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Capital city of France, renowned for the Eiffel Tower, art museums like the Louvre, fashion, and a hub of culture, history, and romance.

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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.

thegoddess_pallas 3 years ago

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.

briari 4 years ago

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.

seeker 3 years ago

In Paris for Chinese New Year? Then you’re going to be in for a great time with celebrations lasting two weeks. The party kicks off with their famous ‘opening of the dragon’s eye’ ceremony (which is exactly what it sounds like, just with more firecrackers), and continues with a parade of brimming dragons, firecrackers, and bright orange koi fish. Everything happens around the Champs-Elysées, making for an awesome backdrop to spectacular street festivals. The performers here really go all out with their costumes, and Paris turns into a wash of colour that lasts for weeks after the celebration ends. Even the Eiffel Tower joins in as it glows red through the period and shop fronts are adorned in red and gold.

booksandbao 2 years ago

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.

loulianavoelker 3 years ago

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.”

seeker 3 years ago

Paris, the capital city of France, is a must-see destination for anyone visiting Europe. Known as the City of Love or the City of Lights, Paris is steeped in history, art, and culture. From the iconic Eiffel Tower to the world-renowned Louvre Museum, there is no shortage of things to see and do in Paris. Be sure to stroll down the Champs-Élysées, visit Notre-Dame Cathedral, and indulge in some delicious French cuisine while exploring this magical city.

seeker 11 months ago

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.

seeker 3 years ago

Paris, often called the City of Love, is a truly romantic city with its charming architecture, quaint cafes perfect for people-watching, and picturesque parks and gardens. Take a leisurely stroll along the Seine River, marvel at the stunning Eiffel Tower, or visit the city's countless art galleries and museums. Paris is undoubtedly one of the most romantic cities in the world, and it's no wonder that it's the destination of choice for couples from all over the globe.

seeker 11 months ago

You know we couldn't make a list of iconic international travel spots without this one- Oui oui, Paris! If romantic nights strolling along cobbled stone pathways or quaint mornings sipping hot cappuccinos in an outdoor cafe doesn't charm you- what about the countless museums, shopping, and sightseeing opportunities? Paris is not just contemporarily relevant, but a huge contender in history and every idyllic rue of this city is guaranteed to be holding plenty of fascinating secrets to uncover.

seeker 2 years ago

Paris, the capital of France and located in the Île-de-France region, is one of the most popular cities in the world. Known for its romantic charm, iconic landmarks like the Eiffel Tower, and a rich history of art, culture, and cuisine, Paris offers an unforgettable experience for visitors. From strolling along the Seine river to exploring world-class museums and indulging in delicious French pastries, there is something for everyone in this vibrant city.

seeker 11 months ago

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.

seeker 3 years ago

Paris, the capital city of Île-de-France, has been a mainstay on Forbes' Top 50 in Travel list for years. With its world-famous landmarks like the Eiffel Tower and Arc de Triomphe, bustling street markets, quaint cafes, and romantic gardens, it's no wonder why. From exploring the art at the Louvre to indulging in the culinary delights of French cuisine, there's something for every traveler to enjoy in this charming city.

seeker 11 months ago

Paris is one of the most romantic and culturally-rich cities in the world. Known for its stunning architecture, world-renowned art museums, and gourmet cuisine, visitors can explore the iconic Eiffel Tower, stroll along the Seine River or discover the charming neighborhoods of Montmartre and Le Marais. With a plethora of historic landmarks and exciting activities to enjoy, Paris is a must-visit destination for any world traveler.

seeker 11 months ago

I haven't been to Paris since I was a young girl and all the years between my last trip and my future dream vacation builds in anticipation. A romantic dinner in a glittering bistro munching on escargot (don't judge) is all I can think about right now. With so many breathtaking museums to explore, sights to see, and shopping to do, Paris is high on my 2022 bucket list.

madeleineray 2 years ago

Because what could be more fashionable than a cherry red beret, simple trench coat, and a fresh croissant in hand? Paris is a classic destination that has spurred some of the most classical fashion trends that will most likely never die off. Home to pure luxury, and effortless class- Paris is the perfect destination for fashionistas dreaming of magical eras past, and seeking inspiration for their own elegance.

seeker 2 years ago

Visitors to Paris, the capital of Île-de-France, can expect to experience a city steeped in history and culture. From the iconic Eiffel Tower to world-class museums like the Louvre and Musée d'Orsay, Paris offers endless opportunities for exploration. Be sure to indulge in the city's delicious cuisine, stroll along the Seine River, and take in the beauty of its architecture and gardens.

seeker 11 months ago

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.

madeleineray 3 years ago

For those looking to stroll down twisty roads alongside picturesque, quintessentially Parisian architecture, walk across the rue in the morning for a crispy croissant and cafe au lait before spending hours adventuring some of the world's finest museum and boutique shopping- your dream can be a reality. Paris is requiring vaccine passports and is already open to most fully vaccinated travelers.

seeker 3 years ago

It’s no mystery that Paris is considered the most romantic destination in the world, an idyllic slice of cobblestone roads, candlelit cafes, and breathtaking scenery. A getaway to Paris with your honey is guaranteed to be sweet, whether that means touring iconic museums or spending your days uncovering hidden gems. Paris is known as the ‘City of Love’ for a reason.

seeker 2 years ago

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