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First Day in Paris

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First Day in Paris

So what should we do?

We arrive early in the day in mid-April, staying near the Eiffel Tower and just want to soak in the city?

Hop on-Hop off bus a good idea?

We're not to crazy about being herded on a Grayline type bus. So what's a good option?

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1. Re: First Day in Paris

I personally like the HOHO bus for a first visit in any city and on a first day esp. if you are feeling a bit jetlagged. It will give you an overview of Paris, you can get an idea of the general layout of the city and it's lowkey esp. if you just stay on board for one full cycle. However the best part of the bus is sitting on the top so that is weather dependent.

Another thing I've done on the first day is take the boat ride on the Seine. Again I just try to push myself as much as possible that first day until the evening when I feel I can go to bed.

One of my best first days was walking around the city, having a late lunch then I went to a salon and got a massage and bath treatment. I could hardly make it back to my hotel then collapsed in bed at 7:30 pm, slept like a baby and was up early raring to go with no jetlag. But that's me -- love the pampering!

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Yes, the HOHO buses are a good way to get an introduction to the City.

Adjust yourself to the Paris pace of life too - when you stop for coffee, lunch or even just a glass of chilled rose, these are LEISURE activities - so relax, take your time, watch the world go by and just savour the unique atmosphere of being in Paris. I'm sure you will love it!

Edited: 28 March 2012, 14:54
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My suggestion would be to buy a Batobus pass to have a river view of Paris. It's the same concept of a hoho bus, but it's a boat. Their website is http://batobus.com/english/index.htm.

My husband, the 5 yo daughter and I got the Batobus pass and it was lovely. We boarded close to the Louvre, got off at Eiffel Tower, went up and down the tower, then took it to Ile St Louis and back to the Eiffel Tower. For me it was better than the hoho because you have great views of some of the main sites.

Enjoy your trip!

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I've taken a Seine boat ride on my arrival day and I was sleeping half way through the trip.

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I try to walk as much as possible to get sunshine in and adjust to the new time.

A good walk would be towards the river, stopping at Pont Alexandre III, going to Place de la Concorde (a former execution site), through the Tuileries (notice how huge the Louvre is), then maybe walk through the islands in the evening, after dark to see how beautiful everything is at night - and take the metro back to the hotel.

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6. Re: First Day in Paris

We stay closer to the river and usualy arrive by about 10:00 in the morning. If the weather is good we always take advantage and walk along the river for a while, then across to the Ile de la Cite and the Ile St Louis, with the intention of having either breakfast or lunch someplace in the Marais. Afterwards we walk back but via another route. It gets us back into the swing of Paris, and in early to mid-April, there are a lot of flowers blooming.


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