Charming, romantic and stylish. Paris is still one of the most impressive cities in the world.
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As one of the world’s most influential global cities, Paris is undoubtedly a must see tourist destination. At first, you could be forgiven for assuming that its popularity could be a disadvantage, as the city can be busy with tourists. But scratch the surface and you have without doubt a charming, romantic and stylish playground of discovery and adventure that will stay etched in your memory forever.
Within any major city you will find countless numbers of hotels, bed and breakfasts and hostels, but to really embrace the Parisian culture why not try renting an apartment? I recomend Montmartre (the old artists quarters of the city); classed as the ‘last village in the city of Paris’ it is a plethora of discovery within the winding cobbled streets peppered with an abundance of cafes, bistros and bars. Climb the many steps or take the funicular for a more leisurely ascent to reach the star attraction, the Sacre Coeur, which offers fantastic panoramic views of the city.
A gastronomic extravaganza – you can find amazing food in fine restaurants such as three times Michelin star winner Lucas Carton or Chez Plumeau for a more traditional dining experience. But even with much more modest budgets, you can eat well, as the French have a well deserved reputation for fine food. New York may be famous for its sidewalk hotdogs but Paris is famous for its crepes. Excellent as a snack when out sightseeing.
Famous for its quality wines it was a surprise to find a nationally brewed lager called ‘Desperados’, which contains a shot of tequila. It is great to sit on a café terrace watching the bustle of the city whilst sipping this refreshing drink, but beware of the high alcohol content of around 6%! The wine itself is surprisingly cheap and if you pop into a local supermarket you can pick up a bottle from around 2-3 euros.
Don’t be daunted by the size of the city, you can easily get around by using the Metro system which is second to none. Tickets can be bought for single journeys, days or a week. It’s best to get a multi journey ticket as it’s easily the best way to get around the city and see the sights, just be sure to get yourself a good map that shows both the city and the Metro and you’ll be set.
Paris is abundant with infamous sights such as the Louvre, the Eiffel Tower and Notre Dame. However, being adventurous and going off the beaten track is highly recommended. Try visiting the more risqué Moulin Rouge, Parc Monceau, or take a stroll up the Seine and stop for a break at one of the many boat ramps for a alternative view of the city.
There are also many boat tours to try; some are “hop on, hop off” so are a great way to find out more about the city’s rich history whilst taking in some great sites.
The queues! Notoriously bad so be prepared for this. Patience is a virtue in Paris.
Get yourself a good map, a Metro ticket and go and explore as many pockets of this great city as you can. With so much to see and do you’ll struggle to fit it all in.
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