Why Paris Is Always a Good Idea

Paris is always a good idea

Paris is a city after my own heart. I’ve previously listed things to do in Paris, but today let’s explore the reasons you should visit. Paris is about discovering both the grandiose and the quietly charming. It’s a city that looks at shopping and food as an art form, and art a way of life. Here’s a few reasons why you must visit at least once in your life.

cutest restaurant where Vincent Van Gogh used to eat

The history

Paris is boasting with rich history on every corner of the city. Each of France’s rulers have left their imprints that go back many centuries. The colorful history of Paris has made it the city it is today, full of beautiful architecture, breath-taking views and a diverse population.

laduree macarons

The food (and wine)

If you haven’t tried food in Paris you haven’t lived. From the baguettes, macarons, pastries, french onion soup, and warm, light, melt-in-the-mouth croissants, Paris is a city bursting with flavour. Food is not purely a necessity of life, it is a joy to be savored three times a day. Fast food chains are nearly non-existent because cooking real food is an integral part of everyday life. This is a city where wine is not a luxury, its a necessity. I feel like I’m not the only one who would continue to visit this city purely for the food. With the amount of bread and cheese I consumed you practically had to roll me out of there (but when in Paris, right?).

paris

The shopping

Shopping is almost considered an art form in Paris. After all, it is the capital of fashion. Stroll down the Champs-Élysées, the most famous avenue in the world, or head to the boutiques in the Marais for one-of-a-kind items. Lets also not forget the grand department stores Lafayette and Printemps.

under the arc de triomphe

The art

The world’s most visited museum, Musee de Louvre, attracts millions of visitors each year. It offers thousands of collections and some of the world’s most famous original works from prominent artistic eras, such as Da Vinci’s Mona Lisa. The wonderful thing about Paris is that art is not just in museums, it is all over the city – in laneways, cafes, restaurants, shops and even underground. Head to Montmarte, a neighborhood dedicated to arts and local artists. In it’s intricate backstreets and laneways you’ll find more local colour than you would in the centre of Paris

The diversity

France is the whole of Europe in one country. It has the lot, both physically (mountains, rivers, coastlines both Atlantic & Med, lakes, plains, great estuaries and anything else you might need, bar icebergs) and culturally. It is accepting of many cultures which is one of the reasons I love the city so much.

eiffel tower

The romance

Adored by honeymooners and lovers (you only have to be up the Eiffel Tower at sunset to see it), Paris is built on romance. It’s not just romance of the physical kind though, but of the architecture, the history, the boulevards and the parks. It’s the romance of sitting in a cafe reading all afternoon, it’s the romance of neighborhoods packed with impoverished writers or a shadowy jazz club open all night. Even if you’re visiting alone, it’s hard to ignore the romance of the city.

Related: 50 things you must do in Paris

Have you ever been to Paris? What is your reason for visiting?

    • Me too! It’s the most gorgeous city!

  • I love the food and wine in Paris!
    Lots of love,
    Angie

    SilverSpoon London

    • Two of my favourites! :)

  • Paris is such a beautiful city, it’s one I really want to go back to and fully explore! x

    Jodie // Jodie Loue

    • Yes! There’s really so much to explore past all the tourist attractions!

  • megsiobhan

    I really need to visit Paris itself, as the two times I’ve been to/through France, it’s always been passing the outskirts of Paris! :(

    Meg | A Little Twist Of…

    • Oh you must! You’ll fall in love!

  • Laura Mareno

    I really hope I visit Paris this year! Fingers crossed! haha great post! :D

    http://laurasavenue.blogspot.com.es/

    • Crossing my fingers for you too, Laura!! Thank you!

  • I’ve visited Paris many times and each visit is lovely. I just love to stroll through the city and explore new brasseries, shops, arts etc..

    • There’s SO much to explore, I would love to just move there for a little bit!

  • Paris is one of my favourite cities in the world, the architecture there is so stunning and beautiful. And the food is simply delicious! x

    Ariadna || RAWR BOWS

    • Couldn’t agree more! I’m always so taken back by the architecture (and the food, of course)!

  • I just went to Paris for the first time and September and wholeheartedly agree with everything in your post!!! Dreaming about going back as soon as possible <3 xo-K

    • It’s a dream, isn’t it?! I’m sure you’ll be back soon enough! :)

  • Paris is such an awesome city, my dream is to live there for a little bit. I went there for work a few times, and I need to go back pronto!

    • I would also love to live there for a while. It’s magical!

  • Bee

    Eating pain au chocolat while reading this!

    Briana
    http://www.youngsophisticate.com

    • Oh I could really go pain au chocolat right now! haha

  • Oh my gosh, Paris is the city I’ve been waiting my whole life to visit. I’m actually planning to visit April 2017, and my heart is full of excitement! It’s the most beautiful city! xo

    McKenzie | therosynook.com

    • Oh how exciting! You’ll have the best time. It’s a dream!

  • It is my dream to go here! One day.

    http://www.kelseymarie.co

    • I hope you get to visit one day soon! :)

  • Traveling to Paris is high up on my bucket list. No matter what picture, video or article I read about it, it never fails to amaze me. I’m hoping to travel from Canada to the UK and France early next year with some of my girl friends and I can’t wait! This is such a beautiful post!

    Becky, xx // http://undertheseabeauty.blogspot.ca/

  • Cheryl crotty

    I agree with everything you said. I’ve been there twice and will go again, for the food, wine, beauty and art but mostly for the love.

  • I absolutely loved this post. You captured Paris perfectly x

    Jac Fleurant
    http://www.herwearabouts.com

  • This makes me swoon so much. I wish I can visit soon!

    http://www.deasynoel.com