Major Paris Highlights in One 10 Hour Layover

After reading tons of blog posts about what to do in Paris on a long layover, we happened to discover the perfect metro route with most exchanges at major tourist spots. Follow this and you’ll be able to see Sacré-Cœur and Montmartre, Arc De Triomphe, Eiffel Tower and Notre Dame in one convenient route from Charles De Gaulle airport. We left our bags at Baggage Du Monde at the airport for 7€ per bag. I also recommend that you buy the Paris Visite tickets from the information counter at the terminal because there were long lines at the ticket vending machines for the metro.

Step 1: CDG to Sacre Coeur

Take the RER B from CDG to Paris. Get off at Gare Du Nord. Take M4 from Gare Du Nord towards Porte de Clignancourt. Get off at Chateau Rouge. When we went Chateau Rouge was temporarily closed so we went one stop later at Marcadet – Poissoniers and switched to M6 upto Abbesses. This is also the stop for the Funiculaire de Montmartre. There were lots of signs to Sacre Coeur on the streets.

Sacre Coeur

Step 2. Sacre Coeur to Eiffel Tower via Arc De Triomphe

Walk from Sacre Coeur to Anvers metro and take the M2 to Charles De Gaulle Etoile (metro stop for Arc De Triomphe)

Arc De Triomphe

From Charles De Gaulle Etoile take M6 to Trocadero. Thanks to this very helpful blog post, we discovered that Trocadero is the ideal location to click pictures with the Eiffel Tower.

Eiffel Tower

Step 3: Eiffel Tower to CDG via Notre Dame

From Eiffel Tower, either walk to Bir-Hakeim metro or from Trocadero take M6 to Bir Hakiem. From Bir-Hakeim, take RER C to St. Michel-Notre Dame.

Notre Dame

From Notre Dame, take RER B back to the airport. Done! We left the airport around 10:00 and were back at around 3:30PM. So if you have more time, you might just be able to squeeze in going into one of the places. We did not feel rushed at all and had enough time for lunch and a portrait at Montmartre.

Happy traveling, hope you enjoyed this blog post about something other than my solar power production or yogurt :).

Panoramas in 1000 x 288 WordPress Headers

Here are some WordPress headers for the Twenty Eleven theme or any theme where you can customize the header size (like the new Twenty Twelve theme).

These are a few Panoramas made from pictures that I have taken over the years:

If you are interested in the original high res panorama files, please comment on this post to contact me. If you would like to use these as headers, feel free to do so unmodified and with the copyright notice intact.

TSA Body Scanners

Pat Down vs Body Scanner, what would you choose? I’d take the scanner but this is scary. Also instead of learning from the best, the TSA keeps spending billions on mostly useless body scanners and stupid rules about liquids etc. My first thought when the whole liquids are so dangerous to carry on board was  – how they are disposed off when collected form passengers. I mean blowing up the airport security line by just dumping potentially dangerous liquids in bins right next to thousands of passengers is a far bigger threat than someone trying to sneak them onboard a plane right?