Travel Thursday – Paris

Say hello to the City of Light in this week’s travel blog. Have you ever wondered how Paris got that nickname? While many might think it is the many twinkling lights on the Eiffel Tower or magnificently illuminated bridges, it originated back in 1667. King Louis XIV, a.k.a. Louis the Great, ordered gas lanterns for streets to make the streets safer and reduce the crime rate. In fact, Paris is the first European city to utilize streetlights. Since then, it has affectionately become known as La Ville-Lumière, or The City of Light. The name only grew as Paris played a leading role in the Age of Enlightenment in the 1700s.

Of all the sights I have seen there is nothing more spectacular than seeing Paris lit up at night. Watching the Eiffel Tower twinkle is truly magical. Not to mention the architecture throughout the city is stunning! I’m lucky enough to have celebrated my 22nd birthday in Paris so it always holds a special place in my heart.

Sights to See

Unfortunately, the massive and impressive 100-foot Natural Bridge in Aruba was collapsed in September 2005. Luckily, the Baby Natural Bridge survived and is very cool to looking. It is located in Arikok National Park. If you love geology,

There are so many places I recommend visiting while in Paris. The city is not only full of lights, but full of art, culture, and amazing cuisine.

Here are some of the top must-see places:

In addition to the numerous sights to see, the food and wine in Paris is another do not miss thing to enjoy in your lifetime. There was not any food or drink I did not enjoy partaking in this magnificent city.  

Three Paris Tips from an Experienced Travel Agent at Astonishing Travel

I’m excited to continue including tips for the wonderful and experienced travel agent, Heidi Bocianowski, of Astonishing Travel, in this week’s Travel Thursday blog. She shares some great suggestions on what to do in Paris.

1. Take the hop on hop off boat. We’ve all seen the hop on hop off buses in most cities around the world. But Paris has a boat that cruises up and down the Seine. Not only is the ride enjoyable but it is also a convenient way to get to many famous sites.

2. For a great view of Paris including the Eiffel tower head to Montparnasse Tower. For around 15 euros you can really enjoy a spectacular view that is well worth it.

3. Work in some time just to sit at a café and people watch. This is my favorite thing to do in Paris and there are so many lovely cafes. Try lots of local foods. Trust me… macarons, crepes, cheese, breads, and pastries all taste better in Paris. 

Learn more about Heidi and Astonishing Travel by visiting her website, Facebook page, or Instagram profile.

Ready to book a trip with her? Email her at or call her at 845-724-3824.

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