How to See Paris in a Day and a Half

Those who follow me on instgram (@kirstenkrason) saw that we took a little trip to Paris last week.  One of the many perks to being a pilots’ wife is extremely cheap international plane tickets. There is a non-stop flight to Paris from Salt Lake that we’ve been dying to use. We fly standby so before we ever take any trips we always make sure the flights are wide open. But even with a wide open flight there is no guarantee. Luckily we made both of our flights there and back. 

We left Sunday night and got home Wed afternoon so this really was a quick trip!

We booked two nights at the Derby Eiffel Hotel.  The hotel was great as far as cleanliness and location.  Our room was itty bitty but we were barely ever in our hotel so it didn’t matter to us.
We slept really well on the airplane so we weren’t too tired when we got in Monday morning.  Our first stop was the Eiffel Tower! It was a 10 minute walk from our hotel.  There was a HUGE line to take the elevator to the top so we decided to take the stairs.  It was a great reminder of how out of shape I am! (the air was probably a lot thinner in France right?).  
The view was amazing even from the lower levels.  We ate at little sandwich stands both days for lunch.  The bread is so tasty. 
The weather was supposed to be in the 50’s which seemed pretty nice so we naively didn’t bring any coats!  It was pretty cold though and at night we were freezing! So we set out to do a little shopping.
Pretty much every single street you walk down in Paris belongs in a movie or a dream.  There are picture-perfect scenes every where you turn.  We headed to the main shopping area where I found a great  coat at H&M and some gloves and a scarf!
After shopping we talked back to the Eiffel tower and looked for some food on our way.  We stopped at the cutest little restaurant (they are all cute!) right by the tower. 
The crepes in Paris are AMAZING. SO good.  I can hardly even look at this picture without my mouth watering. 
Day two was really our only full day in Paris! We really wanted to see Versailles so we decided to dedicate the day to that and then see whatever else we could fit in when we were done.  We took a train out there and it was really neat to get to see some of the smaller areas next to the big city.  
Versailles is stunning.  I lived in Russia for awhile so I feel that I’ve seen my fair share of beautiful palaces but this one was unlike any other.  Every corner was opulent and ornate.  

After touring the palace we rented bikes down by the canal to ride around the gardens. 
No matter where we ever travel we always try to find some moments to enjoy the outdoors. 
After Versailles we walked to Notre Dame and Sainte Chapelle. Both were beautiful.  
My one huge disappointment from the trip is that the Louvre was closed! I was super bummed but I guess it’s just an excuse to go back! We walked back to the Eiffel tower and grabbed dinner at another restaurant right off the street. Then we decided to hike the tower again so we could see the city at night.  
While we were up there the lights started twinkling all over the tower! It was incredible . 
Before we went back to our hotel we had to make time for one more crepe stop.  I can’t get enough.  
The trip really was so fun.  I hope to see lots of beautiful and inspiring places in my life.  My husband is hoping our next trip is somewhere warmer and tropical. We shall see….

37 Responses to How to See Paris in a Day and a Half

  1. jamiebarazoto Tuesday, March 25, 2014 at 11:36 am #

    We were in Paris two weeks ago for a day and a half! We didn't do as much as we wanted to, but my biggest regret is that I didn't have at least 5 more Nutella banana creeps!! Amazing.

  2. jamiebarazoto Tuesday, March 25, 2014 at 11:37 am #

    Crepes

  3. Good Life Blog Tuesday, March 25, 2014 at 12:09 pm #

    So fun! Would you share about your outfit on day 2? Love those jeans and loafers!

    • Kirsten Krason Wednesday, March 26, 2014 at 9:52 pm #

      Shoes are target and jeans gap!

  4. Jennifer Miller Tuesday, March 25, 2014 at 1:02 pm #

    Enjoyed seeing your super pictures & soaking up the beauty of Paris! Thanks for sharing!

  5. Melissa Marie Head Tuesday, March 25, 2014 at 1:18 pm #

    Oh my how perfect! What a fun little trip and your pictures are great. Funny enough I was there for less than a day on my way to a mission trip in Mali and we ate at that same little spot the Brassiere place. Loved it

  6. Caroline Nolazco Tuesday, March 25, 2014 at 1:48 pm #

    Crepes! Oy. France really isnt on 'my list' but maybe it should be! The picture of you on the bike is just magical. It looks like it couldve been from the 40's or something.

  7. Beth of designPOST Interiors Tuesday, March 25, 2014 at 1:59 pm #

    We got engaged in Paris so it will always be the most special place to me!! I love your pictures!

  8. Ana Smith Tuesday, March 25, 2014 at 2:12 pm #

    Lovely pictures! Seam like you had a great time! I'd have me some French baguettes anytime.

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  9. Amber Tuesday, March 25, 2014 at 2:50 pm #

    Wow! How awesome! What a dream!

