No self-respecting tourist to Paris would leave out on the Eiffel Tower or the Louvre Museum while touring the city. It is easy to fit visits both spots inside a single day, seeing how closely they are located to each other. Meanwhile, there are few other things you could get up to after leaving the Eiffel Tower, and before heading on to your Louvre guided tour.
The two main museums on the way are the Musée Quai Branly and the Musée d’Orsay. These top the list of such establishments to check out while in the City of Lights. Not only do they house numerous priceless bits of history and art, they even hold workshops and activities tailored to the average tourist. These places are also child-friendly. Just be sure to book tickets beforehand, or chances are you would be stranded in a long line.
There are plenty of cool stores and shops lining the path between the Louvre and the Eiffel Tower, and if you have money to spend on curios, souvenirs and other stuff, as well as time to kill, do those things. You can get a range of perfumes, clothes, watches, jewelry, and even children’s toys no matter what season you happen to visit.
There are some very special areas to visit, such as the Place de Vendôme square, and Rue de la Paix. These are historical gold mines, but have been maintained well enough to hold their impressionable quality. The Vendôme Square in particular is very interesting for history buffs, being the place where the Ministre de la Justice was set up. The square also has some of the most high-end jewelry stores in the city, like the Burma, for instance. You also have the Ritz Hotel, where famous designer Coco Chanel used to stay. For a short picnic, visit the Quai d’Orsay and enjoy a riverbank outing with family or friends.
A lot of your trip to Paris will and should be taken up by gastronomic pursuits, but that does not mean you cannot indulge before making your way over to a Louvre guided tour. Visit 226 Rue de Rivoli’s Angelina for some the best coffee and treats, The Louise Café at 8 Rue Croix des Petits Champs for quality family dining, or one of several other establishments that promise to fill your belly and heart in the most gratifying ways.