Paris, “The City of Lights”, is synonymous with romance but has something to offer everyone and attracts people from all wakes of life. It probably has more familiar landmarks than any other city in the world as well as numerous parks, museums and galleries. It is also one of the world’s leading business and cultural centers.
Paris City will make you lively and enthralled you with its music encompassing jazz, avant-garde and salsa. The beauty of Paris lies in retaining its countryside charm, allowing you to get away from the hustle and bustle of city life.
The home of great food, Paris boasts every kind of restaurant you can think of, from traditional French fare, bistros, smart, trendy restaurants and Michelin-starred establishments.
Paris is particularly beautiful in spring as the trees along the Seine blossom. Summer temperatures are mild to warm, with occasional heat waves, while winters are very chilly with temperatures hovering around freezing point.
You’ll soon discover Paris is enchanting almost everywhere, at any time, even ‘in the summer, when it sizzles’ and ‘in the winter, when it drizzles’, as Cole Porter put it. View Paris Short Break
Offering the best view of Paris since 1889 it may be obvious but no visit to Paris is complete without going to the top of the Eiffel Tower, ask the over 250 million people have ascended the tower to date. The view of the ‘city of light’ by night is truly mesmerizing and the queues are considerably shorter.
The former Gare d’Orsay Art Nouveau railway station impressively houses France’s national collection from the Impressionist, Post-impressionist and Art Nouveau movements. Opened since 1986 masterpieces include Manet’s On The Beach; Renoir’s Ball at the Moulin de la Galette; Degas’ ballerinas and Van Gogh’s scenes of Auvers-sur-Oise just outside Paris – where he died and is buried. Also not to be missed is the view from the 5th-floor terrace.
Jardin du Luxembourg
The Luxembourg Gardens have a special place in the hearts of Parisians and it doesn’t take much sunshine to draw them to the gardens, especially as Napoleon dedicated the gardens to the children of Paris.
At an impressive 700m the Louvre stretches out along the Seine. It is said that it would take nine months to look at every artwork in the world’s largest museum. As if that’s not enough the museum is a former royal palace which was brought up to date in the 1980s showcasing I M Pei’s glass pyramid – a highlight of modern Paris.
The Avenue des Champs-Élysées, the famous prestigious avenue is one of the most expensive pieces of real-estate in the world and is home to, cinemas, cafés, luxury shops and is beautifully lined with horse-chestnut trees. It is also known as “The most beautiful avenue of the world”.