Yeah, yeah. I love Paris. You’ve heard that before. Everybody loves Paris. It’s so wonderful, blah, blah, blah.
But seriously…Paris is amazing. If you’ve never been, you’ll be dazzled by the iconic sights like the Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame, and the Arc De Triomphe. But…there’s something about Paris. It’s the kind of place I could return to again and again and not only ever get bored, but also the kind of place I can return again and again (and again) and find something new and exciting each and every time.
Yes, Paris is steeped in history and beautiful, iconic sights. But it’s also an exciting, dynamic city with an international dining scene and so much to see and do. There are gallery openings and all kinds of events and exhibitions happening all over the city all the time. There is truly something for everybody.
The first time I went to Paris, I did the whole tourist thing. I strolled the Seine, ate street crepes, and went up to the top of the Eiffel Tower. I explored Notre Dame and went on a tourist boat. It was lovely. But this time, I did a mixture of touristy things and leisurely, walking around Paris activities. Yes, I climbed all the way to the top of Sacre Coeur (and yes, it was a butt buster), and yes, I did a fancy ass dinner cruise along the Seine. After all, I was a college student last time I was in Paris. This time I could actually afford the dinner cruise. I also went on a (GASP!) tour to Versailles (cut me a break, the trains were on strike that day).
But I also spent hours just wandering around different neighborhoods and exploring. I tried out restaurants recommended by locals. I dined alongside locals (and shared wine with them). I made a picnic lunch and ate it with the locals along the banks of the Seine as the sun set. I lingered over a coffee at a sidewalk cafe, and I spent hours browsing random bookshops and farmer’s market stalls. And it was incredible.
The thing about Paris is that it is always a good idea (as Audrey Hepburn I believe would say). Paris will never see the last of me.