Paris Vacation

March 27, 2008

Owing to its location, Paris has a temperate, oceanic climate; ideally situated along the banks of the river Seine. Unfortunately a Paris short stay can only ever be considered a taster; if you have more time, it will make for a remarkable holiday, with many great sites to see.

It is known for its wonderful buildings, style, excellent food and wine; these include the Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe, markets and a history only matched by a few other European cities. Traveling through the city of Paris can be very enjoyable; there is a superb underground rail system called the Metro which is efficient and easy to understand.

At almost 1,000 feet high, the Eiffel Tower is an impressive sight; it’s visible throughout most of the city but the views from the top of this huge steel structure are even more impressive. At night, it comes alive with lights that have to be seen to be believed; it is possible to take organized tours which tell the story of the Tower and the history of France.

A walk along the Champs Elysees is essential when you visit Paris; it will present you with many famous designer shops and good restaurants. When you visit this region of the city you will see it is a much more select area; the exclusive five star hotels situated in this more select part of the city might be out of most visitors’ price range.

The city’s famous museum, the Louvre is huge and worth a visit if you have the time; it houses over three hundred thousand exhibits but not all of them are ever on display at the same time. There are enough art exhibits to keep you occupied for more time than your short stay in Paris would allow; approximately 8 million visitors a year come to see the Venus de Milo and the Mona Lisa, both of which are on display. Over the years, Paris has been home to many of the world’s famous artists; the likes of Monet, Picasso and many others lived in the city for years and some of their work can still be seen today.

The Arc de Triomphe another famous landmark was built by Napoleon in 1806; it provides visitors with a wonderful photo experience because it contains the names of every one of his generals. Many people do not know that an observatory was included in the design which affords great views of the surrounding area; it stands in the place where the city’s main avenues begin including the Champs Elysees.

Of course this article can only give a small sample places to visit; there are plenty of others to keep you occupied but to make the most of your time, use one of the guided tours. On your short say in Paris you will only see a small sample of what is available for a visitor; what you aren’t able to this time will have to wait for another occasion.


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