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All Roads Lead to Paris

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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 €3-5.

Parid Districts

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 Cité.

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.

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Comments

Aug 20, 2010 6:38pm
dashboardc33
very neat! The map adds that something extra. great job.
Oct 7, 2010 1:36am
AJWalton
I have a friend who moved to Paris, 7th arrondissement, just a block away from the Eiffel Tower. What a great city. Thanks for the article.
Oct 7, 2010 2:15pm
vetochemicals
What a nice job you've done in sharing all that Paris has to offer, sounds like we should all get there at least once! Congrats on the feature:)
Oct 7, 2010 10:15pm
dadbintheadmin
Great reference article and beautiful pics. Thanks for sharing!
Oct 8, 2010 11:03am
onlinejob4u
damian
you submitted a good article. it is a good guide for tourist and proplr
Oct 8, 2010 5:49pm
Lynsuz
Good article. A Paris vacation would be great.
Oct 27, 2010 11:28pm
aguy
I love Paris!

I've been there several times.

Nice article.
Dec 13, 2010 10:02am
emirez
Having lived in Paris for 13 years, I can vouch that this article gives you great advice if you only have one or two days to visit the city of lights. This walk takes you by the most popular attractions.
Maybe the next article will be on the museums to visit?
Dec 13, 2010 3:40pm
sushantkshr
quite sufficient for those who have never been to paris..........good work:-)
Jan 20, 2011 7:03am
sushantkshr
this is one of my dream destinations.i have read soooooooooo much about this wonderful city
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