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Visiting the Magical City of Paris

Paris is truly a magical city, and considered to be one of the top destinations to visit in the world. Once you have travelled to this beautiful city, you will soon understand how people fall in love with Paris so easily.

Travellers have been journeying to Paris for centuries, and it attracts a vast array of different cultures, ages and religions.

There numerous exciting places to explore whilst in the city, and you will never tire of seeing the magnificent architecture, beautiful scenery and natural sights. Regardless of why you have chosen Paris, you will feel a sense of romance as you stroll through the quaint back streets. Love is considered to thrive throughout the city, and people fall in love with each other as well as Paris itself.
The city is a hive of activity; however, the people remain calm and laid back, which is fantastic for enjoying the culture. There are plenty of small coffee shops to sit and update your travel blog, as you enjoy the delicious patisseries and unique French coffee on offer. People watching is a favourite past time, and the people who live in the city are fascinating.

The buildings and monuments throughout Paris are incredible, and there are so many for you to explore and enjoy. The Eifel toweris of course the largest and most impressive of all the landmarks in Paris. You can enjoy the most spectacular sights from the top level of the tower, with a 360 degree view of the stunning architecture.

Paris Workout

The Arc de Triomphe is another incredible landmark, where you can again view the majority of the city. You may need to catch your breath after climbing the stairs; though the view is worth every step. Another, beautiful area of the city is the Rive Gauche district, which has remained untouched, and many artists travel to this area for inspiration.

The Musee D’Orsay is a beautiful building, which overlooks the River Seine, and houses some incredible pieces of art. Impressionist artists such as Van Gogh, Renoir, and Monet have pieces of art in this building. Once you have admired this stunning collection of art, you can easily join one of the river cruises.

The River Seine is mystical and offers an incredible views of the Eifel Tower and Notre Dame, there are both day and night cruises which are brilliant. The night cruise is perfect for a romantic evening meal, and an idyllic end to a fantastic day in Paris. Once you have tired of the landmarks and stunning buildings, you can enjoy the natural beauty in the parks.

Seine de la Tour Eiffel

Many people do not realize that there are several open spaces in Paris, which are the ideal place to stroll and have a picnic. The parks are incredibly popular with the workers in the city, and during the lunch period, they can become busy with people escaping the offices and boutiques. If you want to explore a structured park and garden, the formal Tuileries Gardens are ideal.

Set in the heart of Paris these gardens are stunning, highly maintained to ensure that they remain immaculate. The defined beds for the flowers, lush green lawns and elegant statues are typical Parisian. Shopping is another reason to visit Paris, and you will find a huge array of different shops, stores and boutiques on offer.

Article provided by Steve at Explore-Earth.co.uk

Thanks for this great article, Steve – great read!

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Paris Travel Tips and Apartments Guide

Paris, the City of Light, is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Europe. The entire city is practically a landmark, but there are several key attractions which stand out and should be on every visitor’s must-see list.

Attractions

1.) The Eiffel Tower – Known as the Tour Eiffel by locals, the Eiffel Tower is perhaps the most iconic site in Paris. Trips to the top require a large amount of patience and come with a big price tag. For many tourists these points are not a deterrent, but if you’re on a budget or if you’re short on time, then you should consider experiencing the Eiffel Tower from the outside. There are several grassy areas available in which you can lay down and take in a stunning view of the majestic landmark.

2.) Paris Catacombs – If you enjoy learning about history in a slightly macabre context, then a trip to the Paris Catacombs is definitely recommended. You’ll descend down 130 steps to reach the Catacombs, where you’ll be greeted by an artistic display of the skeletal remains of millions of ancient Parisians. The Catacombs are great for a hot summer day, as the temperature is much cooler when you go that far below the surface.

Catacombs of Paris

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 The photo above shows a typical view from the Paris Catacombs.

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3.) Louvre Museum – The Louvre is an art museum which houses some of the most extraordinary works of art that the world has ever seen. Highlights include the enigmatic Mona Lisa and pieces from Raphael and Michelangelo. The Louvre is the most visited museum in the world, and after a day spent within its walls you’ll easily understand why.

English: Courtyard of the Louvre Museum, with ...

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The photo above shows the entrance to the Louvre Museum, Paris.

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Tips

1.) Getting Around Town – The Metro is an extremely efficient way to travel while you’re in Paris. If you’ll be using the Metro a lot, then you should consider purchasing a carnet, which is a bundle pack of ten tickets. Please note that the automatic Metro ticket machines in the main train stations sometimes have difficulty accepting American credit cards.

2.) Accommodations – Renting one of the many available holiday apartments in Paris is a fantastic way to save money while also experiencing the Paris lifestyle. If you’re looking for more space, there are also several French holiday homes to choose from. With a fully equipped kitchen you’ll be able to prepare your own meals, and you can take a picnic with you when you go to look at the Eiffel Tower. Having a picnic with the iconic landmark in front of you will be a memory that you’ll talk about for years to come; for a romantic twist, have a picnic dinner as the sun is setting.

3.) Free Museum Day – Most Paris museums offer free admission to visitors on the first Sunday of the month. Lines can be extremely long, especially at the Louvre, but if you’re on a budget and you’re able to get in line early in the day, then the savings can be well worth the wait.

4.) Take to the Streets – To truly experience Paris you should definitely spend some time walking through the city’s streets. Taking a stroll along the River Seine is particularly beautiful, and you’ll also encounter several of Paris’ talented street performers.

By following these tips you’re certain to have the vacation experience of a lifetime. Paris is truly unique, and the more time that you plan for your visit there the better, but even if you only have one day Paris is definitely worth visiting.

This article was written by Alan Horton. He is a regular author of travel and social media articles, to view more of Alan’s work click on his Google+ profile

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