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Capital and largest city in France

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Paris has something for everyone!

  • Jan 26, 2000
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Pros: Beautiful city, easy to get around using the subway.

Cons: Never enough time to see it all.

There is a reason Paris is often called the city of lights, and heralded as “the” place for lovers and aspiring artists and writers; the city is without a doubt one of the most, if not the most beautiful city in world. The only city in my mind that can rival it in old-world architectural splendor, charm and soul calming inspiration, is Vienna, which I also love and have had the pleasure of visiting once.

I have had occasion to visit Paris twice in my lifetime, and each time I was awe struck by the city. I love the old-world architecture; the ornate facades, the intricate stone carving, and exacting attention to detail in every aspect of most of the cities older building is astounding. Walking alone either bank of the river Seine on a warm sunny day sampling the beverages at the various outdoor cafes, or stopping to gaze at the work of artists that line the left bank, crossing one of the ornate bridges that span this most famous of rivers will inspire even the most dormant and hidden of talents, to write, or draw, or paint, or compose! It is in Paris that I first tried my hand at writing for myself, and for the joy of it, and the words poured forth like water from a fountain. How could I do otherwise in a city seemingly built by artist and artisans?

No visit to Paris is complete without visiting the Eiffel Tower. Might I suggest a boat ride down the river Seine, which will let you off at the foot of the tower, and from there you are whisked to the top to look out over the city; it is from here that the layout of the city can best be appreciated. And do visit famed Notre Dame cathedral with its beautiful gothic design and imposing facade, but take the Metro (subway), because parking around the building is scarce. As a matter of fact, The Metro is the best way to get around Paris. The layout can be confusing at first, but anyone who has ridden the subway systems of any major American city, will get the hang of it in no time.

And do visit the Mus e De Louvre if for nothing else than to say you have been there! There is wonderful café that serves the best-mashed potatoes—made with a generous supply of butter, garlic, and chives—I have ever had. The café sits in one of the museum wings overlooking the main plaza. We had nothing else but three big tasty bowls of mashed potatoes, not one, but two days in a row!

A little tip to help you get over the language “thing”; buy a small Foder’s French to English dictionary before you go. Please make an attempt to learn a little bit of French, such as hello, goodbye, thank you, etc., and the French will reciprocate by speaking to you in English, however broken and halted it comes out. All most Parisians need to see is that you are making an attempt to communicate with them in their language and they try and help you get what you want. Trust me this method works!

Go to Paris at least once in your lifetime. If you adore romance, artistry, good food and classic refinement, Paris is the place to be.


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review by . December 22, 2009
Paris, je t'aime!
From the busy streets of Paris to the lush beaches on the French Riviera, France is one of the most popular travel destinations in the world. A country known for its romance, food and beautiful country side, you will not leave France unhappy.  But as a European traveler I must say that one’s trip would not be complete without stopping off at a small street corner cafe to buy an espresso and a croissant while looking down the Champs-Élysées towards the Arc de Triomphe with …
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Quick Tip by . August 17, 2010
Pinaud Pascal serves great pastries, we especially enjoyed the croissant amande.  70 Rue Monge, 75005 Paris, France 06 25 74 19 27
Quick Tip by . June 01, 2010
Paris was beautiful, but two- three days is enough there.
Quick Tip by . April 14, 2010
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My favorite city.
Quick Tip by . December 28, 2009
Culture, art, history, classical music,wine, food, scenery, and night life ... all with that certain French "Je ne sais quoi"!
review by . January 20, 2000
Pros: Awesome Food, Friendly people, great sights     Cons: Restaurants are expensive     Paris is SO much fun. We were lucky enough to get to stay at the flat of a friend who has a place in the 6th Arrondissment. We were a block away from the metro station and bought weekly passes. Then it was full tilt boogie for 8 days with our friends from Germany who met us there!      I'm an artist and an art teacher, so I was really keen on getting …
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Paris is capital of France and its largest city, with over 12 million people living in the surrounding metropolitan region. Often called the City of Lights, Paris is the cultural center of France and, arguably, Europe. The earliest signs of human habitation of the area date back to nearly 4,000 BCE. Today, Paris is home to Europe's largest business district, La Défense, and the city is a cultural hub for the arts, entertainment, fashion, cuisine, politics, education, the sciences, and much more.

One of the most memorable, impressive and famous landmarks in the city is the Eiffel Tower, constructed in 1899 and dominating the distinctive Parisian skyline. Based in the 7th arrondissement, tourists can visit the Tower either solo or on an Eiffel Tower tour for sweeping views across the capital and a look through the various exhibitions on offer.

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