I suddenly realized I have been writing about the arrondissements of Paris, but did not really attempt to place them on a map. So my readers might find it difficult to make their way around the “city of lights”. Here is a really simple explanation.
If one were to cut open a snails shell, one would discover that the inner of the shell is like a long curling tube. Almost the same image with the map of Paris. Starting at the center is 1 – 2 -3- 4 ( recently renamed Paris Centre) then it crosses over the Seine to the 5th moves to the left to the 6th – 7th, crosses again to the 8th -9th and so on. Each arrondissement is named after the prominent feature of that area. Thus Louvre, Opera, Luxemburg, etc. etc.
The top tourist attractions are sadly to say not all in one part of the city, on the other hand, Paris is so wonderful to explore, that if they were all bunched it would be like being in Disneyland.
Lovre, Jardin Tuileries in the 1st, Notre Dame, St. Chappelle, Isle de Cite in the 4th, Champs Elyesees and the Arc de Triomphe in the 8th, Eiffel Tower, Champs de Mars, Invalides in the 7th, Jardin de Luxembourg in the 6th, Latin Quarter, Pantheon in the 5th, Tour de Montparnasse in the 14th.
My feelings are first of all, one cannot see all of Paris in just a few days. Make your list of most important places to visit, plot them out so you stay in the same area for a few days and get to know each area well. If you are unable to make multiple voyages to Paris, then please spend a week here. This is one of the most exciting cities in the world, do not cheat yourself from a wonderful visit.