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Paris Travel Guide - Paris Tourist Attractions
Paris, United Kingdom
Paris is the capital and the largest city of France and it is situated on the river Seine, in northern France, at the heart of the Ile-de-France region, and includes two islands Ile-Saint-Louis and Ile Saint-Louis. The city is today one of the world’s leading business and cultural centres, and its influence in politics, education, entertainment, media, fashion, science and the arts all contribute to its status as one of the world’s major global cities. It is considered as one of the greenest, liveable and expensive cities in Europe. The name Paris was derived from that of its earliest inhabitants, the Gaulish tribe known as the Parisii, which in turn was derived from the Celtic Gallic word Parisio meaning `the working people’ or `the craftsmen’. Another nickname for Paris is the most famous `La Ville-Lumiere’ or `The City of Light’. Get ready for an illuminating journey on the Paris Holiday Package!
Travellers would be recommended to take the following course for sight-seeing, that is, visit Place de la Bastille , a district of great historical significance and because of its symbolic value, the square has often been a site of political demonstrations. Place de la Concorde is at the foot of the Champs-Élysées, built as the "Place Louis XV", site of the infamous guillotine. The Egyptian Obelisk is the "oldest monument" and at this place, on either side of the Rue Royale, there are two identical stone buildings: The eastern one houses the French Naval Ministry,and the western the luxurious Hotel de Crillon. Nearby Place Vendome is famous for its deluxe hotels, jewellers, designerware as many famous fashion designers have their salons located here. Montmartre is a historic area on the Butte, home to the Basilique du Sacre-Coeur, and is an amalgamation of studios, cafes and many great artists in that area. Montparnasse is a another famous Left Bank area known for artists’ studios, music halls, and cafe life and the large Montparnasse-Bienvenue metro station and the lone Tour Montparnasse skyscraper are located here.Three of the most famous Parisian landmarks are the 12th-century cathedral Notre Dame de Paris on the Ile de la Cite, the Napoleonic Arc de Triomphe and the 19th century Eiffel Tower, an enduring symbol of Paris alluring millions of visitors throughout the year, with all of them returning to their homes carrying a momento of this proud structure. The museums and monuments of the city are amongst its highest-esteemed attractions promoting a rising tourism industry!
The Historical Axis is a line of monuments, buildings, and thoroughfares that run in a roughly straight line from the city-centre westwards, which begins with the Louvre famous museums, housing many works of art, including Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa (La Joconde) and the Venus de Milo statue. Works by Pablo Piccasso and Auguste Rodin are found in Musee Picasso and Musee Rodin respectively, while the artistic community of Montparnasse is chronicled at the Musee du Montparnasse. Starkly apparent with its service-pipe exterior, the Centre Georges Pompidu also known as Beaubourg, houses the Musee National d’art Moderne. Further westwards, the line was prolonged to the La Defense business district dominated by a square-shaped triumphal Arche of its own and continues through the Tuileries Garden, the Champs-Elysees and Arc de Triomphe centred Place de l’Etiole circus. Compliments aboard the Paris Holiday Package!
Disneyland Paris attracts visitors to not only Paris but also from the rest of Europe. One of the symbols of the French Revolution is the two Statues of Liberty located on the Ile aux Cygnes on the Siene and in the Luxembourg Garden. Many of Paris' once-popular local establishments have come to cater to the tastes and expectations of tourists, rather than local patrons and Le Lido, the Moulin Rouge cabaret-dancehall, is an awesome staged dinner theatre spectacle!
Fauborg Saint-Honore is one of Paris' high-fashion districts, home to labels such as Hermes and Christian Lacroix. Saint Oueen Flea Market, Porte de Vanvesand Porte de Montreuil are some incredible markets for shopping in France. Au Bon Marcandeacute,, Au Printemps Galeries, Lafayette Marks and Spencer, La Samaritaine are some departmental stores to buy goods. Nearby Place Vendome is famous for its delightful art, jewellers and apparels as many famous fashion designers have their salons located here. Champs-Elysees is a garden promenade turned avenue connecting Place de la Concorde and Arc de Triomphe, a tourist magnet and an important shopping street of Paris. Avenue Montaigne next to the Champs-Élysées is home to luxury brand labels such as Chanel, Louis Vuitton, Dior and Givenchy. Exclusive shopping on the Paris Holiday Package!
With a moderate ambience, dining in the Gourmet area is certainly one of Paris' great bargains, hogging a gourmet sandwich, manchego cheese and freshly sliced Iberian ham, piled on bread baked at site by Maison Kayser, the best bakers. Despite the vertiginous prices of Paris haute cuisine at L’Astrance, a meal at one of these nec plus ultra space is an investment that just can't disappoint, and snagging a sought-after table at Chef Pascal Barbot’s restaurant on a cobbled side street is well worth the persistence! Galeries Lafayette offers a range of ways to enjoy prepared meal, from an informal food counter in the middle of the supermarket, to more formal dining. There are several restaurants outside the proper Gourmet area, notably, Bar Rouge, which is right in the wine library, and the casual Lafayette Organic, a healthy food restaurant. Huitrerie Regis is tucked away in the heart of Saint Germain des Pres, as this snug shop-front table with a white facade and interior is the best place for a fix of impeccably fresh oysters. Some of the best Indian restaurants attracting good reviews by the discerning, and a gourmet's choice for Indian cuisine in the heart of Paris, such as the La Bourse, offer authentic North Indian and Punjabi fare. The Restaurant Taj Invites you to a gastronomic voyage to India with a choice of food serving Indian appetisers and drinks along with an a-la-carte menu. Though Paris is acclaimed for its food, it does not have as much choice for vegetarians.
Spring and autumn have on an average, mild days and fresh nights, but are changing and unstable. Warm or cool weather occurs frequently in both seasons. In winters, sunshine is scarce and the days are cold with generally temperatures above freezing point. Light night frosts are quite common, though the weather scale dips very low only for a few days in a year. Heavy snowfall is rare, but the city sometimes experiences light snow or flurries with or without accumulation. Although it is not a very rainy city, there may be sudden showers.
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