By day 4, we got a little ansy...so we sat down with our travel book and went through each monument, museum, historical sight, or random cool thing that was mentioned in our book and made a list: name, genre, location, rating (1-3) of how much we want to see it, rating of time sensitivity.For example, the louvre is in Tuileries, we wanted to see it very much (1), but I didn't care when we saw it (3). This was one of the best ideas for us...now we had a document that we could look at and say...hmm, okay, I want to go to the Louvre today, what else is around there? OH! Arc de Triumph...so let's go to the louvre, then this, then this, etc etc. So we minimized the time we spent on the metro, and maximized our overall time enjoying Paris and walking around seeing stuff.
This kind of leads me into my next tip, so really it's a double-whammy post. Two posts, for the price of one people.Tip 5: Know What You Like
To Museum Pass, or not to Museum Pass, that is the question. Before you come to Paris, you will here a lot of people talk about this wonderous Museum Pass. Basically, it's a pass that you pay a certain amount of money for, and it allows to visit almost any museum in Paris (and some other things like the Eiffel Tower). The passes can be for 2,4, or 6 days from what I've seen, and have some other perks, like they get you in front of lines at museums (and trust me, some lines at museums can be long). It's a pretty cool pass.