Choose your own adventure: Paris in a day

Need a holiday? Pushed for time? A quick break? Victoria Cotman invites you to see the sights of Paris – in one day! YES – ONE DAY!


Paris in a day?

It can be done!

Now put on your walking shoes, grab a croissant and get a wiggle on.

If you like art, go to section A

If you like history, go to section B



Illustration: Luke Somerfield




You start at the Musée d’Orsay around 8.30/9.00am. The gallery opens at 9.30 – but you beat the queue by getting there early.

You enter the Musée d’Orsay and see The Impressionists et al.

While passing through the café from Monet to Van Gogh, you have a look out the window. You see something on the hill in the distance. It’s Montmartre.

You’ve now seen Montmartre.

When you’ve had your fill, you exit the Musée d’Orsay and cross the river to The Louvre.

But! You don’t line up at the pyramid…

You go into the Carrousel Du Louvre shopping centre and enter the museum via its underground gate, opposite the Apple store. You’re so sneaky. No one knows about this gate, so there isn’t a line.

You head for the Mona Lisa in the Denon Wing. It’s small, but mesmerising. The crowd in her room is too much, so you go wandering. You know there’s lots of other brilliant things in The Louvre.

You get lost three times trying to find the exit.

When you finally do leave, you chill out in the park with some lunch.

You feel rejuvenated! Go to section C



You start at Sainte Chapelle on the Île de la Cité. You feel smug for knowing of Paris’ best kept secret.

You get your camera ready for Gothic architecture heaven and wall-to-wall stain glass windows.

Inside, you try to figure out which window tells which Biblical story – and which medieval hand-carved disciple is your favourite. They’re all pretty sensational.

When you’re done with all the colour, light and majesty, you cross to the other end of Île de la Cité.

There you find Notre Dame. You join the fast-moving queue and go for walk through the vastness.

Afterwards, a little wander through the garden – maybe even a padlock on the bridge. Why not?

You feel Heavenly! Go to section C



You walk to the Eiffel Tower.

You climb the Eiffel Tower.

You stand close to a guide and get a free tour.

You admire Paris.

You come back down again.

You’re pumped! Go to Section D

You’re tired! Go to Section E



Now you’re off to the Arc de Triomphe.

You note the Arc de Triomphe is in the middle of a hectic round-about, so cleverly avoid getting hit by a car while taking photos.

After your selfies, you turn around and amble down the Avenue des Champs-Elysees.

You’re feeling daring: you shop

You’re #ballin: you eat at a café

Walking all the way back to The Louvre you nod to Place de la Concorde, of guillotine fame, and the Jardin des Tuileries, of pretty fame.

You’re hungry! Go to Section E



It’s dinner time and you know just the place!

You go to the top floor of The Centre Pompidou and take a table at Georges.

You enjoy the panoramic view of Paris and the Eiffel Tower’s light show.

You’re still not done: you have a drink at a bar in Les Halles

You’re totally spent: you face plant in your hotel room

You over extend yourself: drink at a bar and face plant in your hotel room


Congratulations, you made it to the end!

You saw Paris in one day!


For an extended adventure, stay longer.


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