Mr. Selfish and I loved walking around the 1st Arrondissement, especially around dusk. The lighting was beautiful, and we really enjoyed the Jardin des Tuileries, which is known as the place where the “Parisians celebrated, met, promenaded, and relaxed.” We especially enjoyed relaxing around the fountains.
Of course, Mr. Selfish and I loved all of the statues in the Jardin des Tuileries.
At the end of the Jardin is the Louvre. Although we didn’t visit it during our selfish year, Mr. Selfish and I have both been there previously. It’s quite a large and overwhelming museum but quite worthwhile if you can spend enough time there. During this stay, we just wandered around the outside of the Louvre.
On the other side of the Louvre is the Church of Saint Germain l’Auxerrois, which had modern art exhibits in the front while we were there.
Lastly, we also went to the Musée de l’Orangerie in the 1st. The most impressive pieces are Monet’s very large water lilies. Of course, you couldn’t take any photographs of them because they want to sell you images of them in the gift shop. You could take photographs elsewhere in the museum though, including the Chaim Soutine exhibit. In any case, I highly recommend the Musée de l’Orangerie just for the Monet water lilies, because I love them so.
Don’t forget to check out my recommendations for the other arrondissements in Paris here.