  10. Courtney {a thoughtful place} Tuesday, March 25, 2014 at 4:16 pm #

    Such a great recap. Who flies to Paris for two days. You do! So freaking awesome. I love it. xoxo

  11. the cape on the corner Tuesday, March 25, 2014 at 4:56 pm #

    great pictures. and you are really getting me excited for my upcoming trip there-we'll be in paris for a week and then we are heading into normandy for the following week. i am so unsure of jackets, lol. good to know i can just buy something easy from h&m.

  12. Tiffany Tuesday, March 25, 2014 at 6:02 pm #

    Amazing! You did it right for just a day and a half. Right across the river from the Louve is my favorite museum (yes…even better than the Louve in my op), it's call Orssay (sp?). It houses many Degas, Monet, Van Gough, and much much more. Next time….

  13. Julia Konya Tuesday, March 25, 2014 at 6:15 pm #

    Such a great little trip. I went there years ago and it was stunning. My hubby and son went two years ago and my son still talks about it all the time.
    Glad you had an awesome trip

  14. Dana Kay Tuesday, March 25, 2014 at 6:55 pm #

    I've been day dreaming of Paris lately. Love your pics thanks so much for sharing!
    xo,
    Dana Kay
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  15. Tara {The Silver Lining} Tuesday, March 25, 2014 at 9:34 pm #

    What a lovely little adventure – seems so spontaneous and romantic!! You look adorable in all the pics! I have only been to Paris briefly and would LOVE to go back with my husband! Everything does look so picturesque.

  16. Joi Wednesday, March 26, 2014 at 1:30 am #

    Your pics are magical! These were taken with your phone, right? I love the editing. We are going to Greece, Italy and Spain this summer and I am pumped!

    • Kirsten Krason Wednesday, March 26, 2014 at 9:51 pm #

      Yep all phone pics! No way i was lugging my giant camera around there 😉

  17. Elizabeth Wednesday, March 26, 2014 at 1:56 am #

    Aw. I LOVE Paris. Always have. My sweetie just proposed to me there this December. It is a magical city.

  18. Make You Travel Wednesday, March 26, 2014 at 7:39 am #

    I love Paris… and Love your pics thanks so much for sharing!

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  20. donna bailey Wednesday, March 26, 2014 at 12:25 pm #

    "Paris is always a good idea" (Audrey Hepburn). Envy youuuuuuuu! Paris is my place, now and forever! <3
    Lovely pics.
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  21. Saudah Saleem Interiors Wednesday, March 26, 2014 at 1:59 pm #

    Sounds like an amazing getaway Kirsten! How exciting and romantic! Thanks for sharing your gorgeous photos.

  22. Elizabeth Wednesday, March 26, 2014 at 2:22 pm #

    Looks like an awesome trip! I love your coat by the way!

  23. Samantha Hawes Wednesday, March 26, 2014 at 3:39 pm #

    What an incredible trip, Kirsten! I spent 2 weeks in France (Paris, cote d'Azure) with my husband and 2 year old last September. We loved it so much, we are going back this year. How romantic for you and your husband to escape "parent life" for a few days!
    XO

  24. Mrs. Limestone Thursday, March 27, 2014 at 5:50 pm #

    You did a great job at cramming a lot in 2 days! (I will only slap your hand lightly for not staying longer!)

    While I totally miss the days of super cheapo flights, I dont miss the stress of flying non rev. Could never relax until the plane door was locked!

    • Kirsten Krason Monday, March 31, 2014 at 2:58 am #

      Right! Oh my gosh. It almost makes me never want to even attempt traveling… almost 🙂

  25. A Feteful Life Friday, March 28, 2014 at 1:57 pm #

    I love that your first pic is of macarons! We just had a French Date Night In on our blog, so I've been dreaming of Paris! http://www.afetefullife.com/date-night-in-french-fondue-night/

    And if you're looking for warm and tropical, I just returned from a fabulously relaxing vacaye in Vieques, Puerto Rico — HIGHLY recommend!

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  27. Laura Lynn Friday, March 28, 2014 at 9:24 pm #

    I love France. We were there in summer and it was still really chilly. You have got to go back and see the Louve and the flea markets!

  28. Carollynn@DesignGumbo.net Sunday, March 30, 2014 at 12:06 am #

    What a great, quick treat. You are fortunate to have the opportunity and the ability for a short trip like that. Those crepes, the scenery, PARIS!

  29. Caroline Sunday, March 30, 2014 at 3:52 am #

    I'm curious about why and where you lived in Russia. I did a study abroad there (St. Petersburg, Kazan and Moscow) and loved it.

    • Kirsten Krason Monday, March 31, 2014 at 2:57 am #

      Oh how neat! I lived in St. Petersburg teaching English at a school.

  30. TheJoyofColor Sunday, March 30, 2014 at 9:55 am #

    Oh I love Paris ! my favorite city
    I should visit soon , What i like best is to sit in a nice Cafe in the rive gauche area and look at the people and of course the Fooo 🙂

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  32. dervla kelly Tuesday, April 1, 2014 at 3:21 am #

    it would have taken a whole day of your trip just to walk around the Louvre anyway, so don't worry about it, and tackle it on the next trip. What fun! Your photos are so lovely.

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