A city renovated for its modern art and breathtaking scenery, Paris is an ideal location for a romantic weekend break – and if you have more time – it will make for a remarkable holiday, with heaps of great sites to see. To be honest, you will not see everything on a two or three day break. A minimum of a week is needed to view the main galleries, visit medieval castles and explore the fabulous gothic churches.
Paris is the capital of France, a glamorous city located on the banks of the river Seine, in north-western Europe. A city famous for its fabulous architecture, remarkable good food and wine, and is renamed for its many street markets and galleries.
Once you arrive in Paris there are loads of attractions to visit. The best way to see most of these great places is to get one of the tourist buses that run regularly to all the key locations. This will be the cheapest way of traveling from location to location and if you are planning to stay a few days – you can get a three day ticket at special rates, which can be used as often as you like.
A trip down the Champs Elysees is a must when you visit Paris. This is Paris's most famous street with shops, cafés, and restaurants littered along the wide pavements. This is the upmarket area of Paris that attracts thousands of tourists each day.
Paris has a large range of accommodation on offer. Hotels in Paris tend to cluster together. Five star hotels are located near the Champs Elysees – but hotels tend to be cheaper once you move outside the city center.
Traveling through the city of Paris can be very pleasurable. Paris has an excellent underground system called the Metro; the Metro runs regular trains into the city center and is very easy to understand. Cycling is also a great way to see the city.
There are so many great places in Paris to visit – way too many to write about them all. The main ones include: The Notre-Dame, Musee du Louvre, Jardin du Luxemburg, and the Arc de Triomphe
The Notre-Dame cathedral is a feat of medieval architecture. Pope Alexander the third laid the first stone in 1163 marking the start of 170 years of construction.
Musee du Louvre holds some of the most important art collections in the world, including Da Vincis' Mona Lisa and sculptures by Michelangelo.
Jardin du Luxemburg is the most popular park in Paris covering over 60 acres.
The Arc de Triomphe was built by Napoleon as a victory salute to his men after the Battle of Austerlitz in 1805. The Arc stands in Place Charles de Gaulle where twelve of Paris's main avenues begin, including Avenue de Champs Elysees.
Paris as a city has attracted artists for hundreds of years and the streets are full of modern day artists trying to sell their work. Famous painters like Monet and Picasso spent many years here and many of their art works can be seen in Paris today.