Paris’ concentric inner city unfolds before you like something from a fairy tale. Narrow, winding streets cut through its arrondissements, or districts, leading you past pâtisseries, cafés and wine bars.
Parisians love their cuisine and they’re not afraid to show it off. Sitting outside a café with a coffee or aperitif is the best way to watch the city pass by. On top of it all, from nearly every part of Paris you’ll have a view of the city’s centrepiece and one of the world’s most iconic structures, the Eiffel Tower.
Paris is split by the Seine, one of the most important rivers in the nation. The waterfront promenades that line each of its banks are home to many of Paris’ major attractions including the Louvre Museum which is home to the Mona Lisa and a vast collection of works that include pieces by Michelangelo and Caravaggio.
Cross one of the 37 bridges that traverse the river to reach the Île de la Cité and the famous Notre Dame, one of the most impressive examples of French Gothic architecture in the world.
It doesn’t matter where in the city you’re staying as Paris’ underground rail network, the ‘Métro’, will connect you to all 20 of Paris’ municipal arrondissements (like suburbs).
Spend a day in the rapidly transforming streets of Montmartre. Once known for being Paris’ red light district and a home for artists, the area is today one of the most fashionable in the city. While you’re there visit the Sacré Cœur for a breathtaking view of the city before walking down to Pigalle to visit a very famous club – the Moulin Rouge.
The Moulin Rouge is one of the most famous cabarets in the world. Stop to take a photo of the famous windmill or book yourself a table and enjoy the dazzling show inside.
Venture beneath the city streets and go underground to explore the Catacombes de Pari where more than 6 million Parisians have been laid to rest over the centuries.
On weekends why not join the locals at a market?
On the outskirts of the city you can experience one of France’s most exciting flea markets, Puces de Vanves. In the heart of Paris you’ll find the Place d’Aligre food market. Pick up fresh produce or pre-prepared French delicacies for a picnic in one of Paris’ many parks.
Despite being in a city of more than 2 million residents, you will find plenty of ways to escape the crowds. Spend the day in Luxembourg Gardens, an idyllic green patch just a stone’s throw from the Eiffel Tower. It’s a joy to people-watch here, especially the lake in the centre of the park where local children sail miniature boats.
Paris changes at night. If you’re not tired from sightseeing head to the Left Bank for some modern dining or Latin Quarter for a lively, student atmosphere and music. For something a little more sophisticated you can even head to the Paris Opera House – home of the Phantom of the Opera.
Paris has two major international airports receiving flights from all corners of the globe. A high-speed rail network connects the city with other major European destinations. Many bus lines service regional areas of France as well.
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