Why is Paris always a good idea?

Paris, by Packing my Suitcase.

I often hear people use Audrey Hepburn’s famous quote: “Paris is always a good idea”. After visiting Paris 2 times before I lived there for 3 months and 2 times more after leaving, I don’t only deeply understand the meaning of this quote, but also agree with it.

I didn’t go to Paris so many times because I had to, but simply because I wanted to, because I craved for it and because there is something about this city that doesn’t let me get enough of it. That being said, this week I started thinking about the reasons that always makes me want to return to the city of lights, and of course, I gladly share them here with you.

French architecture

Look at these buildings, who doesn’t love them? Every time I am in Paris wandering around the streets, I wonder how these buildings might look on the inside, what it is like to live there and to sit in those pretty French balconies. They really do deserve appreciation and surely are one of the things I love in Paris.

Paris, by Packing my Suitcase.

French Balcony, Paris. By Packing my Suitcase.

The busy Champs Elysées

It doesn’t matter how many times I visit Paris, the Champs Elysées continues to be I must stop, and I tell you what: it’s impossible not to buy something there, not to want to sit in one of its cafés and not to spend hours walking its almost 2 km length back and forth. The busiest street of Paris is also where I feel like I am a part of this world, a little part, but yes!

Why is Paris always a good idea? By Packing my Suitcase.

Champs Elysées, Paris. By Packing my Suitcase.

Trocadéro

See that famous tower made of iron over there? Well, for me there is no better way to appreciate the Eiffel Tower than sitting at the Trocadéro. I could lie on this grass for hours and take millions of pictures in every possible angle, and I would do it again every time I go to Paris. It was also the place I once spent my only New Years Eve alone, freezing my a** off.

Why is Paris always a good idea? By Packing my Suitcase.
Trocadero, Paris. By Packing my Suitcase.

Seine Quaysides

Ahh the Seine! Crosses the entire city and its quaysides can take you everywhere and under the most beautiful bridges of the Paris. Walking or by boat, it will be the most charming promenade you’ve ever seen. On one side or the other something will catch your attention, that being the Musée D’Osay, the Eiffel Tower or the Notre Dame.

Seine, Paris. By Packing my Suitcase.

Seine and Notre Dame, Paris. By Packing my Suitcase.

Macarons and Pain au Chocolat

Now, I don’t know about you, but French Macarons and Pain au Chocolat are the first things I buy when I arrive in Paris (after the Metro tickets). Sometimes I even daydream about them and their smell in the air running through the metro stations and streets, all coming from the best Pâtisseries of the world. The colorful Macarons and its innumerous flavors make it even harder to make a choice among them. And what about the Pain au Chocolat melting in your mouth? Hmmm, divine!

Macarrons, Paris. By Packing my Suitcase.

Ladurée, Paris. By Packing my Suitcase.

Pain au Chocolat, Paris. By Packing my Suitcase.

A walk in Montmartre

I don’t know why, but Montmartre is my favourite place in Paris! Maybe because when I’m there I feel like I went back to the 1920’s or even to the 1800’s, where Picasso, Monet and Dali used to sit and discuss their creative ideas. Wandering around Montmartre surprises me in many ways, every time I’m there I find a new nice view of the city, or a new café and restaurant, and I end up sitting somewhere nice watching the people buying souvenirs at the tiny shops; and of course, relax and think of my life over a glass of wine.

Montmartre, Paris. By Packing my Suitcase.

Montmartre, Paris. By Packing my Suitcase.

Montmartre, Paris. By Packing my Suitcase.

Montmartre, Paris. By Packing my Suitcase.

Crossing bridges

The bridges of Paris… who doesn’t love crossing them from one side of the Seine to the other? Or who never thought about hanging a pad lock at the Pont des Arts for an eternal love? Each of these bridges has its own history and meaning to the city. They all take you to different amazing places in Paris, they provide you unique photo angles and they make you fall in love… I meant, with the city.

Bridges of Paris, by Packing my Suitcase.

Seine, Paris. By Packing my Suitcase.

