Paris – Sojourn in the City of Love
A city, whose history dates backs to the 3rd century, Paris serves as the capital of France and is one of the top tourist destinations in the world. Called, ‘the City Of Love’, Paris spreads on an area of 105.4 square kilometers and serves as home to 2,241,346 residents who live within the city limits. The city is famous for housing the most visited art museum in the world along with numerous world famous attractions. Swaggering of a plethora of architectural wonders, beautiful lawns and the River Seine, the city is exceptionally popular among holiday makers as it is among honeymooners. This is among the most romantic destinations in the world and is an important center of finance, commerce, fashion, science and of course art and architecture. The city was founded by Celtic people in 3rd century BC and since then it has been an important trading center. The city is an international capital of high fashion. While French is the official language spoken by the majority, English is also spoken and understood by most of the locals.
The city of Paris is served by 14 airports and airstrips out of which Paris-Charles de Gaulle and Orly Airport are the most popular ones. Once you have landed at the airport, taxis, metros and trains can be taken for the city. The city has Western European oceanic climate which is categorized by mild and moderately wet climate for most part of the year. During the summer season, from June to August, the weather is cool and comfortable. This is the peak tourist season; hence you should be prepared to encounter lots of people everywhere you go. During the months from September to November, the prices of the hotel come down slightly, making this the shoulder season to visit the city. Winters dominate Paris from December to February making it the low tourist season. Tourists can plan a visit during the fall season from March to May and the prices of the hotels are comparatively lower. Foire du Trone in March, International Marathon of Paris in April, International Ready-to-Wear Fashion Shows in September, Le Salon Nautique de Paris in December, Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe in October, Fete de la Musique in June and Tour de France in July are the major tourist festivals in Paris.
Divided into 20 different boroughs, most of the attractions in Paris are located in the first 8 districts. Begins your Paris city tour from The Eiffel Tower, which is a wonder of the world and the most important landmark in the city noticeable from every rooftop in Paris. The awe aspiring view and the construction of the structure itself is one of the most beautiful sights in the world.
Plan a visit to Champs-Élysées, Notre Dame Cathedral, the Arc de Triomphe, Church of Sainte-Chapelle, Versailles Palace and the Centre Pompidou are other renowned attractions, that form a major part of Paris’ cultural heritage that showcases perfect blend of Gothic architecture with Romanesque and neo-Byzantine designs. Tuileries Garden, Luxembourg Garden and the Jardin des Plantes are among the most beautiful notable gardens in Paris.
The Louvre Museum and The Louvre Pyramid are the world’s most visited art centers and showcases masterpieces like The Mona Lisa (La Joconde) and the Venus de Milo statue. Students and artists from all over the world visit the museum to get inspiration and direction for their art. When in Paris, go beyond the contemporary. Besides visiting the famous sightseeing places, the best way to get a feel of Paris and to understand the enigmatic cultures, is to take a stroll in the by lanes and interact with the locals.
Eating and Shopping
The city is exceptionally famous for its haute cuisine and La Taverne Anglaise, Café Anglais, Le Grand Véfour Café de Paris, Café Riche and the Rocher de Cancale are among the oldest restaurants (more than hundred years old) in the city that are still very popular between the local as well as tourists. Ranging from French regional cuisine to national as well as international cuisines, everything is available in Paris, thanks to the lot of immigrants who live and prosper here. Whether you are looking for luxurious dining options or if you are travelling on budget, there is something for everyone in Paris. Croissant, Foie Gras, Escargot, Filet Mignon and Cuisses De Grenouille are the most popular dishes one should sample in Paris.
Being the fashion capital of the world, it goes without saying that the city boasts of numerous high end stores and international brand stores where you can buy clothes of top designers. There are end numbers of glamorous malls as well, in Paris. If you are a bargain hunter, then the options might be limited for you in this ‘second most expensive city in the world’. The Marais is the best place to buy unique artifacts, antiques and fine arts. The Saint-Ouen flea market is the largest of all flea markets held in Paris.
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