by GAVRILIU M.
The bed and breakfast we booked in Montmartre was an excellent choice: the price was very affordable, the apartment clean and cozy, the host very welcoming and helpful, the subway station 100 m away, Place du Tertre just up the hill, a 10 minutes walkPlace du Tertre - a must. Paris at its best
Louvre Museum - you need at least half a day for it, just to run through part of the museum. It's worth it only if you like classic art and history.
Centre Georges Pompidou and the surrounding area - my own favorite, as I am interested in contemporary art and culture.
Les Halles - interesting area, has a lot of Parisian spirit, although I'm sure the old Halles were better...
Pont des Arts - unique experience of impromptu jamming among people picknicking on the brigde (a place like nowhere else)
The boards of the river Seine around Ile de la Cite and Ile St. Louis - fantastic, especially at twilight and during early evening.
Notre Dame, Sacre Coeur, St. Eustache - majestic cathedrals/churches
Au Pied de Cochon, Les Halles - we had the specialty of the house (pig foot) and we loved it. The atmosphere is great, good service. The restaurant is mentioned in all Paris brochures, for good reason.
Chez ma Cousine, Place du Tertre - the atmosphere is unforgettable, the meals are good, so is the wine.
Most probably due to the fantastic songs of Edith Piaf, I (and many other people, I'm sure) associate Paris with the sound of the accordion. After arriving at the B&B, tired after travelling/unpacking, I rested a bit in the armchair in our room. I was around 5-6 pm, the best time of the day, when the city starts to be filled with the noise of the people going out. As I was looking through the opened window to the nice panorama in front of me, an accordionist started to play, out of nowhere. I would have liked to record the moment on my camera, but eventually I decided to only capture it in my heart. I'm happy that I had the chance to share it with you.
For me, Paris is the most wonderful city in the world - in my opinion, it is underrated :-) - so visiting it is a must, at least once in a lifetime. It is hard to imagine what it means living in Paris, but being a tourist there is the most exciting experience ever. The city has an unique charm, everything is worth exploring, the architecture, the parks, the restaurants, the streets, the museums. I would go back anytime, with the same enthusiasm as I had when I went there first (I actually visited it 5 or 6 times already, travelling from Canada, where I live).
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