Paris, the City of Lights. Words won't do it justice, but I'll certainly try my best. If there's a must-see city list to travel to, Paris would be at the top of it. From food to history to art, this place will tug at your heart strings when you least expect it.
If you're into art...
There's a reason I started off with art. Paris is home to The Louvre Museum, easily the world's most famous art museum and home to the Mona Lisa and Venus de Milo. The Louvre itself is a work of art, and it is just as huge as it is beautiful, so be sure to leave a full day to explore it. That being said, no matter how ambitious you are, it's near impossible to see everything in one visit, believe me I tried. My top suggestion for visiting The Louvre is to go as early as possible. Be there in line at opening time, and then head straight for the Mona Lisa after entering the museum. This is the best opportunity to see the Mona Lisa since the crowds aren't nearly as busy as they are later in the day. The great thing about The Louvre is that they are fully aware of their big claim to fame and have signs posted all over showing directions to get to the Mona Lisa, so just follow the yellow brick road, eh signs, and you won't get lost.
If you're into landmarks...
The Eiffel Tower of course! It's great to see it during the day, but it's a must to see it lit up at night. Every night they have a light show at the Eiffel Tower on the hour until about Midnight. Notre Dame is another place that is absolutely worth seeing. This church, much like Westminster Abbey, has been around for almost a thousand years. It's also still a working church, so if you feel inclined you can also catch a service. The thing that frustrated me most though about the tourists I encountered while there is that even though there were signs posted not to take photos, people still insisted on taking them. I understand it's an overwhelmingly beautiful and historic church, but it's important to also respect the wishes of the people working there and attending service, so please refrain from an incessant photo-bonanza and simply take in the fact that you are standing in Notre Dame itself. If you go to Notre Dame, make it a point to venture to the top of the church as well. It's about $10, and it is totally worth it. You get to see the architecture designs up close including the gargoyle statues, and in addition you get to go inside the famous bell tower.
If you're into a nice, relaxing stroll...
Take a walk along the Seine. It is the river that flows through the city center. You can catch local Parisians and tourists taking a break as they sit beside the river, as well as the stunning bridges built along the way. For an extra special treat, get your walk in at sunset.
If you're into food and wine...
Anywhere! Just sit outside and enjoy a cafe. You must try the desserts though. While everyone told me the croissants here would change my life, I actually felt that way about the macaroons, not to be confused with Macron, the new French president. There's also a wonderful market street in the Latin Quarter called Rue Mouffetard that has numerous food stands for you to purchase some local food during your visit.
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Jill Zwarensteyn is a writer, comedian, and television producer who has been featured on Amazon, truTV, The New York Times, Matador Network, BUST Magazine, Tiplr, ARTRPRNR Magazine, YourTango, Thought Catalog, GoMad Nomad, Mashable, The Daily Mail UK, the Cannes Film Festival, LaughFest, Women's Lifestyle Magazine, and the Funny Women Festival LA. For more info visit: http://www.jillzwarensteyn.weebly.com