If you are looking for a family vacation, then Paris has everything you could want. It has the history of
Notre Dame and Versailles, the iconic Louvre and Eiffel Tower and then there is Euro Disney. There is
something for everyone. sightseeing
This is why Paris is one of the world's greatest cities. There are so many things to do in Paris that you are
hard to impress if you don't have a fun time while you are there.
The city of Paris is like a museum on its own, with different exhibitions going on all the time. Just like a museum one has to know how to make his way around in order to see everything, there are always new things to do in Paris. Although it may not be possible to see everything while on vacation it is important to be prepared by trying to understand the layout of the city before heading out top discover.
Central Paris is officially divided into 20 districts which are known as "arrondissementes". The districts are numbered from 1 to 20 in a clockwise spiral from the center of the city. The districts are named according to their number. You might, for example, stay in the "5th", which neighbors the "13th " district. It is important to buy a map of the before you head out, a map can be bought at almost every news stand for â¬3-5.
Get to know the map, get to know the city. If you are interested in visiting specific site in Paris the best way to find them is by knowing what district they are in. The Arc de Triamphe for example is in the "1st" district, the Louvre is in the "4th" and the Eiffel Tour is in the "7th". When you look at the map you cab see that they are all in close proximity to each other but if you don't plan your tour of Paris properly you may find yourself walking a lot.
Taking time to walk around Paris is not a bad thing. When you walk the street of Paris you can see things that are often overlooked. You can see the detail in the architecture, the layout of the streets and the people who live in the city. When walking through the city be sure to stop a a small cafe. Take the time to sit, relax and take in what Paris is all about.
To get a great orientation of the city on foot while seeing many of Paris' major sights, you can do a West to East walk from the Arc de Triomphe to Ile de la Cite (Notre Dame). This walk takes about 1-2 hours without any stops. Start at the top of the Champs Elysees (at the Arc de Triomphe) and begin walking down the Champs Elysees towards Place ('square') de la Concorde.
- On the way towards the obelisk on the square, you'll see the major stores and restaurants of Paris' most famous avenue.
- Once you've passed the main shopping area, you'll see the Petit Palais and the Grand Palais to your right.
- At Place de la Concorde, you'll be able to see many of Paris' major monuments around you. In front of you is the Tuileries, behind you is the Champs-Elysees and Arc de Triomphe, behind you to your right is the Tour Eiffel and Musee d'Orsay, and finally, to your left is the Madeleine.
- Continue straight ahead and enter the Tuileries Gardens passing by fountains, flowers, and lovers in the park.
- As you continue straight ahead, and out of the garden, you'll see the pyramid entrance to the Louvre directly in front of you.
- With the pyramid directly in front of you, and the Tuileries directly behind you, turn to your right and walk towards the Seine.
- Now you can walk along the Seine (eastwards) until you reach Pont Neuf. Cross Pont Neuf and walk through the Latin Quarter, cross the river again to reach Notre Dame cathedral on Ile de la CitÃ©.
One of the main things to keep in mind when visiting Paris is that there is so much to see on every level. You can spend a lifetime touring the city and there will still be more to discover. Plan your vacation in advance but leave some room to be spontaneous.