Paris – Museums, Architecture and Cafe Culture

I’ve recently returned from my first ever trip to Paris and I’m still in awe of how much I loved it.  I know you’re sitting there thinking why hadn’t I been before now, and I’ve been wondering the same thing ever since I arrived and realised how much I’m suited to Paris.

Paris Museums, Architecture and Cafe Culture

I always thought that the most romantic city in the world was a city for lovers and couples and that as something of a cynic I’d be immune to it’s charms. How wrong I was.

From my first glimpse of the Eiffel Tower (cliched I know, but I can’t help it!), to wandering it’s tree lined streets and generally being in awe of how chic French people are, I fell pretty hard for Paris. It was hard not to with all of the fabulous things to do and see there, not to mention the atmosphere that it has. Here’s just a few of the reasons I went weak at the knees for Paris…

Paris Museums

Paris has some of the best museums in the world, with The Louvre being the most famous and the most visited. Before my trip I researched a number of different Paris passes that would allow me entry into museums without having to wait in queues, but I found them all to be quite expensive. Luckily I read before my trip that EU residents betwen 18 and 26 get into most Paris museums and sights for free! All you have to do is show a valid ID or passport and you’ll be waved on in free of charge. I also found that visiting The Louvre around 3pm in the afternoon meant that there was only a very short queue and I was inside within less than 10 minutes. Perfect!

Paris Museums, The Louvre Napoleon Rooms

Ridiculously opulent Napoleon Rooms inside The Louvre

Cafe Culture

If there’s one thing I love when I’m travelling it’s people watching and I enjoy it even more if I’m sitting in a nice cafe whilst I do it. Everywhere you go in Paris there are adorable cafes and restaurants lining the streets and squares of the city. I definitely felt very Parisian sitting in cafes sipping wine surrounded by locals doing exactly the same (whilst chain-smoking, as is so typically Parisian).

I stayed in a fabulous little apartment in the 1st arrondisment of Paris and was absolutely spoiled for choice with the amount of cafes, bars and restaurants to indulge in a spot of people watching in this area. This is an area where people come to shop, gather in the cafes and where people live. Sure, there’s a bunch of tourists too (where isn’t there tourists in Paris!), but this area really feels like one that’s lived in.


I might not know that much about the more technical parts of architecture, but I’m absolutely a fan of aesthetically pleasing buildings and Paris has them at every turn. I adored the traditional Parisian style apartment buildings that you see in every movie about Paris just as much as the intricate, opulent architectural wonders such as Hôtel de Ville, the Arc de Triomphe, Hotel des Invalides and countless others that are just as spectacular.

Hotel de Ville, Paris Architecture

Magnificent Hôtel de Ville

Wine in Bakeries!

Paris Museums, Paris Cafe Culture

Wine in bakeries. Yes. Yes. Yes.

Any city that serves wine, especially my favourite Sancerre, in casual bakeries coupled with the most delicious pastries is absolutely fine by me.

Paris, I think we were made for each other. 

Paris is always a good idea - Audrey Hepburn

My stay in the beautiful Parisian apartment was kindly provided by GowithOh. Outpourings of love for Paris and all opinions are, as always, my own. 

9 Responses to Paris – Museums, Architecture and Cafe Culture

  1. Brittany @ Paws for Beer

    Jealous! I’ve always wanted to go to Paris – mostly for the architecture. I love old buildings.

    • Emma Gray

      Definitely visit Paris if you love architecture. It’s an architecture lovers dream city!

  2. Kaity

    I think the architecture is one of my absolute favorite parts of Paris! the city is just so beautiful, I could spend forever and a day just wandering around those streets.

  3. Peter Parkorr

    Alright lady Gray!

    Just spotted this on a new travel sharing site… ;) I like your headers font! Gonna copy it when I get round to it. :P


    • Emma Gray

      Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, eh Parkorr?! Hope you’re well sir!

  4. Sara

    We are thrilled that you finally made it to Paris! It’s indeed, always a good idea! Plus we loved having you there…

    • Emma Gray

      And I LOVED being there. Thanks so much for having me x

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