If you remember, I visited Paris with my parents over the holidays and wrote about it here and here. We had just under two days of visiting so we tried to make the best of it. This post is the second part of Day 2, after visiting the Marais district we head to the Notre Dame on Ile de la Cite.
This is a typical tourist spot so we could barely get a decent photo from in front of the Cathedral, especially since some stairs had been built in front, for the people to watch the show of lights which takes place at night.
Another queue of people was waiting to get on top of the towers. I never went up the Notre Dame but I imagine the view must be spectacular, sitting in the middle of the whole city.
I suggested to go around the back of the Cathedral, this is one of the overlooked spots of Paris, behind the Notre Dame there is a beautiful and quiet park which unfortunately was closed but here is a picture, below. The bridge just next to the park is a favourite of lovers who put chains on the rail, something I've also seen on the Pont des Arts.
At this point we were already quite hungry and wanted to eat in a Parisian bistro. I already told you that Marais is a good place to eat, but maybe the best known area for eating out in Paris is the Quartier Latin. So we went towards the Sorbonne, but not before we stopped by the book sellers for a souvenir.
Tip: if you visit the Tuilleries gardens and would like to visit a museum but think The Louvre is too big, try the Orangerie which houses some paintings by Monet, the Nympheas as well as some Cezanne, Modigliani, Picasso.
I think I've showed you you can see and do a lot in just 2 days in Paris. My advice is to take more time than that but if you only have 2 days, follow my tips and you will not be disappointed.