12 Hours in Paris

January 29, 2020

If you know me, you know Paris is my favorite place so when I found a flight with a 12-hour layover there I booked it immediately. Since we have seen all the regular go-to places, we decided to not worry about what we saw but just walk across the city and enjoy our time there.

We started at the Eiffel Tower and walked 22,000 steps through the center of Paris and ended at Jardin des Plantes. Fun fact: I injured my foot just by walking too much (22,000 steps). Yes, I’m out of shape.

I made this video that goes over where we went, but put more information underneath too😊

Tour Eiffel

We had never had a picnic in front of the Eiffel Tower so the first thing we did was go to Monoprix (my favorite grocery store) to get some food, then eat in front of the Eiffel Tower!

Grégory Renard

After Monoprix, this is the other only place I knew I wanted to go. They have my favorite macarons and weren’t open the last time I went so I was so excited!

Place de la Concorde

We walked through Place de la Concorde which is a pretty square and was actually shut down to cars when we went so it was fun to walk in the middle of the street. History: It was the site of many executions during the French Revolution (when it was named Place de la Révolution), including Marie Antoinette and Louis XVI.

Jardin des Tuileries

I love just walking around/sitting here and enjoying the scenery and people. There are so many different sections and I always want to go when I visit. My favorite museum, Musée de l’Orangerie is also here, but we didn’t visit this time.

Musée du Louvre

Just passed by to look at it, I’m someone that feels like the Louvre is kind of overrated😬Maybe because it’s so big that people have to go so many times to see everything.

Café de Corona

We stopped at this cafe along the Seine to have a coffee and beer and just enjoy watching people walk past.

Le Seine

Walking along the Seine is one of my favorite things to do. It’s so calming along the water especially in the middle of the city.


Visiting Notre-Dame this time was emotional because it was the first time seeing it since it burned. Because of that, there was a fence and we couldn’t get too close to it but I’m so happy it didn’t burn down completely.

Jardin des Plantes

This is a garden we had never been to which makes sense because it’s further than the regular places to go. I liked it but honestly wouldn’t go again just because I love Jardin des Tuileries so much and it’s more out of the way.

Since this post doesn’t go over the go-to things in Paris, here is a link to my complete travel guide to Paris arrondissements and my beginner’s guide to Paris!

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