48 hours in paris

i never thought i wanted to go to paris.

it seems sacrilegious to write that, but it's the truth. i didn't feel the draw to paris. i felt a draw to burgundy, to bordeaux. to the countryside. but paris? it didn't do it for me. so when i started planning my european vacation to tack onto the end of my work trip to berlin, i struggled with where to go. traveling within the EU is relatively inexpensive, and i figured if the main part of my travel was taken care of, it was a good time to see what the fuss of paris was all about. so i booked just over 48 hours in paris.
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and here is where i let you know: i get it now. i loved paris. i loved being there, wandering the streets, watching the people. i loved every minute of it and wish i had spent more time there. but! i managed to see a lot in my 48 hour stay, so here's a bit of advice on how to make the most of a weekend in paris.

:: where to stay ::
i chose to stay in the 2nd arrondissement, right on the edge closer to le marais. i had looked at airbnbs all over the city; so many had beautiful views, or were totally spacious, or were just decorated impeccably. but i was looking for a place in the middle of it all. the 2nd is conveniently right smack dab in the midst of just about everything. nearly every area of the city i wanted to explore was within a mile and a half radius. this ensured i didn't spend a significant amount of my day trying to get to any part of the city. i stayed by myself in a tiny studio, which was more than enough space. i saved money by choosing a walk-up studio, which i highly recommend.

:: how to get around ::
this might be a contentious point, but i didn't take public transit at all while i was in paris. i didn't take cabs. i didn't take ubers. i walked. everywhere. most of the women i saw in paris wore tennis shoes, so i laced up my stan smith's and got out there and walked. in total, i covered about 25 miles walking during my 48 hours in paris, but it ensured i saw everything. i saw side streets. i saw neighborhoods. i found cafes and patisseries. i found sweet little stores and really felt like i experienced the city. i did, however, take the train from CDG to paris, and then from paris to ORY to catch my flights in and out of the city. for just 10 euro, that was infinitely a better deal than taking a cab.
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:: where to go ::
this isn't going to be an exhaustive list, but i can recommend what to see in paris in 2 days. i went to paris with a few ideas of things i wanted to see, and stumbled upon some other cool things. also i didn't go into the louvre because the line was long and that seemed like a waste of time. maybe next time i'll go? we'll see. 

on saturday morning, i walked to the luxembourg gardens by way of the louvre. i popped in and out of shops along my way, and found a cafe for breakfast. after i visited the luxembourg gardens, i headed toward the eiffel tower and stopped at le bon marche. after i got to the eiffel tower, i walked back toward the invalides, and realized i was close to le musée d'orsay. the sky started looking a bit ominous, so i figured it was a good time to head indoors for a few hours.
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from the musée d'orsay, i walked over to the sezane apartment to shop. and suddenly it was 6pm! i headed to my apartment, rested up, and ventured out to dinner. i covered about 11 miles in total walking, but when you only have 2 days in paris, you have to cover a lot of ground!

on sunday, it rained all day, which seemed like a bit of a bummer but i didn't let it stop my exploring. i walked to le marais for breakfast, then walked to rue crémieux because i'm #basic and i wanted to take a picture. whatever.
from there i walked to notre dame and along the seine, then made a quick stop back at my apartment to warm up before heading to the northern part of the city and sacre coeur. i paid the 6 euro to climb to the top of sacre coeur and let me tell you, it was totally worth it.
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from there i headed back toward my apartment while making a pit stop at laduree because, once again, #basic. i relaxed and changed before dinner, and then called it a night.

:: what to eat ::
literally, eat everything. anything. i don't think there's any bad food in paris. most of the time, i stopped into places that were on my way to wherever i was going and it didn't steer me wrong. i only went out of my way for a few meals, but i highly recommend them.

for breakfast
ob la di
54 rue de Saintonge
Paris, France

fragments
35 avenue de Breteuil
Paris, France

for lunch and dinner
34 rue des Rosiers
Paris, France

:: in review ::
it can be hard to figure out what to see in paris in 2 days, but i think walking between areas is a great way to see more of the city. dividing the city and conquering it that way is also a good route; find areas that are a bit closer to each other and try to see those in one day.

and if it rains? well, paris is always beautiful, even in the rain.

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