Travel guide - Paris
Bohemian, jazzy, intellectual, royal, bourgeois, revolutionary, sculptural, whatever side to its character you choose to see, Paris could well be the most beautiful city in the world. The object of many fantasies, the "City of Light" and its famous monuments write the story to an eternal romance, making it a legendary, refined destination.
To explore Paris, follow the Seine. Over the bridges and along the river banks, on foot or by boat, you will come across Notre Dame, the Louvre, the Champs-Elysées and, of course, the Eiffel Tower, monuments that punctuate a wonderful trip back in time.
In this metropolis made up of small villages, there is no shortage of attractions. During your trip to Paris you will contemplate the Mona Lisa’s smile, admire Monet's impressionist water lilies at the Musée d'Orsay, and sample the best of French counter-culture at the Modern Art collection at the Pompidou Centre.
Following the grand Haussmann boulevards, discover the chic Parisian department stores, Printemps and Galeries Lafayette, a stone’s throw from the Opera Garnier. An inspiring city for top fashion designers, luxury boutiques line the Champs-Elysées affirming the city’s title of fashion capital a little more each year.
Your stay in Paris should feature a jazz soundtrack: head to the picturesque district of Saint-Germain-des-Prés, among the literary cafes (Les Deux Magots and Café de Flore) which keep the Parisian café and brasserie tradition alive and well. During your trip to Paris, follow in the footsteps of the Musketeers and the Cardinal de Richelieu, and discover the Luxembourg Gardens and the Sorbonne University, in the heart of the Latin Quarter.
Meander among the charmingly narrow and lively streets of the Marais and head towards the Place de la Bastille, one of Paris’s youngest and most buzzing districts, before re-enacting the French Revolution less than 30 minutes from Paris. You will discover the splendour of the Chateau de Versailles and its beautiful garden, worthy of the Sun King.
Now you are free to lead a bohemian lifestyle during your stay in Paris. Turn towards Montmartre, where you can climb the steps of Sacre-Coeur, and catch a show at the Moulin Rouge, in this district that continues to attract artists.
Bohemian, chic, dreamy and dynamic, Paris awakens every day ready to put on another spectacular show for you.
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