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My Love Affair with Paris: A Paris City Guide

Hey Inquisitive writers! It’s been a while. As you can see from the title, I went to Paris!

 

You can check out more of my travel posts here, also.

 

I was always curious to travel there. Although maybe I should’ve taken that French class because I only know three words.

So I came around 12 p.m. to Paris, and I stayed at a Best Western hotel. The location of the hotel is perfect because it’s near the things I wanted to visit. It also has restaurant and cafes nearby, since the hotel only serves breakfast.

Tip: When arriving at the airport, don’t get into a taxi that doesn’t say “taxi” on the top of the car. Ask the information desk where the official taxis are.

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The hotel!

 

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After arriving to the hotel room, I started to explore the city. It’s bigger than you think – if you haven’t been before. It’s a lot bigger than the island of Manhattan. I visited the Louvre, the biggest art museum in the world.

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It was just a 5 minute walk from the hotel; so why not? The best part: it houses the Mona Lisa!

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Have you noticed that wherever you are, Mona’s eyes are always following?

 

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But there’s a lot more of awesome art there, too. There are works from Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci, and more.

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A view from one of the windows.

 

Tip: Remember to bring a map, which is at the information desk. It’s very easy to get lost, I almost did. 

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There are many cafes and bakeries in the city of love. There is almost never a cafe or bakery or restaurant that isn’t nearby. They offer traditional French cuisine.

Of course we got hungry after going to the Louvre, so we went to Mimosa, one of those many cafes. It’s also a restaurant and a bar. The food was very good there, I would rate it 7.5/10.

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We actually made a friend there; he was our waiter! We went there twice.

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Breakfast at the hotel includes yogurt, American Tropicana orange juice, coffee or tea, and most definitely croissants!

 

If you’re a first timer in Paris (like me) and unsure where  to go, I suggest going on a bus tour. It goes to the places that a first timer could dream of! I got tickets for the L’Open tour at the airport. It’s a bus tour that goes all around Paris – with only one pass! There’s 4 different lines that the bus follows (green, orange, yellow, and blue), but each bus only follows one line. It will say on the bottom left corner of the front bus window in which color of the lane it will follow. If you plan on switching lanes, you have to get off your bus, then wait for another bus with the different color. Here is a map of the bus lanes

Tip: The green line has the most to see. Stops include the Louvre, Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe, and more. 

Try to go on the top, it’s the best view! I was lucky enough to take the front row.
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 I got off at the Eiffel tower stop. It’s been on my bucket list to visit it. Now I can scratch it off.
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I didn’t go up to the top, though, because the line was very long. I’m still very happy that I got to see it in person.
After returning home, I had to stop by a Parisian bakery. I got an eclair and croissant. The taste is different there, than in anywhere else I had it. It was very crunchy and fresh and so well made.
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There are many traditional French pastry options to choose from!

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Did you know that you can go to the top of the Arc de Triomphe? Yeah, I didn’t know either. So of course I was going to the top!

But how do you get there, exactly?

Go to the Champs-Élysées avenue (which the L’Open tour green lane stops at), and as you walk toward the Arc de Triomphe, you will see some stairs going underground.

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Go underground, and you will see a huge line, for people who are buying tickets there. I suggest buying tickets beforehand, because that line is shorter. I bought my ticket at the airport.

If you bought your tickets beforehand, (give yourself a pat on the back) then keep walking and go up the stairs, and you will see another line – for people who bought tickets in advance. It goes kind of fast, so don’t sweat it.

Then, just climb up about 200 steps to the top.

Yes, I counted the steps as we were going up.

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Although it’s totally worth it! Virtual pinky promise.

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The Champs-Élysées! See the place in the middle of the road with people standing on it? I took my other picture of the Arc de Triomphe there.

 

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I didn’t want to leave.

 

Also, can you believe they fit a gift shop into the Arc?

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 Me neither. But I did buy something special to remember the trip!
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About an 1 inch tall! (2.54 cm)

And that’s all! If you were to ask me if it was worth visiting Paris, I’d most definitely say yes. The architecture, food, weather, people and the easy going vibe were are very nice.

Would you go to Paris? Or have you already been? Do you live there?

Au revoir!

P.S. Here are some extra photos of the trip!

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19 comments
  1. I also have a love affair with Paris. I absolutely cannot wait to go back! Enjoyed scrolling through all of your pictures, brought back so many memories.

    1. Aw thank you! I also would like to go back next time.

  2. This makes me want to go to Paris so bad!!!! Your pictures are gorgeous! xxx

    1. Thank you!

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  4. Yes, I’ve been to Paris a few times since it’s only a few hours by train from where I grew up. Desserts are definitely the best there!!! I’ve never tasted such good desserts anywhere else – even the vanilla ice cream had a completely different flavor to anywhere else.

    Kathrin — http://mycupofenglishtea.wordpress.com

    1. You are lucky Paris was close when you grew up, I had to take a plane ride since I live in the U.S.A . The desserts there were indeed unique and yummy!

      1. Well there are tons of things in the US I’d love to see more often. So many places to explore still!!

        If you have any time I would love your opinion on my blog. I only started it a few weeks ago, so any feedback is welcome.

        1. Sure, I’ll check out your blog!

  5. Paris was a lovely place for me to explore I only had 12 hours there, I think if I was to ever go to France again I would explore Southern France

    Adellbaker.com

    1. It is indeed a lovely place! Thanks for stopping by.

  6. I’ve been to Paris a couple of times and it never disappoints! Glad to see you enjoyed your stay there 🙂

    1. Agreed; thank you!

  7. Oh Paris is always so beautiful! I really want to be there right now! Great post, Jo!
    love, elena

    https://outnaboutweb.wordpress.com

    1. I know right? Thank you!

  8. I love Paris, such a magical city!

    http://www.alovelystyle.com
    @lovelystyle_blog

    1. Me ,too! Thanks for stopping by.

  9. I want those pastries! ^_^

    1. I loved them too!

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