As a frequent visitor, I can confirm that one of the most incredible things to do while you're in Paris is to just stroll around the city. I can't tell you how many afternoons i have spent walking up the hills of Montmarte, marveled at the beauty in trocadero or just walked around the pond in Parc Monceau. My personal opinion, if you are lucky enough to have a spare afternoon in the city of lights, is that this relatively short walk has everything you need from Paris in it. I used to walk this way almost every Sunday while living there since it bypassed my two favorite bookshops and a genuinely awesome falafel cart.
I used to live in a walking distance to the Arc du Triomphe which is where most of my escapades started as does this incredible walk.
Most people that visit Paris will stand in line for hours to go up in the Eiffel Tower and see the city from up high. Now there's only one problem with that, you get to see one of the most beautiful cities in the world, without its most iconic monument. I would recommend going to the top of the Arc du Triomphe instead, that way you get the amazing views and see the beautiful Eiffel tower rise up before you.
Continue down the iconic Champs Elysees for some window (or not so much window) shopping. Pass the Place du concorde, meeting point between Champs Elysses, luxurious Rue the Rivoli and the Tuileries gardens that lead up to the Louvre.
Walk under the arches of Rue Rivoli and you will soon find yourself outside Angelinas, and weather your stressed and in a hurry, or it's the middle of august and you're boiling up, you stop for a hot chocolate. It's what they are famous for, and it might just be the most delicious thing you will ever taste. Trust me.
Continue down rue Rivoli and pass the glorious Louvre with it's glass pyramid. Soon you will start seing some bridges on your left, pick one and cross it and you'll see the Notre Dame. All you Victor Hugo fans, take a minute to really soak up this gothic miracle. Last time I was in Paris they had build a large staircase just infront of the entrance where people could sit and look at the cathedral. It's does prevent you from taking a really nice picture of the whole square with the Notre Dame though.. And it really is as beautiful inside as it is outside so if you haven't already been in there, go.
For the grand, beautiful conclusion to this beautiful day, cross the next bridge and you will find Shakespeare & Company.
This little bookshop is not to be missed. I could spend hours here reading books. Old wooden shelves, tiny cozy corners where you can pull up a small chair pick up your favorite book and read till end of time. They have a small piano upstairs where people are welcome to play their favorite songs. They also put up a number of events with poets, writers and local mucisians. Prepare to fall in love.
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