Traveling to Paris Itinerary

I am counting down the days and hours until I set foot on the streets of Paris.

If you read my post two weeks ago then you know that I am traveling to Paris – a place I have been dreaming about going for years. I know I am going to love every minute even if it rains – which is forecast.

This week I re-read one of my favorite non-fiction books – A Paris Year. I first read this book a few years ago. I love the book and the illustrations.

A Paris Year and a few guidebooks helped me figure out how to best spend our 4 days in Paris before we head off on an 8 day…

Viking River Cruise Trip Documents and Luggage Tags

Viking River Cruise to Normandy and then back to Paris for one final night in the city.

Paris in Stride Guidebook and US Passport on open map of Paris

Thank you to every one who has given me tips and suggestions on where to go while I am in Paris. My list got very long, but with the help of the guidebooks I bought, I managed to edit my list.

While in Paris, Ed and I are going on 2 bike tours, are going to climb the stairs to the top of Eiffel Tower… which will be needed to walk off all the wine, baguettes and chocolate croissants I plan to consume.

But most of all we want to walk around and just get a feel for the city. See where our explorations take us.

Sitting in cafes, strolling through one of the many arrondissements, and people-watching are a few of the Parisian pastimes in which I plan to participate.

As mentioned above, I have been wanting to go to Paris for a long time. It has long been on my bucket list of places to go.

Before starting this blog, I used to enjoy illustrating. One illustration I created was in a series of fashion note cards. This one was my favorite.

I had Audrey Hepburn’s character, Regina Lambert in mind from the movie Charade with Cary Grant when I drew the images for the note card.

I love that movie and plan to get a few photos of me next to a column or two at the Palais Royale. :-)

Update: You can read all about this trip in the following posts linked below, now that I am home:

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31 Comments

  1. Hi Diane, I’m so excited for you and Ed. Have a great,fun and safe trip : )

    1. It’s wonderful when your dreams come true. Paris is not only your dream, but probably the dream of most women on the planet. To feel the charm of Parisian life, settle in a rented apartment and not in a hotel, because only there you can feel all the lightness and cultural dignity Parisians. I will help you – https://www.glamourapartments.com there are many rental options. I would love to enjoy walking around Montmarte with you.

  2. I agree, Sainte-Chappelle is worth your time. It was on my Paris must-see list, and even though there was a lot of plywood and scaffolding for some renovation, it still was breathtaking. I hope you have a wonderful time, and that your trip is everything you’ve ever dreamed it would be.

  3. I hope you and Ed have a wonderful time on your trip. I have been to Paris (albeit 37 years ago) and look forward to your impression of the city. I especially am interested in your Viking Cruise experience. I see the ads on TV and wonder what it is really like. God speed. Have fun. Be safe.

  4. Hope you can squeeze in the Sainte-Chapelle on Ile de la Cite, close by Notre Dame, stained glass is breathtaking. Bon Voyage!

  5. I am intrigued by your mention of bike tours. Will you do them in the city, or out in the countryside?
    Bon voyage, mon amie!

    1. Hi Karen – We have two bike tours scheduled and one more we think we are going to do. Two are in Paris – in the city, the third is in Giverny. The two tours in the city go on different routes. One goes to all the big tourist spots, the other is on the back streets and neighborhoods.

  6. Paris is one of my very favorite cities in the world! It was especially enjoyable in 2017 when my {then 8-year old} daughter got to see Monet’s watercolor lilies as she studied them in art that year and won an award for her interpretation. On that trip we took the elevator to the top. We started off late evening and by the time we made it to the top it was dark and the city was aglow. It was breathtaking!

    I hope you have a wonderful vacation!

  7. Are you traveling in cold weather? I’m wondering when? If you leave right now, but if you go in October, it’s going to be cold. Oh well, you are a northern gal. Me, I just wouldn’t enjoy it in the cold. But then I’m Southern through and through!