Pont des arts, Paris. By Packing my Suitcase.

Pad locks, Paris. By Packing my Suitcase.

Les Grands Magasins

There, the shopping paradise for women and the worst nightmare for men (at least for my hubby). Printemps and Galeries Lafayette: these two department stores are places to get lost among the most wanted brands in the world, to probably eat the most expensive macarrons in your life, and to daydream about leaving it full of shopping bags. Oh, sorry! Some people don’t just daydream, they do it… not me though, I wish!

Galleries Lafayette, Paris. By Packing my Suitcase.

Galleries Lafayette, Paris. By Packing my Suitcase.

The view from the Arc du Triomphe

I will leave you with my favourite view of Paris. The view from the Arc du Triomphe is enough to make me climb its stairs to the top every time I go to Paris… its worth it isn’t it?

Tour Eiffel, Paris. By Packing my Suitcase.

Arc du Triomphe, Paris. By Packing my Suitcase.

What do you think? Aren’t these reasons enough to make you want to go back to Paris? Well, they certainly make me want to, and they are no doubt reasons for me to write many more posts about the most romantic city in the world; so don’t miss a post!

Tell me, if you’ve ever been to Paris: what makes you think Paris is always a good idea? And if you still haven’t been there, would you go for the reasons above?

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About Allane

A Brazilian living in Germany. Married to W. mommy to a baby girl and a Golden Retriever. Traveler, writer, aspiring photographer, diver, wine appreciator, Formula 1 fan, avid reader of historical and young adult fictions books. City girl, nature lover, believer of a better world, one little change at a time.

  • We love Paris! It’s wonderful. Thanks for remiding us that we should go back someday soon 🙂

    • Thank you guys… Im happy you liked it! And of course, go back soon to Paris, its always a good idea 😀

  • Yay! Lovely post! I’ve been there once with my hubby and I absolutely love it! Maybe I should share your post with my hubby as he can’t comprehend the fact as to why I love Paris so muc…lol

    Great writeup! 🙂

    • hahaha thank you for the nice comment, Im glad you liked the writing, it makes me really happy 😀 and yes, do share with your hubby! After I read my post to my hubby he got it, so maybe we will be back in Paris soon, I hope hahaha have a nice day!

  • Stunning photos, Allane. And thank you for the tour of Paris. You did it in a very different way – through photos and the best bits of what to do. Which is your favourite thing to do in Paris…eating the macarrons, Eiffel Tower, bridges….I bet it’s hard to pick 😉 Like you, I think I will rush to buy chocolates if I ever go to Paris. European chocolate tastes so good, and the imported ones here in Australia are so expensive, even Cadbury. Haha, shopping in Paris. Sounds like you go there with an empty suitcase 🙂

    • Thank you Mabel it makes me smile knowing that you enjoyed together with me a little bit of what I love about Paris! I hope you can make it there soon, you will for sure fall in love with this city! And well, I try to travel light, but its always hard… but my hubby always travel light and I often use the space of his suitcase hahaha 😀 thanks for reading, it means a lot!

      • Aaahhh, it’s so nice to hear that someone smiled across the globe 😀 I am sure I will fall in love with Paris. I like looking at architecture and wandering around without getting bored. I hope Paris chocolate and ice-cream don’t disappoint.

        Hahaha. Your husband sounds like a very kind and generous man, carrying around your things in his suitcase. Like a gentleman 🙂

        • hahaha 😀 you won’t get bored with Paris, and its architecture… and you will love the chocolates and ice crem too!

          And yes, he is a gentleman but Im also nice, I always pack everything since he hates packing hahaha 😀

  • I’m in the process of writing my Paris article now, and have been for a week or two now. Its so hard to get everything I want to say in it, there is so much to do and see! Nice article!

    • Thank you for the comment! Yes its so hard to put everything on only one post that I decided to divide it several other posts… this is only the first one, many more will come 😀 and good luck writing your article about Paris, I will look forward to reading it!

  • Brilliant photos, I have only ever been at a young age so can’t really comment.. can’t wait to go back and experience it. What kind of camera do you use?

