Art, fashion, philosophy, food: Paris excels in all of that and more. This is why visiting the French capital is almost a rite of passage for anyone wanting to experience the best of Europe. The city just does everything so well, whether you’re here to treat yourself to the finest, 3-star Michelin restaurants in the world, or want to set eyes on famous paintings, or simply relish the idea of strolling the handsome, stately boulevards and popping into the cafés where philosophers and writers have gossiped and bickered for generations. From the historic centre to the streets of Montparnasse, once the haunt of Picasso and Hemingway, Paris will enchant you from the moment you land to when you finally bid bon voyage.
There’s a wealth of hotels available for Paris holidays, and you can simply use ebookers to put together the ideal package to suit you, with the added bonus that you’ll save up to 15% if you book Paris flights and hotels at the same time. You just have the pleasurable task of deciding where in in the city you want to be down. You could choose a hotel in the atmospheric 6th arrondissement, home to Les Deux Magots – the café where Jean-Paul Sartre and Simone de Beauvoir once held court. Or, bed down in the 8th arrondissement to be within a stone’s throw of landmarks like the Arc de Triomphe and president’s palace.
Holidays to Paris are different things to different people, but there are some attractions that take pride of place on most to-do lists. One is the Louvre, where everyone jostles for views of the Mona Lisa. However, there’s much more to this legendary gallery than Leonardo’s most famous portrait, and you can happily spend days exploring its multitude of masterpieces. To soak up the city’s energy, take a long and leisurely walk along the Champs-Elysées, with its shops and eateries, and then head off to find tucked-away places of historical fascination like Shakespeare and Company, one of the most beloved bookshops in the world. Then, of course, there’s the Eiffel Tower – it may be a cliché, but you can’t say you’ve done Paris properly without ascending this intricate monument of French engineering.
The Paris metro almost counts as an attraction in itself. After all, it’s all part and parcel of the romance of the city, featuring in countless films and novels. It’s also a very handy way of getting around this sumptuous metropolis. A more scenic way to get around is to make use of the buses or trams, which trundle along the much-mythologised streets of this grand old capital. And if you feel like leaving the core behind and seeing some of the surrounding areas, you can always hire a car and go off on a French adventure.
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