Each time we visit we try & plan which area (or arrondissement) we are going to walk around, otherwise you just come away exhausted.
I did take us a couple of visits to get to understand the city. Okay, having tried to see everything we came away hating the place & only went back as I had to stay there for a few months with work, so got beneath the surface & became much more comfortable with everything. Once you know the city & the people, it really is a different place.
One (of many) great place for relaxing is the Jardin du Luxembourg, just behind the Latin Quarter, with it's lovely cool gardens & boat pond. Being off the tourist route, it is usually a lot quieter & easy to realx in. Also, we usually end at some point up siiting on the benches on the Pont des Arts over the Seine, just watching the people go by, the boats on the water, and some great sunsets.
Despite visiting the city regularly, it was until last year that we finally found time to take the train out to Versailles, and spent hours stolling around the gardens, palaces & the town itself.
Yes it's a hot, busy & confusing city, but if you get the chance to spend more time there, & take things slower, it does pay rewards. Honest ;o)
Alan & Katrina
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