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.
- The views of the skyline
- Walking: along the Seine river, glancing up and seeing beautiful architecture
- The Eiffel Tower
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.
- Musée de L’Orangerie: Monet’s Water Lilies
- Jardin des Tuileries
- Café scene on Saint Germain-des-Pres
- Rue Foyatier in Montmartre
- Boulangeries and patisseries: Chaussons aux pommes (apple turnovers).
- Cuisine: over 9000 restaurants and of the Michelin-starred restaurants in France (609), 70 are located in Paris and 9 have three stars.
- Luxembourg Gardens: toy sailboats in the pond.
- Saint-Chapelle: especially a concert at night.
- Arc de Triomphe: even better is to drive around it, again and again
- Galeries Lafayette: the glass and steel dome
- Pont Neuf: especially the park at the tip, the “Square du Vert-Galant”
- Hermes scarves
- Notre Dame Cathedral: inside
- Notre Dame Cathedral: gargoyles. Here is a link about the best views in Paris
- Bastille Day Parade (July 14) down the Champs Elysee
- Drinking a glass of wine on a barge that is moored in the Seine
- Pont des Arts: listening to street musicians and having a picnic
- Open-Air Markets: especially Marché Raspail.
- Cordon Bleu
- Canal Saint-Martin
- Rodin Museum: The Thinker and the gardens
- Opera Garnier
- Angelina’s hot chocolate: especially “The African” (le chocolat chaud à l’ancienne l’Africain)
- Paris Metro (Subway): over 300 stations.
- Pyramid at the Louvre
- L’éclair de Génie
- Place des Vosges
- Place Vendome
- Les Bouquinistes: book sellers along the Seine river
- Place Dauphine
- Bateau Mouche: sailing on the Seine River
- Velib self-service bicycles
- Shakespeare and Co.
- Pichet (carafe) of house wine
- Laduree macarons
- Place de la Concorde: the Obelisk and ferris wheel
- Palais Royale
- E. Dehillerin: for kitchen accessories
- Hotel de Ville
- Arc de Triomphe du Carrousel: the smaller one near the Pyramid at the Louvre
- The Pantheon
- Ile Saint-Louis
- Champ de Mars
- Les Passages Couvertes (glass roofed shopping galleries)
- 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.
If you have been, why might you love Paris?