Paris 101

That waiter over there? Yeah, he’s judging you.

Paris leaves an impression on everyone, from students perfecting their langue française to tourists who wonder why the French don’t pronounce half the consonants in each word. This city has been home to countless films, daydreams, and kings named Louis, and it easily destroys all diets with its arsenal of buttery croissants and delicate pastries. Nearly everyone in the world idealizes Paris, whether it’s for the Eiffel Tower, the intellectual literary cafes, or the impossibly chic and be-scarfed denizens of the city. But don’t let yourself be disillusioned by ideals—yes, everyone is in love with Paris, but this place can be rough. When you get Englished for the first time (when your mangled French inquiry is interrupted with an English response), you’ll start to realize that your Converse won’t cut it after all and that maybe you should have paid more attention in French class. Paris will charm and bitchslap you with equal gusto, but don’t get too le tired—think of it as a gentle form of Parisian hazing. Once you learn your way around the narrow, cobblestoned streets and nail down your merci, beaucoup, Paris will be more spectacular than ever. Some tiny corner of it will be yours in memory and experience, whether it’s admiring a painting in an empty room at the Louvre (they exist), listening to the bells of Notre Dame chime as you sit by the Seine, sunbathing in the gorgeous Jardin du Luxembourg, or biting into your first Nutella banana crêpe. Slow down and don’t worry about how well you’re fitting in—this city is big and captivating enough for everyone to claim their little slice.

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The Paris Top 5

  • Panthéon

    If there’s one building that doesn’t know the meaning of antidisestablishmentarianism, it’s the Panthéon.

  • Musée d'Orsay

    Aesthetic taste is fickle. When a handful of artists were rejected from the Louvre salon in the 19th century, they opened an exhibition across the way, prompting both the scorn of stick-up-their-arses académiciens and the rise of Impressionism. Today, people line up at the Musée d’Orsay to see this collection of groundbreaking rejects.

  • Jardin des Tuileries

    The gardens grew as each successive king added something to call his own.

  • Centre Pompidou

    The center’s functions are as varied as its colors; it serves as a cultural theme park of ultra-modern exhibition, performance, and research space.

  • Parc des Buttes-Chaumont

    Not your average Parisian park, the Buttes-Chaumont was modeled after Hyde Park in London, but it seems more like Pandora from "Avatar."


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Paris Blogs

1511, 2015
  • Sunrise with the Eiffel Tower

Being an Au-Pair: Is It for You?

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Think you want to stay in Paris for a little more than a weekend? What about a few months? If this is the case, you have a few options: being a student abroad here is great, but things can get expensive and scholarships and financial aid often fall short of making the dream happen. For many, becoming an au pair is the answer. Au pairs are a curious mix between nannies, maids, and homeless people that sleep in an extra bedroom. Doesn't that sound great?! Well, it is. For a few hours of part-time work a day [...]

311, 2015
  • Sniffing out the goods at Barthelemy in Paris

Your Grocery Guide to Paris

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Real talk: your broke ass can‘t afford to eat in swanky French restaurants every meal (or even every day). Take deep breaths. That’s okay. In fact, it‘s more than okay: you’ll have a better food experience than the tourists who feel like they have to shell out for (mostly mediocre, tourist-trap) meals all the time. You‘re going to eat like a local: you’re going grocery shopping. I‘m about to teach you a very delicate dance: there are so many options when it comes to shopping for food in France, and to be honest, it is hard to [...]

2910, 2015
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Let’s Have a Picnic: Tips for Alfresco Dining in Paris

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One of my favorite things to do in Paris involves grabbing a few friends, a nice bottle of wine, and a quiet spot in a park. No, not orgies. Yes, picnics! From what I gather, picnicking isn‘t actually a huge Parisian tradition, but for the money, I can't find a better way to spend the afternoon in the city. So here are some necessities before you venture out: 1) A great spot. Parks are best. If you‘re stumped, going to the Tuileries or Luxembourg Gardens. These two are Paris’ flagships, but the city is also known for [...]

1210, 2015
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Paris: Smoking Hot

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It‘s true: everyone in Paris smokes. Or at least, it seems like everyone. I’m sure there are a few health- or otherwise image-conscious people who choose to forgo tobacco, but no matter how many this silent-possibly-majority are in number, they are hidden behind a screen of exhaling French people. Smoking is part of European culture: though the EU has strict health regulations, it seems that many young Americans grew up with a more active anti-tobacco culture than did our counterparts across the Atlantic. This shows in our attitudes towards smoking-related illness, but it also shows in our attitudes [...]

910, 2015
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Fashion Free in Paris

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When most people think of Paris, they think of the typical tourist hot spots, Eiffel Tower, The Louvre, Sacre Coeur, Jim Morrison's grave, etc. You might even think of it as the fashion capital of the world and that even if you wanted to, there is no way you'd be able to afford to A) go to a runway show, or B) wear any of the clothes that are being modeled. Well, wait no more! There is a fashion show about every week that happens on the roof of one of the most famous department stores in Paris; Galeries [...]

309, 2015
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10 Tips for a Cheap Solo Weekend in Paris

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Subtitled: the blind leading the blind; I actually spent 175 Euro but I wouldn’t have had I done the metro better and bought fewer pastries. Yes, look at hostel prices, but also look at the online reviews of hostel breakfasts. If it’s good, it will add value. If it’s not good, you’ll effectively pay twice for breakfast. Which brings us to… Eat only two meals a day. Maybe this won’t work unless you’re a small human like me, but I had to choose between quality and quantity and opted for the former. I ate hostel breakfast and then a late lunch, [...]

Paris was last modified: June 25th, 2015 by letsgoadmin

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