Paris - bonjour once more

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Paris is a cosmopolitan city neatly divided into 20 arrondissements, that just seems to have that je ne sais quoi. In our team it holds fond memories such as going to EuroDisney for the first time, experiencing the Eiffel Tower, tucking into elegant macaroons, and then of course there are events such as Premiere Fashion and Paris Fashion week. We kind of feel like we have grown up with this city. Sure the Parisians aren't always the most patient as you struggle to ask for directions in your best French and yes, it ranks a lot more pricey to eat out than some other European cities but something always brings us back. We normally stay in an apartment in the trendy Marais district (we like to shop) but this time round we stayed at Mama Shelter Paris, a little out of the centre.

There is something about strolling along the river Seine (UNESCO World Heritage site) and looking out onto Pont Neuf (one of the oldest bridges constructed in 1578) and Pont de Alexander III,  that never fail to amaze us. Art, history and culture oozes out of every vein giving you an abundance of things to see and do.

Jardin Tuileries is a must on a fresh Spring day, a perfect setting after having crossed Plaza de Concorde and wandering through hectares of luscious green before being patiently greeted by Le Louvre. It is equally stunning during autumn, where the orange toned leaves lay strewn on the ground. Perfect spot for lovers, people watching, picnics and more.

Paris is home to some of the world's finest food and also has a lovely cafe and bistro culture that we love, we have a soft spot for Cafe des Musees in the Marais. Classic dishes of course consist of steak bearnaise, escargots, French onion soup and confit de canard, however there is  a lot more to French cuisine and you only need to delve into the Latin quarter and little quaint streets sprawling off main boulevards or courtyards to find other interesting dishes. The vivid colours of the macaroons at Ladurée in Saint Germain and the Pierre Hermé are delicious, perfectly formed with the right amount of fondant and packaged beautifully.

The Louvre pyramid during the day. Over 380,000 objects and and 35,000 works of art are displayed here.

The Louvre pyramid during the day. Over 380,000 objects and and 35,000 works of art are displayed here.

Diana and the Stag Goddess of hunt Artemis. A figurine sculpture of the Greeks.

Diana and the Stag Goddess of hunt Artemis. A figurine sculpture of the Greeks.

The front of the primary opera house in Paris. Classical ballet as we know it today has arosen from here.

The front of the primary opera house in Paris. Classical ballet as we know it today has arosen from here.

Stained-glass windows of the Louvre.

Stained-glass windows of the Louvre.

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