In Paris, my sister and I made good use of the excellent public transportation system (especially the bus system -- pretty easy to use and, once you get used to the fact that no one will speak English and just get into the flow of French around you, it's a great way to get around AND see the city).
But we found the best way to enjoy the sights and flavors of Paris was to walk.
So much happens on the streets -- especially on lovely spring days.
Sidewalk art markets are everywhere -- near the Louvre. . .
near the Arc de Triomphe and the Eiffel Tower. . .
Flower shops. . .
Pâtisseries. . .
News stands. . .
And then, there are the cafés!
It is so wonderful to sit in a sidewalk café, with a café créme, and watch the world go by!
(This was our "neighborhood" café - just around the corner from our hotel, and our first sidewalk café experience!)
Some sidewalk cafés are quite small and intimate, with only a table or two.
And some? Well, let's just say they're a bit over the top! (In a good way.)
Walking the streets, we encountered street musicians. . .
chess matches. . .
Sometimes, we even stumbled on to familiar sights tucked away in neighborhoods best accessed on foot!
If you're in Paris, take comfortable shoes, get a good map. . . and plan to take it to the streets!