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A trip around Paris without any lines

Vitória Guimarães

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In order to experience the locales that have made the City of Light so popular (and enjoy them at your own pace), follow our tips and plan a trip with few lines and no waits

Museums

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Paris is home to 130 museums and the Louvre alone welcomed 8.6 million visitors in 2015. But, believe us, it is still possible to visit the museum with a certain amount of peace. One good tip is to pick the right time to visit. The best thing is to get there at least a half-hour before it opens, at 9 a.m., with your ticket already purchased from the Louvre website. Another option is to go on Wednesdays or Fridays, when the Louvre stays open until 9:45 p.m. And all the better if you adopt this tactic: exiting the pyramid at night, with all the lights on, is magical. Speaking of the pyramid, being that taking a picture in front is irresistible, try a lesser-known entrance, at the Passage Richelieu (accessed by the Palais Royal metro station).

 

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Right near the Louvre is the essential Muse´e D’Orsay, which also should be visited at alternative hours – preferably before 9:30 a.m. and never on Tuesdays or Sundays. On Thursdays, it stays open until 9:45 p.m. You can also buy your tickets ahead of time online and pick them up at entrance C.

 

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The Pompidou Centre has a combination of modern and contemporary works. When visiting the industrial building, it’s recommended that you buy your ticket online, being that there’s a special entrance for those who’ve planned ahead. Pompidou has different business hours (from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.) and considerably shorter lines. Plan to go around noon, when the crowds are smaller because of lunch.

 

Paris from above

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You can buy a ticket on the Eiffel Tower website as well as download an audio guide. If you want to make the way there an attraction in itself, go by metro and get out at Trocadero station, where you’ll get a great view of the tower. Another idea is to take the Batobus, a boat trip on the Seine which stops at the foot of the monument. Once you’ve made it there, how about taking the stairs up in order to avoid the line to the elevator? Less famous, the observatory of the Tour Montparnasse is an option for those who don’t care to get a picture at the top of the Eiffel Tower.

 

Walking around

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After viewing Paris from above, the second most coveted activity in the City of Light is a walk on the Champs-Elyse´es between the Place de la Concorde and the Arc de Triomphe. Once again, it’s worth getting up early to take a tour before it opens for business at 10 a.m. In order to have the Jardin du Luxembourg all to yourself, you’ll have to set your alarm for before 8 a.m., when the space opens.

 

On the same day, you may want to buy some bread, cheese and wine for a lovely lunch: go to the Notre Dame Cathedral, walk around it to cross the bridge towards Île de Saint-Louis, and get settled by the Seine.

 

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