Paris Itinerary: 4 Days in the City of Light

After 20 years of dreaming about the City of Light, I spent 4 days in Paris to celebrate my birthday. It was everything I’d hoped for and more, filled with Eiffel Tower views, charming sidewalk cafes, and all the pastries I could eat. This Paris itinerary for 4 days is perfect for first-time visitors who want a great blend of sightseeing, amazing food, and relaxing strolls through the city.

Paris Itinerary: 4 Days in the City of Light view of Eiffel Tower with purple and pink sunrise sky.

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16 Best Places to Take Pictures in Paris

Eiffel Tower at sunrise from Trocadero, one of the best places to take pictures in Paris

Fun fact: I took over 750 photos on my first trip to the City of Light. I arrived with an initial list of the best places to take pictures in Paris, but it quickly grew as I explored. If Instagram is to be believed, Paris is just a blend of Eiffel Tower views and old cafes. In reality, the best Paris photo spots run the gamut, from beautiful old doors to lush flower gardens.

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Where to Eat a Typical French Breakfast in Paris

Treize Bakery: a Typical French Breakfast Spot in Paris

When I moved to London, the first holiday I booked was a birthday trip to Paris.  Having a typical French breakfast at a Parisian sidewalk café was at the top of my travel bucket list. Frankly, I was more excited to eat a real French croissant than I was to see the Eiffel Tower!

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