Why Visit Paris?
Paris is one of the most romantic cities in Europe and one of the most visited cities in the world. There are endless reasons 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. Paris is Always a Good Idea, Audrey Hepburn said. But why people love Paris so much? Why visit Paris?
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 by our fellow travel 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 tell you why you should go to Paris, the City of Light.
Because Paris is Always a Good Idea ♥
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NB: This post is dedicated to N, thanks for your courage and effort to become a Parisian!
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The River Seine, Paris’ Most Beautiful Avenue
photo by Tom McClive, July 2016 | A World of Flophouses
The River Seine (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 rooftops, 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.
Magnificent Views of Paris
photo by Christopher Rudder, July 2011 | Rudderless Travel |
With such magnificent views, it’s no wonder that Paris is on everybody’s Europe Bucket List!
See Paris from above, there are several points offering breathtaking panoramic views of Paris. Admire the view from the top landmarks in Paris like the Eiffel Tower, Tour Montparnasse, Notre Dame or Arc de Triomphe or choose one of the best rooftop bars in Paris to 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.
Why Paris is also known as “The 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 Great Shopping
Thanks to fashion designers 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 Elysées – Avenue Georges V – Avenue Montaigne), where the most prestigious international labels display their best creations. But also Grands Boulevards and Le Marais in Paris 3 and Paris 4 are great areas to shop.
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Luxury Hotels in Paris
Probably we will never have the chance (or budget) to enjoy any of these luxury hotels in Paris but we have to admit that they give a touch of class and elegance to the City of Light. Hôtel Ritz Paris, Le Bristol Paris, Le Four Seasons Hôtel George V . . . only the names make us dream! Learn the history of these awesome hotels and have a look at their grandiose facades, some hotels like Shangri-La Hôtel are listed as historical monuments as well.
Also, some of the top luxury hotels in Paris come also with the best views of Eiffel Tower, especially beautiful during its night show. So if you are traveling to Paris for a few days and you can afford it, why not treating yourself with the pleasure of waking up with an amazing Eiffel Tower balcony view?
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Paris is a City full of Art & 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.
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photo by Norbert Micus, October 2016 | France Bucket List
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Best Parks in Paris: out of the city without leaving the city
In Paris, there’s always a beautiful park nearby to get a breath of fresh air. The list of best parks in Paris includes some popular parks like Luxembourg Gardens in Paris 6 or Tuileries Gardens in Paris 1 plus other lesser-known green spaces like Parc des Buttes Chaumont or the Promenade Plantée, waiting to be discovered.
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The Café Culture in Paris
Parisian cafes were the meeting place of the French Enlightenment in the XVIIth century and they were the stage of passionately engaging intellectual chats during the roaring twenties. People like Hemingway or Sartre made of these public spaces their working places and some of their masterworks were born in Parisian cafes. Today sitting and sipping in a cafÉ-terrasse is among the finest common pleasures in Paris and the perfect place to watch as the city goes by. If you want to enjoy a local breakfast, add a cafe & croissant in one of the famous Cafés in Paris (or just a typical Parisian Café) on your to-do list. We tell you everything about Parisian Cafés and French food on Yummy Paris.
Food & Wine in Paris
Wine is one of France’s treasures, the wine regions of France now produce between 7 and 8 billion bottles of wine per year! Wine tasting tours (or just a glass in a trendy wine bar) are a great way to start a memorable night in Paris, especially it is paired with a good French cheese.
Paris and France are also well known for their cuisine. French cuisine sounds fancy but in the end, it’s all about quality – fresh products and creating a harmonious dish that elevates the quality of the main ingredient. The City of Lights boasts over 70 Michelin starred restaurants, but people with lower budgets can also have an amazing meal in a traditional brasserie or in a Parisian bistro.
Food Tours are also a great way to discover a specific Arrondissement of Paris while tasting famous food in Paris. Food tours in Paris usually last 3 to 4 hours, and combine walking & sightseeing with gourmet breaks so you get the best of both worlds.
The Sparkling Eiffel Tower
The Eiffel Tower is the symbol of Paris and France. Perhaps is the Eiffel Tower what makes of Paris one of the most romantic cities in Europe? Despite all the controversy during its construction and inauguration (1887 -18 89) today we cannot imagine a visiting 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 (!)
photo by Alessandra Branco, October 2016 | An expat diary |
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Great day trips near Paris
If Paris itself was not enough, there are many good day trips from Paris by train or with a guided tour. If you like French castles, we recommend visiting Château de Versailles, Château de Chantilly or Château de Fontainebleau while people interested in cute small towns near Paris will love Provins medieval town or the town of Senlis.
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