Start the day at the Notre Dame. To be honest, it is not one of my favorites, but it’s one of those must see at least once locations. The line is long but moves quickly. Ogle the gothic architecture, giant circular stained glass windows, and the glow of the candle light.
Walk to Saint Chapelle, about a six minute walk from Notre Dame. The line to enter takes a while, because it’s like going through security at the airport, but it is worth it. Although Saint Chapelle is small, the stained glass is absolutely stunning. This small chapel is one of my favorites in Paris. I always feel like I’m inside a kaleidoscope. And the beauty of it changes with the way the sun illuminates the windows. There are laminated cards that give explanations of the different panels.
Next stop, the Louvre, about a 12 minute walk from Saint Chapelle. If you’ve never been, it’s another one of those Paris 101 locations, however be strategic about your visit or you will end up spending your entire day wandering the halls of the Louvre. This is awesome if this is your plan, but if it’s not, do NOT try to see everything. Pick a couple favorite or famous pieces or styles of art to seek out, and go with purpose. If you don’t feel like going to the Louvre, you can snap a few pictures of the grand square and glass obelisk here.
Stroll Along the Seine
Look at the tiny wooden stalls selling little Eiffel Tower keychains, prints, and old books. And make your way to Odette.
Break for Creampuffs at Odette
77 Rue Galande, 75005 Paris, France
Odette is the cutest cream puff restaurant. Be sure to eat in on the tiny second floor. The flower-box framed window looks out onto Notre Dame. Tip: This is a good stop for a bathroom break, it’s upstairs and it’s clean.