Paris

Although there are more clichés about Paris than there are tourists thronging the corridors of the Louvre, the truth is that Paris does have something utterly bewitching about it. For centuries, artists and writers have attempted to capture the essence of the “City of Love”, and although romance is indeed everywhere – on the bridges of the Seine, on the steps of Sacre-Cœur at sunset, and in sunny street cafes – despite all the ridiculous clichés you might just find yourself falling in love with Paris itself.
If you’re planning to travel to Paris, you’ll want to tick off its most famous sights. Naturally you should start with Paris’s most famous landmark of all, the “iron lady”, the elegant Eiffel Tower, from the top of which you’ll see the whole city laid out before you. For cultural immersion, hit the Louvre Museum with its futuristic glass pyramid in the central courtyard. The elegant Tuileries garden in front of the Louvre is a peaceful spot, with its beautifully kept lawns and fountains.
Refreshed and ready to hit the shops in Paris? Make your way up the most famous avenue in the world, the Champs-Elysées, leading up to the Arc de Triomphe. Paris is, of course, known to be a hub of fashion and design, and the city’s top creations are showcased every year at the Foire de Paris in springtime. For a glimpse of the world of the Paris fashionista check out the Galeries Lafayette, or just wander down the Rue St Honoré. For an intellectual stroll, the Latin Quarter houses the grand old university buildings, while the literary area of Saint Germain houses a plethora of boutiques and contemporary art galleries. Nearby you will find Notre Dame, of Victor Hugo's celebrated novel.
While you’re wandering along the Seine do stop off at the wooden bridge by the Louvre, the Pont des Arts. By day there are hoards of tourists, but at sunset the Parisians come out: why not do as the locals do and take a picnic? Enjoy the sunset over the river as you nibble on your baguette with ham and cheese, washed down with a good bottle of wine.
Some major must see events in Paris include the finish of the Tour de France and the Paris Marathon which take place on the Avenue de Champs-Elysées. Other sporting highlights on the Paris calendar include Roland Garros: the French Open and the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe, a horse race which takes place at Longchamps racecourse.
Catch an exhibition at the Pompidou Centre which is at the forefront of modern and contemporary art. If you're looking for family things to do in Paris, you can’t beat Disneyland Paris for entertainment value, while for those interested in history, the Château de Versailles, with its beautiful gardens and fountains, is the former royal residence and is an Aladdin's cave of imperial treasures.

Places in Paris

The market halls of Paris were built on former marshland as early as the 12th century.In 1963, les Halles de Baltard, which da...

From the chic boutiques of Rivoli to the relaxing Tuileries Garden, and from the Louvre museum to the booksellers on the banks...

The church of Saint-Germain dominates the square of the same name, home to one of the city's oldest cinemas and Café Les Deux...

With Montparnasse cemetery, the university campus and Montsouris park, three attractive green areas, Montparnasse is a neighbo...

The Sacré Cœur, perched high on its hilltop, and the Moulin rouge certainly help to make Montmartre one of the most famous are...

This part of the left bank, from Saint Germain to les Invalides, boasts some of the most famous places in Paris; a long walk i...

The Champs-Elysées is famous for so many reasons, including fashionable nightspots like Lido and Queen, and prestigious luxury...

Butte aux Cailles, a hidden village not far from place d'Italie and Chinatown, adds to the calm and charm of this quarter, whi...

Time seems to slow down around the lock on the Saint-Martin canal, next to the renowned Hotel du Nord. It comes as no surprise...

This neighbourhood is both full of history, with the French Revolution and the storming of the Bastille, and a focal point for...

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