There are endless reasons why people choose to visit Paris again and again. As locals, we are lucky to enjoy the City of Light all the year round, through its different seasons, events and also different moods. We wanted to share with YOU why we love Paris so much, completing the list with the finalist shots of the November Photo Contest.
We hope you will enjoy the list (and the pics!) as much as we enjoyed writing it and that it will make you want to visit the City of Light soon. Because Paris is always a good idea ; -)
This post is dedicated to N, thanks for your courage and effort to become a Parisian !
The River Seine winds its way through the heart of Paris, being the origin of the city and its development uniquely tied to the river. Walking along 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”, 37 beautiful bridges, each one with a unique style . . . but also the iconic Bouquinistes’ book stalls, improvised picnics while enjoying great views and even a crazy beach area in summer time! Finally, at sunset take a boat cruise to enjoy the nocturnal revival of the City’s monuments, magical atmosphere guaranteed.
photo by Tom McClive, July 2016 | A World of Flophouses | 1st position
There are several points offering breathtaking panoramic views of Paris. Enjoy the view from some of the most iconic places in Paris like Tour Montparnasse, Notre Dame or Arche de Triomphe. Luxury department store Printemps offers also a sensational view from its rooftop for free.
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 the price! 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.
So Much 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 the Louvre worldwide known. For a local experience visit the Musée Carnevalet which offers a fascinating glimpse into the history of the City of Light. Or explore the entrails of the city at the Sewer Museum. If your budget is tight and don’t want to spend much on sights, Paris offers a bunch of interesting museums to visit always for free.
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 most famous gardens are Luxembourg Gardens and Tuilleries Gardens while other more local green spaces like Parc des Buttes Chaumont or the Promenade Plantée are waiting to be discovered.
The Café Culture
Parisian cafés 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 café-terrasse is among the finest common pleasures of the City of Light and the perfect place to watch as the city goes by.
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 kilometres, being this the signal for the nocturnal revival of monuments in Paris.
Have you visited Paris? What do you like most of the City of Light ?