I’m going to be totally honest and say that we didn’t do much research on what we wanted to do in Paris. We tacked on a 3 day trip to Paris because we needed to go through a major airport on the way back and figured it would be a great way to spend our last few days on vacation. Between the food and culture, we were hoping that our days would be filled up with stuff to do.
I’m happy to report that not prepping for Paris didn’t turn out to be a disaster. We quickly learned a few French phrases and with lots of smiles and apologies for our mangled French, we were able to order food, pay admissions and enjoy our time in the City of Lights.
On our very first day in Paris underneath some gorgeous weather, I decided that I was NOT going to stand in lines. The lines for the Eiffel Tower were 2-3 hours and every major place we went there were SO many people just WAITING around to enter establishments. Not quite what I wanted to do for my first visit to Paris. We decided to ditch the touristy spots and did our own exploring on foot. Exploring let to some wonderful experiences, and here is my list for 5 things to do in Paris for first timers!