So, I’ve been living in Paris for about four weeks now. It’s been enough time to dip my feet in the water and figure out a few places that I really enjoy spending time at, but still not enough time to uncover all the hidden spots within the city. I’ve compiled a few places that make this city of over two million people not seem so huge and overwhelming but rather like home.
1. Sacre-Cœur- Montmartre
This is quintessential Paris complete with accordion players, freelance artists, crêpes, lovers, and cathedrals. There is something about being in the presence of typical Paris things that makes this city seem more familiar.
2. Jardin du Luxembourg
Go to Jardin du Luxembourg if you really want to feel like you’re in Paris. Take a book if you really want to feel like a Parisian.
3. Métro Line #6
I’m not sure if everybody has a favorite métro, but I can tell you that I’m completely and totally devoted to Line 6. My friends can tell you, I rave over how much I love this métro. My favorite part of the ride is crossing over the Pont de Bir-Hakeim, a bridge spanning the river Seine. In order to cross over the Seine, you emerge from the underground revealing a gorgeous view of the Eiffel Tower. When going in the direction of the stop “Nation,” you remain above ground and are able to see a picturesque version of Paris with flower pots hanging from apartment windows and neon light lit cafés.
4. Pont de Bir-Hakeim
When I really want to clear my head, I love walking and people watching on the Pont de Bir-Hakeim. Not only does this bridge have a beautiful outlet where you can find the statue La France renaissante, a clear and serene view of the Eiffel Tower, and seasonal lavender plants growing in flower beds near the ends of the bridge, but it also connects to the Ile aux Cygnes, the third largest island in the city of Paris. The Ile aux Cygnes is the perfect place to jog or admire the changing color of leaves in the fall. Not to mention, at the other end of the Ile aux Cygnes there is a replica of the Statue of Liberty!
The world awaits…discover it.