Paris with Love.

Paris – The City of love, history, fashion and food.

One of the most beautiful cities in the world and home to the picturesque Eiffel tower, the Louvre, Notre Dame and many more.

The land of Chanel, Louis Vuitton , Dior and Cartier.

Whether you spend a day, a week or a month in this magical city, it will leave its mark on you and craving for you to return.

I have travelled to this city many a time, from a day’s trip to a few days and it has always fascinated me. This city is most enjoyed when you are not in a rush to tick of those must see tourist spots and spend leisurely time walking the streets of Paris. If you are travelling from London like I do, it is only a short train ride away.

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The Eurostar is the most popular and convenient way to travel to Paris ,departing from St Pancreas International in the heart of London to Guar de Lyon in the heart of Paris. A 2 hour train journey and if you book well in advance you could get a some great deals with a one way ticket for as less as €35.

 

Like any other major city of the world, Paris is well-connected with a large choice of airlines flying in from around the  globe. The airport is a 30 minute train /tube ride away from the city and a taxi would cost you just over €50. Keeping this in mind if you’re travelling from London or any other major city in Europe I would recommend the train.

Getting Around 

The pubic transport in Paris is some of the best in the world, but the best part of it is when you in the heart of the city it is a very walkable city.

Where to Stay 

Depending on your budget there is a choice of hotels, apartments and hostels in this city. Airbnb the new kid on the block can land you some great deals so give it a try. Personally I have always stayed around the hustle and bustle the ever so lively Champs-Elysées. If you look around and in advance you will surely find something in this area in your budget.

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Cafes and Patisseries  

You can’t come to Paris and not spend time in one of the many patisserie /cafes this city is all about. Everyone has their favourite pastry stop in Paris, but it’s up to you to find yours.

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For me it’s the Ladurée, the 149-year-old salon which popularly invented the macaron.The current tearoom you see at Champs-Elysées was crucial for the take-off of the Ladurée brand. This outlet is a walking distance to Arc de Triumph.

 

Note: Paris is one of the most expensive cities in the world so it is a bit expensive but worth every penny. Be prepared to wait for say 10-20 minutes before you get a seat.

 

 

The Baguette – It is safe to say that Paris is the place on earth with the highest density of top quality artisanal baguettes so a must try.

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Tours 

One of the best ways to see Paris if you don’t want to walk is via the Big Bus tour company, popular with its famous open top buses and now an iconic tourism mode in most of the major cities around the world. The other option which I will highly recommend is the boat tours.

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Bateaux Mouches

There’s nothing quite like seeing Paris from a boat on the Seine. The bateaux mouches offer everything from a gourmet meal, a flute of champagne or just sightseeing with commentary. For 15€ you can hop on or off wherever and whenever you like all day long. Stops include the Musée d’Orsay, Louvre, Eiffel Tour, Champs Elysées, and Saint-Germain-des-Prés.

 

Must See

The Eiffel Tower

The Eiffel Tower is to Paris what the Statue of Liberty is to New York and what Big Ben is to London: the ultimate civic emblem. French engineer Gustave Eiffel spent two years working to erect this iconic monument for the World Exhibition of 1889.

 

Today it is the most visited sights of Paris and breathtaking at night, when a sparkling display originally conceived to celebrate the turn of the millennium sparkles through the Parisian sky. The glittering light show was so popular that the 20,000 lights were reinstalled for permanent use in 2003. The tower does its electric dance for five minutes every hour on the hour until 1am. You can’t miss this.

 

Avenue des Champs-Élysées

This  remains the most famous avenue in Paris and perhaps the world. A mecca for travelers and locals alike and nothing beats a long walk along this. Some Parisians complain that fast-food joints and chain stores have cheapened Avenue des Champs-Élysées, but others are more philosophical, noting that there is something here for everyone. Anchoring the Champs is the Arc de Triomphe, Napoléon’s monument to himself. At the other end, the exquisitely restored Grand Palais.

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The Louvre

The most recognized symbol of Paris is the Tour Eiffel, but the ultimate traveler’s prize is the Louvre. One of the world’s greatest art museum and the largest.

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They say if you really wanted to see then whole museum you would need more then a day for this alone. The most popular piece here is none other then the iconic Mona Lisa.

