Paris is a world class city that is a well known centre for culture, art and business. It has a reputation for being a romantic city and from its candlelit restaurants overlooking the river Seine, to the beautiful cherry blossoms that bloom next to the iconic Notre Dame cathedral in Spring, it's easy to see why. There is so much to see and do
in Paris no matter where your interests lie.
This French Gothic cathedral is perhaps one of the most well known cathedral's in the world. It is the setting for the famous book The Hunchback of Notre-Dame and the location of many important historical events such as the crowning of Henry VI of England as King of France. The Cathedral is also a stunning example of Gothic French architecture with it's large stained glass windows and gargoyles.
Entrance to the Cathedral is free. Opening hours are 8am to 6:45pm (later on weekends) and audio-guides talking about the many historical and religious features of the cathedral are available in several languages.
The Louvre museum
The Louvre is the world's most visited museum It boasts a wide range of European and Middle Eastern Art. With works such as Leonardo Davinci's Mona Lisa and Michelangelo's Dying Slave sculpture, it is an important part of any art or cultural lover's itinerary, while in Paris.
If you're travelling with children, and willing to go a little out of the centre of Paris, Disneyland Paris is a great option for entertaining children. With rides for all ages, live entertainment and the opportunity for them to meet with their favourite Disney Characters there is enough to keep you occupied for at least a week. Though day tickets are available for people who want to explore Paris's other attractions.
Though the Eiffel tower can be climbed during the day the view is far more spectacular at night, with the city awash in colourful lights. The Eiffel tower also has two restaurants the Le Jules Verne is a one Michelin star restaurant (so quality is assured), with a beautiful view over the city below. A great place to eat before or after taking a trip up the Eiffel Tower.
Seine Boat Tour
A boat ride along the Seine river in Paris can be a beautiful way to see Paris. If you time your cruise correctly, you can watch the spectacular site as the Eiffel Tower lights up after sunset. Some cruises also offer dinner for an added price so you can eat on the boat as well.
Le Marais is a district in Paris. Well known for its antique stores and vintage boutiques there is usually something interesting to be found and bought here. There are also many old, historic buildings in this district including the old house of Nicholas Flamel (pictured below), best known now as an alchemist for his research on the Philosophers stone.
Avenue des Champs-Elysees
A well known street in Paris with a variety of cinema's, cafe's and shops. You can find many designer fashion brands on this street including Abercrombie and Fitch, Louis Vuitton and Hugo Boss. Even if you are not shopping, it's a wonderful street to walk down with many beautiful buildings, and a great atmosphere.