A City Guide To Paris.
Tourist Information: www.uk.franceguide.com
Paris- the city of Romance.
It is impossible not to fall in love with Paris, the worlds most elegant and romantic of cities. Paris is full of splendid charm, culture, sightseeing and atmosphere.
When to Visit Paris: You can visit Paris all year round
as there is no 'best time' to visit the city, however the Spring and Autumn are cooler months and are very picturesque, the city seems to come alive in the spring, as if being reborn.
Exploring Paris: Exploring Paris on foot is a sheer delight, you will find many hidden squares, secret passages and unexpected views around most corners. At the heart of Paris is the elegant rue de Rivoli, stretching from the Place de la Concorde to the Louvre, here you will find famous department stores such as Galeries Lafayette and Printemps.
Flights to Paris: From the UK flying is still the quickest way to travel to Paris, with very fast transfer links from Paris (CDG) airport to the city center via the (PER B) train service. To find the cheapest airfares and live seat availability, simply complete the search fields at the top of the screen then select the flight and fare you require.
Places to visit in Paris: The striking Louvre
(one of the world's great art museums)
contains many masterpieces including the Mona Lisa and the Venus de Milo. For information on the Louvre see:
Take a stroll to 'The Left Bank'. St. Germain is the meeting place for many artists with many famous cafes and dusty book stalls dotted along the tiny cobbled streets and passageways. Take a long walk up the glittering Champs-Elysees, the most famous avenue in France which extends from the Arc de Triomphe to the Place de la Concorde. This is the chic area where fashion wealth and the upper class live together.
Other interesting places to visit include: The Montmartre stretching from the grand boulevards by the opera, through to the lively Pigalle and to Clignancourt flea market and the Sacre Coeur basilica.
The Notre-Dame, a powerful symbol of Paris. This Gothic masterpiece was built between 1163 and 1345. The Cathedral is very large and can seat about 6,000 people, it is dominated by three spectacular and enormous rose windows as well as a vast 7,800-pipe organ. The 387-step climb to the top of the tower is worth the effort for the spectacular panoramic views of the city. For more information on the Notre Dame visit the website:
Visit the Grands Boulevards with their wide tree-lined thoroughfares with varied theatres and restaurants. The 984- foot Eiffel Tower dominates the skyline and was constructed in 1889. It offers one of the best views of the city.
A few 'must do's' when in Paris:
Ice-skating at the outdoor rink at the Hotel de Ville.
Lazing on the banks of the Seine.
Allow yourself to get lost in the streets and avenues.
Watch the world walk by as you sip coffee at a sidewalk café.
5. Take a midnight walk up the glittering Champs-Elysees.
Getting Around: Paris has an excellent public transport system consisting of buses and an underground metro system. The travel area is divided into five zones radiating out from the centre and ticket prices vary depending on the number of zones you require.
The Paris Visites pass is valid for one, two, three or five days, the pass also allows discounts to certain museums and restaurants. Taxis are readily available and can be hailed on the roadside or caught at taxi ranks.
Tourist Bus: Getting around the city using other forms of transport couldn't be simpler, pre-book the L'OpenTour Bus a great way to view the sights of Paris from an open top-deck bus. The bus stops at over 30 major attractions and you can hop on and off as often as you please.
Other places of interest: The Pompidou Center Frances most visited museum and the Musee d' Orsay for the best collection of impressionist art in the world. Visit the Versailles with it's hall of mirrors, magnificent gardens and view of the Queen's apartments. Try one of three fabulous cabarets : The Moulin Rouge - the worlds most Famous French cabaret revue based on typical Parisian style. The Lido - a spectacular show with an international flavor. The Paradis Latin - a fabulous revue, authentic and entertaining, includes the Can-Can.
Nightlife in Paris: Nightlife is centered around the many cafes, bistros and restaurants. If you are on a budget look out for fixed price menus 'Menu Prix Fixe' or 'Plat du Jour' at the small restaurants of St. Germain, Montmarte or the boulevard du Montparnasse. If you are looking for something special and are prepared to splash out try Le Doyen on the Champs Elysees or La Tour d' Argent overlooking the Notre Dame.
However long you spend in Paris you will know you are sure to return
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