 

Notre-Dame

One of my favourite and looming above Place du Parvis is the symobolic heart of Paris the Cathedral of Notre-Dame. Napoléon was crowned here, and kings and queens exchanged marriage vows before its altar. Be sure to arrive early and line up for entrance to the towers to enjoy a fantastic view over the city and see the famous gargoyles.

 

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Rue Saint-Honoré

If designer shopping and elite French brand names set your heart all aflutter,this is the place for you. The favourite haunt of fashionistas from around the he world and the pride of Parisian fashion.

 

Musée d’Orsay

Housed under the soaring roof of one of Paris’s grand old Beaux-Arts railway stations, the recently renovated galleries of the Musée d’Orsay contain the world’s largest collection of Impressionist masterpieces by the likes of Cézanne, Monet, Manet, Van Gogh, Degas, Gaugin, and many others.

 

Montmartre

Also known as The Mountain Of Martyrs another one to put on your itinerary when in Paris. A very popular district  to go walking in the footsteps of famous celebrities such as Vincent Van Gogh and Pablo Picasso and visiting the cathedral.

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Palais-Royal Gardens

Far from the noise and bustle, these serene formal gardens and elegant shops tucked behind the walls of a 17th-century palace are a delightful haven and one of Paris’s best-kept secrets. Once a royal residence, the hushed arcades and manicured gardens of the PalaisRoyal are now home to world-class perfumers, antiquaires and designer boutiques.

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Lafayette Maison

Galeries Lafayette, as one of the world’s largest department stores, and can be a daunting prospect but if it’s to tick off your Paris Bucket List then you can attempt the smaller but more negotiable Lafayette Maison store across the street. In terms of Parisian design and lifestyle, you’ll find it all here. Ever-changing pop-ups freshen the scene, such as the Parisian parfumier Diptyque offering edible-smelling scents for your body and home.

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Disneyland Paris

Disneyland Paris is a great day trip for the kids as well as adults. Getting to Disneyland Paris is very easy from the city centre, or if you are travelling to Paris on the Eurostar you can skip Paris and head straight to Disneyland.

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It’s about 20 miles outside the city, and you can take a short, 40-minute train ride right to the front gate. From one of the departure stations below, buy a ticket the morning of and get on the RER A (Red) train towards Marne-la-Vallée. Trains start around 5:30 AM and leave every 15 minutes. Tickets can be purchased in advance over the internet or att the gate  the difference is a few euros.

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Departure Stations: Charles de Gaulle Etoile, Auber, Chatelet Les Halles, Gare de Lyon, Nation

 

A Lido Experience

Le Lido, Paris is a legendary venue known for its exotic productions, dancers, singers, ice-skaters and more, the venue has received world-fame and is known as a premier front runner in producing breakthrough cabarets.The spectacle is highlighted by the sumptuous costumes, elaborate visual effects, enchanting pictures and majestic scenery.

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Situated at the Champs-Elysees, Le Lido opened in 1946 and has since been the go-to venue for cabaret and burlesque shows in Paris. The cabaret is known for its fabulous shows, each of which takes millions of dollars to develop. What made the Lido world-famous was the revolutionary concept of the Dinner Show. The now-replicated concept originated within the walls of the Lido and played a huge role in propelling the venue to international success.

 

 

A night at the Moulin Rouge

Step into the dazzling world of rhinestones, feathers and sequins with an enchanting night at the Moulin Rouge! So much more than just a show, an evening at this famed Parisian cabaret is sure to be an unforgettable experience.Situated in the heart of the lively Montmartre district, the Moulin Rouge is instantly recognizable with its lipstick-red facade and giant windmill. For over 125 years, the theatre has been showcasing the talent of hundreds of actors, dancers, make-up artists, costume designers and stage decorators, including the legendary Ella Fitzgerald, Liza Minnelli and Frank Sinatra.

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Known as the birthplace of the French can-can dance, it has become the greatest venue embracing the art of dance, entertainment and femininity. An early harbinger of female liberation and empowerment, in the world of cabaret, it’s the ladies who lead the show! Since the theatre first opened its doors in October of 1889, the Moulin Rouge continues to evoke the spirit of a festive Paris. With a sensational explosion of feathers, sparkles and colour, witness the French can-can come to life as you sip champagne in one of the most beloved entertainment hotspots of the world.

