Each European country, city, town, and village is as unique as the next. The various cultures, cuisines, music and history is as varied as the European people themselves. One city that sets itself apart is Paris.
With beautiful flowers, public gardens and wide boulevards made for strolling, the City of Light is truly one of the most magical cities on the planet.
With all there is to see and do in this magnificent metropolis, planning is of the ultimate importance. And if your plans involve traveling to Paris in the spring (which it is exquisitely famous for), you might want to read on for some powerful thoughts on visiting this beautiful French capital.
#1: The Charming Cafes
As spring starts to blossom in the northern hemisphere, so does it's peoples. As months of hibernation come to an end, the sidewalk cafes being to glow again with chic arrangements of tables, chairs, charming tablecloths and settings. The smell of fresh pastries, coffee, and homemade French bread fill the air that is now complimented with outdoor music from each of the bistro patios.
This is the Paris we remember from the movies. There is a grandness to it all. Even the locals are gleaming with kindness, happy to return outdoors after the long, cold winter.
There is a unique culture to the café experience that can only be found in Paris. The atmosphere is sophisticated, chic and laid-back. From the early morning hours to the late evenings, the restaurant scene in Paris is bustling. Given the opportunity, one may choose to outdoors for their entire holiday.
People watching is another perk of the sidewalk café experience. Whether you’re watching a little old French man wobble down the street to the young ladies that strut as if they are parading down a catwalk, the characters you’ll see are often times more interesting than watching an Oscar-winning movie!
Then there is the food. The lovely, rich, creamy, caloric, artery-clogging sauces that you simply have to give in to while you are visiting! From the buttery escargot to the savory demi-glace that glistens over your beef or lamb chop entrees. Just enjoy – it’s an experience.
You can easily make a meal out of the delicious French cheeses and breads as well. Paired with a glass of wine or champagne, (yes, the real stuff), and you’re in for a gastronomical delight is bound to send every connoisseur into orbit.
#2: The Museums
The Musee d’Orsay is located on the left bank of the Seine. According to Trip Advisor, it is ranked the number one museum in Paris.
The museum houses mostly French art dating from 1848 to 1914. This includes paintings, sculptures, furniture and photography. It also houses the largest collection of impressionist and post-impressionist masterpieces in the world. Paintings by Monet, Gauguin, Van Gogh, Renoir and many others can be found the Musee d’Orsay.
The Musee du Louvre is probably the most famous museum in Paris. It is also the world’s largest museum and is a historic monument in Paris as well. With approximately 35,000 objects from prehistory to modern times, the museum is the second most visited museum in the world, after t he Palace Museum in China.
The Louvre covers 652,000 square feet (60,600 square meters). It opened in 1793 with an exhibition of just 537 paintings. It closed due to structural problems from 1796 to 1801.
Over the years the collection grew. For anyone visiting Paris, a day visiting the museums is a must.
#3: The Markets
Strolling the streets of Paris means shopping. The city is chock-full of charming shoppes and markets. Whether you’re looking for books or antiques, clothing, artwork, fresh produce or cool vintage items, you’ll have a field day just walking up and down the cobblestone streets.
Another man’s junk is another man’s treasure. Browsing the vintage and antique stores is a day unto itself. The only issue may be packing your new treasures and bringing them back home. If you purchase something delicate, make sure you wrap it perfectly and plan to carry it on the plane.
While I know we’re talking about springtime in Paris, if your schedule has you there during the holidays, be sure to check out the Christmas markets are spread out throughout the city.
I can’t say enough about how magical Paris is. And yes, Paris in the spring is probably my favorite time to be there.
At Journeys for Women, we have a 2017 trip planned for this upcoming May. If you prefer to tackle it on your own, feel free to contact anyone from our team, who will be more than happy to make recommendations and offer our expertise.
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