Paris, the ‘City of Lovers’, not just in terms of romance though but lovers of food, of fashion, of culture, of fine art, of architecture and of history. Whatever it is you love, France’s capital and largest city has it all. It is for this reason that Paris is the world’s most travelled to destination. Popular among the young as well as the more mature, Paris is an authentic superpower jam-packed with famous sights and iconic attractions which have appeared in Hollywood movies and award-winning novels for years. The fact is that the glitz and glam of Paris is appealing to just about everybody and we all want a piece of it.
This extravagant capital, also known as the ‘City of Lights’, is a booming city from morning to evening and is a perfect example of what French lifestyle is all about. When in Paris, you really do get a sense that the French know how to live life; taking pleasure in the small things in life and most importantly, taking their time to do it. From far away, Paris appears to be chaotic and noisy, something you would expect to find in such an industrialised and metropolitan city such as this one but if you look closely you will unravel an enchanting city of extravagance and upmost beauty where well-groomed and fashionable Parisians calmly drink and dine in style, have romantic picnics in the park and stroll along the banks of the river Seine.
Paris’ most famous attraction is, of course, the Eiffel Tower; a magnificent monument that stands majestically in the city’s skyline. When lit up at night, Le Tour Eiffel turns into a glorious vision, a vision that will simply leave you mesmerized. Today it is a symbol of Paris’ ambition, its supremacy but also a symbol of love and romance. Other attractions which are no less impressive are the Notre Dame de Paris Cathedral, the Louvre Museum, the Louvre Pyramid, the Champs-Élysée, the Arc de Triomphe, the Sacré-Coeur Basilica, the Jardin des Plantes, the Jardin du Luxembourg, the Centre Georges Pompidou and this is to name only but a few! Currently, Disneyland Paris takes the top spot for the most visited attraction in France’s capital city. Getting to one attraction another is made simple thanks to Paris’ modern railway network so you’ll have no reason not to see them all and really discover Paris!
Some of France’s best cafés, restaurants, hotels and designer stores can be found in Paris. During a day of sightseeing or retail therapy, take a load off and treat yourself to a delicious fluffy pastry in a French patisserie or go to a restaurant and sample the best of French cuisine.
When in Paris, there is always something going on to keep you occupied. Open-air events, concerts and festivals are constantly being organized, especially during the summer period, plus there are a number of outdoor activities that can be enjoyed. Cycling in green parks or cruising down the Parisian Saint-Martin Canal on a boat is a favourite among many as it allows you to relax whilst taking in the surrounding beauty of Parisian architecture. Head to Paris Plages, the slightly odd beach by a canal, to participate in free activities such as dawn yoga, readings, meditation classes, fencing and pétanque or simply lounge around on a deckchair whilst catching some sun. There are also many flea markets in the city centre which provide you with a great opportunity to grab yourself a bargain or buy some last minute souvenirs.
Paris, which is part of the Île-de-France region, is the ideal destination for almost any kind of trip be it a business trip, a family trip, an educational trip or a romantic honeymoon. Whatever reason you’re travelling to Paris is, you will be sure to make memories here, memories that will leave you wanting to go back for more.