    • Thank you!!! Happy that you liked them… all these photos were taken with my Iphone, just a few with an old camera I had (dont really remember which, but was a Sony). Im trying to save up and get a real camera though 😀 and I hope you make it to Paris soon, you will love it.. its every girl’s paradise 🙂

  • It is always a good idea and we share many of the same reasons. I will always love visiting Paris! Great post 🙂

    • Thank you so much for the nice comment! I’m happy we share many of the reasons and that you enjoyed the post! And yes, I will also always love visiting Paris 🙂

  • I totally agree with you! Lived there for 4 months and it’s such a great city. It never gets boring, there’s always something new to discover and see. It sounds weird but somehow I really like Père Lachaise as well. It’s such a calm place in busy city. Also you can see over the city on clear days. 🙂
    I will definitely go back soon!! 🙂

    • So nice that you also lived there! Its true that it never gets boring… and good point with Père Lachaise, a calm place in the middle of the craziness of Paris, I haven’t been there for a long time, maybe I should stop by again when I visit it next time 😀 and do go back soon, its always a good idea!! Thank you for reading! 🙂

  • Thanks for reminding of the beauty of Paris! I’ve only been a few times, but would go back immediately if given the chance. You’ve captured so many of my favorite spots in your lovely pics.

    • Thank you Rusha, so nice to know you liked it and that I could remind you of how pretty Paris is. I hope you visit it again soon… Im also hoping to again this year, when I find a little time 😀 thank you for reading!

  • Your photos and words really make Paris romantic. The shopping centres and everything are so ornate, I love it – being used to the Scandinavian simplicity it is a refreshing change =) Cheers, Tanny

    • Thank you for the lovely comment Tanny. Yes, Paris is a big change, to many cities, even compared to Munich… here things are also simpler than there. Maybe thats another reason for liking Paris, its different 😀

  • I love your entry and your pictures, don’t get mistaken, but.. I really don’t like Paris. I’ve been there, at least 5 times (with local, as a tourist, as a student, for work, etc) and… I really dislike the people over there. They are rude, especially the waiters when you drink a coffee or stuff like that. I’ve found the town disgusting, and not well-maintained. I do understand why people are attracted by Paris tough. But I’m not, I think there are so many better places than that 🙂 People love cheese while others find its taste and smell unappealing.. I think it is the same with Paris 😀

    • Hahaha thank you for you comment and expressing your opinion! Even though I love thousand things about Paris, there are other ones I also dont like… thats why I already have planned a post, which I will write about the other side of Paris. So I totally understand you 😀 thank you for reading and for your comment, I appreciate it 🙂

  • Ohhh, Paris is so amazing! It was one of our favourite cities during our RTW. We only spent a week, but we definitely want to go back and live there for a few months, just like you did. 😀

    • Ohhh sounds like a great plan!!! It will be a great experience… and even after that you will keep discovering things in Paris, its incredible! Thank you for reading 😀

  • Sadly I have been to Paris just for a day. And i want to visit it back not just for a day but to stay there for few days and get to know about it more. I guess what pull me to Paris is the romance associated with it, light up bridges in the night. I would like to sit down near river bridge and just soak myself in that glittering lights around and may be write something about it 🙂

    • That sounds like an amazing plan! I think you should totally do it! And stay as much as you can because Paris has a lot to offer and its a big city 😀 I hope you go back there soon! Thank you for reading!

  • I was in Paris for the fourth time last month. Paris is hard to define. There are many good things but also not so good things. Mostly good but I recall my recent trip there when I asked the security officer at Galleries Lafayette about the direction towards Printemps. I knew it was only a few meters away but there were so many exits that I became confused. The first question he asked me was “Do you speak French?” I replied “No”. “Then I cannot help you,” he replied. “Just point me to the right exit. Is it this exit or that one over there?”, I pleaded. “I’m sorry but I cannot help you, Madam.”

    I wonder if this is a standard operating procedure, a cultural thing or if the store just does not want its customers to shop at the competitor’s premises! 🙂

    • Hahahaha I know!! I understand you… after going there a few time and living there I also saw a few negative things, which I will share in another post! 😀 thank you for sharing this experience!

