- The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new lands but seeing with new eyes. Marcel Proust
It’s difficult not to get caught up in the romance of a visit to Paris. Wandering around the Left Bank by the Seine, or exploring Montmartre, makes it easy to soak in the atmosphere that makes Paris one of the premier honeymoon and getaway locations in the world. Going out for an intimate meal, or exploring the city’s arrondissements on foot makes Paris a memorable experience for any couple, while creating an atmosphere that is hard to not be taken in by.
Paris is arguably the European capital of art, and is defined by both the size and the importance of the Louvre, as well as by the Musee d’Orsay, and the many boutique shops and small galleries around the city. With too much to take in on a single trip, many simply head straight to see the Mona Lisa, or stick to exploring the Louvre.
A few days in Paris can mean taking in a diverse range of locations, as long as you’re prepared to put in the travel. The bohemian atmosphere of the Left Bank and the Latin Quarter is distinct from the glossier, high end fashion of the 8th arrondissement, as well as the business district of the 2nd arrondissement. A trip can take in a few of these places, or can focus on exploring a particular arrondissement in depth.
Paris is well known for its shopping experiences, with designer brands like Armani and Luis Vuitton well represented, while fashion and bargain hunters can search the city’s extensive flea markets and vintage shops. The city is also defined by the variety of the centre of the city, and the chance to venture out into the outskirts of the centre to the Cignancourt Flea Market on weekends.
You’d be hard pressed to find a more gourmet city in the world than Paris, from luxury restaurants like Le Meurice and Maceo serving up world class cuisine, to the street markets and quality of the everyday food. Key spots such as Saint Michel are recommended for outdoor markets, while every visitor should try some of the bread and pastries of the many boulangeries around the city. In this way, it is always possible to eat well in Paris, even when travelling on a budget.