France

4 Places that Make Paris Feel like Home

Megan Parham is a student at Salve Regina University and an ISA Featured Photo Blogger. She studied abroad with ISA in Paris, France.

So, I’ve been living in Paris for about four weeks now.  It’s been enough time to dip my feet in the water and figure out a few places that I really enjoy spending time at, but still not enough time to uncover all the hidden spots within the city.  I’ve compiled a few places that make this city of over two million people not seem so huge and overwhelming but rather like home.

1. Sacre-Cœur- Montmartre

This is quintessential Paris complete with accordion players, freelance artists, crêpes, lovers, and cathedrals. There is something about being in the presence of typical Paris things that makes this city seem more familiar.

Two lovers seated in front of Sacre-Cœur.

Flowers outside of Sacre-Cœur.

Café scene at Montmartre.

2. Jardin du Luxembourg

Go to Jardin du Luxembourg if you really want to feel like you’re in Paris. Take a book if you really want to feel like a Parisian.

My current book recommendation.

Unevenness in the Jardin Du Luxembourg.

Mid-September.  Jardin Du Luxembourg.

3. Métro Line #6

I’m not sure if everybody has a favorite métro, but I can tell you that I’m completely and totally devoted to Line 6. My friends can tell you, I rave over how much I love this métro.  My favorite part of the ride is crossing over the Pont de Bir-Hakeim, a bridge spanning the river Seine.  In order to cross over the Seine, you emerge from the underground revealing a gorgeous view of the Eiffel Tower.  When going in the direction of the stop “Nation,” you remain above ground and are able to see a picturesque version of Paris with flower pots hanging from apartment windows and neon light lit cafés.

Bike outside café on Avenue du Président Kennedy.

Eiffel Cafe on Boulevard de Grenelle.

4. Pont de Bir-Hakeim

When I really want to clear my head, I love walking and people watching on the Pont de Bir-Hakeim. Not only does this bridge have a beautiful outlet where you can find the statue La France renaissante, a clear and serene view of the Eiffel Tower, and seasonal lavender plants growing in flower beds near the ends of the bridge, but it also connects to the Ile aux Cygnes, the third largest island in the city of Paris. The Ile aux Cygnes is the perfect place to jog or admire the changing color of leaves in the fall.  Not to mention, at the other end of the Ile aux Cygnes there is a replica of the Statue of Liberty!

Sunset and the Eiffel Tower from Parc Rives de Seine.

Pont de Bir-Hakeim. 15th Arrondissement.

View of changing leaves on Ile Aux Cygnes.

The world awaits…discover it.

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