Paris Layover Tips For Flight Attendants | WOC
Got a layover in Paris? Ah! The City of Lights! If you’ve been here before you know what I am sighing about…the street music, the glittering Eiffel Tower, the sweet Seine breeze and the smell of ‘Le Beurre’ from every patisserie you cross! And if this happens to be your first layover in Paris, you’ll be living out of a dream.
What to do in Paris for 24h – 48h?
Bienvenue à Paris!
As your aircraft descends into the city beautiful, you may have had a glimpse of the Sacré-Cœur and the labyrinth of lights glittering below. Once you’re settled in your hotel, plan your day’s itinerary as there is a lot to do and see.
Paris has an amazing network of Metro and Bus services. Once you get a hang of it, it is very easy to go around the city.
- THE METRO: At any station you can pick up a metro map, the maps would have all the major sights market on them- usually the name of the stop is the same as the name of the monument or sight. A single trip normally costs 1.8 Euros, and these are available at the vending machines at the stations or at the counters. There are also some 24 hours passes and weekend passes for the metro. The Metro runs from 5 a.m to 12 a.m. You can check the RATP website to know more; downloading the RATP app would also be quite handy! Some terms that you may need to be familiar with while using the metro are-
Sortie: which means Exit
Billet: which means Ticket
- BUSES: While there are many buses that run though Paris, there are also night buses with a separate night bus map that is available on the RATP website and app. The night bus numbers start with N, and the details are also available at the Bus stations. Once the metro stops running at night, the night buses will help you reach your hotel after a great night out!
- SAFETY: It is best advised to carry your bags/handbags in front of you instead of having your wallets in your back pocket. The metro tends to get crowded during rush hours and the chances of you getting pick pocketed are higher. Also, try travelling in a group while taking the night bus.
Places, Streets & Sights
La Tour Eiffel/ The Eiffel Tower (pronounced: ee-ff-el)
This needs no description! The tower in all its grandeur, is visible from almost all the streets of Paris, the beautiful garden behind the tower is great for spending an evening until sundown. Once its 9 p.m. the Eiffel tower glitters for 5 minutes every hour until 12 a.m.
WOC Tip: It is possible to go on top of the Eiffel tower either using the stairs or the elevator. The famous restaurant at the top is always pre-booked-in case that’s on your list- its recommended to plan this in advance!
Montmarte & Sacré-Cœur (pronounced: sa-k-re kur)
It would be criminal to come to Paris and not spend time in pretty Montmarte- the hilly, bohemian area!
Sacré-Cœur is a veritable experience, the view from the terrace is is one of the perfect Paris postcards and it’s said that you can see upto 32 kms on a clear day. Just behind the church you’ll be surprised to find the prettiest alley with shops and cafes.
WOC Tip: Ivy clad streets climb the hill of Montmarte to a funicular that glides up to the church and white domes. Alternatively, you can also take the stairs to go up, while strolling around the terraced park.
Pont des Alexandre (pronounced: pu-a desalexandre)
Is a beautiful bridge from where you can see the Eiffel tower.
Champs Elysees (pronounced: shoms-ele-say) & Arc de Triomphe
Champs Elysees is one of the most popular streets in the world, best known for shopping! Just as you get down at the metro station and climb up the stairs you’ll see the massive the Arc! It is possible to climb up the Arc and you’ll fall in love with the view!
WOC Tip: The trip to the top of the Arc takes about an hour and we highly recommend this!
For the best view of the Eiffel Tower you must go here!
Muse du Louvre
The Mona Lisa! If you love history, you must take tickets and visit the museum. If you just want to spend some time around the triangular structure that always reminds me of the Da Vinci Code, then you should come here in the evening when its lit up and you might even find some musicians playing their instruments which adds to the mysterious aura that this place has.
Latin Quarters & Notre Dame
The Cathedrale Notre Dame de Paris is a masterpiece of French Gothic architecture.
WOC Tip: You can plan a walking tour along Champs Elysees, Louvre, cross the river and walk around the Latin Quarters and Notre Dame.
Jardin du Tuleries
Its one of the most famous gardens of Paris. From here, you can see the Arc de Triomphe, the Louvre and the Eiffel Tower. Sometimes, there are carnivals that take place inside the garden with great street food such as crepes!
Jardin du Luxemburg
Another beautiful garden near Notre Dame is the Luxemburg garden. There is a pond at the centre of the garden where you can sit and relax.
Palais de Versailles
Slightly away from the city, the Palace is a must visit for those who love history, gardens and art. The tour of the palace and the gardens takes a day so plan this only if you have a few days in hand.
Food in Paris
Le Miroir is located in Montmarte and is a modern bistro. It serves delightful pates and rillettes and other well prepared French staples.
Cafe de Flore
This beautiful cafe has been featured in many movies. Try their Fois Gras (a famous french dish).
Paul is one of the best bakeries in Paris. Their croissants are amazing and so are the desserts
Café Des Art
This café is located at a quiet street near the Pont Neuf, and is a personal favourite!
WOC Tip: They serve Lavazza coffee (for all the Lavazza lovers!)
One of the oldest patisseries in Paris, Laduree has been around since 1862 and was the original creator of the lighter-than-air macaron!
Tucked down in an inconspicuous alley, this bijou bistro with stone walls and wooden tables is a classic. Frenchie is always packed for good reason!
Nightlife in Paris
Explore the streets of Chatelet: You could bar hop in Chatelet!
Bastille & Moroccan Resturants: There are quiet a number of places where you can go to (depending on what you feel like doing) for good food, music and ambience.
Malls- Les Quatre Temps ( La Defense); Galleries Layafette
Souveniers: Latin Quarters or Montmarte
Activities in Paris
Bateaux Moches: A boat ride that takes you through Paris- if you’re short on time this is a great idea as you’ll be able to catch a glimpse of all the major sights.
Disneyland Paris: Disneyland needs no description! If you’ve already been to Paris before, you can pre book your tickets for Disneyland.
WOC Tip: The cheapest way to get there is to catch the RER from the metro station.
Muse du Chocolat: It’s the chocolate museum, where you could watch chocolate being made ( and you can also buy and taste some!)
La Langue Francaise: Some French words to help you get around
Bonjour: Good Day/Hello
Au revoir: See you
Merci: Thank you
Bon soiree: Good Evening
Excuse Moi: Excuse Me
Flight Attendants discounts in France
World Of Crew gets you a few awesome deals only for cabin crews in London. Have a look into these and let us know if you manage to visit them during your layover!
Any Cool Experiences to Share in Paris?
We hope you have one of the best layovers in Paris! There are always a lot of things that are unexplored, please do share your discoveries with us and your fellow cabin crew members to make Paris an unforgettable experience. Until then, Au revoir et Bon voyage!
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