New York vs Paris: Which One Would You Choose?

by Passrider on September 12, 2013

Gare de St. Lazare in Paris, FranceNew York, NY - Aerial View

New York vs Paris

I’m torn. If I had to choose between New York, NY and Paris, France, to visit, I’m not sure which one I’d choose. I love Paris for all it has to offer, but I lived in New York for six years and visit often and still love it.

There’s nothing like standing in Times Square and just soaking it all in. But then again, standing at the Arc de Triomphe and staring down the Champs-Élysées is pretty cool as well. Or the view of the entire city of Lights (Paris) from Sacre Coeur or La Defense is magnificent. But how does that compare with the beautiful stretch of the George Washington Bridge? Do you see my dilemma?

Paris has La Seine with its Right and Left Bank delights, but then New York has the Hudson with the delightful New Jersey on the other side. The two cites have a lot to offer, but how do I choose? Do I have a bagel with cream cheese or take a baguette? I’m a big fan of Chateau Versailles, in the outskirts of Paris, France; what does New York have that compares? At least both cities drive on the same side of the street so I’ve got that sorted.

Have you been to either places? What’s your favorite thing to do? What can you add to this list? Please leave a comment below.

Let’s look at some of their more popular offerings:

 New York, NYParis, France
HelloHiBonjour; always say this greeting when you meet someone
AirportsFive Airports (EWR, HPN, ISP, JFK, LGA)Three Airports (BVA, CDG, ORY) Trains to the city from CDG and ORY; bus from BVA
Primary LanguageEnglishFrench
CurrencyUSDEUR; although they still accept Francs in select places
Center of TownTimes SquareChamps-Élysées
FoodBagelCroissant
DrinkBeerWine
MonumentsEmpire State Building, Statue of LibertyEiffel Tower [get there early], Arc de Triomphe
Ground TransportNYC Transit to all five buroughs and bus systemRER and Metro throughout the city; Trains to city from EWR, JFK; Buses from the other airports
Ground Transportation Day PassNoYes
MuseumGugenheimThe Louvre
Thing To Do In The SummerVisit Central ParkWalk along La Seine and have some wine with bread and cheese
GoodbyeLaterAu Revoir

 

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