Paris. For those who have been there, it conjures up definite feelings – of love or not love. For those who haven’t been there, it can bring a dreamy look to the eyes – a look of yearning.
The City of Light is a city you dream of. And for those who have been lucky enough to see her, she either envelopes you in her arms, or keeps you at a cool distance. It’s a rare thing for someone to be indifferent to this city. We happen to love it.
So, today, for Wander Wednesday, Wander Your Way is taking you to Paris. There is so much to see and do in this beautiful city – the Eiffel Tower, Champ-Élysées, Arc de Triomphe, Louvre, Notre Dame…the list goes on. If you only have a few nights, choose those few sites you don’t want to go home without seeing. And, if you have time, then you can see those second tier sites. But, take the time to walk around the neighborhoods, to pop into the local shops, to sit at a cafe and watch the world go by. Paris is not a city to rush through. It’s to be savored.
Paris is broken down into 20 arrondissements or neighborhoods. And, depending on what sites you most want to see, you can base yourself in any of those arrondissements. You will find hotels and guesthouses in all neighborhoods, however, there will be more in the more touristed areas such as along the Champ-Élysées and the budget friendly, Latin Quarter. You’ll be spoiled for choices of great restaurants or simple cafes. There are tons of places to eat or simply enjoy a cup of coffee or a glass of wine. But, as is the case with most big cities of the world, it is expensive here. Be prepared. However, you’ll be surprised to find some inexpensive and even free things to do in the City of Light.
Although Paris is arguably at its best in spring, it truly is a year round destination. Winter can be chilly and rainy, but with so many great museums, and lower airfare and hotel rates, it can a wonderful time to visit. Summer gets hot and a lot of businesses shut down in August when the Parisians go on holiday, so this month should probably be avoided. Autumn is fabulous as the chill in the nighttime air brings the city back to life after the hot summer.
So, are you ready to plan that trip to Paris? If so, we’d love to help.