This fair city has many must-sees, the most famous being the Eiffel Tower. The iconic iron structure is the tallest building in Paris and has played host to many wedding proposals since its construction in 1889.
The tower, standing at 1,063 feet tall, is located on the Champ de Mars and tourists are able to scale three levels up the structure – the first level is 300 steps from the ground, the second a further 300 steps and a lift has to be taken to the third and final level where the views across this beautiful city are truly breath-taking.
The Louvre museum
One of the most visited and one of the biggest museums in the world, this incredible pyramid of glass is home to a variety of different curatorial departments including Greek, Etruscan and Roman art; Sculpture; Decorative Art; Islamic Art; Paintings; Prints and Drawings, Egyptian antiquities and Near Eastern antiquities. Open since 1793 and housed on the grounds of the striking Louvre Palace this museum is a cultural must-see.
Cathedral of Notre Dame
The spectacle of the unconventional love story between Quasimodo the bell ringer and the gypsy Esmerelda in Victor Hugo’s The Hunchback of Notre-Dame, the Cathedral of Notre Dame is an awe-inspiring building widely regarded as one of the best representations of French gothic architecture.The intricate design inside and out is stunning, the Rose window – made up of 84 panes – is mesmerising and the surrounding rose gardens are delightful.
Arc de Triomphe
This famous monument of Paris was built to pay homage to those who fought for France during the Napoleonic Wars and French Revolution and commemorate the country’s victories – and this has a part to play in its name which translates to ‘Arch of Triumph’. The masterpiece, with its elaborate engraving and friezes, is captivating.
Visitors can ascend the structure by walking approximately 250 steps to the viewing platform on top of the arch for an unrivaled photo vantage point of the Champ-Elysees.
Parisians are known for their effortless fashion sense and couture so it’s no surprise that this city of love is studded with an impressive array of places to shop.
And if clothes don’t satisfy your retail hunger Paris is home to districts of shopping areas and markets full of jewelry, fine art and antiques too.
Major designer stores can be found throughout the city as well as the more obscure boutiques.
In Paris, there are generally three different types of places to dine; restaurants – for a more formal dining experience, most likely with more than one course; bistros – for an informal and more relaxed atmosphere with a simpler cuisine; and brasseries – for a lunch-time style menu with sandwiches and soups and so on.
As cliche as it may be, while in Paris, it’s a great idea to taste the classic specialities; the cheeses, the wines, snails, frogs legs and steak. Paris does an exquisite steak.
A night out in Paris is nothing short of versatile. Whether you want a lively, fashionable club, a gritty underground music scene or a laid back pint you can find it in one of Paris’ many districts.
A brief lowdown of some of the different districts and what they offer: Bastile; bustling, well suited to 20-somethings and clubbers. Montmarte & Pigalle; the seedier side to Paris famed for the Moulin Rouge and a favourite with tourists. Oberkampf; trendy and cool relaxed atmosphere. Marais; home to a flourishing gay and lesbian culture.
A firm favourite for children and adults alike this is an amusement park jam packed with fun, fantasy and thrills. Whether you want to pop in for a day, a weekend or a whole week there is plenty to do, see and ride.
Kids can hug and wave at their favourite Disney characters, you can eat in impressively themed restaurants and, of course, you can hop on and off a spectacular choice of rides and roller-coasters.
Only open since 1992, Disneyland has attracted millions of tourists from all around the world, so unfortunately you will have to expect queues. To make the most of your time at this magical park it’s important to get an itinerary together to ensure you see all you want to because it’s very easy to lose track of time and be drawn into everything you pass.