Paris is incredible. (But there are a couple minor things that take some getting used to.)

I have recently written about how much I loved visiting Paris and all the really cool things there are to do and see in the City of Lights. (Quick aside: How did it come to be known as the “City of Lights?” In 1828, Paris began lighting the Champs-Elysées with gas lamps, becoming the first European city to do so, earning the nickname “La Ville-Lumière” or The City of Light.) Here’s a quick refresher of just some of what we found to be among the highlights of our visit to Paris. Continue reading

Next time you’re in Paris, don’t miss an evening concert in Sainte Chapelle

We recently visited Paris, and yes, we did many of the things you would expect American expats to do in Paris. We packed in plenty during our three days and nights there including a visit to the Louvre and some other great museums (stay tuned for a future post on that…); two walking tours — one in Montmartre (featuring Sacre Coeuer) and another in the Marais neighborhood (Victor Hugo’s old stomping grounds); a long walk down to the Eiffel Tower, a picnic lunch on the Île de la Cité, and a modern dance performance of Carmen that was out of this world.

We also did something that is my favorite thing to do in the city and something I recommend to everyone I know who is planning a trip to Paris.  Go see an evening concert at the Sainte Chapelle cathedral.  Continue reading