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It rained only the last day of my maiden Paris trip. The nighttime cast a pleasant fog over the city.

 

It is easy to enjoy Paris on an inaugural trip. I was in a car or train (7 unique stops) only a handful of times, exploring almost entirely on foot or by pedal (15 unique velib’ stations), which is what I would recommend to all first-time goers. Learn to ride a bike, and the velib’ system will be your friend. I hit all but two of the 20 arrondissements. Most of my time was spent south of the Seine.

 

Paris Biking

My biking footprint covered 7% of the city’s area.

 

I would like to have made it to Chartres or to Fontainebleau, although they are more than an hour outside the city. In future visits, I will endeavor not to miss a performance of the Ballet de l’Opéra de Paris at Palais Garnier. I would like to attend a Paris Saint-Germain Football Club at Parc des Princes.

I visited at least 12 formal museums or tourist attractions (not including 5 houses of worship), although I skipped Musée Picasso and Sainte-Chapelle due to queue length. I was bordering on museum overkill, but I still want to browse Musée Jacquemart-André, Musée Nissim de Camondo, and the aforementioned Sainte-Chapelle.

I do not have much time to reminisce because I am already 1450 kilometers southwest of Paris en Sevilla, España.