6 Reasons Why I Love Paris

May 03, 2017

You can have more than one home. You can carry your roots with you, and decide where they grow.
I've been to Paris on a regular basis since I was a little kid having family leaving there. I don't think it was because of that but for some reason I've always felt at home in Paris.

When I was old enough I started to take trips alone to visit and discover the city more.
Living in Belgium enabled me to come often by bus or (now) by train at really cheap prizes.

So after many trips took there, here is my top 6 reasons why I love Paris :

#1 An open air Museum

Paris is like an outdoor free museum. You don't need to pay for the tourist spots to enjoy the city you can just walk around or take a bike and soak up all the french energy. Between buildings, architecture, streets, parcs, boats and old parisian cafés.There is so much history already.

And the best way the get to know this city is to walk rather than taking transportations. You never know what you will come accross and discover. There is also a lot of recent free installations for pedestrians from little gardens to urban installations.

If you are in a rush to visit, I would suggest you to take the areal line 6 of the subway which goes around the beautiful spots of the city as the Eiffel tour. You can also catch the big boulevard and the architecture. Or take the buses which are the best transportation to use in this city (knowing how busy is the subway). But if you have time and don't know where to begin take a walk and follow the Seine River from bridge to bridge from "Quai de Grenelles" up to "Quai Saint-Bernard". You will get to see all the well known monuments and spots as you walk and enjoy the boats passing by and the beautiful architecture of the bridges. And it's also the best way to learn to locate yourself in Paris!

#2 China Town and the Chinese New Year

In January, in the little China Town of Paris (Porte D'Ivry), you will probably come accross the New Year Parade. For the New Year, every chinese restaurant and shop are open as the parade goes on. You can also spot different ethnicities represented within the parade. It's a beautiful mix of culture.

But also the incredible thing is how much you feel in China more than in Paris between the atmosphere, earing everyone speaking chinese, chinese music playing as the markets and shops.

During the Chinese New Year, you can get cheap food and souvenirs as making your New Year wishes in their sanctuaries. It's such a change of scenery and gives you the opportunity to see the diversity of Paris.

#3 Art and Museum

You never leave Paris without checking out a few museum and art galleries. Especially without at least entering the Louvre, the Orsay Museum, the Picasso Museum, the Rodin Museum, Victor Hugo's House or the Grand Palais. But not only those most famous one, there is a long list of incredible museum and exhibitions which takes place every year all over the city between  exhibitions from private collections (Louis Vuitton Foundation) to art galleries.

And if you are under 25 every museum is free. Which is an incredible opportunity. For instance, knowing how enormous the "Louvre" is, it enables you to come back as much as you want. And enjoy it without any pressure.

But either way, juggling between incredible piece of art made centuries ago or contemporay art taking place today is really fascinating. As the incredible architecture of those monuments and buildings.

#4 Parcs

If you are a nature lover like me you will definately enjoy all the parcs in Paris between the "Bois de Boulogne" to the "Tuileries" parc, the Rodin garden, the "Champs de Mars" or the "Monceau" parc

For those of us who have tight budgets, parcs are the way to go to enjoy the atmosphere as enjoying more peaceful places whether it's to go jogging, walking or enjoying a sunset before going to dinner.

What I love about the parcs in Paris is their typical french garden touch that they have which gives them so much spirit.

#5 Theaters and cafés

In Paris there is a lot of great spots where you can go see a play and a lot of old historical theaters like the Bobino theatre (where Edith Piaff performed) or in the "Folies Bergères" theater. Which are the ones I had the chance to go.

But moreso, Paris is the birthplace of the "cafés-théâtre". Which are little cafés witht tables with a stage in the front, where you can enjoy a one man show as you eat.

After that as you walk through the streets, you can grab a coffee or a drink in typical parisian spots like Châtelain, the Montparnasse area, Place Clichy or even at Trocadero. Well known for their little cafés.

#6 Food and Montmartre

Photo by Lara Plowright
In Paris you can eat food from all over the world, from Chinese, Japanese, Indian, Sri Lanka, Italiaan, Mexican to French food. For tight budget travellers, I would recommend to go to the supermarkets where you can still get some french cookies or products.

If you want to get a taste of Paris in the morning simply go get the bred and the croissants for the breakfast. The delicious French baguette is not a myth. I actually always try to come back with a baguette whenever I'm in France.

But what I love as much as breakfast in Paris, is the variety of views and angles you can see the city through. From the top of the Orsay Museum to Montmartre.

But even though Montmartre is sometimes crowded with tourists, it stays in my top most beautiful places day and night. And you can actually find some typical parisian spots where you can eat with sometimes musicians and singers preforming or find hidden cafés as old as Picasso. Not forgetting the historical "Basilique du Sacré-Coeur".

So whether you are on a tight budget or not, Paris can be enjoyable for everyone. Among all of those things there is so much more to do and to discover in this city. But most importantly the best way to see Paris is to get lost in this incredible urban metropolis. Like Baudelaire said about Paris :

For the perfect flâneur, for the passionate spectator, it is an immense joy to set up house in the heart of the multitude, amid the ebb and flow of movement, in the midst of the fugitive and the infinite.

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