To celebrate the upcoming Paris Fashion Week, lets talk about this “city of love” for a sec.
Back when I lived in London, I took a spontaneous trip to this European hotspot and, man, was I glad that I did.
I had never been to Paris before, but I know completely understand why it is loved my so many. If you find yourself curious about one of the most romantic and fashionable cities on the planet, here are its elements that you must know about.
Let’s state the obvious here: visiting the Eiffel Tower is a must when in Paris. This tower, built in 1889, is probably one of the most iconic in Europe. Picnic on its grounds during the day, and watch it light up at night.
Did you know that the Louvre is the largest museum in the world? If you didn’t know that already, take one look at it, and you’ll see why. If that’s not cool enough, this place houses some of the most well-known and famous pieces of art in our history (I’m talkin’ the Mona Lisa here).
Situated on the beautiful River Seine is this iconic cathedral that was built in…wait for it…1163. That’s in the midst of the Dark Ages, people. What’s even better is that tours are completely free!
The River Seine is undoubtedly the backbone of this incredible city. Many famous locales sit along this river, including the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre, Notre-Dame, and the Champs-Elysees (I’m about to get to this one). So, even a simple stroll down the river is something you must do.
The Champs-Elysses is a famous Parisian avenue that starts close to the Louvre. It is lined with inexpensive crepe vendors along with high-end clothing and makeup shops like Sephora and Tom Ford. If you walk all the way down, you will end up at the base of the Arc de Triomphe which was built by Napoleon in 1806.
The Basilica of the Sacred Heart (or Sacre-Coeur in French) is in the Parisian neighborhood called Montmarte. While the inside is simply stunning (the mosaics are increidble), here, you get a view of Paris from above, which simply cannot be beat.
Somehow, a small, little neighborhood within this French city as become known all around the world for the falafel it boasts. So, if you have a thing for falafel, it’s absolutely essential you grab some in this ‘hood–no questions asked.
The typical French breakfast consists of a croissant (or croissants), fresh-squeezed OJ (no Tropicana here) and coffee, which they like to call “cafe au lait,” translating to coffee and milk. Taking a bite of a French croissant is like taking a bite out of Heaven.