Paris, Je T'aime

The wonders of la ville d'amour are endless, but you have to start somewhere.
10/29/2012 08:16 am ET Updated Dec 06, 2017
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The wonders of la ville d'amour are endless, but you have to start somewhere. Here are a few highlights contributor Kat Tancock's latest jaunt across the pond.


For free vistas of the city and its landmarks, stroll up Paris's steepest hill to the Basilique du Sacrᅢᄅ-Coeur in Montmartre, a neighbourhood once home to artists such as Picasso and Modigliani. Come at sunset to see the Eiffel Tower light up, hawkers ply their wares and local youth crowd the stairs in this popular hangout spot.


Our three-hour walking tour with Urban Adventures took us along stylish streets and through secret passages to see glorious architecture and real Parisian life, with a well-deserved break for cheese and baguette in-between. Bring a map so you can return to the adorable and easy-to-lose shops you see along the way.


The Saturday-morning lineup of locals at bakery Arnaud Delmontel convinced us the goods were worth it even before we tasted the pastries, tarts and macarons. Ladurᅢᄅe gets all the hype when it comes to the petite sweets, but our favourite was the prettily pink-and-white marbled rose flavour here.


Ballet flat addicts might want to set a budget in advance to a visit to one of the city's several Repetto boutiques, with the iconic shoes spread in a rainbow of colours and styles, including kitten heels, T-straps and even boots, plus ballet-inspired streetwear.


Europe's so wee from a Canadian perspective: London and Paris are closer than Toronto and Montreal. Hit both cities on one trip while avoiding excess airport visits via the comfortable and just 2 1/2-hour-long train ride on Eurostar.

--Kat Tancock