PARIS — Often known as the City of Lights, Paris continues to draw people from all over to its wondrous atmosphere. From museums to escargot to the metro lines, your Parisian experience will not disappoint.
You might wonder, out of all European locations, why does everyone go to Paris? Or maybe you don’t question it and accept the fact that it’s a popular tourist location. The reason that it’s this way is because the city itself is the capital of culture, food, fashion, finance, diplomacy, commerce, science and the arts.
With that, I’m here to convince you that Paris can satisfy whatever interest you have.
Sebastián González, a student from Spain, told me, “I came to Paris for the art! There are so many museums and cultural areas to see.”
And he was right. Paris is home to more than 50 art museums! My personal favorites include the Musée d’Orsay, the Musée de l’Orangerie, along with the famous Louvre, which receives more than 2.8 million visitors every year.
Another important area is food. Because Paris is considered Europe’s most diverse city, the variety of culinary options is wide. You can find anything from Japanese ramen to Greek gyros, but traditional and popular French food options include: crepes, baguettes, macarons, cheese, onion soup and escargot.
On this point, a 38 year-old man named Scott Williams told me, “Parisian dessert is my favorite. That is one of my favorite things about being in the city.”
Paris is also fairly easy to navigate with a variety of transportation methods including trains, metros, and buses. Many tourists come here, so the city makes it easy to navigate for newcomers. Buses go all throughout the city and the trains and metros will take you both through and outside of the city.
Because French people speak multiple languages, particularly English, language isn’t much of a barrier. Being around the city, I’ve heard French people speak English, Spanish, Mandarin and Italian.
Last but not least, the city is just plain exciting. Wherever you are, you can find street performers, shops, parks, cafes and all sorts of people to interact with. In the words of a wise street vendor named Denis Laurent, “Paris is exciting! We love having people come visit from all over the world.”
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