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50 Reasons To Love Paris

In light of the recent terrorism that happened in Paris a few week’s ago, I have been asked a number of times if I will be travelling to Paris in the near future. Or, I am asked why I keep going back to Paris or France. My answer is an unequivocal, definite, “Yes I am returning. I simply love Paris”. And you can too.

So why do I love Paris so much? I come alive. I can be my real self. An extrovert easily engaged with French people, talking in French and making jokes. My eyes light up. An introvert the next moment: pensive, reflective, contemplative.  I am in the moment almost every moment. There’s something about Paris that forces me to be mindful, to be completely immersed in what I am seeing and doing. In no other place am I more “in tune” with my surroundings.

Paris has a way of captivating you and making you fall in love with the city. I have listed 50 reasons to love Paris and invite you to share yours.

Just scroll down and enjoy the scenery.

  1. The views of the skyline
  2. Walking: along the Seine river, glancing up and seeing beautiful architecture
  3. The Eiffel Tower

    Eiffel Tower from Trocadero

    Eiffel Tower from Trocadero

  4. Museums: over 250 so there’s bound to be something to suit your taste. Here is a link to my post about the Museums In Paris.

  5. Musée de L’Orangerie: Monet’s Water Lilies

    Monet's Water Lillies, Musee L'Orangerie, Paris, France.

    Monet’s Water Lillies, Musee L’Orangerie, Paris, France. Photo: J. Chung

  6. Jardin des Tuileries
  7. Café scene on Saint Germain-des-Pres
  8. Rue Foyatier in Montmartre

    Rue Foyatier in Montmartre Paris France

    Rue Foyatier in Montmartre Paris France

  9. Boulangeries and patisseries: Chaussons aux pommes (apple turnovers).
  10. Cuisine: over 9000 restaurants and of the Michelin-starred restaurants in France (609), 70 are located in Paris and 9 have three stars.
  11. Luxembourg Gardens: toy sailboats in the pond.

    Luxembourg Gardens, Paris France

    Luxembourg Gardens, Paris France

  12. Saint-Chapelle: especially a concert at night.
  13. Arc de Triomphe: even better is to drive around it, again and again
  14. Galeries Lafayette: the glass and steel dome

    Galeries Lafayette Paris France

    Galeries Lafayette Paris France

  15. Pont Neuf: especially the park at the tip, the   “Square du Vert-Galant”
  16. Hermes scarves
  17. Notre Dame Cathedral: inside

    Notre Dame Paris France

    Notre Dame Paris France

  18. Notre Dame Cathedral: gargoyles. Here is a link about the best views in Paris

    Notre Dame Paris France

    Notre Dame Paris France

  19. Bastille Day Parade (July 14) down the Champs Elysee
  20. Drinking a glass of wine on a barge that is moored in the Seine
  21. Pont des Arts: listening to street musicians and having a picnic
  22. Open-Air Markets: especially Marché Raspail.

    Open Air Market In Paris France

    Open Air Market In Paris France

  23. Cordon Bleu
  24. Canal Saint-Martin
  25. Rodin Museum: The Thinker and the gardens

    "The Thinker" Rodin Museum Paris France

    “The Thinker” Rodin Museum Paris France

  26. Opera Garnier
  27. Angelina’s hot chocolate: especially “The African” (le chocolat chaud à l’ancienne l’Africain)
  28. Paris Metro (Subway): over 300 stations.
  29. Pyramid at the Louvre

    Pyramid at the Louvre Paris, France

    Pyramid at the Louvre Paris, France

  30. L’éclair de Génie
  31. Place des Vosges
  32. Place Vendome

    Place Vendome Paris France

    Place Vendome Paris France

  33. Les Bouquinistes: book sellers along the Seine river
  34. Place Dauphine
  35. Bateau Mouche: sailing on the Seine River

    Bateaux Mouche Paris, France Alternatives to walking

    Bateaux Mouche Paris, France

  36. Velib self-service bicycles
  37. Shakespeare and Co.
  38. Pichet (carafe) of house wine
  39. Laduree macarons
  40. Place de la Concorde: the Obelisk and ferris wheel

    Place de la Concorde Paris, France French Revolution

    Place de la Concorde Paris, France

  41. Palais Royale
  42. E. Dehillerin: for kitchen accessories
  43. Citroën 2CV

    Citroen 2CV in Paris

    Citroen 2CV in Paris

  44. Hotel de Ville
  45. Arc de Triomphe du Carrousel: the smaller one near the Pyramid at the Louvre
  46. The Pantheon

    The Pantheon Paris France

    The Pantheon Paris France

  47. Ile Saint-Louis
  48. Champ de Mars
  49. Les Passages Couvertes (glass roofed shopping galleries)
  50. Parisians: yes, I do find them very friendly and welcoming

If you have never been to Paris, I hope you discover the things that bring you joy.

Here is a growing list of unique experiences you should check out in Paris and beyond: Unique Experiences in Paris and Top 100 Experiences in France

If you have been, why might you love Paris?

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  • Reply
    John Sinopoli
    November 21, 2015 at 10:43 am

    Thanks for sharing this list. It brings back great memories and puts a return to Paris higher on my travel list once again!

    • Reply
      November 21, 2015 at 10:52 am

      So glad!

  • Reply
    November 22, 2015 at 8:48 am

    Beautiful pictures. I can assure you when you go to France you will fall in love with something…the country the architect the food the fashion the cafe..it is an experience.

    • Reply
      November 22, 2015 at 11:02 am

      Thank you. Yes, there is so much in France and especially Paris.

  • Reply
    November 23, 2015 at 2:55 pm

    We are in Paris right now, loving every moment!

    • Reply
      November 23, 2015 at 3:17 pm

      So glad to hear that! Enjoy!!!

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    Erin D
    June 6, 2018 at 11:32 pm

    Paris trip this past February was like a dream.
    It’s as magical as everyone says. It took being back home for awhile to truly appreciate it all. This list is perfect. I need to go back!!

    • Reply
      June 7, 2018 at 12:14 pm

      That’s how I feel all the time!

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