Ah, Paris. If you've ever been, you understand its unwavering charm. I thought it would be appropriate for my first post to be about my favorite city. There is a reason Paris is a capital of art, fashion, food, lifestyle and more, it's deep-rooted in its history and in its people. Yes, the streets are dirty and the metro is an underworld nightmare, not to mention it's often referred to as the "Urinal of Europe", but none of those things matter when you're walking in one of the chicest and beautiful cities in the world. I truly believe that no event, regardless of how horrific it may be, can destroy the essence of Paris. 

Given that I am not actually in Europe quite yet (five month countdown), I am sharing photos and my experiences from two years ago, and I know, things have changed. I do want to mention and talk briefly about the recent tragedies that have rocked our modern world. Things have really changed in the past two years, our world is now a much scarier place. Some may claim that choosing to travel at this time is a reckless activity, but I see it that it's a risk not to be traveling, simply for the sake of our humanity. Not continuing with our daily lives is exactly what "they" want, and I am not about to let them win. 

But back to the beauty of Paris. There are countless things that one could do with their time while in Paris, here is a list of 20 Things To do, or this list of 50 Things You Must Do. Only have a day or two in the City of Light? Here's my list of the top 7 things you absolutely must do in the beautiful city - 

1. Stand at the Feet of the Eiffel Tower 

Ideally done with a macaroon or two in hand. It's odd that a monument made of steel can take your breath away, but it really can. It's also much larger in person than you ever thought it was, and that in itself is humbling. 


2. Explore Notre Dame

Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris, or "Our Lady of Paris" is not a cathedral that you want to peek at only from the outside. The beautiful architecture of the cathedral and the intricate artwork throughout the stained-glass windows will blow your mind. 


3. Take Your Time in The Louvre

Even if you don't think you're a museum person, the Louvre will surely change your mind. The Louvre is massive with countless exhibits to see. I recommend visiting the Louvre's website before you go and pick around five exhibits that you have to see and make it your mission to see them all before leaving. They're all great, so take your time to stroll through the historic hallways. 


4. Hike Up Montmartre and Explore The Neighborhood

The neighborhood of Montmartre has a very unique feel to it that you really don't want to miss out on exploring. Known to be more so of "Old Paris", this neighborhood has lovely streets and corners to explore on a nice day, or countless cafés and creperies to sit in on a rainy day.


5. Walk Through Champs-Élysées and Stand at the Bottom of the Arc de Triomphe

Filled with high-end brand stores, Champs-Élysées is a street that few others can compare to. Even if you can only dream of purchasing anything from the stores, this is the ideal street for a day of window shopping. Make sure you make it to the end (or beginning, depending on where you start) at the Arc de Triomphe. 


6. Walk Across Love-Lock Bridge

Don't have a lover to key a lock closed to throw into the Seine River with? No problem, just snap a pose with all the locks and find a nearby creperie instead. As such an idealistic location, it's a place you really should see before you leave Paris. As silly as it really is, you'll regret not seeing it if you don't.



7. Lastly, See the Eiffel Tower at Night

The first time I saw the Eiffel Tower was actually at night. My friends and I got to Paris in the evening and I was adamant about seeing it right away. Warning, the Eiffel Tower definitely creates an optical illusion... you'll constantly think it's just two blocks away while it's really 15 blocks away. If this happens to you, it's ok, deep breaths, and just think of all the crêpes you'll be able to eat after. It's totally worth seeing the Eiffel Tower at night, it has a completely different feel when it's all lit up than during the day. 


If you're lucky enough to find yourself in Paris, enjoy every moment of it! No matter where you are or what you're doing, you can't go wrong with exploring Paris. 

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Let's Talk Paris - 7 Things You Must Do in The City of Light

Ah, Paris. If you've ever been, you understand its unwavering charm. I thought it would be appropriate for my first post to be about my favorite city. There is a reason Paris is a capital of art, fashion, food, lifestyle and more, it's deep-rooted in its history and in its people. Yes, the streets are dirty and the metro is an underworld nightmare, not to mention it's often referred to as the "Urinal of Europe", but none of those things matter when you're walking in one of the chicest and beautiful cities in the world. I truly believe that no event, regardless of how horrific it may be, can destroy the essence of Paris. 

Given that I am not actually in Europe quite yet (five month countdown), I am sharing photos and my experiences from two years ago, and I know, things have changed. I do want to mention and talk briefly about the recent tragedies that have rocked our modern world. Things have really changed in the past two years, our world is now a much scarier place. Some may claim that choosing to travel at this time is a reckless activity, but I see it that it's a risk not to be traveling, simply for the sake of our humanity. Not continuing with our daily lives is exactly what "they" want, and I am not about to let them win. 

But back to the beauty of Paris. There are countless things that one could do with their time while in Paris, here is a list of 20 Things To do, or this list of 50 Things You Must Do. Only have a day or two in the City of Light? Here's my list of the top 7 things you absolutely must do in the beautiful city - 

1. Stand at the Feet of the Eiffel Tower 

Ideally done with a macaroon or two in hand. It's odd that a monument made of steel can take your breath away, but it really can. It's also much larger in person than you ever thought it was, and that in itself is humbling. 


2. Explore Notre Dame

Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris, or "Our Lady of Paris" is not a cathedral that you want to peek at only from the outside. The beautiful architecture of the cathedral and the intricate artwork throughout the stained-glass windows will blow your mind. 


3. Take Your Time in The Louvre

Even if you don't think you're a museum person, the Louvre will surely change your mind. The Louvre is massive with countless exhibits to see. I recommend visiting the Louvre's website before you go and pick around five exhibits that you have to see and make it your mission to see them all before leaving. They're all great, so take your time to stroll through the historic hallways. 


4. Hike Up Montmartre and Explore The Neighborhood

The neighborhood of Montmartre has a very unique feel to it that you really don't want to miss out on exploring. Known to be more so of "Old Paris", this neighborhood has lovely streets and corners to explore on a nice day, or countless cafés and creperies to sit in on a rainy day.


5. Walk Through Champs-Élysées and Stand at the Bottom of the Arc de Triomphe

Filled with high-end brand stores, Champs-Élysées is a street that few others can compare to. Even if you can only dream of purchasing anything from the stores, this is the ideal street for a day of window shopping. Make sure you make it to the end (or beginning, depending on where you start) at the Arc de Triomphe. 


6. Walk Across Love-Lock Bridge

Don't have a lover to key a lock closed to throw into the Seine River with? No problem, just snap a pose with all the locks and find a nearby creperie instead. As such an idealistic location, it's a place you really should see before you leave Paris. As silly as it really is, you'll regret not seeing it if you don't.



7. Lastly, See the Eiffel Tower at Night

The first time I saw the Eiffel Tower was actually at night. My friends and I got to Paris in the evening and I was adamant about seeing it right away. Warning, the Eiffel Tower definitely creates an optical illusion... you'll constantly think it's just two blocks away while it's really 15 blocks away. If this happens to you, it's ok, deep breaths, and just think of all the crêpes you'll be able to eat after. It's totally worth seeing the Eiffel Tower at night, it has a completely different feel when it's all lit up than during the day. 


If you're lucky enough to find yourself in Paris, enjoy every moment of it! No matter where you are or what you're doing, you can't go wrong with exploring Paris. 
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