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. Continue reading

Travel Tip: Day 1 in Paris and What To Do With Jet lag

There is so much to see in Paris and no one wants to lose a minute of what the city has to offer due to jet lag.

Here is a suggestion to consider when planning your Paris itinerary: Take a stroll around the Champs Elysees.

The Paris Itinerary: Champs Elysees street sign

Champs Elysees street sign

Being a little over a mile from end to end, The Champs is an easy round trip walk and a good option for seeing some sights of the city while taking it easy on your body.  Start at one end exploring the Arc de Triomphe, then stroll down one side of the avenue before spending some time exploring the Place de la Concorde with the Luxor Obelisk and twin fountains. Then head back down the other side.

There are plenty of places to stop and eat along of the way, like Laduree’s, and lots of great people watching and window shopping.

The Paris Itinerary: Champs Elysee sidewalk

Champs Elysees sidewalk

If you find yourself with extra time, there are two great gardens to explore. The Jardins des Champs Elysees is along your way from the Arc de Triomphe  as you head to the Place de la Concorde. Check out the Grand and Petit Palais. The other garden is the Jardin des Tuileries. The west entrance is at the Place de la Concorde. Grab a free chair and soak in the fountains and sculptures.

At the end of the day, you will have experienced at least three iconic Parisian sites (Arc de Triomphe, The Champs Elysees and the Place de la Concorde) with minimal stress on your jet lagged body.

Bises (kisses),

Kimberly