How to Prepare for Paris in 2023
A few things you should be aware of if you intend to visit Paris in 2023. Numerous events are taking place that could affect your vacation, including the city’s preparations for the 2024 Summer Olympics, ongoing recovery from the global pandemic, and potential public unrest related to the proposed hike in the retirement age.
For instance, there will be additional transportation alternatives, and several significant landmarks are being built. The good news is that there are a lot of new attractions to see and explore, as well as numerous noteworthy re-openings of old favorites.
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Sure. Paris is a fantastic idea at all times. Perhaps, though, there are some moments better than others. I am aware that we have been cooped up at home for the past two years, and we are all anxious to leave. Many people have dreams of visiting Paris. Years have been taken from our lives and we no longer want to put off taking a vacation on our bucket list.
have time to rectify.
I advise you to travel to Paris
if that’s where you want to go. However, I do want to share certain details that will help people prepare for what it will be like to travel to Paris in 2023.
I’ve visited Paris more than fifty times. Every month and every time of year. My most recent extended travel was a 5-week trip to France that included a 2-week stay in the 15th and 11th Arrondissements in September/October 2021. My most recent journey took place over a weekend in October 2022. In March 2023, I’ll spend a week in Paris. All of this serves to highlight my background.
I also adore all of my ex-pat friends who call Paris home and go about their daily lives there, but traveling as a tourist and being there are two very different things. Every time I go back, I do so as a guest with new eyes and experiences.
I’m not trying to talk you out of going to Paris. I just want you to temporarily remove your rose-colored glasses, readjust your goals, and then swiftly put them back on. I’m going to give a general outline of Paris in 2023. (not an update to the usual information about Paris). I hope this information makes it easy for you to organize your trip!
D’accord? Bon ! On y va ! (Okay? Good! Let’s move!
What you need to know about visiting Paris in 2023 is included here!
Construction is prevalent!
In Paris, there are now around 70 construction projects underway in preparation for the 2024 Summer Olympics, which have an impact on several significant sites. It’s a serious threat that doors will be closed and views will be restricted.
The development of the garden between Trocadero and the Eiffel Tower will likely be the most upsetting for tourists visiting Paris for the first time. If you frequently use Google Street View, as the Misadventures family does, you wouldn’t notice anything was wrong because the photographs are out-of-date.
There is only one tiny portion of the Palais De Chaillot where you may still snap photos, and you will have to compete for a decent place if you have visions of all those wonderful Instagram-worthy shots of the Eiffel Tower! In order to prevent surprises, this piece will help you get ready for the current scenario. The good news? Paris has tens of thousands of sites to explore. There is no shortage of amazing sights to behold. And if you want to view some of the famous sights, you just need to be a bit resourceful and maybe brush up on your yoga because you might need to contort your body in an unusual way to capture that shot!
Ask whether there is any substantial work on the street if you opt to use Airbnb. Last October, one of the two flats we stayed in was entirely blocked by construction, and we were never able to hire a taxi to take us home. Accessing the metro became a huge hassle because they were also expanding the light rail and metro station. Read all of the apartment reviews!
Call or email the hotel you are staying at and ask the same question concerning construction. The last thing you need is to pay for a great hotel and then discover that you can’t get the view you wanted (or worse). Mr. Misadventures and I spent a lot of money on a motel.
The top floor of the Eiffel Tower will be closed to visitors from January 3 to February 3 of that year. The first and second floors remain open for visitors.
As you probably already know, a fire in April 2019 completely damaged Notre Dame. Then-French President Macron made a commitment that it will be finished by the start of the 2024 Summer Olympics in Paris. The spire will rise in 2023 since construction is proceeding as planned (no confirmed date at the time of writing). Despite not being fully restored until 2025, Notre Dame “should” be open for the Olympics.
The Louvre will have some of the artifacts that were spared from the fire on display if you’re interested in seeing them.
The Place de Catalunya in the 14th arrondissement started an ambitious effort last year in 2022 to create an urban forest with vegetation and vegetated pathways. As a result, local roadways and sidewalks are closed.
The Centre Pompidou was scheduled to close “at the end” of 2023 for three years before reopening at the start of 2027. However, it appears that has been delayed until September 2024 following the Olympics.
The l’Arena Olympique near Porte de la Chapelle in the 18th arrondissement will be the lone Olympic site in the entire city of Paris. Be mindful of this location if you are in the vicinity as construction has been ongoing for a while and is anticipated to be finished in December for 2023 (barring any additional supply chain problems).
If you are staying near the Porte Maillot neighborhood in the 16th arrondissement, you might be affected by the extensive construction being done there as part of an extension of the RER E station, which is scheduled to be finished in “2023.”
Airport CDG taxi drama
Traffic is horrendous because of all the construction and street closures, so that