Streets of Paris

Paris can be a really beautiful city if you know where to seek. However, it is also overhyped, crowded with tourists and has to live up to the high expectations from her visitors. We tend to compare her with all the other beautiful cities and say that Paris can’t live up – but what we should do is to enjoy Paris as it is.

Pretty cobblestones street of Le Marais
Pretty cobblestones street of Le Marais
Colorful bakery selling Jewish snacks and desserts
Colorful bakery selling Jewish snacks and desserts

On a beautiful day, Paris can be really good for a picnic in the parks. Do groceries shopping and make your own lunch, or grab some sandwiches.

People sitting by the fountain enjoying the view and getting some sun at Jardin des Tuileries
People sitting by the fountain enjoying the view and getting some sun at Jardin des Tuileries
View from the Jardin des Tuileries toward the city
View from the Jardin des Tuileries toward the city
Place des Vosges for its narrow lines of trees and fountains.
Place des Vosges for its narrow lines of trees and fountains.

If you are looking for a nice viewpoint from a high ground, climb up the hill at Montmartre and sit in front of Sacré-Cœur basilica and watch the sun goes down with the view of Paris.

People hanging around at Montmartre enjoying the view of Paris from the hill
People hanging around at Montmartre enjoying the view of Paris from the hill

There are so many places in Paris where you can go up (with a fee) to see Paris from the high ground: Notre Dame Cathedral, Montparnasse Tower, or Eiffel Tower to name a few but my favorite is the view from Arc de Triomphe because you get to see both Champs-Élysées avenue and Eiffel tower from a not-too-far distance.

View of Champs-Élysées avenue from the top of Arc de Triomphe
View of Champs-Élysées avenue from the top of Arc de Triomphe
View of Eiffel tower from the top of Arc de Triomphe
View of Eiffel tower from the top of Arc de Triomphe

One of the things to do in Paris in to walk along the Seine river and enjoy the sights.

View on Paris and Seine river from the bridge
View on Paris and Seine river from the bridge
View of the Seine river bank from the other side
View of the Seine river bank from the other side

Or if you prefer, get cozy up in a local bar with a glass of wine and music.

A local pub in Mouffetard
A local pub in Mouffetard
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3 thoughts on “Streets of Paris

  1. I agree that Paris can be overrun with tourists and can be an overrated city….but I have really grown to love it and have visited several times. I found it much more enjoyable once I got all the touristy things out of the way. I love wandering through the neighborhoods to discover a good restaurant or cozy cafe. The food is amazing there – they even have pretty good Vietnamese pho!

    Victoria
    http://awayweroam.com

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    1. I agreed. The trick to enjoy Paris is not to be a tourist. Be a local, relax and enjoy the food, weather and the parks; only when you start to going into the neighborhoods, Paris get more charming.

      Oh yes, they have really good Pho there. I visited Paris twice and went for Pho on both trips 🙂

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