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3-Day Weekend in Paris... Ready, Go!
By Monica Kucera 

This past 3-day weekend had many of us marveling at our options about what to do. Some experienced the great Carnival activities in Patras, others admired the amazing Coliseum in Rome. I changed my mind about what I wanted to do within the few weeks leading up to this weekend and when my roommates brought up the idea of Paris I said, “Let’s do it!” and just booked it.

After finalizing airfare, I said, “Shoot… I have no clue what I want to see besides the Eiffel Tower and The Louvre.” It seemed complex at first when there is so much to see and do in Paris. We kept it pretty simple, created an itinerary and went from there. Here are some tips for getting around and accomplishing seeing the main landmarks in Paris.
·      Double Decker bus. It’sa super “touristy” idea, but in retrospect the single greatest invention. These buses include a two-day pass that allows you to hop on and off the bus when it stops at different points. These points included the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre, Notre Dame, Arc De Triomphe and more. It mostly included the places we wanted to go. Therefore, essentially it was a transportation service for us the whole weekend and was only 26 Euro.
·      Create an itinerary. It’s easy for any of us to say, “We’ll just wing it when we get there.” But you’ll soon realize it’s a not so great idea when you don’t know where to begin and have no clue how to navigate the way. We created an itinerary for each day and it was great because we knew what we wanted to do, when to do it and used the bus to get us there.
If you’re looking to spend a weekend in Paris, here is what we did, and maybe you can use some of our ideas for your own!
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Friday – Arrived in Paris in the morning. We climbed the stairs on the Eiffel Tower and explored that area, got on the double decker bus and spent most of the evening around the Arc De Triomphe. We didn’t want to overload the first day so we could get sleep the rest of the weekend.
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Saturday – We got up early, went to the Eiffel Tower to catch the bus and went to the Louvre, walked across some of the famous bridges in Paris, went inside Notre Dame and climbed the towers then did some shopping.
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Sunday – Went to the Catacombs, Musee D’ Orsay, Napoleon’s Tomb and the Army Museum at Des Invalides. We just spent the night back around the Eiffel Tower, got crepes and walked around enjoying everything Paris had to offer.

We flew back to Athens Monday morning. It doesn’t seem like we did a whole lot looking back on it, but between walking a lot, waiting in lines and spending time in the museums, the clock went by fast. I can officially now say, “J’Adore Paris!”


College Year in Athens student, Monica Kucera, is a Journalism, Public Relations major at DePaul University.  You can follow her upcoming CYA adventures at: http://goalsforgals.wordpress.com