Since my first trip to Paris in 1991 with my 7 year old, I have been to visit more times than I can count. Paris changes and so do I, but she is always my truest love. I have been to most parts of France, I've lived in three different areas, and will be reliving those visits while plotting out the next voyage. I heard there is a cat cafe now, which is maybe not the best endorsement of the bon vivant lifestyle.
I wanted to write a how-to book about Paris 20 years ago, but I thought the topic was oversaturated. Seriously. Instead I wrote a one page "guide" for friends that included tips on riding the RER vs. the metro, and that you must keep your ticket to exit the RER. The really useful stuff. I wanted to write about the playgrounds and which were best suited to which ages, as I had taken my kids there for over 25 years. In the end there was no way to share the feeling that I get every single time I emerge from the subway and breathe Parisian air, whether a smoggy day or not.