Whether you call it the City of Lights or the City of Love, one day, some day, you want to see Paris. It’s time to stop dreaming and make this year the year to visit Paris.

Paris is a city of enchantment. The cobblestone streets, chic apartments along the river, bustling markets and Lover’s Bridges seem like a romanticized world completely untouched by the monotonicity of every day life, while the coffee shops and opportunities for picnics near the Eiffel Tower are a blissful escape from it all.

Here are five simple reasons you need to plan your dream trip to Paris today.

Walks through historic neighborhoods
From the Louvre to Notre Dame, just admiring the architecture makes it worth a visit. Taking the side streets through Montemartre or marveling at the gorgeous statues in Jardin de Luxembourg prove to be just as photo worthy. If you’ve ever fantasized about living in in Europe, stroll through the Marcais, one of the oldest neighborhoods toward Places des Vosges to gawk at the apartments and daydream about life as a Parisan.  

The mind-blowing autumn colors
As the temperatures cool, you’ll also find a drop in prices and crowds with shops and restaurants often offering seasonal discounts. With fewer tourists, you can spend more timing taking photos and exploring beautiful parks and gardens like the Palais-Royal Gardens that seem to light up with color overnight. And take it from me: Versailles in the fall definitely rivals Versailles in the spring.

24/7 sweets
Only Paris could master the art of mouthwateringly good souffles and the perfectly flakey crust and cream filling that is puits d’amours. From colorful macarons at Pierre Herme to decadent chocolate masterpieces like Angelina’s, Paris isn’t just a place to curb a sweet tooth; it’s the city to indulge in sinfully delicious sweets and pastries every day of the week.

Out of this world museums
The Louvre and the Rodin will forever remain at the top of every traveler’s must-sees and for good reason, but the Museum of Paris History and the Musee d’Orsay can hold their own, too. Free of charge, the Museum of Paris History boasts 100 rooms of history in two stunning Renaissance mansions, while the Musee d’Orsay showcases hundreds of Renaissance-era paintings with fewer crowds than the Louvre.   

The free spirit of the French
Fall, winter, spring or summer, visiting and experiencing the city is a must, but it’s the people who give Paris it’s heart. Spend some time meandering the local bookstores, exploring the French neighborhoods by bike, or making conversation with one of artists on the River Seine and it’ll finally click — Paris isn’t just the City of Light and the City of Love, it’s is the City of Dreams.  

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