Paris

Paris is the most visited city in the world.

The City of Light, the city with a certain je ne sais quoi, and according to the millions of visitors each and every year it hasn’t lost its luster. I spent 4 days here and it was perfect! Saw about everything on my list.

Almost.

We were not able to visit the catacombs, which is an underground resting place for more then 6 million skeletons, as the workers were on strike.

Maybe next time.

My first tip for this city is….Be ready to walk! It felt like we walked the entire city (which I’m sure we did) we also did a Segway tour which was much better then I expected and it was great to get around so quickly and take it all in.

Paris is divided into 20 arrondissements otherwise know as neighborhoods. They spiral out of the city center and the numbers reveal the location and age. The 1st arrondissement is the heart of the city and the oldest. 1-8 are the most visited.

My favorite neighborhood would be St-Germain in the 6th arrondissement. This area once symbolized the literary and artistic part of Paris. Many of the cafes famous for the writers, musicians and artists that frequented them are still there.

Looking to shop? How about at Europe’s most expensive piece of real estate? 

I am sure you have heard of it.

“Avenue de Champs Elysees” where window-shopping is one of this city’s greatest spectator sports; the French call it lèche-vitrine—literally, “licking the windows”—which is fitting because many of the displays look good enough to eat and many are not affordable for an average income.

You will see the Arc de Triomphe at one end of the Champs Elysees.  If you have it in you climb to the top before sunset. The view is spectacular but the climb…194 very steep spiral steps is a bit brutal! Once you catch your breath you will be happy you did it.

My first take on Paris was that the people were kind but somewhat quiet and subdued. Not much for small talk whatsoever. The second thing I noticed is that they use way too much butter in everything!

Seriously! I like my butter but WOW! As you will see after a few visits to any boulangerie.

We did a behind the scenes tour of a local bakery and it’s amazing to see how they make it and “how much butter” they use! But yummy it is!

The driving…let’s not even talk about it! Just Don’t do it.

Overall France was a blast! 😉 I would love to explore more outside of the city next time.