Friday, October 23, 2020

Favorite Fun Things in Paris

There are so many fun things to do in Paris, it's hard to choose what to share.  Here are a few of our favorites, starting with walking through Paris at night.

 Lights of the city

The Arc de Triomphe on holidays looks especially spectacular with the large French flag flying inside.

 Flag under the Arc de Triomphe

Down the Avenue de la Grande Armée from the Arc de Triomphe, the Jardin d'Acclimatation (next to Foundation Louis Vuitton)  is a family-oriented leisure park, with games, rides, gardens, and collections of animals on display.

Jardin d'Acclimatation

Across the city, the Jardin du Luxembourg (next to the Sorbonne and the French Sénat, down Boulevard Saint-Michel from Place Saint-Michel) is always a great place to wander, rest, have a snack, or just watch the non-stop activity.

 Luxembourg Gardens, people at play, French Senate

All the wandering generally makes us hungry and we window shop at some of the food courts, particularly at the grand department stores (Printemps and Galeries Lafayette, both on Boulevard Haussmann).

Galeries Lafayette food hall

There are local street markets in every neighborhood.  We can't walk by any of them without wandering through and appreciating the offerings and thinking of what we might cook if we were to make a few purchases.

 Street markets

In the spring, the chocolate shop windows across Europe are full of great sights.  Paris has many such great displays to tempt and delight us.

 Chocolate shops

Alongside the chocolate shops are flower shops, spread across the city with great sights and smells to tempt us as we stroll.

Corner flower shops

Paris is one of the best cities in the world to wander, explore, discover, and enjoy.  And, we do!  Over and over again!

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