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When it comes to jaw-droppingly beautiful travel destinations, Paris has got most cities beat. With its cobblestone streets, regal gardens and historic facades, every corner makes you feel like you could be dancing in An American in Paris. It’s no wonder the city has enlightened so many famous artists. Here, 12 dazzling photos to inspire your next trip.

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Serious question: Is it even possible to take a bad photo of the Eiffel Tower?

A stroll past this legendary bookstore on the Left Bank feels like stepping back in time. Although this is the shop’s second edition, you can easily imagine the greats like Allen Ginsberg, Ernest Hemingway and Anaïs Nin smoking cigarettes in the corner while penning their masterpieces.

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It’s hard to find a bad sunset, but this one really takes the cake gâteau.

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An evening stroll along the Seine? Don’t mind if we do.

That’s just the Sacré-Cœur sitting at the top of Montmartre in the background, NBD.

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We can’t decide which one’s prettier—the old-fashioned merry-go-round or the ornate facade.

Soak up the history in the hauntingly beautiful Jardin du Luxembourg, where both the palace and garden date back to the 1600s.

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After a couple of hours of pounding the pavement, it’s time for a well-deserved coffee break.

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Forget about the Mona Lisa; the Louvre’s stunning exterior is worth the trip alone. (But also, check out the Mona Lisa.)

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Living that Amélie life.

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Just one of the many hidden passages of Paris.

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