I’ve been to “The City of Light” three times so far, but I never stop longing to go back and:
walk down Champs-Élysées;
pop in a random boulangerie or pâtisserie;
visit my favorite labyrinth of cosy tiny streets at Montmartre;
drink wine at a brasserie while enjoying the view of Notre-Dame;
listen to the French accordion and kiss on a bench;
take a walk along the Seine;
enjoy your French baguette which is served as a complimentary starter in almost every brasserie;
take a ride in Paris metro and look out when suddenly, at some point, the train comes out and crosses the river, then, if you are lucky, you can see the Eiffel Tower blinking at you;
listen to the metro stops announced in the train and laugh;
sit at a café with a cup of americano and a pain au chocolat and gaze at people who are often so neat and fashionably-dressed;
and, finally, gladly practice my French! “merci”, “bonjour”, “ne touchez pas”….!
I made this list endless (let me know if you read all of it…), and here is my last practical tip. Enjoy!
A one-hundred year old canteen where they serve decent food. This tip is actually more for history lovers rather than for foodies. The meal they serve is truly Parisian. Very cheap, if you get there. So, as I usually say, arrive early or prepare to line up for an hour or two (bring snack!).
The menu is only in French, so talk to your waiter if he can and has time for you, don’t expect too much from him. But it’s good to ask for recommendations.
7 rue du Faubourg Montmartre
This place is a must if you want to see some real Parisian students, some tourists and some real Parisians sitting in a beautiful, historical Art Nouveau interior. Enjoy!
P.S. My ultimate, “secret” research tool for Paris was Lonely Planet Paris (Travel Guide)
by Lonely Planet.
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