Paris, Je t’aime Toujours

I’ve spent a good amount of time in Paris and its surrounding areas, having first been there at age 12 on a school trip, living in a suburb of the city for a summer and having been back to visit a few times since.  So, you’d think I’d be sick of it there, right?

My attempt at a Parisian attitude

My attempt at a Parisian attitude

Oh, how little you know me.

Paris never gets old.  In my opinion, it’s one of the grandest cities in all the world, with that vibe that people think of when they picture a beautiful European city.  It has its boulevards with intricate architecture and winding alleys and streets with more shops, galleries and (my favorite) bakeries than you can ever try. With twenty arrondissements, each with their own personality and style, this massive city can entertain you well into eternity.

View of Paris (photo courtesy of worldretailcongresslatam.com)

View of Paris (photo courtesy of worldretailcongresslatam.com)

So what are the things you MUST DO in Paris? Here’s my list of unmissables:

1. Museums: Le Centre Pompidou for modern art, Le Louvre for art in general, Le Musee d’Orsay in the old train station and L’Orangerie for amazing Monet paintings. These four museums have enough art in them to keep you occupied for the next 14 years.

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2. Monuments: The Moulin Rouge, Eiffel Tower, Sacre Coeur, Notre Dame, Champs Elysees, Arc de Triomphe, La Defense, Pantheon, Sainte Chapelle….woo….here’s another 14 years worth of entertainment!

Being an epic tourist and eating a crepe at the Eiffel Tower

Being an epic tourist and eating a crepe at the Eiffel Tower

Being very mature with the posters outside Moulin Rouge circa 2006

Being very mature with the posters outside Moulin Rouge circa 2006

At the Louvre in 2010 with a good friend from study abroad

At the Louvre in 2010 with a good friend from study abroad

Beautiful Paris in the summer

Beautiful Paris in the summer from 2006

3. Shopping: Le Marais for vintage shops and hidden gems, Galeries Lafayette for the mega department store, Montmartre for buying one of a kind art at hole in the wall galleries and the Champs Elysees for literally everything from Louis Vuitton to cheap tourist trinkets

Vintage shop in Le Marais

Vintage shop in Le Marais

Galleries Lafayette at Christmas (2012)

Galeries Lafayette at Christmas (2012)

Art Shops in Montmartre

Art Shops in Montmartre

4. Other Musts: Laduree for the most famous macaroon in the world, Daytrip to Versailles, Take the Bateaux Mouches down the Seine

Macaroons at Laduree

Macaroons at Laduree

Chateau de Versailles

Chateau de Versailles

Back Gardens at Versailles in Winter

Back Gardens at Versailles in Winter

On the Bateau Mouche

On the Bateau Mouche

Stay tuned later in the week when I share the guide to Paris given to me by a local Parisian for the best restaurants, bars and things to do in this amazing city.

I thought I was so cool in high school (summer 2006 in Paris)

I thought I was so cool in high school (summer 2006 in Paris)

Keep traveling!

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