If you weren't already craving a Parisian getaway, that's all about to change. The City of Light is the main stage of beloved screenplays for a reason. France's capital is more than 2,000 years old and you can feel every bit of that history while walking down its cobblestone alleyways and admiring the fossils that are Paris's cathedrals. The Eiffel Tower may be the premier photo op for tourists and locals alike, but nothing beats a walk along the River Seine.
More than 33 million people visit Paris every year, making it the most popular tourist destination in the world. Paris is home to more than 9,000 open terraces—bars, cafes, or restaurants—which is reason enough to invest in an impromptu plane ticket. Sunsets and sunrises don't get more romantic than from the top of the Eiffel Tower, city crowds don't get any more chic, cafe food doesn't get any more delicious. Ahead: 19 photos proving that there is a little slice of metropolitan heaven on Earth.
Erika Owen is the Audience Engagement Editor at Travel + Leisure. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram at @erikaraeowen.