There’s a reason Paris has captured our imagination for generations: The capital of France is inherently romantic and one of the most stunningly beautiful cities in the world. Everything about it, from enormous, internationally famous monuments like the Arc de Triomphe and the Eiffel Tower down to its iconic subway entrances — the Art Nouveau signs marking the Paris Métro, which are unique in the world — are perfect and speak to this city and this city alone.
And while we love any city with a river running through it, few are as storied as the Seine, along which lovers and friends have spent generations strolling the quays by the river in the light of the streetlamps and in the shadow of majestic feats of architecture like the Notre-Dame Cathedral, perhaps stopping to enjoy a picnic by the water.
The city is made for walking, and for enjoying its rich cultural history just by strolling through it. The streets are beautiful, and as Paris is a cultural center of art and literature, it’s easy to walk to world-renowned museums, the homes of famous artists past and present, and even visit their graves in The Père Lachaise cemetery. The city is also a hub of the fashion industry, which has left its mark on both the way the fashionable dress, and means that popping into a small, unknown atelier in Paris can leave anyone walking away looking as sleek and sophisticated as the French themselves.
For parents considering naming their baby after the City of Lights because they love the romance inherent to it, also consider names inspired by romantic movies. Other parents may be inspired by journeys they’ve taken (or want to take). And for new parents who want that inherent cool factor, musical inspiration may be what works.
But for those who want Paris to be the main inspiration, we’ve got some ideas.