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My Favorite Paris Photos

 

I’ve always said that I travel to see how people are living. I’m curious to see what places are like and what people do there. I want to feel the atmosphere of cities and the quiet of the open countryside.

 

As I travel, I also visit museums and famous landmarks. It would be foolish not to. I created GoMad Nomad, the online travel magazine, in part to publish stories about the lesser-known places of the world and off-the-beaten-track sites. But occasionally, I visit the well-worn path, the iconic sites of a city.

 

So was the case in Paris. The Arch de Triumph, the Champs-Élysées, Montmartre, The Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame: all places immortalized in literature, film, and popular culture.

Finding accommodation in Paris

 

Paris accommodation is notoriously expensive, but by using a booking site like Wimdu, you can save money and “travel like a local” as their tag line says.

 

And it’s true. You can find an apartment or bed and breakfast in the neighborhood of your choice in the price range of your limitations. There are photos of the property and reviews from previous guests. We stayed in Montmartre, and although this neighborhood can be considered very touristy, it is still very much residential. With cafes, bars, and cobbled streets on the hill underneath Sacre Coeur, it is also the most romantic.

 

Wimdu has got over 50,000 properties listed worldwide, and several safety measures in place to make sure your booking goes smoothly. And ours did. We had email contact with our host, who met us on time to drop us the key. (He was also very flexible with us—at the last second we had to change our dates because we got stuck in Avignon.) The flat was small, but cozy, and had a terrace and enough of a kitchen to prepare some meals (thereby saving us lots of money).

So here are my favorite Paris photos:

 

Champs-Élysées Paris (2)

Eiffel Tower with lights at dusk

Eiffel Tower at night (3)

Montmartre cafe Paris

Montmartre paris windmill

Montmartre cafe

Notre Dam de Paris facade (2)

inside Notre Dam de Paris

Notre Dame de Paris Gargoyle (2)

Notre Dame Paris stained glass

paris best bagette

River Seine Paris (3)

Arch de Triumph

sacre coeur view

view from sacre coeur steps

cheese plate france

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Stephen Bugno
Stephen Bugno
Stephen Bugno has been traveling the world and writing about it for the better part of 20 years. His articles and essays have appeared in The San Francisco Chronicle, The Philadelphia Inquirer, The Seattle Times, and Transitions Abroad magazine. He blogs at Bohemian Traveler and edits the independent travel magazine GoMadNomad.com. He most recently set up a tour company offering authentic, small group tours at Unquote Travel. Follow him on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

1 Comment

  1. Morgan says:

    Gorgeous pictures. I just got back from Paris myself. You certainly can’t beat the Eiffel Tower lit up and sparkling at night. A sight everyone should see in their lifetime!

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