Ultra light entry on Paris.
What struck me the most this visit was basically any district we went to, there was a ton of good stuff. Pleasant walks, nice cafes, interesting things to see and do, good subway connection. We had carefully picked the district we wanted to stay in, only to book a hotel across town the night before arriving due to some AirBnb snafu. No research, district picked completely at random. But the new one was fantastic. And this was true every one we went to.
I liked coming to Paris having been in smaller French cities for a few weeks. Previously Paris was the first (and only) city I’d visit when coming to France. Doing it this way gave Paris a Manhattan vibe compared to the sleepier cities down south.