Following is a 4-day list of things to do and historical facts about Paris. When we visited in July, the sun rose at 6:14 a.m. and had set by 9:38 p.m. We had plenty of daylight for exploring.
Rive Droite or Right Bank of La Seine
Take a half day guided tour of Musee du Louvre and check out Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa who became famous because she was stolen in 1911 and was missing for two years.
Walk through the Tuileries Gardens that was originally created by Catherine de Medicis in the 16th century.
Visit the Place de Concorde where many were guillotined during the French Revolution. Today, the 3,300-year-old Obelisk Luxor marks the guillotine location.
Walk the Champs-Elysees and lunch at one of the cafes. Work your way to the Arc de Triomphe that was built by Napoleon.
Rive Gauche or Left Bank of La Seine
Visit Les Invalides, formerly a military hospital, where Napoleon is entombed. Explore the World War II wings.
Tour Rodin Musee and find The Thinker and The Gates of Hell that Dante’s Divine Comedy inspired. The Thinker initially represented Dante who was positioned over The Gates of Hell pondering the chaos of the damned.
Head to the 6th arrondissement, my favorite, and relax at one of the many sidewalk cafes and people watch while sipping wine or cafe au lait.
Visit one of the open-air markets like Raspail organic market, though Raspail is only open on Sundays, where you can buy fresh bread, desserts, a variety of cheese, fruits, vegetables, meat, flowers, and more.
Peruse the multitudes of shops and eateries on the Left Bank.
Dine at Les Deux Magots, one of the oldest Paris cafes, where Ernest Hemingway, Pablo Picasso, Jean-Paul Sartre and many other renowned figures frequented.
Visit the Eiffel Tower at night when it shimmers in gold.
Ile de la Cite
Take a half-day tour of the Notre Dame Cathedral and then hop in a cab to Montmartre.
Walk Montmartre where Pablo Picasso, Vincent van Gough, Auguste Renoir and many other famous artists had lived.
Montmartre, or “Mount of Martyrs,” was named because, in the 3rd century, the first Parisian Christians were martyred where the Basilica of the Sacre-Coeur stands today. Walk up the 270 steps to the top for panoramic Paris views.
Hire an artist to sketch your portrait at Place Du Tetre and browse through the local artwork.
Explore the Salvador Dali Museum that “holds the largest collection of Dali’s art in France.”
Though there is much more to see, these are my top suggestions for 4 days in Paris.