Wanderlusters recommend that an important question before traveling to Paris, France’s romantic capital is: ‘Where should I stay?’ Whether it is a spontaneous weekend trip, a long-planned holiday, your first time or tenth, you should always book the place you’re going to stay in Paris. The city is known for its village-like neighborhoods and a lot of quartiers with both boutique hotels and the grand dame addresses that will appeal to all kinds of travelers. But the best thing about Paris is that whichever neighborhood you choose to stay in Paris, is the best neighborhood to stay in Paris.
Scaling the Eiffel Tower then walking or cycling along the Seine, or cruising down on a bateau-mouche is something that everyone should experience at least once in their lives. The hot chestnuts on the street corner and ice rinks that pop up around the crispy winter air is what makes the capital so attractive. Summer and springtime call for old-time dancing outdoors that revives the tradition of the guinguettes (open-air taverns/dance halls). Even though many of the shops close in August since people leave for the summer holidays, it might be even more peaceful. The Parisian apartments are tiny, and that is why parks, squares, cafes, and restaurants become living and dining spaces. In recent years, there’s been a huge push to reduce the number of cars and to increase outdoor areas, such as Place de la République, that was previously a heavy-chocked traffic roundabout and now is a pedestrian square.
However, the City of Love isn’t always as romantic as many of us are made to believe. In fact, everyone knows the term ‘Paris syndrome’ that is used for tourists that suffer from shattered dreams due to overexposure to cliches prior to their arrival in Paris. The romantic city does have a dark reality to it, however, that should not out you off visiting the city.
David Tesinsky is a Czech independent photographer of the subcultures, urban cultures, street stories and people’s stories in general. His collection of pictures below shows us the different, and if I may say, a darker side of Paris that not many expect to see when they first visit it. Scroll down to see them:
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