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Why fly to Paris?
The City of Light has a lot to live up as it is also known as the City of Love, but Paris does not disappoint on both fronts. It is home to the iconic Eiffel Tower and the Notre Dame Cathedral, and will not disappoint you there either and will likely exceed expectations.
The joie de vivre lifestyle is intoxicating and addictive. Before you go to Paris slow down. Slow down and enjoy everything you do because Paris is the city of appreciation, appreciating the little things and the finer things in life.
The city is freckled with galleries and museums, with the Louvre being one of the most famous. On your first morning in Paris head to a nearby bakery and have a warm, buttery fresh croissant fresh out of the oven, it will change the way you feel about breakfast and frankly change you into a bit of a baked goods snob for that matter, but there is no harm in spreading the joys of your new French self. Enjoy that croissant with a robust coffee and then start your day. Take a stroll to the Arc de Triomphe for a view of all of Paris.
The city's art collection ranges from classic to contemporary and you could easily spend your holiday visiting these cultural institutions without seeing all of them so select a few choice ones, perhaps Orangerie which hosts some of Monet's finest works, and save the rest for your next French excursion. Go for a stroll along the beautiful Seine, it is flanked by lovely bookstores and cafes that ooze Paris artsy elegance.
When you start to feel peckish, rest assured the city is gilded in the finest cuisine and there's proof of that with more than 70 Michelin-starred restaurants dotting the city. Treat yourself to one Michelin meal for the experience of opulent food art. Follow your dinner with a stroll down romantic Champs-Elysées, and yes there will be couples canoodling and stately gentlemen, guiding lovely French ladies through the promenade, just picture yourself in a storybook.
There is so much to see and do in this city, and alternatively it is enough to sit in the cafes and take it all in, however whatever it is that you do, remember it is your holiday and on this holiday you must savor the elegance and flavor of the city just as the Parisians do.
Paris summers can be hot with temperatures hitting the high 20s and low 30s. The winters are chilly and the numbers are in the low 10s, this is when the city of light is dusted with light snow. The spring and fall offer a happy medium between the hot and cold, and some might say are the perfect time for visiting the city.
When to fly to Paris
Summer is a popular time to visit the city and you will see flight prices at an all time high. The few months prior to summer are also quite busy as this is a pretty time to visit the city before the temperatures heat up, which means there are some discounts to be had if you book early enough, otherwise you will be paying premium flight prices.
The cold winter months tend to keep holidayers away from the city and this means a decline in flight prices from January through to March.
Getting into Paris
Your gateway to Paris will have you softly landing at the famous Charles De Gaulle Airport which is located approximately half an hour outside of the city center. Once you have collected your luggage you will have a number of choices on how to travel into the city center. The light rail is the fastest way to get into the city and start your vacation. Alternatively, there are several public buses that run from the airport into the center of the city as well as to the various districts. In addition taxis are also an option.
Getting around Paris
Paris is a very walkable city, in fact that is the best way to truly appreciate all of the architecture and beauty. However if you need to get somewhere without all the promenading, you can use the city's great metro service which should be able to get you anywhere in the city. Additionally, public buses are also a good option or you can hail a taxi cab.
- Head to Saint-Germain-des-Pres and enjoy a morning coffee before visiting the oldest abby church in the city, Eglise Saint-Germain-des-Pres. Follow that up with a stroll around the one-way streets and drop in the numerous galleries located in the area.
- Visit the Louvre, if you head there early before the crowds descend you can actually cover some ground and enjoy what you are seeing without getting into an elbowing competition.
- Visit the Musee d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris and take in one of the world's largest collections of modern art. Spend the afternoon at Palais de Tokyo checking out the exhibitions at the uber cool art space. Important names like Wang Du exhibit here.
- If you are interested in visiting many of the city's museums, purchase a Paris Museum Pass. This will give you access to at least 60 museums and other venues for one fee.
- Take a break from all those croissants and macarons with a little eclectic fare in the 10th arrondissement. If you head to rue du Faubourg Saint Denis you will find yourself surrounded by restaurants serving up world cuisine like Indian, Chinese, American and Kurdish. Additionally the area also has lovely markets selling fresh produce.
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