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Paris is for everyone and everyone will find something they will fall in love with in this fascinating city.

Must Do’s in Paris.

Free first Sundays – visit some of the most popular museums and monuments in Paris for free, thanks to the free first Sundays programme.

The Love Wall – Check out this love wall for some slushy, romantic photo opportunities at the Montmartre.

A late night picnic – Get a taste of the real bohemian vibe, make your way down to the Square du Vert-Galant with a bottle of wine in the evening. The cosy park is situated on the western tip of the Île de la Cité and can be reached by taking the stairs down from Pont Neuf.

Free Fashion Show –  Getting a seat for Paris Fashion Week might be beyond the means of most visitors, but it’s possible to get a taste of what this city is all about on a  Friday afternoon at the Galeries Lafayette department store

Moonlight stroll – Just like in the movies there is something indisputably enchanted about strolling through the Parisian streets and the banks of the Seine in the warmer months.

Rooftop Bars – Enjoy the nightlife scene of Paris by visiting one of the many laid-back, but stylish Rooftop bars for a great night out, as long as you’re not intimidated by fashion-conscious crowds.

Go fall in love with Paris.

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76 thoughts on “Paris with Love.

  1. Loved the post. I can tell you got the full Parisian experience just through this post alone! Makes me wanna go visit Paris (and review it again!)

  2. Paris is one of my absolute favourite places to go, this is why I chose this as the first leg of our honeymoon. I love some of your suggestions and will add them to my next trip i never knew about free Sunday so thanks for the tip

  3. This brings back so many memories! I love Paris, it’s such a beautiful city and your post is very informative. There are some places you’ve listed that I haven’t been to before and it’s great to learn more about them!

  4. Great photos of a great city! Makes me wish I were back there now, smelling the baking bread as I wander the streets! Happy Travels!

  5. Ah, Paris, I’ve been wanting to see this city every since I graduated university and has somehow never found myself booking this trip! Your photos are so wonderful and the details are definitely helpful. I hope to see this city very soon!

  6. We are planning a trip to Paris this year and this post is gonna be very handy.. you have covered some very useful info..have bookmarked this post for our trip planning and oh beautiful pictures

  7. Paris is such a beautiful city! Now I want to go as well! haha. I have seen a lot of Paris but you gave me new inspiration. Thanks!

  8. Paris always looks spectacular! Especially the Lafayette Maison and the Moulin Rouge! Those are high on my list of must-see if even just from the outside! I’m very thankful for the laduree as macarons are my favorite!!

  9. I’ve never heard of those gardens and I’ve been to Paris loads of time. They look gorgeous. I loved the Musee d’Orsey but my favourite place to go in Paris is the Orangerie museum. It’s a tiny art gallery in the gardens in front of the Louvre jam packed with impressionist painting .

  10. There are so many things to do in Paris as it it most lovable city of Europe. Paris is a destinations for all tastes be it a art/sculpture lover or for nightlife lover. Have you visited Palace de Versailles, as it is also very ornately decorated from inside and really gives the glimpse how beautiful and rich was France’s history. Very detailed post Paris visit. Thanks for sharing!

  11. Loved your post full of details and interesting pointers. Paris is indeed one if the mist beautiful cities in the world but it can be pretty intimidating for first time visitors. Your article definitely helps a lot in planning out things and making the most of the time spent here

  12. I agree with you on using the Seine as the hoho transport to see Paris. Most of those museums and monuments are right along the banks. Plus you get to see those lovely bridges. I even loved those open air cafes in Paris – with the lovely French bakes. Your post has got me all nostalgic about my own visit. Which I hope to repeat to complete all that I could not the last time.

  13. I love how you captured the local life in Paris. I guess having a local coffee and reading books would be a great experience 😀 And a huge OMG to visit Moulin Rouge, it is a must!

  14. Paris is nothing less of a dream. It has everything that can make you feel great about being in the city. The architectures, cityscape, food, cafes, and so on. I always love reading about Paris. Someday I will land up.

