Paris is one of the most visited cities in the world and one of the most romantic cities in Europe. There are endless reasons why people choose to visit Paris again and again: it is a beautiful and cultural city, very walkable, with great sights and it has been a source of inspiration for many writers, artists, and filmmakers. Why people love Paris so much?
Audrey Hepburn in Funny Face, Photo: Paramount Pictures/ Wikimedia
As locals in Paris, we are lucky to enjoy the City of Light all the year round, through its different seasons, events and also different moods. On this post we wanted to share with you what we love most about Paris, completing the list with beautiful shots from our fellow bloggers.
We hope you will enjoy the list (and the pics!) as much as we enjoyed writing the post. So pack your bags, we are going to take you to the City of Love and Romance, the City of Light.
Because Paris is Always a Good Idea ♥
NB: This post is dedicated to N, thanks for your courage and effort to become a Parisian!
River Seine, Paris’ Most Beautiful Avenue
The Seine River (La Seine in French) winds its way through the heart of Paris, crossing it from wast to east. It is the origin of the city and its development is uniquely tied to the river. Walking along the Seine’s banks on a sunny day is a wonder and you will never be bored: majestic historical buildings reflected on its waters, the typical Parisian “mansards”, the bridges of the Seine, each one with a unique style . . . But also the iconic Bouquinistes, improvised picnics by locals dangling their feet over the water and even a crazy beach area in the summer! At sunset, take a Seine night cruise to enjoy the nocturnal revival of the City’s monuments: magical atmosphere guaranteed.
photo by Tom McClive, July 2016 | A World of Flophouses
Magnificent Views of Paris
See Paris from above, there are several points offering breathtaking panoramic views of Paris. Enjoy the view from the top landmarks in Paris like Eiffel Tower, Tour Montparnasse, Notre Dame or Arc de Triomphe. Another cool alternative is Paris’ rooftop bars, from where you can enjoy gorgeous views of the city cocktail in hand. Also, some parks located in the highest areas of the city, like Parc Buttes Chaumont or Parc de Belleville propose great views of the City of Light.
photo by Christopher Rudder, July 2011 | Rudderless Travel | IG
Why Paris is also known as “City of Light” or “City of Lights”? This is because in the past it was a famous center of education and ideas. Also, Paris was one of the first cities to adopt the street lighting. In 1828, Paris started lighting the Champs-Elysées with gas lamps.
A City of Luxury and Great Shopping
Thanks to people like Chanel, Christian Dior, Louis Vuitton or Yves Saint Laurent, Paris is today the capital of haute couture and fashion. There is great shopping in the city, especially in the famous Golden Triangle of Paris: Champs-Elyées – Avenue Georges V – Avenue Montaigne display the most prestigious international labels with a strong French presence. But also Grands Boulevards and Le Marais in Paris 3 and Paris 4 are great areas to shop. And because Paris is the capital of fashion why not adding a Parisian touch in your closet? We tell you how to dress like a Parisian on this post.
Probably we will never enjoy any of these 5-star luxury hotels but we have to admit that they give a touch of elegance to the City of Light. Hôtel Ritz Paris, Le Bristol Paris, Le Four Seasons Hôtel George V . . . only the names make us dream, at least until we check how much they cost! In any case, have a look at their grandiose facades (and everything the security staff allows you to see), some hotels like Shangri-La Hôtel are listed as historical monuments.
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Paris is a City full of Art and History
If you are a culture lover, Paris is the city for you. The city counts 153 museums to explore, with museums like Musée d’Orsay or Louvre Museum are worldwide known. For a more local experience, visit the Musée Carnevalet which offers a fascinating glimpse into the history of the City of Light. Or explore some smaller but interesting museums like the Paris Sewer Museum or the (oh so Parisian!) Perfume Museum. If your budget is tight and doesn’t want to spend much on sights, wander around Paris 13 to see Paris’ amazing Street Art. You can also check out Paris’ free museums, with some hidden gems.
photo by Norbert Micus, October 2016
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Best Parks in Paris: out of the city without leaving the city
For those who need a break from the city bustle, there is always a park nearby to get a breath of fresh air. The best gardens in Paris (well, the most known gardens in Paris) are Luxembourg Gardens in Paris 6 and Tuileries Gardens in Paris 1 while other more local green spaces like Parc des Buttes Chaumont or the Promenade Plantée are waiting to be discovered.
Paris Cafe Culture
Parisian cafes were the meeting place of the French Enlightenment in the XVIIth century. They were the stage of passionately engaging intellectual chats some years later. Today sitting and sipping in a Paris cafe-terrasse is among the finest common pleasures in the City of Light and the perfect place to watch as the city goes by. If you want to enjoy a local breakfast, add a cafe & croissant in a typical Parisian Cafe on your to-do list. We tell you everything about Parisian Cafes and French food on Yummy Paris.
The Sparkling Eiffel Tower
The Eiffel Tower is the symbol of Paris and all France. Despite all the controversy during its construction and inauguration (1887 -89) today we cannot imagine a visit to Paris without paying our respects (and take some selfies) to the Dame de Fer. Since 1985 Paris’ icon is adorned with lights that sparkle for 5 minutes every hour on the hour. The sparkling has a reach of 80 kilometers, being this the signal for the nocturnal revival of monuments in Paris.
According to YouTube, the Eiffel Tower is one of the Most Romantic Places to Propose in the World. Since YouTube’s launch in 2005, the Eiffel Tower is always on their Top 10 Locations for Proposals in the World, only beaten in France by Euro Disney (!)
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