France Trip Prep

Passports must be valid for a minimum of six months at entry. We can stay for up to 90 days without visas. Also, don’t leave any tip while in France because it’s included in the food price.

It’s best that I learn some French. I’d like to see France as much as possible. So I’ll give it 5 days as well. Many of the attractions were close to one another, so careful planning is a must. Here’s a reasonable way to stay like a native in Paris via vrbo.com. Also, airbnb is an option if staying for longer time. The best arrondissement to stay at is first or second arrondissement because one pretty much can walk to all the landmarks. Many people had negative experiences with Paris due to robbery and/or stealing. Someone had Stunt Gun, Pepper Spray and a purse that had 12 compartments when visited Paris and London with 3 kids.

ParisCity of Lights

  • Eiffel TowerBooking tickets in advance allows visitors to avoid long lines. We probably will not spend this money since Mr. Adventurer is afraid of height. It’s in the 7th arrondissement. 
  • Arc de Triomphe – It was commissioned by Napoleon in 1806. It’s in the 8th arrondissement.
  • Avenue des Champs-Elysées – It’s the most prestigious and famous street in Paris. It’s in the 8th arrondissement.
  • Place de la Concorde – It’s the largest square in Paris. It’s in the 8th arrondissement.
  • Musee d’Orsay – A museum showcases the world’s premier collection of impressionist paintings. It’s in the 7th arrondissement.
  • The Louvre – It is one of the world’s largest and most visited art museums in the world. It’s in the first arrondissement. The Louvre Museum, Royal Palace, Tuileries gardens, Forum des Halles, Bourse du Commerce and the upscale Vendôme Square are all located here.
  • Sainte-Chapelle – A Gothic architecture. It’s in the first arrondissement.
  • Notre Dame de Paris – A Catholic cathedral. It’s an example of French Gothic architecture. It’s in the 4th arrondissement.
  • Jardin du Luxembourg – the second largest public park in Paris for a picnic, strolling, viewing formal gardens and fruit orchards, playing in the playground, riding ponies, and watching a puppet show. It’s in the 6th arrondissement.
  • Centre Pompidou – It’s a library, the largest museum of modern art in Europe (Musée National d’Art Moderne), a bookshop, a movie theater and a panoramic terrace. It has a high-tech architectural design. It’s in the 4th arrondissement.
  • Sacre-Coeur – Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Paris, A white-domed marble basilica on Montmartre hill, Paris’ highest point. It’s in 18th Arrondissement. Since it’s out of the way, we’ll probably skip this site.
  • Goose liver delicacy, and snails, we should try it.

Looks like our points of interests are in these arrondissements: 1, 4, 6, 7 and 8.

Since 1 and 8 arrondissements are next to each other, we should visit these sites together: The Louvre, Royal Palace, Tuileries gardens, Forum des Halles, Bourse du Commerce and Vendôme Square, Sainte-Chapelle in first arrondissement and Arc de Triomphe, Avenue des Champs-Elysées, and Place de la Concorde in the 8th arrondissement.

We’ll group 4, 6 and 7 arrondissements together: Notre Dame de Paris, and Centre Pompidou in 4th arrondissement; Jardin du Luxembourg in 6th arrondissement; and Eiffel Tower, and Musee d’Orsay in the 7th arrondissement.

Here’s the arrondissement map. Actually, 1, 8, 7, 6 are next to each other. But we probably will not be able to visit them all in one day.

Here’s a to-do list by arrondissement. There are 20 arrondissements.

This is a detailed trip journal of Paris by arrondissements. The 4th arrondissement5th and 6th arrondissements. The 7th arrondissement. The 8th arrondissement. The 9th arrondissement is a shopping strip but turns into an adult strip by night. It’s not in our plan to visit but it’s nice to know though.

Strasbourg

A small German cultural city and the food is more German than French as well. Can we not tell from its name? Since Germany isn’t one of the destinations for this trip, this is a worth well place to visit.

  • The Cathedral
  • Petite France
  • Barrage Vauban – A covered bridge
  • Palais Rohan, a fine eighteenth-century palace, houses Strasbourg art gallery, or Musée des Beaux-Arts, Museum of Decorative Arts, Strasbourg Archeological Museum, and Strasbourg historical museum. A day pass includes all the museums here plus Strasbourg museum of modern and contemporary art, or MAMCS, near Petite France. A day pass is much cheaper than separate tickets.
  • Boat trip – Not available in winter

We will not have time to visit this city.


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