A great post from across106thstreet expressing love for the beautiful and enchanting city of Paris through photography inspired me to flip through my own photos and pay tribute to one of my favourite cities. Having visited a few times now, there is always something I love to come back to and always something new to discover. Below are a few of my favourites…both old and new.
Two places I always visit are the stunning medieval Sainte-Chapelle and the somber Conciergerie, where hundreds were held during the French Revolution prior to their execution via guillotine. Perhaps not the happiest places, but the architecture and stained glass here are incredible.
Another somber but powerful reminder of France’s history is the Deportation Memorial found underground behind Notre Dame. Each of the 200,000 lights represent someone who was deported to Nazi concentration camps from this very spot during WWII.
There is a lot of joy to be in had in Paris as well. Another must visit spot for me is the Pompidou Centre for modern art, the largest of its kind in Europe with truly exquisite pieces if you are a modern art love like myself. Even the building is a masterpiece!
It might not look elegant, but impromptu picnics on Ile Saint-Louis are some of my best memories. My favourite spot is on the north-western side of the island overlooking Notre Dame Cathedral on Île de la Cité. On Thursdays and Sundays, you can visit Bastille Market to pick up the freshest treats to complement your wine.
Of course the main joy of Paris comes from getting lost in its neighbourhoods, taking in the architecture, the people and the whimsy of it all.
The other joy for me comes from discovering tucked away spots, such as the lovely Parc des Buttes-Chaumont in the 19th district, with stunning city views, plenty of greenery and even a waterfall.
So many reasons to love this city and I can’t wait to go back to find some more!
Have you visited Paris? What are your favourite spots?