I was in London for a business trip during the last week of October, meeting new colleagues and saying goodbye to the beloved office building before the big move. A mini-vacation in Paris was called for before the work week started. This whole trip was quite interesting in that I had to change my watch five times: 1) DC to Paris +6 hours; 2) Daylight saving ends in Europe -1 hour; 3) Paris to London -1 hour; 4) London to DC -4 hours; 5) Daylight saving ends in US -1 hour. It wasn’t easy to keep my mind clear all the time.
Paris was the first city I visited in Europe, in 2009. I did most of the highlights in those short 2.5 days – Tuileries Garden, the Place de la Concorde, the Arc de Triomphe, the Eiffel Tower, Champs-Élysées, the Louvre, Basilique du Sacré-Cœur, Moulin Rouge, Notre Dame Cathedral. I still remember all the excitement and the many breath-taking moments as if they were yesterday.
So what to do during this second 2.5-day visit? Plenty.
The Centre Pompidou
Palace of Versailles
Notre Dame Cathedral (with the Seine)
Paris is such a lovely place that I have to come back sometime and stay for 2 weeks, so I can revisit the Louvre, go to the Rodin museum, get to the top of the Eiffel Tower, walk more along the river, and do more people watching…