From Seattle to Paris, with love.

Traveling with Delta Air Lines to the City of Love

This post was sponsored by Delta Air Lines.

A #goals location for any travel blogger. A beacon for architecture. The capital of haute couture. The center of culinary excellence. Paris is amazing destination and it sits at the cutting edge of culture. With Delta Air Lines, my girlfriend Kim and I had a chance to travel in style with Delta One directly from Seattle, landing us one quick flight away from world-renowned museums, big-name fashion houses and Michelin-star restaurants.

It’s no surprise that France’s capital is a popular destination, but it was a surprise to me that Paris could be flown direclty from Seattle! While doing my planning from this trip, I knew overcrowded tourist hotspots are still worth visiting, but there are some worthwhile alternatives. Take the Mona Lisa: it might be the most famous painting in the world, but the Louvre has 35,000 artworks worth seeing that aren’t blocked by selfie sticks and dozens of security guards (I’m laughing to myself as I saw tourist after tourist cramming in like they were going to meet a celebrity). And while the Champs-Élysées is beautiful, these days it’s your standard high street – complete with a McDonald’s. We had to visit the designer stores, but we made sure that we spent more time outside than in stores. Instead, we spent time on Rue de Marseille and the nearby Canal Saint-Martin, an area popular with young Parisians for its bars, boutiques and concept stores.
Another lively, under-the-radar area is the Latin Quarter and Odeon, as well as getting lost in the sidestreets of Porte de Clignancourt, with its large flea market and fantastic views of the Sacré-Cœur. Of course, we took our time to have those quintessentially Parisian experiences that’ll never get old: a stroll along the Seine, many trips to see the Eiffel Tower and settling down with a bottle of wine and steak frites at one of the City of Love’s many brasseries.
Visiting many times as a child, I never got to really appreciate the cutlure and architecture of the city. I remember the Eiffel Tower, the Arc de Triomphe, the Louvre, and the Champs-Élysées– but I didn’t spend time people watching to take it all in. This time around, we made sure to rent electric scooters versus taking the subway everywhere. Why? Because every corner is picturesque, and I didn’t want to miss a thing.