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Paris, je t'aime!

  • Dec 22, 2009
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From the busy streets of Paris to the lush beaches on the French Riviera, France is one of the most popular travel destinations in the world. A country known for its romance, food and beautiful country side, you will not leave France unhappy.  But as a European traveler I must say that one’s trip would not be complete without stopping off at a small street corner cafe to buy an espresso and a croissant while looking down the Champs-Élysées towards the Arc de Triomphe with the Eiffel Tower peeking up above the amazing buildings in Paris.  A city with lavishly built historical streets and some of the most famous landmarks in the world, Paris, France has something to offer for everyone.

 If its history and art you seek, then don’t look further than the Paris which is full of famous museums and beautiful architecture.  Some museums include Musée d'Orsay, Musee D'Art & D'Histoire Du Judaisme, and of course the Musee Du Louvre. I highly recommend the Musée d'Orsay because it is in an old train station. Not only is the art amazing the building itself is a masterpiece.  The other museum I highly recommend is the Musee Du Louvre or the Louvre. The museum is in the old royal palace and is like no another museum in the world. Quick tip on entering the Louvre, don’t enter through the main entrance. Instead there are stairways across the street the lead you underground into the Louvre. This will not only save you time with lines but it feel kind of seeky as well.

Paris is known for its fashion! A city with the cutting edge of fashion design you will not have a hard time making yourself look good in Paris. The only thing you might have a hard time doing is paying for it all. The Champs-Élysées is not only Paris’ “main street”; it is full of top designers with a passion for fashion, no rhyme intended. Yet, there are many other locations around Paris for great clothing that won’t put a hole in your pocket. Great places to shop in Paris are outside of the city center. Not only will you find cheaper fashion store, you may get more help and the people may be nicer.

There are so many sites to see in Paris. One major site is the Cathedral of Notre Dame. Notre Dame is best to be seen in the day time because you’ll not want to miss the light shining in through the staind glass windows. Another Great site to see is the Basilique du Sacré-Cœur. Not only is this basilica an amazing site, if you go to the top you‘ll get a view of all of Paris. I recommend paying to go to the top of Basilique du Sacré-Cœur over the top the Eiffel Tower because you’ll get the Eiffel Tower in your view. It’s also cheaper. I feel the best way to see most of the sites throughout Paris, is by taking a Seine River Cruise. I would do this at night while everything is lit up and make sure you bring a jacket, it gets cold!

Food is a top priority in Paris. There are millions of places to find food in Paris, but the most famous area to go is the Latin Quarter. Full of all different types of cuisine, the Latin Quarter has everything you could imagine for food. You’ll see French restaurant hosts standing outside the restaurants or bistro trying to get you to go inside. Be careful though some of these places in the Latin Quarter can be a bit pricy. When I go to Paris I am content with finding a little sandwich or crepe stand on the corner and walking around while eating. One great thing to do is grab a bottle of wine and a baguette and sit in the park under the Eiffel Tower in the summer. It is very relaxing and amazing to be hanging out in one of the most beautiful cities in the world.

From the fashions designers on the Champs-Élysées, to the Catholic monks in the French Basilicas, the French possess a culture like no other and they are proud of it. The Parisian, are known to be rude, yet I have been to Paris multiple times and have yet to run into someone who was rude. I did almost get ripped off in a café one time but other than that the Parisians are nice.  I could on adding pages among pages to this review about the things to do in Paris, but I am a strong believer that the best trip is a trip where one figures out where to go and what to do on their own. So ultimately the best way to see Paris is to explore it yourself.  I highly, highly recommend going to Paris. You’ll never regret it!

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January 06, 2010
to see the light shinign through the stained glass of the Cathedral of Notre Dame, do i want to hit while the sun is over head, sunrise, or sunset. dude... this is really important information. life or...life situation we're talking here. vood u like a french baguette
January 05, 2010
I lived in Paris for a number of years, your review has made me a bit homesick for my old apartment in the 8th Arrondissement.
January 05, 2010
Thanks! The 8th Arrondissement/ That's a classy area! Ever go to Buddah Bar over there?
December 27, 2009
At first, I thought this was a review of the movie. I almost booked a trip to Paris for next month but settled on Egypt instead. But it remains near the top of my list of places to go that I have not been! Nice job.
December 22, 2009
Je t'aime Paris as well!  Great review, Ryan.  You've got all of my favorite aspects of Paris down! :)
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Quick Tip by . August 17, 2010
Open Café is a great place to unwind with a cool beer and enjoy the scenery. 17 Rue des Archives, 75004 Paris, France 01 42 72 26 18 http://www.opencafe.fr
Quick Tip by . August 17, 2010
Paraidis crepes are a bargain, and an amazing treat. Our favorite late night snack is the banana Nutella crepes. 64 Rue Mouffetard, 75005 Paris, France 01 43 36 95 56
Quick Tip by . August 17, 2010
Pinaud Pascal serves great pastries, we especially enjoyed the croissant amande.  70 Rue Monge, 75005 Paris, France 06 25 74 19 27
Quick Tip by . June 01, 2010
Paris was beautiful, but two- three days is enough there.
Quick Tip by . April 14, 2010
best part about Paris are the vintage/ consignment shops & street vendor nutella crepes! mmm!
Quick Tip by . March 16, 2010
My favorite city.
Quick Tip by . December 28, 2009
Culture, art, history, classical music,wine, food, scenery, and night life ... all with that certain French "Je ne sais quoi"!
review by . January 26, 2000
Pros: Beautiful city, easy to get around using the subway.     Cons: Never enough time to see it all.     There is a reason Paris is often called the city of lights, and heralded as “the” place for lovers and aspiring artists and writers; the city is without a doubt one of the most, if not the most beautiful city in world. The only city in my mind that can rival it in old-world architectural splendor, charm and soul calming inspiration, is Vienna, which I …
review by . January 20, 2000
Pros: Awesome Food, Friendly people, great sights     Cons: Restaurants are expensive     Paris is SO much fun. We were lucky enough to get to stay at the flat of a friend who has a place in the 6th Arrondissment. We were a block away from the metro station and bought weekly passes. Then it was full tilt boogie for 8 days with our friends from Germany who met us there!      I'm an artist and an art teacher, so I was really keen on getting …
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Paris is capital of France and its largest city, with over 12 million people living in the surrounding metropolitan region. Often called the City of Lights, Paris is the cultural center of France and, arguably, Europe. The earliest signs of human habitation of the area date back to nearly 4,000 BCE. Today, Paris is home to Europe's largest business district, La Défense, and the city is a cultural hub for the arts, entertainment, fashion, cuisine, politics, education, the sciences, and much more.

One of the most memorable, impressive and famous landmarks in the city is the Eiffel Tower, constructed in 1899 and dominating the distinctive Parisian skyline. Based in the 7th arrondissement, tourists can visit the Tower either solo or on an Eiffel Tower tour for sweeping views across the capital and a look through the various exhibitions on offer.

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