Being the third most visited city in the world, Paris, well, is always a good idea! Paris has something to offer for all kinds of travellers, the Backpackers, the Shoppers, the Tourists, and even for the Street Walkers.
Paris’s Eiffel Tower, La Louvre, and the famous lock bridge – Pont des Arts, all these Tourist Places have witnessed in numerous romantic gestures and lovely proposals. Yes, you might be wondering, what in the world do Paris streets do to people, just what makes it so full of love and romance.
Is it the central location of the Eiffel Tower, the Montmarte’s Streets, the Arc de Triump’s 360 View? Each of Paris’ districts has their own stories to offer.
Let’s have a look at what makes Paris, unanimously voted by everyone’s who has been there, ‘the City of Love’.
The views are surreal, it feels like a movie set when compared to most of our metro cities. In case you haven’t noticed in pictures, Paris does not have a single skyscraper! Paris’ skyline is protected by UNESCO, and no building is allowed to feature floors above the 6th level.
People who’ve been there claim that Paris is relatively smaller in area, but they never feel crowded upon. Paris has wide multi-lane roads, and almost equally-sized sidewalks, making it the perfect place to hold your Partner’s hand and leave to enjoy Evening Walk.
Parisians contribute heavily to the culture behind their city’s nickname. They are flirtatious, passionate, and extremely confident about themselves. Parisians and movies featuring Parisian love stories, like Midnight in Paris, add to the glamorous image of the city. France, and particularly its capital, Paris, has been home to poets dating back from the Shakespearean Era to the late 1900s. Romance, Love and Passion have been their themes for years and continues to be the unparalleled favourite.
The French language has also been titled, “the Sexiest Language in the World”, and Parisians speaking fluent French, seldom fail to leave a lasting impression.
Paris hides one of the most romantic spots in the world, Pont des Arts, the ‘Bridge of Love’.
The Garden of Musee de Montmartre, the perfect place for a mid-day coffee break to get you the caffeine you need for the rest of the day. For the perfect garden scape which seems right out of a movie, spend an afternoon at Luxembourg Garden, sunbathing and frolicking in the abundant green space.
Forget China’s Great Wall, no wall is as breathtaking as Paris’ Wall of Love, or ‘le mur des Je t’aime’, which has love yous written over it in 250 different languages.
Paris is also dubbed as the land of artists, having housed the most number of renowned artists during different eras. Their paintings and statues showcasing love and romance in the city almost make the bystanders mimic the statues. Famous statues and Paintings include Rodin’s The Kiss, Gerard’s Cupid and Psyche, Jean-Antoine’s ‘Voyage to Cythera’ among others. Even Mona Lisa’s painting is said to be originated from a Love Triangle.
Paris has also been the heart of European Wine and Cuisine Culture, starring Red Wine and Coq au Vin. There’s a very visited Winery or Vigneron (in French) in Montmartre’s garden. Red Wine is flowing through the city and can be seen on the Shelves of even the tiniest departmental store.
A second home to a lot of Designer Brands, it’s a shoppers paradise on Le Marais street. While it is bound to catch your eye, don’t spend much time shopping at the Champs-Elysees. For the street shoppers, and those of us who like cheap bargains, Saint Germain-des Pres will prove to be worthy of your time.
The Notre-Dame Cathedral, while still under renovation from the fire a few years ago, is magnificent at the least.
Worried about making a Romantic Statement to your partner, and with an evening free? Take a cruise down River Sienne, and share a moment while you pass the Eiffel Tower, lighted up prettily.
For those who spend lavishly at Dinners, and wish to taste the best food in the World, Paris is home to hundreds of such restaurants, with a few of them boasting Michelin Star chefs. Four Season’s Le Cinq outshines the other eateries, having been awarded not one but two Michelin Stars, defining fine dining at its best.
When you arrived in Paris, the Grand Railway Station must’ve caught your eye. Well, it has an even more astonishing Artwork on display under it in Musee d’ Orsay, featuring artists like Cezanne, Monet, Manet, Van Gogh, Degas, Gaugin, among other notable ones. A single visit is roughly equivalent to a credit-course in France’s History (pun intended.
Some have called Paris ‘La Ville de Lumiere’, or ‘the City of Lights’. This name can be ascribed to its repute as the centre of Progressive thought during the Age of Enlightenment in 18th Century, and to the literal fact that it was one of the first cities to introduce Gas Lights in Europe and the world back in 1889 near boulevards and monuments. With over 50,000 street lights, around 300 illuminated buildings, exactly 33 bridges that light up in the night, and around 40km long garlands of lights used to illuminate the Eiffel Tower every other hour for 5 minutes, there is no reason not to call Paris, ‘the City of Lights’.
Paris has been recently attracting eyes from all over the world, having organisations and housing multi-national corporations like UNESCO, Airbus, Decathlon and famous styling brand, L’Oreal. They recently held the Climate Change Conference in 2016, where the famous Paris Agreement on Climate Change came upon play. France, and particularly Paris, is renovating and upgrading its Sports Centres and stadiums to prepare for the 2024 Olympics less than 4 years away.
If all this isn’t enough to make you instantly book a ticket for Paris, are you even a traveller?