Now that you’ve seen all the absolute must-sees, you have time to explore some of the great stuff you’ve missed. Here is a third day of discovery.
Start: Musée d’Orsay, Métro: Assemblée Nationale, RER: Musée d’Orsay.
1. Musée d’Orsay ★★★
Spend the morning enjoying this incredible collection of Impressionist and 19th-century artworks, and then break for lunch at one of the museum’s three restaurants (light snacks, chic cafeteria, or full-on Belle Epoque restaurant). If Impressionists aren’t your thing, you could start the day looking at non-Western tribal art at Musée du Quai Branly [SSS].
Leave the museum and take the steps down to the banks of the Seine. If you are starting from Musée d’Orsay, turn left (west); if you are coming from Musée du Quai Branly, turn right (east).
2. Les Berges ★★★
Weather willing, enjoy the newly restored riverbanks, strolling westward. Once a busy roadway, this embankment is now a delight for pedestrians with floating gardens, running lanes, and gourmet snack bars (May–Oct only).
At the Pont Alexandre III, go up the stairs and admire the winged horses hovering above before going down into the Métro Invalides and taking line 13 (direction Asnières or St-Denis) and changing to line 12 (direction Porte de la Chapelle) at Gare St-Lazare. Get off at place des Abbesses. Take the elevator up (don’t get smart and take the stairs; it’s a looong way up).
3. Montmartre ★★★
While away the rest of the afternoon on top of this scenic hill (“La Butte”), clambering around the cobbled streets and perhaps taking a walking tour. If your feet have had enough, take the Montmartrobus, a small bus run by the transit authority that will take you all over the Butte with a regular bus ticket (for a route map, go to www.ratp.fr). Visit the Musée de Montmartre to find out more about the artists and poets who made this neighborhood famous, and Dalí Paris to see France’s only museum dedicated to the surrealist master, Salvador Dalí. Around sunset, take in the panorama in front of Sacré Coeur, and bid adieu to Paris with a drink at one of the cafes on Place des Abbesses.
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