  15. I love reading about your post about Paris. I spent a few times there as well, and it always make me smile reading about other people’s experience traveling my favorite city in the world.

    I’ve never taken the Eurostar, however. Everytime I tried booking it, the prices were insane – with train tickets costing around 200 euros! How as the experience riding the Eurostar from London to Paris? I’d love to know more- perhaps next time I’ll just get the tickets to have the whole experience myself!

  16. It’s been 5 years since my last trip to Paris but you’ve reminded me why I love it so! It is remarkably walkable as you mentioned. I can’t wait to take my spouse to see the Eiffel Tower, ride the bateau mouche and so many other places. Thank you for reigniting my love!

  17. There is no doubt that Paris is home to so many world renown icons and you have covered many of these so well in this post. I will be visiting the UK, Norway and the Netherlands next year and will try to get time to shoot across to Paris as well. You have reminded me of so many things that one must visit and experience there.

  18. Paris has so much to offer. I can see from your article that I still have a lot of places to explore there. Loved the lafayette! So pretty!

  19. I guess Paris didn’t leave quite the impression on me when I visited a few years ago because of the unfriendly people. Yes, the architecture is great, the vibe is nice, Eiffel Tower is a little disappointing but looks good when it sparkles at night and the gardens, the parks and museums are interesting. But I fell in love with other cities way more than Paris, such as Prague. But that’s me!

  20. Amazing! Paris is definitely a city full of life and activities. I have visited twice but I have never seen the Lido or a show at Moulin Rouge. That is what I need to do next time for sure. Sounds so much fun!

  21. What a lovely brief guide on Paris. This is city is truly magnificent and one trip is never enough. I could not cover so many places that you have mentioned in your blog but I know that another trip is must to immerse in this city’s. Though Eiffel tower stands out but I liked Louvre the best. This is a very handy guide.

  22. Paris is indeed such a fascinating city. I did not love it the moment i stepped into it but ended up exploring this city the most. The light show at Eiffel Tower was indeed the highlight

  23. I’ve been to Paris twice now for a total of 9 days, and I’ve seen most of what you mention here, but you are right — the best thing to do is stroll the streets and explore the neighborhoods after checking off the must-do tourist spots. I really cherish the time we had to do that in Montmartre and came across the most wonderful flea market I’ve ever seen!

  24. I am in awe of Paris – its architectural splendours, museums and country sides. I missed the opportunity to travel across France with my hubby owing to my exams a couple of years back.I still envy him for the wonderful time he spent exploring the city and capturing its essence in his cam! BTW…nice to know about the place that first prepared the macaroons 🙂

  25. So cool, your post brings back so many beautiful memories that I have of Paris. You managed to see so many wonderful spots of this splendid city and there are more than enough to see. Also the Sacre Coeur, the Holy Heart close to Moulin Rouge truly fascinated me, especially the view over Paris from up there. But still I even learned some new spots from your article. Especially the Lido Experience sounds exciting, this is something I will try out on my next visit to the City of Love!

  26. I want to go to Paris SO BADLY. I’m glad to find that Paris is a very walkable town but still has a great public transportation system. The Louvre has been very high up on my list of museums to visit as I’m a huge art history fan, and Disneyland Paris is a no-brainer. Not going to lie, your pictures of baguettes made me drool a little. This was a fantastic list for us Paris-noobs to get a list together before our first visit!

  27. I remember when my boyfriend is raving about Disneyland Paris (he like me to take there), but I was thinking of visiting the Moulin Rouge, hahaha. You gave me more reason to visit Paris and hope it will be a good experience for me. At least I have my guide now!

  28. Paris is a beautiful city with so many things to do. I visited more than 10 times, and every time I visit again, I discover something new. Even though it’s hard, you managed to capture some of Paris’ highlights in just one article. It was a lovely read, keep up the great work.

  29. I remember my first trip to Paris last March 2017. Tears fell in my eyes the moment I stepped in the French capital. I immediately went to Eiffel Tower and I was crying the whole time. It was 3 years in the making! It was a dream come true.

  30. I have to admit, this is the first post about Paris that is very complete for finding information about what to see and do, especially for first timer. Since you’ve been there many times, you wrote it as if you’re a Parisian yourself. I think I will be back as the first timer and follow your recommendation.

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