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Paris Travel guide

Updated on February 8, 2016

Visit Paris

Paris is one of my favourite European destinations. Ever since I was a little girl living in South America I used to dream about visiting Paris. Later on when I grew up and I started to become interested in fashion my dream cities become Paris, Milan, London and New York. But after I stepped out in Paris for the first time I knew that would be MY city, the one I would love with passion and admire forever.

My first trip to Paris was before the year 2000. It was a short city break that I had as a present after my university graduation. I was literally in love with Paris since I stepped of the plane. Paris was all I had ever dreamt of and much more. I remember taking the train from the airport to the city centre. The train was full and an elegant gentleman gave me his seat. A courtesy that I had never experienced in London or New York. When I sat down I started listening to these two men talking in the seats behind me; their accent was enchanting, the sound of their words smoothly caressing my ears. I remembered watching the French film Cyrano de Bergerac with Gerard Depardieu many years before, and in that very instant without even looking at the men behind me I decided that French men were irresistible.


Wendy in Paris
Wendy in Paris | Source

My first trip to Paris

My first trip to Paris was like a dream. I thoroughly enjoyed it. I took it easy, just visited a few landmarks like the EiffelTower, The Sacre Coeur, Notre Dame and the Champs Elysees and spend the rest of the time walking around the Parisian streets, admiring the architecture, sitting down for long coffee breaks tasting the most delicious cakes I had ever had. Of course I also reserved a day for the obligatory boat trip down the Seine and a day for visiting Versailles. The palace of Versailles was a place I could not miss as I had always been fascinated by castles -and France as I later discovered has hundreds of them.

After my first visit to Paris, I decided that I was completely in love with it. Eventually, I become such a Francophile that I ended up moving to France. Nowadays I live in the French countryside, about two hours away from Paris by train. I take any excuse and opportunity to visit Paris, and whether I only go for a day trip or a weekend city break I am never disappointed. I have been in Paris so often that I cannot count it, but Paris never stops to amaze me. Every time I visit I find a new little street that I hadn’t seen before, a new patisserie that I hadn’t tasted before. I discovered that it doesn’t matter how many times I visit Paris, there is always something new for me.

Paris and the Eiffel Tower



Paris, France Travel Guide - The Fashion District

The Louvre Metro station

The Louvre Metro station by Wendy Iturrizaga
The Louvre Metro station by Wendy Iturrizaga
The Louvre Metro station by Wendy Iturrizaga
The Louvre Metro station by Wendy Iturrizaga
Little Princess in Paris
Little Princess in Paris

Paris with Children

Paris can also be a great place to visit with children. My little ones love Paris, whether it is having lunch at the Eiffel Tower, visiting the Louvre or just walking along the Tuillerie gardens, they are always excited to visit Paris.

Outside the Louvre

Chateau de Chabenet

Located in Central France, 3 hours by train/car from Paris
Located in Central France, 3 hours by train/car from Paris


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      Wendy Iturrizaga 6 years ago from France

      Jamesshank: I love Paris and every season has a special charm in the city, it doesn't matter how many times you visit Paris, you always discover a "new Paris" everytime.

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      Jameshank 6 years ago from Japan, NY, California

      Paris is an amazing city indeed. Great hub!

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      Wendy Iturrizaga 6 years ago from France

      robie: If you are lucky enough to have lived in Paris, then wherever you go for the rest of your life it stays with you. I hope you can come back soon.

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      Roberta Kyle 6 years ago from Central New Jersey

      Paris is my all time personal favorite city. I lived there for a year when I was 20-- haven't been back since 2004, but always adore the place-- just walking around anywhere in the city is a treat and even the smallest neighborhood cafe can make a decent omelet < sigh>

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      Wendy Iturrizaga 7 years ago from France

      Beata: How romantic to have your honeymoon in Paris...

      I have not yet been in Australia, but I promise tto have a look at your articles as it is a place I would like to visit.

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      Beata Stasak 8 years ago from Western Australia

      Thank you Princess for sharing those beautiful images of Paris with me, I have been in Paris only once on my honeymoon, but you can not forget Paris, do you?

      Would like to share my stories from Australia and my home country as well if you find time to spare:

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      Wendy Iturrizaga 8 years ago from France

      Ethel: that is just the "tip of the iceberg"

      prasetio: thanks for your comment.

      Jamiehousehusband: I have a few photos there somewhere. It can be a bit pricy but it is so unique that it is woth it. Not only they have some of the most delicious cakes and breads but their cava is also outstanding.

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      Jamiehousehusband 8 years ago from Derbyshire, UK

      Bonjour Princessa, I could almost hear the music when I read this - love paris, so romantic and the food!! Do me a favour when next there and take a snap of Fauchon's window or maybe you know a better local patisserie? Jamie.

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      prasetio30 8 years ago from malang-indonesia

      Good information from you. I think it was wonderful trip. thanks for showing about this. Good work and I enjoy all the pictures, those are beautiful. Nice hub.

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      Eileen Kersey 8 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull

      Some great Paris highlights.

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      Wendy Iturrizaga 8 years ago from France

      Pamela99: I can go back again and again and again, and always find something new to see.

      rebekahELLE: Thank YOU Rebekah for giving me the idea of doing this hub. Maybe one day we'll have a long chat by the Seine...

      drbj: Thank you.

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      drbj and sherry 8 years ago from south Florida

      Princessa - everyone should visit Paris at least once in their life. It is an incredible, one-of-a-kind city.

      Thanks for this lovely tribute to Paree and your enchanting photos.

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      rebekahELLE 8 years ago from Tampa Bay

      Princessa, I love it! what a fantastic hub! reading through your words, I can feel those same feelings of wonder and enchantment when seeing Paris for the first time. I think the city truly is it's own world, magical and enticing. The accent has to be one of the most beautiful and the language itself not only sounds beautiful, but it looks beautiful as well. Who knows, maybe some day I will join you in my francophile dreams. Fabulous job of putting together this capstone. I will add it to my Paris hubs!! thanks so much!!

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      Pamela Oglesby 8 years ago from United States

      Princessa, It sounds like the perfect city to spend a long vacation. Very good hub.

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      Wendy Iturrizaga 8 years ago from France

      dags the drover: it is an unforgetable experience :)

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      dags the drover 8 years ago from still lost in Western Australia

      wow.. what a trip, well... experience really. thanks Dags