    1. Hi Sheryll – It should be around 75 during the day. In the mid 50’s-60’s at night. After the heat we had this summer I am looking forward to the cooler temps. :-)

  8. So glad to hear you’re taking your first tip to Paris, you won’t be disappointed! The last time I was there I stayed at an adorable little hotel on the Left Bank-the Hotel St. Jacques on 35 Rue des Ecoles. I’m sure you already have accommodations but you might consider trying their breakfast. It’s very good with a large selection, the room is charming, and best of all there were some scenes from Charade filmed at the hotel! There are photos from the movie showing Audrey Hepburn and Cary Grant hanging, it’s all very charming. And if you want some excellent French bistro fare visit La Petite Perigourdine is only about half a block away. Amazing food there! I hope you have a wonderful time in the City of Lights ?

  9. Bienvenue chez nous ! j’espère que paris ne vous décevra pas et correspondra bien à vos rêves. la croisière fluviale en Normandie est une très bonne idée. Mais il y a aussi bien d’autres jolies régions de France à visiter…une autre fois peut-être ?
    Bonne journée et très bon séjour.

  10. Diane,
    How wonderful! The Eiffel Tower is about the spectacular view at the highest level tourists are allowed to go – at night the city is magical. If you want to climb, climb the stairs at Notre Dame and see the city while standing next to ancient gargoyles – purchase one in the gift shop to take home. Take a bateau ride on the Seine. Visit a neighborhood marche – vendors are as friendly as you are. The Louvre is stunning but the Musee D’Orsay has all of the art you are most familiar with. Ride the Metro – every time we rode it, a different musician would be playing in the aisle. When you enter a store, greet the proprietor with a cheery BON-jour and a big smile! Ask your hotelier for a good locals restaurants – many of them are reasonable and the food is outstanding. The Marais is full of antiques and small shops. Love St Germain de Pres. Wear good shoes and walk, walk, walk. We took a hop on- hop off bus tour the morning we got there to get a lay of the land. Get off where you want, hop back on the next one when you are ready to move on. Also, Trip Advisor is full of great lists of things to do – best marches, best views, etc.
    Have a wonderful time and spend your leftover money at the airport on fun little things – lots of little Eiffel Towers in various sizes, needlepoint pillows (relatively inexpensive) with Paris designs, things that make fun little gifts or precious, small decorating items. Leave room in your suitcase when you go!!!!! One caveat – watch where you step – Paris is known for its filthy streets. But have fun and take money for shopping – so worth it. If you haven’t looked at it, try https://www.parisinsidersguide.com/ for latest tips and what to look for while you are there.

  11. Bon voyage à vous et à votre mari !
    Je vous souhaite un séjour merveilleux à Paris ( Ville Lumière !) et aussi une magnifique croisière riveraine en Normandie.
    Pratiquez votre français autant que possible !
    Sincèrement,
    Jennifer
    Montréal, Québec, Canada.

  12. You are one lucky woman. We all are green with envy. Have a great time and enjoy every minute.

  13. Don’t forget to have some patè and some moules frites! Eat a baguette for me! Bon voyage! Whee!!

  14. You will love it! I can’t wait to go back…I love having my morning coffee in my souvenir mugs from The City of Lights.

    Biking River Cruises are wonderful…

    s’amuser

  15. I admire your decision to climb the stairs to the top of the Eiffel Tower! When I was there a few years ago, I thought that would be a great thing to do-especially looking at the line of people waiting for the elevator. My husband convinced me to take the elevator up and we could take the stairs down. So that’s what we did-however, I never imagined how hard it would be to go down that many flights of stairs! Even being very active, I was not prepared for the strain on my knees! I’m not sure exactly what floor we were on when I succumbed to my knees and gladly entered the elevator. I hope you have better luck -and knees. Looking forward to reading about your trip!

  16. Bon voyage! Don’t forget crepes? Soak up the rays, whether they be sunshine or the glow of the
    city you have dreamed of for so long. Sue

  17. Have a wonderful trip Four days is just a taste, it will inspire you to plan a return trip. France does not disappoint.
    Safe travels,

  18. You will love it! my daughters and I were there last month. If you are an early riser get up and go walking early before the city wakes, you’ll have Paris to yourself! It’s fun to see it wake up, the shop keepers opening their stores, the cafes setting up… You’ll get the best photos as the light is beautiful in the morning and you won’t have all the people in your photos! =)

  19. So excited for y’all! Prayers for safe travels and wonderful memories to share with us!