No trip to Europe is compete until Paris is on the itinerary. Paris is the capital of France and is in the north of the country on the River Seine. The city is known for its romantic charm and atmosphere with gorgeous outdoor cafés, and the smell of freshly baked croissants. It is also one of the fashion capitals of the world. The amazing architecture, style and atmosphere provides a pleasing ambiance.
Paris dates back to more than 2,000 years ago when it was first built. It developed into a metropolis after Julius Caesar ruled in 52 BC. The city has strong links to the French Revolution that saw the killing of thousands of people. Although Paris has a somewhat violent history, these days the city is a charming place to visit where many people fall in love in its wonderful atmosphere.
How to get there
Paris has international airports (The main international airport is the Charles De Gaulle Airport) with direct connection to many places. EuroRail trains and Euroline buses run regularly to and from the city in all directions. Ferries cross over from the UK from Calais and many other ports.
Where to stay
As Paris is such a large and popular city there is every type of accommodation available to suit all budgets. The only problem with accommodation is that you must book well in advance as the city gets busy with visitors, especially during fashion shows. Popular Fashion shows include Paris Men’s (Late June), Haute Couture (Early July) and Fashion Week (Early October)
What to see
Magnificent architecture is found all over Paris. Be sure to visit Sacré Coeur Basilica and enjoy the city views. Also visit the Arch de Triomphe and the impressive cathedrals of Notre Dame and Saint-Denis. The Eifel tower is a must-see as are the museums and galleries in the vicinity. If you have the time take a relaxing cruise up the River Seine.
Where to eat
French cuisine is known all over the world. Parisians take their food seriously and tend to eat two sit-down meals a day. Restaurants, cafés and bars are found just about everywhere in Paris so you will always find something for your taste. Enjoy the delights. Taillevent, Arpege and Le Tour de’Argent are impressive restaurants.
Where to shop
The Champs Elysee is the main shopping area with shopping malls, perfume shops and entertainment venues. For an amazing experience, visit Galeries Lafayette. Alternatively, go to the flea markets at Porte de Montreuil. Perhaps you will get a bargain there.
Paris is a great destination for multi-day stopovers for first timers. There is something for everyone but book early as “good value” accommodation is not always available at short notice. Just get on a plane and enjoy the fruits of Paris.