  • Pictures are so beautiful that I regret reading your post. I won’t be able to travel to Europe for few years till my you get one is older. Till then … *sigh*

  • Sha

    I have yet to visit Paris but I’ve read so many accounts of it, watched movies and dramas featuring it. I would love to see it and the rest of France too but I feel that it would take me so much time to be able to see everything and enjoy everything…I will believe that I will get to see it in person some time in the future instead….:)

    • hahaha awn Sha… its true that you will time there, because there is a lot to see! Whenever you do it, make sure that apart from Paris you go around the castles of Vale du Loire and the French Riviera 😀 you will love it!! And I hope this future is soon 🙂 thank you for the lovely comment!

  • And with such beautiful photos, Paris looks even better! Thanks for sharing!

  • I love Paris and been there countless times. I go there because of the museums, parks, food & friends

    • Hi Lorraine! Im glad you also like Paris, thank you for sharing your opinion 😀 have a nice weekend!

  • Paris is a good idea because… It simply is amazing! =) I don’t think I would live there, but I always said Paris is my city-lover… We see each other, once in a while, for a some days at a time. We always have an amazing time together and each time we meet, we fall in love over and over again. And I miss Paris so much! I miss strolling along the Seine, I miss the lights of the Louvre at night and the Quartier Latin. The chapel of my saint is in Paris. I am an eternal Paris lover… =) Paris is always a good idea because it allows you to simply be.

    • I feel exactly like you! Better description of how I feel about Paris than yours is impossible, so I guess we have a lot in common 😀 Thank you for reading Tati… beijos!

  • I have been to Paris only once – spent 5 hours at the airport while waiting for my connection. I guess it doesn’t count and hopefully I can visit it “properly” sooner rather than later 🙂

    • hahaha well then I hope you can make it there soon, you will love it! Its a very different city, with many interesting things to discover! Stay as long as you can because Paris is huge and there is a lot to do 🙂

  • zoeyryu

    Beautiful! My bestie is moving to paris! Seems like she will have a lot of fun! Thank you for this post!

    • Thank you for stopping by! Ohh yes she will have lots of fun there 🙂 Im glad you liked the post! Have a great week 🙂

  • I’ve only ever travelled through Paris * hangs head in shame*. And judging by you fabulous reasons I really need to go properly. I also really want a maccaron! Must make a point of going there next year, I have no excuse, it’s only 2 hours by Eurostar!

    • hahaha yes I think its a great idea!! And only 2 hours by Eurostar makes things easier 🙂 macarrons are fabulous and in Paris there are plenty of options, its a paradise! I will look forward to see a post about Paris from you 😀

  • Paris is Paris. It has its own charm. I have never been to but it is on my list 🙂

  • I completely agree!! Paris is always a good idea! Though I regret I could not do whatever I planned for in Paris. It was my first solo trip and I took my time getting used to it! By that time The holiday was over:(
    Sigh probably next time!!

    • Im sorry for that! I hope you can go back soon, Paris is really big and the first time we can be a little lost, Im sure next time you will already have an idea and you will enjoy more 😀 thank you for reading!

  • Gorgeous photos and wonderful post. I couldn’t agree more! As I started reading this post I wondered if you would mention the pain au chocolat and Printemps – and of course you did! A girl after my own heart 🙂
    I spent a week in Paris last year with two girlfriends and we just wandered around the city, shopped, ate, lounged in cafes and took in the city with no agenda at all. We rented an apartment for the week and I would highly recommend this – we truly felt like part of the city. Counting the days until I can go back!
    http://www.thebellevoyage.com

    • hahaha thank you for the kind comment Jessica! Im glad you liked my post and pictures, and that you also love Pain au Chocolat and the department stores 😀 Its a great idea to rent an apartment in Paris for the week, cheaper than hotel I guess. I might do that next time I go!! And I hope you go back soon to have a lot more fun in the city of lights 😀

  • I have not been to Paris but these photos make me want to get on a plane. You have a great eye with your camera. Interesting perspectives.

