the museum in an underground mall. I walked around and purchased some items that I would consider "hard to find" anywhere else. Macaroons seemed to be the most expensive treat I bought the entire trip. They range from €1.50-3.50/ea depending on the size and location. I know this because I bought them anytime I saw them. If you are traveling on a budget, keep in mind the European currency is a bit higher than USD:

as of 23 November, 2019

€1.00 to $1.11

€5.00 to $5.54

€20.00 to $22.15

I took a 15-20 min ride on the subway to the Notre Dame Cathedral. I only took a few photos because I wanted to be respectful. The Cathedral was more beautiful than I could have ever imagined. I walked around and lit a candle, before I knew it, I had been in there for 30 minutes. When traveling I love to late the time appreciate the architecture and detail that went into each monument. I crossed a bridge that led me to several festive and fragrant buildings in an ally. I got a delicious margarita pizza for dinner and when I was done, I stopped in and out of the shops to get pastries and souvenirs to take back with me. My last stop for the day was the Arctic de Triomphe. Even though it was dark outside, the monument was very well lit for viewing. By far my favorite monument! It's located in the middle of the street surrounded by chaos and fast cars. So busy, that you have to go underground to get the actual monument. You can see it from so many angles. I didn't get a chance to see the view from the top but I've been told it's beautiful. I got on the subway and headed back to my hotel… it was a very successful first day!



DAY 3 IN PARIS, FRANCE: 04JAN2018

I spent my last day in France at the Palace of Versailles. I did some research a couple of days prior and decided to make a whole day of it. I had a harder time getting here because of all of the different stops but, I managed to make it there in one piece. It was a 5-minute walk from the subway to the museum which was great for me because it was sprinkling for the majority of the day.

The tickets to walk through the museum were €18-35 depending on age and exhibit. *like always to buy online ahead of time is typically cheaper and saves time. After I bought my ticket, I was given an audio guide to easily follow the exhibit. I enjoyed the exterior of the Palace of Versailles due to the gold trim and marble tile flooring. The entire Palace was beautifully kept so shout out to whoever maintains the grounds lol! I was only able to take a few pictures inside because there were signs that said no flash. It's best to follow these rules, *I saw several people getting escorted out. I spent about 3 hours in the exhibit and before I left to walk around the town.


I stopped at Ladurée. It was definitely on the expensive side, the price for a box of macaroons was €16-25. I will say Ladurée macaroons were by far the best macaroons I've ever had!

When I was heading back to the subway, I passed by the CUTEST antique shop called Achat Antiquites Vente! I walked around and took some pictures. I didn't feel the need to buy anything because I knew I didn't have any room in my suitcase. I guess that was the beauty of the place. It took me about 30 minutes to get back to my hotel. My last meal in Paris was french onion soup at a restaurant near my hotel. I had an early train to Belgium the next day so, when I got back to my hotel, I packed up while taking advantage of the Netflix shows only available in the European region and then headed to bed.


Paris truly stole my heart and I had the most amazing time on my very first international solo trip. I'm glad I had the opportunity to share all of my pictures, memories and advice for those of you reading.


If you would like to see more of the photos I took from this trip, they will be in the gallery. If you have any questions, recommendations for next time or just want to say hi, feel free to put it in the comments or DM me on Instagram and will be sure to reply! The subscription box is also available on this page and it's free, so put in your email to get notifications when I post.


Thanks for reading! Until next time...

X♡X♡,

Spencer Elizabeth

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