Paris

It is no secret that Paris is an amazing foodie destination, every picturesque lane in the spiral city is lined with world-class restaurants, cafes, and patisseries. Enjoy crispy, freshly baked croissants every morning and tour the endless French restaurants throughout the day.

Although it wouldn't be cheap, I'd love to retire in Paris!

The place you went on your first trip // My first solo trip abroad was at age 16, and I went to Paris. It's still one of my faves and I still try to go once a year :)

- Only You by Cheat Codes ft Little Mix

Whisk your mother away for a glamorous escapade to the gorgeous cobblestone paved streets of Paris. The City of Love and Light awaits complete with countless galleries, fashion boutiques, dreamy hotels, and historical experiences. Visit all the major sites including the iconic Eiffel Tower and the Musee du Louvre, or make your way to off-the-beaten-path spots like the art deco cafe where they filmed the famous movie Amelie- located at 15 rue Lepic at rue Cauchois.

Paris is one of the most beautiful cities in the world, at the center of art, fashion, and cuisine, Paris is a dreamlike paradise perfect for anyone who is a romantic at heart. While at popular tourist attractions be wary as there are often scammers targetting tourists, but as in any big city across the planet if you keep to yourself and remain smart this shouldn't be an issue. Stroll along the Seine river which flows through the picturesque city and admire the sparkling architecture beneath the Eiffel Tower. We love starting our Parisian outings with a fresh croissant and some cafe au lait from the local cafes, seated outside to admire the elegant fashion of passersby. In Paris, it is very culturally acceptable to be enjoying cuisine and exploring by oneself. We are big fans of this destination and with plenty of museums, boutiques, and historical monuments to explore, there are endless opportunities to enjoy a solo vacation in Paris.

What libra wouldn't want to get lost in the city of love and light? The easygoing Parisian lifestyle is sure to enchant the libra who is always aching for harmony. Enjoy the world's finest of all varieties; art, architecture, fashion, and more. Libras are sure to indulge their material needs and take plenty of Instagram-worthy photos at this truly enchanting destination.

I'm in love with the city of love, TBH.

The city of lights is known for its historical importance in the art world. I'm sure you have heard of the Mona Lisa, and yes, it is amazing to see in person- along with all the other classic pieces found at world-famous museums throughout the city. All beneath a glittering Eiffel tower, there are over 1000 art galleries in Paris, so prepare to spend plenty of time experiencing impeccable art collections across this romantic destination.

Pallas-Amenah Morgan, @thegoddess_pallas writes: “Paris was the first international city I ever traveled to, and I did it solo at 19 years old! Everything from the art and food scene to the nightlife and architecture was breathtaking, and I loved learning to adapt to such a different environment. I traveled right after a traumatic experience, and the city really helped me grow in ways I never thought possible. Paris will always hold a special place in my heart for that reason.”

A bit of background on the Black population in Europe: at least a million Sub-Saharan Africans have moved to Europe since 2010. And while numbers of migrants in France specifically do not point to a “crisis,” the issue has nonetheless been more highly politicized than anywhere else in Europe. Walking through the city of Paris, you may pass camps of African migrants along the seine. Take a casual stroll past the Eiffel Tower and you will be sure to notice the sans-papiers— as the undocumented migrants are known in local parlance— vending touristy souvenirs. As a Black tourist, you may get suspicious stares from French officers, that is, until they realize you’re not African. Or, “better” yet, that you’re American. When I first arrived in Paris, I wore my natural hair up in a high puff or afro, and I would get plenty of looks from random passersby. However, when I decided to get my hair done, the looks became less guarded and more…intrigued. Here’s what I mean: while buying from a crepe stand for breakfast— you know, as you do— the man making crepes demanded that I show him my two euros to pay for my food before he made it. But as soon as he heard my American accent through my broken French, his eyes lit up, he smiled, “You’re American!” My hair was natural at the time. A week later, after I’d gotten my hair done in box braids, I found myself moving through the city with much more ease. I was treated more openly, less guardedly. It wasn’t until I returned to that same crepe stand that I understood why that was. The same man from before greeted me, complimented my hair, and said he “liked this look better,” that I “look like an island girl now.” When I asked him what he meant, he responded, “Very boujee!” It’s okay. You can laugh. TIP: Rule #1 for any Black traveler, especially female Black travelers: we’re gonna do our hair. Braids, twists, extensions, weaves, wigs— we put our hair up before we hop on that plane. No one wants to spend their vacation worrying about those precious coils and curls. But if you’re in need of services in Paris, look no further than Studio D, a small Black-owned salon off of Republique, and Daba Fashion. I had my braids done at Studio D and the women accounted for my hair texture, what products I liked, and even served hot tea. For cheaper options, hit up Little Africa in Montmartre and browse the braiding salons and shops that stretch for blocks. If you visit in October, you’ll catch the grape harvest festival by the Sacre Cour. Stuff your face with food from different regions of France and, of course, try many different wines.

Bursting with culture, elegance and that certain je ne sais quoi, it's no surprise Paris is still the #1 most romantic location in the world.

Of course, the number one destination for couples is Paris. Even though it is a cliche for couples to go to Paris on Valentine's Day, their honeymoon, or any spontaneous romantic getaway, Paris really is a beautiful city and very special for couples to visit together. There are a ton of romantic restaurants in the city and very nice hotels to stay at. You can spend your days walking around this amazing city, stopping for a cafe at any corner, and enjoying each other's company.

Paris is beautiful all year, but watching fireworks over the Eiffel Tower would be gorgeous!

Very cliche, but I want to visit the city of love with my love <3

Only two hours away by train, Paris is the perfect excuse to get another stamp in your passport. With so much to see in the French capital, I recommend getting an early morning train and a late-night train back to London–you’re going to need it. From the Eiffel Tower to The Louvre, Paris’ arrondissements have a lot to explore. 
While on the train from London to Paris, try organizing your day trip by must-sees (things you cannot leave without experiencing) and maybes (things you’d love to see but don’t mind skipping this time around). Then take the day head on by planning 2-3 activities with meal breaks in between. If you’re a foodie headed to Paris prepare your stomach’s lining for an abundance of pastries and fresh bread with most meals. My favorite bakery, and your new favorite bakery, in Paris is Du Pain et des Idées. Try the ‘escargot or savory bacon-topped pastry and, of course, the buttery-good croissants.  Travel Tip: If you’re on a budget, check out Eurostar Snap for tickets to Paris starting from £25 pounds. You pick the date and Eurostar will pick the time of travel.

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