    • You should 🙂 Thank you for the compliment… the truth is I need a real camera, for know its only Iphone!

      • I take quite a few of my photos with my phone. Yours are very good!

        • Oh really?? I could never tell, your photos are great! Ant thank you, it makes me really happy… maybe they will get better when I have a real camera 😀

          • The other camera we use is a Canon point and shoot. Basically at this point we want something small enough to have in a cycling jersey or running belt. We do some photo editing in Picasa as well. I understand you can buy photo lenses that you can put in front of the iPhone too. At any rate keep doing what you are doing. Lovely shots!

          • Thats a great idea! I have a go pro but I only used when Im diving. I will save up and see what I can buy… if not, Im happy that the Iphone photos are doing fine so far 😀 thank you!

  • What a list…I couldn’t do it better. This post just makes me think: why not Paris…again

    P.S. Nunca sei se comento aqui ou na versao portugues (afinal, eh sempre a versao em ingles que eu leio…hehe)

    • hahaha que legal, comenta como vc preferir 🙂 adoro ler comentários! Que bom que você gostou do post… dá vontade de voltar mesmo não é? Já estou me coçando para ir de novo, mas acho que agora tem outras cidades na lista. 😀

  • Great photos of my favorite place – Paris is so special and beautiful. Merci, too, for visiting 24/7 in France, author of “Solitary Desire-One Woman’s Journey to France” See video http://youtu.be/xG_YTa5sDac

  • A lovely piece Allane! I will never tire of Paris. It’s like an onion, there is always another layer to peel back and see.

    • Thank you Jane! I loved this comparison with the onion, and completely agree with you! 🙂

  • Love love love! France is my dream destination. Maybe I should plan a trip for next year, now that I’ve got all these wonderful ideas from you! <3 Wish I was there right now!!

    • Hi Celia!! Thank you for the lovely comment! Im glad my post inspired you to visit Paris… I must say you have to go! Start planning now, and of course if you need any help or tips let me know! 😀

  • For your future trips, try almond croissant (croissants aux amandes) and Le Bon Marché department store, which is the least touristic grand magasin of Paris. In a separate building they have a food store, La Grande Epicerie, which is a heaven for food lovers. Recently renovated, it is super beautiful with amazing products.

    • Ohhhh I love croissants aux amandes 😀 you just made me hungry and miss French food!! I need to visit Paris again 😀

      • In spring time?

        • There is the chance we go during easter time 😀 but I havent made plans yet 😀

  • Me too… I could sit hours and watch the people and the time pass by 😀 I love that, especially in Paris!
    There is so much to see in this city that it takes many many visits until you have seen the essential! I hope you do come back for more 😀

  • Happy to know that Nicola!!
    Don’t worry, not everyone falls in love with Paris on the first visit, and sometimes even never. I also wrote a post about the imperfections of Paris, because not everything in Paris ia awesome!
    But I hope you give another try and visit other places 😀

  • Thank you dear!! Happy that you liked it 😀
    I know right? I am so sad that when I return there in July my lock won’t be there anymore 🙁 oh well!

  • Hi Phoebe!!! Ohhh that’s amazing, after 10 years you can definitely consider yourself as a Parisienne no doubt 😀 Another Paris lover around here, yaaay!!
    Ohh that’s great to know, I will definitely stay tuned and link it up on #AllAboutFrance 😀 thanks for the tip!

  • Gin

    I don’t really like Paris, but I still love some places there, like “Les jardins du Luxembourg” and wandering in Montmartre. I love macarons, I baked some the other day, it’s so difficult to make !

    • Ohhh yes some places are very special… I love Montmartre too <3 it is probably my favourite place in Paris!
      hahaha I have also tried to bake macarons many times but they are impossible do bake at home 🙁 I understand why they are so expensive hahaha

      • Gin

        Yes, timing is just so important with maracons. And when I looked at what I’ve spent making them (and they were disgusting), I don’t mind paying one euro per piece.

        • hahaha exactly, me neither!! Not to mention the stress after you try after a few times and never works 🙁
          I gladly pay for them!!

