Paris, je t’aime or Paris I Love you to most of us.
Almost two years since I set my foot in this beautiful city, I can still remember the feeling it brought me. Much like how I felt when I first saw Times Square in NYC, Paris, France gave me the chills that I will forever treasure.
The Parisian Experience
Ah, the city of love. Who would pass up on the place which almost every classic movie romanticized? It was around May in 2017 when I came here. It was before the peak season so there weren’t as many tourists. This made it the perfect time to take a stroll around the invigorating streets of Trocadero.
Of course, it would not be an official trip to Paris without the obligatory pose with the Eiffel tower!
Another thing that fascinates me is the picturesque look of the fountains that abound the city. I simply had to capture the moment. The elegant structure and its antiquity will definitely give you that insta-worthy aesthetic.
I was not able to take pictures of all of them but words would not do justice to describe how breathtaking they are. The next one is as beautiful as the last. You simply need to see them for yourself.
There’s no other way to ‘flex’ your outfit of the day than in the streets of Paris. Of course, I packed my neutrals that blended perfectly with the Parisian scenery!
What I love about the city is that there’s a certain ‘je ne sais quios’ that puts you in a whole new different mood. Every corner puts you in a movie-like trance that is definitely worth-capturing.
What can I say? The perfect day brought genuine smiles and I pretty much had one on my face after a visit to the Musee du Louvre. This must-see museum hosts one of the most famous paintings which is Da Vinci’s Mona Lisa.
Most people would be excited over just the Mona Lisa but personally, I think there are more in the museum that are equally astonishing.
The Cafe culture
Every corner, there’s always a cafe nearby where you can try a variety of French cuisine. The cafes in Paris are where everyone meets up which is why it is almost never empty, no matter the time of day.
Another fun fact about the cafes in Paris is that the servers’ tips are already a part of your bill. So generally, unlike in the U.S., you’re not expected to leave anything for your waiter.
However, if the server was really nice to you, you can leave out some euros. This will still be considered polite.
Off the beaten track
Attempting to unleash my adventurous side, I ventured off to some places which are not often visited by tour guides. Hoping this would reveal the more authentic side of the city, I took a chance on some of the less-traveled sites.
From one traveler to another…
If you’re planning a trip to Paris soon, here are a few things that will make your tour worthwhile.
- Spend an afternoon near the Eiffel tower, buy wine and bread from the local patisserie and convenience store and go on the cheap.
- Go to the park in front of Eiffel around 4pm (earlier if it is winter time) and wait for the tower to light up.
- If you have a few hours to spend, go to the Latin Quarter in Paris and get lost in the sea of quaint shops selling old books, knick knacks and cafes.
Will I see it again?
Four days flew by so quickly in this city and I wish I stayed longer. There is no doubt why Paris, France is called the ‘city of love’ and I cannot wait to come back and see everything again, one more time.
To see more pictures I took during my Paris trip, check out my Instagram page!
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