Thankfully, the City of Love is huge, and there are certain corners of the capital that remain relatively untouched by the tourism industry's more exploitative types. So if you do take time to seek out the right neighborhoods, you can quite easily stumble upon lots of exquisite cafés and restaurants, much less-crowded museums, and the general feeling that you're acting -- and being treated -- more like a local.
We've visited Paris for almost 40 years - ever since we were 22 years old -- and it always manages to surprise us. Things we never noticed suddenly appear. There are probably as many ways to "do" Paris as there are ways to make apple pie, and we each have our favorites. It can be difficult to go back, to revisit old haunts, to come to terms with the passage of time, so we paint fresh tableaux with brand new memories.