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As we find ourselves in the year 2024, nearly everyone with access to streaming platforms and social media has likely come across the tale of Emily – the ambitious young woman who seizes an opportunity and embarks on a journey to Paris.
While we may not all be fortunate enough to receive an invitation to Paris anytime soon, we can always indulge in a flight of fancy. Perhaps, during that imaginative journey, we can even sketch out plans for a delightful vacation ahead.
So hop along! Wego welcomes you aboard on this getaway to Paris through the lens of Emily in Paris.
Disclaimer: If you haven’t watched the ‘Emily in Paris’ series yet or are currently in the midst of it, this article contains spoilers. Proceed reading at your own discretion.
Emily in Paris
Offering a delightful glimpse into the iconic landmarks, fashionable streets, and vibrant culture of the French capital, Paris, Emily in Paris injects a dose of glamour and whimsy into the already enchanting city.
As you commence your personal Parisian exploration, drawing inspiration from Emily, take note of some of the following highlights:
Palais Royal Garden
While solo trips are always fun, isn’t it even better when you can have your best friend come along? What better place to commence this journey than the Palais Royal Garden, where Emily first meets her best friend, Mindy! Tucked away from the bustling streets of Avenue de l’Opéra and Rue de Rivoli, Palais Royal is the sole garden in Paris recognized as a “remarkable garden” by the French Ministry of Culture.
Apart from being the setting for the commencement of iconic friendships, Palais Royal Garden boasts a rich history dating back to 1674 when Duchess Henrietta aimed to establish it as one of Paris’ most splendid ornamental gardens.
And splendid it truly is – the central part of the garden features a basin with a water jet, the very spot where Emily and Mindy first cross paths, marking the beginning of a lifelong sisterhood. Surrounding this central area are enchanting flower beds that have graced the garden for generations.
Palais de Valois
This iconic place is not just the Savoir office from Season 1 of Emily in Paris but also used to be the former offices of Palais Royal before it was opened to the general public in 1790. We first get a spectacular view of this square as we see Emily walking on cobblestones in her high heels towards the Savoir office on her first day of work.
Today, this space offers a respite from work, inviting us to indulge in the upscale dining options of the Grand Hotel du Palais-Royal. The alleyway opens up to reveal the elegant classical façade of the Constant d’Ivry Pavillon, the East Wing of Palais Royal, now housing the Ministry of Culture and Communication.
Pont des Arts
“… it’s amazing, isn’t it? The entire city looks like Ratatouille-” she said while standing on a bridge during the twilight hours talking to her boyfriend back at home as she felt a bit lonely on the first day in a new city, a new country.
The bridge is none other than Pont des Arts. Renowned as the “bridge of romance,” visitors from around the world would hang a padlock with the initials of their and their lover’s name engraved on it and throw the key into the Seine river as a symbol of eternal devotion – love locked down. The locks were removed in 2015 by the authorities as they were damaging the metal bridge, but the aura of romance still hangs in the air.
One could just visit the bridge or take a cruise on the Seine and float in the zone that has tales of millions of romances submerged in the air.
Palais Garner is the magnificent opera house that acts as both a background and a foreground to Emily’s adventure in Episode 6 of Season 1 as she prances around looking like Audrey Hepburn in Roman Holiday.
While Emily was there on the opening night of the Swan Lake ballet for business, one can book the self-guided tour of Palais Garnier that the Paris Opera offers and get lost in the harmony between sculpture, painting and architecture. The glimpses of the majestic staircases that we got to see on screen actually lead to a Grand Salon; however, every single room in Palais Garnier has its own story to tell and history to share.
Before bidding adieu to Paris, a must-visit is Pont Neuf, the bridge where Emily stands in the final scene of Season 2 of “Emily in Paris.”
Despite its name meaning “new bridge,” Pont Neuf holds the distinction of being the oldest standing bridge in Paris. Stretching from the Left Bank of the Seine to the island on the West Bank, it is renowned as one of the most luxurious and romantic spots in Paris, offering a picturesque view of the city.
Palace of Versailles
We get a glimpse of the stunning halls of the Palace of Versailles in the Season 2 finale of Emily in Paris when the designer Gregory debuts his new intimate line in the Hall of Mirrors while paying homage to Marie Antoinette.
The Palace of Versailles, once a residence of French royalty, is now one of the national landmarks of France and has been listed as a World Heritage site. The palace doors are now open to all as long as one has access to tickets – which can be purchased online. There are various types of passes for guided tours and tickets to exhibitions that are available for booking on the official website of the Palace of Versailles.
The beauty of the South of France, which has been immortalized in so many various forms of art, makes an appearance in Episode 6 of Season 3 of Emily in Paris.
Taking a stop to smell the lavender and wander through the vineyards that we briefly get to see onscreen seems like the next logical step on this flight of fancy or to add it to your list for future vacations.
“While Emily’s heart will always stay true to Paris, her life takes some unexpected twists … so don’t be surprised to find her on a Roman Holiday. …” is all we know about Season 4 as of yet. While we have yet to see anything about this particular Roman Holiday on our screen – can we surely extend our flight and make one final stop in Rome before we wrap up?
The city has a history of its own but also has been featured in several iconic films like When in Rome and Roman Holiday. Just half a day away from Paris, the portal to the city leads you to the Colosseum, Vatican Museums, Pantheon, and Sistine Chapel, amongst other places — all the names of places we have read about in history books and can hope to catch on our screen in Season 4 of Emily in Paris.