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France

Updated: Aug 4, 2023


Shira in Paris

Paris, France:

Paris is the capital and most populous city in France. It is home to the Eiffel Tower, Louvre, d’Orsay Museum, Rodin Museum, Pompidou Center, Notre Dame, Arc de Triomphe, and National Museum of Modern Art.

Paris is known as a major center for fashion and the arts. It is also known as the city of love.



Top 3 Places to Visit in Paris:

  1. Eiffel Tower – The Eiffel Tower is worth the hype. It is more beautiful at night than during the day.

  2. Sacré Coeur – Sacred Heart in English. The views are incredible and on the side of the church there is a lovely sitting area.

  3. Le Marais – This is a historic Jewish neighborhood that is picturesque. It would be nice to walk around and enjoy the beauty of Paris.


Best Eateries in Paris:

I stayed with a friend while visiting Paris so mostly ate home cooked Congolese meals. However, I did eat good falafel.

  1. L’as du Fallafel – Falafel. I paid €13.5 for a chicken wrap and fries.


What to look out for while in Paris:

  1. Tours – The free walking tours in Paris are excellent. Because Paris is such a big city – there are several different tours. Check out the tours that include La Sorbonne & St. German de Pres.

  2. Paris nightlife – I went out to a club in Paris and it was fun. We went to a trap, R&B, Dancehall & Reggae event but they played all types of music.

  3. Parisian suburbs – I enjoyed shopping in Parisian suburbs and being around ethnically diverse people. I was introduced to Primark for the first time in Paris.


Conclusion:

The city of love did not disappoint. The romantic ambiance will leave you wanting more. I was lucky enough to stay with a friend who opened her home to me. Paris accommodations are very pricey.

I visited in the summer and it did not get dark until 11:00pm so the summer is an excellent time to go.

I did find Parisians to be a bit rude and always in a hurry so be alert and aware – especially when you are on public transportation. Harassment was a bit more intense in Paris than other cities so be aware of this as well, especially if you are a solo traveler.

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