Paris’ beauty is preternatural.

Paris is everywhere. From the endless literary references and the dramatic scenes in romantic comedies to the movies featuring races down the Champs-Élysées and action scenes around the Eiffel, you can’t get away from it. Before I visited, I felt as though Paris could not possibly be as wonderful as every pop culture reference suggested. As is the case with much of what I discover when I travel, I quickly learned that I was wrong. 

The City of Light is one of the few places that lives up to the hype surrounding it. On our whirlwind tour of Europe, Paris stood out as simply magical. The history is just as extraordinary as any other European city, but the food… a book could be written on the food. And the fashion. And the architecture… you see my point! So here’s a brief overview of what your options are for a short-term stay, and here’s to hoping you get all the time in the world to discover what this city has to offer. 

For those of you just hopping into Paris for a day or two, check out: 48 Hours in Paris.

For some ideas on which arrondissements hold what in Paris, look at: Where to Stay in Paris.