Last summer, I was fortunate enough to find cheap round-trip tickets to Paris, France and I ended up buying them on a whim. We flew overnight to Paris and landed around 10:30am on December 11, 2016. It was my first time flying with Wow Air, and it was basically what you would expect from a budget airline. A word to the wise: fill up your water bottle at the airport airside (after security) because they don't serve water on the plane! Also, keep in mind that layover times are incredibly short but they seem to work for the airline. Though you may feel rushed, you can rest assured that the plane will (most likely) not leave without you.
I had booked an airbnb near Porte Maillot because our airport bus to Beauvais was leaving from a nearby parking lot the next morning. It was a bit of a struggle to get into our airbnb, which is why we ended up at McDonalds (sad to say but I needed wifi!). However, after a bit of a struggle, we managed to find our way into our airbnb. It was fairly large for a Parisian apartment but it was perfect for our first night in Paris. After a quick nap, we headed towards l'Arc de Triomphe. It was actually quite incredible to see in person, and though we didn't climb up, we spent a lot of time around the outside. We even crossed into the traffic median in the middle of the street to take better pictures!
Afterwards, we made our way down the Champs-Elysees, which was lit up with holiday lights. The street was lined with shops and restaurants, and it was alive with the hustle and bustle of tourists. The Christmas Market lined the Champs-Elysees and was so much fun to walk down. Stands were lit up with holiday lights, and the smell of mulled wine was in the air, all leading to a giant lit up ferris wheel at the end. After exploring the market, we made our way toward the Eiffel Tower - after all, you're not really in Paris unless you have a picture with the famous Tour Eiffel! We got there just around 9pm and were fortunate enough to see the tower sparkle! I must say, it was smaller than I imagined but it was impressive nonetheless.
By then, we were hungry and were on the hunt for a true Parisian meal. We ended up back at the Champs-Elysees and had dinner at an outdoor restaurant. I ordered the boeuf bourguignon, which was saltier than I had liked but good! After which, we made our way back to our airbnb to retire for the night as we were flying to Venice the next morning :)