There's no doubt that Paris has more to see and do than you could hope for in a lifetime. But sometimes you just don't have all the time in the world.
On our most recent trip to London, my partner-in-crime and I wanted make a day trip to the City of Lights because he had never been. Normally Paris would have been a trip we do all on it's own but we figured 'what the hell!' Taking advantage of the Eurostar train that connects London and Paris via the Channel Tunnel (and with the help of the Man in Seat 61 and his step-by-step guide to all things Eurostar), we managed to be in and out of Paris within 9 hours.
Nine hours may not seem like enough, and for Paris is definitely is not, but you'd be surprised how much of the city you can see and do! If you're stuck on a layover or in a similar situation as we were, I'd say that 9 hours in Paris is better than none at all!
The key is to map out your day. The city is walkable (and the best way to see it is on foot) and any place that is too far to walk is reachable on the city's public transportation system. Here is an example from our 9-hour Paris itinerary:
1. NOTRE DAM
2. MUSEÉ DU LOUVE
3. COLONNES DE BUREN
4. JARDIN DES TUILERIES & BEYOND
5. PRINTEMPS HAUSSMAN
6. TROCARDÉRO & AROUND
7. EIFFEL TOWER
8. ARC DE TRIOMPHE & CHAMPS ELYSEES
Don't forget that you can pre-load this entire itinerary into Google Maps (like we did below) and access it offline - so even if you can't access wifi while you're walking around, you'll be able to figure out how to get from place to place. Find out more about this track hack and others in our other blog post here.