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5 Things You Shouldn't Miss in Paris

If you are lucky enough to have lived in Paris as a young man, then wherever you go for the rest of your life, it stays with you, for Paris is a moveable feast.” ―Ernest Hemingway

Paris is a city that suits for every type of a person. In this city you would find each thing that could make you fall in love with; buildings, streets, foods, or even crowd. The people are so nice, especially to foreigners. When I went to Paris, it was during Euro Cup. The city was so packed with football fans. A group of Ireland supporters marched along Seine riverside, shouting their (probably) national anthem. German fans with a beer in their hands chatted each other in a classic pub in the corner of Eiffel Metro Station. Locals lined up waiting for security check before entering the fans zone. Carousels were still spinning, boats were cruising. On the other hand, a lot of selfie stick sellers offered their goods to tourists, most of them Asian (they definitely understand that Asian loves selfie). I was so lucky that a friend lent me his SIM card so I could use his internet to not get lost in Paris. You definitely need internet when you are in Paris, because the city map is a bit confusing and you need to use an application to find the best way to reach places. However, it is not really necessary if you have much time or if you really enjoy getting lost in a big city. I only had limited time back then and I wanted to visit many places so it was really useful to have a device with me. And here is 5 things you should not miss once you are in Paris.

1. Eiffel Tower

I ought to be jealous of the tower. She is more famous than I am.” ― Gustave Eiffel
No one is going to skip Eiffel Tower on their place-to-visit list. It is a place where the beauty of Paris sprung. A perfect place to go with or without companion. You even won't get bored staring the tower again and again, lie down in Champ de Mars, a park located close to Eiffel.

2. The Louvre

Paris is the city in which one loves to live. Sometimes I think this is because it is the only city in the world where you can step out of a railway station—the Gare D’Orsay—and see, simultaneously, the chief enchantments: the Seine with its bridges and bookstalls, the Louvre, Notre Dame, the Tuileries Gardens, the Place de la Concorde, the beginning of the Champs Elysees—nearly everything except the Luxembourg Gardens and the Palais Royal. But what other city offers as much as you leave a train?” ― Margaret Anderson

3. Notre Dame de Paris

4. Shakespeare and Co

People wonder why so many writers come to live in Paris. I’ve been living ten years in Paris and the answer seems simple to me: because it’s the best place to pick ideas. Just like Italy, Spain… or Iran are the best places to pick saffron. If you want to pick opium poppies you go to Burma or South-East Asia. And if you want to pick novel ideas, you go to Paris.” ― Roman Payne
Shakespeare and Company is a great place for bookworms who love to enjoy a city by sitting on the park, spend the rest of  the day by reading a book. The good thing is this place has a small library where you can enjoy Shakespeare collection for free! Unfortunately they were not allowed us to the take a picture inside the house. But seriously their collection is amazing. I got my self a book from Khaled Hosseini 'Kite Runner' for a good price (not to say they are cheap tho). They also sell second hand books in a pocket-friendly price. There is a small cafe next to it (I think the owner is same) where you can have breakfast/lunch or even only an ice cream. For book lovers, you do not want to miss this place, eh?

5. Local Foods

From an ice cream shop next to Shakespeare and Co (3.5 / 5)

When you go to a new country, try their local food. Yes. Around Shakespeare Co, there are so many cafes and restaurants where you can try Paris dishes for an affordable price. I forgot the name of the cafe that I went for breakfast but they have a good coffee and a delicious pancake (inside: cheese, egg, chicken). Also do not forget to try macaroon in Paris! Happy tummy for a happy life :)

Paris is always a good idea.” ― Audrey Hepburn


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