Arrival day in Paris: Check-in then check out…your Parisian neighborhood

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Eiffel Tower

The more I travel, the more I like to have a “settle in” day. Time to check into my lodging, unpack my things and take it easy before really getting out there to site-see. I also have the worst time with jet lag so taking it easy on arrival day really helps me enjoy the rest of my trip. But, like everyone else, I don’t want to miss a day in Paris so to help beat jet lag and see the beautiful city, on my first day in Paris I like to explore the neighborhood I’m staying in.

I’ve written before about how to maximize your first day in Paris if your itinerary doesn’t allow for settling in but it you do have time, I suggest you take advantage of the fact that Paris is such a walking city and stroll around your neighborhood.

View the character of the area…

Exploring-Marais-district

Arrival day in Paris: Explore your neighborhood

Admire the architecture…

 

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Building from the Middle Ages

Perhaps check out the Seine…

 

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Seine River

I’ve become rather partial to staying in an apartment but even if you are staying in a hotel, it is always great to know where the nearest super-marche, pharmacy, ATM and metro stop is. Not to mention, the very important boulangerie (bakery) for your morning croissants and the local restaurant for diner.

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Boulangerie in the Marais

While there are so many iconic sites like the Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame and Louvre to visit, meandering around the Parisian neighborhoods is also part of the quintessential Parisian experience and something you should add to your itinerary.

 

Bises (kisses),

Kimberly

 

This post is part of #MondayEscapes hosted by My Travel Monkey and Packing My Suitcase.

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6 thoughts on “Arrival day in Paris: Check-in then check out…your Parisian neighborhood

  1. Sometimes it can be a bit scary venturing out into a city that you don’t know and don’t speak the language but it’s SO worth it to brave the streets! I was lucky to be staying in my daughters apartment and took her two dogs for walks to get to know the hood. I was even mistaken for a local sometimes and asked for directions!

    • I agree, it can be intimidating but like Julia Child said, “Be Brave!” I love that you went dog walking. Tres Parisianne!

  2. Great tip, Kimberly. Whenever we are staying in a new city or a different neighborhood, we always take that first afternoon or day to explore around us. Often, you can find local restaurants and small businesses that residents use, not tourists. Gems!
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