  • Thank you so much Susan 😀 happy that you like it!!
    hahaha that’s probably veeery French, well done! It seems that you really made the most out of your weekend in Paris 😀

  • Completely agree with you!! The city had a nice vibe, and the buildings makes me feel like I am back to the past 😀 I love that!

  • Thank you dear 😀 happy that you like it!
    I hope you return to Paris sometime soon, there is always something new to discover in the city.
    Living there certainly provided me another view of the city… I didn’t likeit much, but I still love to visit it 😀

  • Same here!!! It doesn’t matter how many times I go, there is always something to see!
    Ohhh my Les Grande Magasins are dangerous for every woman hahaha I think you should plan a girls trip with your friends 😀

  • yaaaaay awesome!! I hope you make it there soon… I think Paris is a must for everyone, even if you don’t like the city afterwards, I believe it is worth visiting it 😀

  • Ohhh noo, sorry about that!! There are many other interesting things to see in Paris I assure you 😀 I hope you give it another chance!!

  • Thank you so much Tas 😀
    Awwnn you need to take him someday, I’m he will like it, especially if it is with you!!
    I am from Brazil and my hubby is German, and I was the one who finally made him go to Paris because he had never been there before! 😀

  • I also completely agree with you Cathy! There is always something new to discover in Paris, and after a certain time away from the city I always crave for it!! That’s why in July I will be there again for a few days <3 😀 It is always good to be back in Paris!
    It must have been great to visit the city with your daughter!!

  • <3 yesss! I agree with you… Paris is sooo inspiring!!
    And I am very sad about the padlocks… mine will go away too 🙁 and just because I am going there in 1 month from now… I was going to see it again!!

  • Ohhh I hope you go soon Sarah!! Paris is a must 😀
    Disney is fun too… I have been there a few times, but I guess next time I won’t be going because I already know all the rides hahaha

  • awnnnn no 🙁
    It doesn’t count really! You have to go back and spend more time, and hopefully no one will be crying 😀

  • I think I should include Le Marais on the list too 😀
    I love that part of town!! I am going to stay there in July to explore a bit more 😀

  • I’m so ashamed I’ve never been to Paris properly. Only Gare Du Nord! I am making it a priorty next year or two – as well as Munich 🙂

    • I loooove your plans <3
      Yes, do go to Paris! And please, yes, come to Munich 😀 I would love to show you around, meet you and Monkey!!
      London is still on my list for this year, just don't know when exactly… but the latest next year 😀

  • Suguna (unfinishedtravel)

    Mmm macarons and chocolate… I’m sold! 🙂

  • That’s a great idea!!! I think she will fin the idea very exciting 😀

  • You are right!! The same happens to me, every time I go there are things I haven’t done yet, and still I can’t manage to do them all!! There are always a reason to go back 😀
    Awwwnn how amazing that you got engaged there! This year I am celebrating my 3 year wedding anniversary there 😀 <3

  • I guess it is probably mine too Vlad!! It is breathtaking, I love it <3
    Ohh my that's true, I remember it!! But I am sure sooner or later you will return 😀

  • Ohh really? I hope this year it works out finally 😀
    You must be very excited to return 20 years later, how cool!! But it is still nice that you remember a few things from your first time there 😀

  • Hi Rosie!! Ohh you live pretty close to Paris 😀
    I understand what you mean, it’s always like that, we don’t visit so often the places nearby, because you know you can go any time 🙂

    Yesss, I know about the padlocks 🙁 so sad! I had one there! I’m also wondering what people will come up with after that haha 😀

  • How lovely 😀
    I totally agree with you… unfortunately Paris has also its dirty side, that is why I also wrote a post about it. It is a beautiful and romantic city, but it certainly has its ugly side 🙁

  • Lovely!!! Disneyland is pretty cool!!
    Yes, next time try to spend more time in Paris, there is soooo much to see 😀

  • I am so happy to know that!! 😀
    If you need more tips let me know and I will be happy to help!
    Enjoy your trip to Paris!!