Over the course of Paris mayor Anne Hildago’s tenure, she has made it clear that she wants Paris to be a leader in the fight against climate change. Under her direction, the city has successfully held two successful Car Free Days, made plans to totally redesign seven major squares to be more pedestrian-friendly, and, just recently, announced plans to shut down a two-mile stretch of highway next to the River Seine to make way for a scenic non-motorized pathway. Whoa. As travelers who love to explore cities by foot, we are excité (to say the least)! Check out ten other reasons why speedwalkers love Paris and her enchanting streets so much:

The Rain Only Makes it Better

Low-hanging fog, beautifully dressed locals, incredibly romantic vistas… We’d almost rather it be rainy!

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The City Was Made for Walking

If you’ve ever traipsed down the Champs-Élysées, you know what I mean.

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There are Plenty of Cafés When You Need a Rest

Make sure to order a café au lait for a quintessential French-gal-in-a-café look.

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Window Shopping Is the Best in Paris

Perhaps you can’t afford any of it, but it’s so pretty!

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The Views Make Your Sore Feet Feel Worth It

Ever seen Paris from the Sacré-Cœur? Your sore feet will be the last thing on your mind.

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All Those Croissants and Café au Laits Get Walked Off Real Quick

Don’t worry about that flaky, buttery calorie-laden breakfast — you’re going to spend the whole day walking it off.

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History Is Happening All Around You

Ditch the heavy books and let the cobblestone streets be your tour guide.

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You Can Pretend You’re in a Quirky French Film

I mean, who hasn’t danced next to the Seine singing “La Vie En Rose” to themselves?

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There Are Plenty of Places to Stop and Read a Book

It’s a city where so much great literature was born, why not join in?

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Oh, Come On and Book a Ticket Already

Admit it, you’re in love.

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About The Author

Mary Zakheim
Content Writer

When she is not figuring out what the middle button on her headphones is for, explaining the difference between Washington State and Washington D.C., arriving to the airport too early or refusing to use the Oxford comma, you can usually find Mary in the mountains, at a show or on her couch. Mary is a content writer at Fareportal and likes annoying her coworkers with weird GIFs throughout the day.

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