Paris – La Ville Lumière

Eiffel Tower

Paris – La Ville Lumière

Welcome to Paris

Paris the City of Light‘ (La Ville Lumière), once known as the City of Love, where love exudes romance. The smell of freshly baked croissants, the Eiffel Tower and a city of fashion beckon you to visit the wonderful city. With the brisk breeze and cold season, September and October are arguably the best months to travel to Paris, but with the seasonal cheer, November and December are the best seasons for Christmas shopping. 

How To Get There

Charles De Gaulle International Airport and Orly Airport are Paris’s two major airports, approximately 25 km from the city centre. Both airports are connected to Paris by the RER trains.

Getting Around Paris

Paris Metro | Paris’s metro system is one of the fastest ways of getting around the city. With 16 interconnected lines and an underground system is a sure way to get to most of the highlights in the city. The single T-Ticket and weekly or monthly travel cards come with different fares. Click here.

Tram | The tram system disappeared in 1957 but was re-introduced in the 20th century. The comfortable, clean and inexpensive means of transport is ideal for tourism.  Click here.

Taxis | With more than 20,000 cab services, it is available on the street in the daytime and at night. With a minimum fare of € 2.60, it is one of the convenient and easy means of transport. Click here.

Tour Bus | See the many highlights by exploring Paris at your own pace with a 24 or 48-hour ticket. Click here

Places Of Interest

The iconic Eiffel Tower, a permanent feature of the Paris Skyline, is a wrought iron tower that stands 1,063 ft (324 m) tall, designed initially for the Exposition Universelle. This world fair was held in Paris back in 1889. Today it depicts a symbol of love for many couples worldwide. It is known for thousands of marriage proposals made under the beautiful tower every year, a perfect spot for those iconic photos. 

There are different ways to experience the Eiffel tower, from daytime time or evening ascent, but it’s a good idea to plan and buy tickets in advance. Click here for skip-the-line tickets. 

Eiffel Tower, Paris

The View from the Top

The Notre Dame Cathedral Paris or Notre Dame de Paris (Meaning ‘Our Lady of Paris’ in French) is a beautiful Gothic cathedral. Unfortunately, due to the 2019 fire, the cathedral is now closed, but you can still admire it from afar.

Notre Dame, Paris

Arc de Triomphe symbolize those who fought during the French Revolution and the Napoleonic Wars and is another iconic sights in Paris. The vast square arch sits at the western end of the famous road, ‘Champs-Elysees and if you do get a chance to walk to it, look out for all the inscribed names of the French victories and generals on its inner and outer surfaces. Book tickets here.

Arch de Triomphe, Paris

The Louvre, originally a Royal Palace for more than two centuries, is now a historic landmark in Paris. The public museum is home to some of the best-known works of art, including the Mona Lisa and the Venus de Milo. Book tickets here.

The River Seine flows right through the heart of Paris and is known for its romantic boats. It is one of the longest rivers in France, and it is a notable bridge with 37 bridges in Paris across the Seine. On a relaxing Seine river cruise, you can admire the iconic sights of Paris. Embarking on a roundtrip cruise is a succession of beautiful monuments along the waterways. Book tickets here.

The finest royal Chapelle to be built in France is known as Sainte-Chapelle. Made in the 13th century at the heart of the royal residence – Palais de la Cite by Louis IX, it features an exceptional collection of stained-glass windows. Sainte-Chapelle was built in the 13th century at the heart of the royal residence – Palais de la Cite, by Louis IX and houses relics of the passion of Christ, considered a gem of French Gothic architecture. Book tickets here.

Sainte Chapelle, Paris

A beautifully decorated banquet hall is an impressive 19th-century art collection of Musse D’ Orsay. It is located in the ancient railway station (opened in 1900). It features Impressionist and Post-Impressionist paintings. With a collection of striking sculptures with unique architectural elements and decorative arts. Book tickets here.

Cabarets are traditional shows in Paris, and the ongoing cabaret of Moulin Rouge is known as the birthplace of the famous French Cancan. Located at the foot of Montmartre hill, it was built in 1889 by Charles Zilder and Joseph Oller. As a significant tourist attraction, it provides entertainment for visitors worldwide. Book tickets here.

An entertainment resort in Chessy, France, Disneyland encompasses two theme parks, resort hotels, shopping, dining, and entertainment complex, Disney nature resorts and a golf course. With millions of tourists visiting the theme park, it covers friendly-family rides, costumed characters, and hotels. Take the opportunity to enter this exciting atmosphere with activities and thrilling attractions to feed your inner child! Book tickets here.

Disneyland Paris

Where To Stay

Paris has a lot of excellent hotels to cater for all budgets. We stayed at the Mercure Eiffel Grenelle, just a 10-minute walk from the Eiffel Tower and the Dupleix metro station, which is conveniently 30 meters from the hotel and takes you to the Montparnasse Tower, the Galeries Lafayette and the Arc de Triomphe. A small quaint hotel conveniently located near the best sights.

Luxury Hotels

Pullman Paris Tour Eiffel: 

The Pullman Paris Tour Eiffel hotel offers stunning views of the iconic Eiffel Tower, upscale accommodations, exquisite dining options, and a prime location for exploring the vibrant city of Paris.

Mid-Range Hotels

Hotel Saint-Marc: 

Nestled in the vibrant Grands Boulevards area, Hotel Saint-Marc showcases a blend of classical elegance and contemporary style. Guests can enjoy well-appointed rooms, a cozy lounge, and easy access to theatres, shopping, and dining.

Budget Hotels

Hotel Ibis Paris Gare du Nord Chateau-Landon:  

This budget-friendly hotel is conveniently located near Gare du Nord, making it a great choice for travelers arriving by train. It offers functional rooms and a 24-hour reception.

Where To Eat

Paris is a culinary paradise, offering a myriad of dining options to satisfy every palate. Here are some top recommendations for where to eat in Paris:

Le Comptoir du Relais: Experience traditional French cuisine at this cozy bistro in Saint-Germain. Indulge in their signature dishes like escargots, duck confit, and delectable desserts.

L’Ambroisie: For a luxurious dining experience, head to L’Ambroisie. This three-Michelin-starred restaurant in the heart of Paris serves exquisite French dishes in an elegant setting.

Le Chateaubriand: Explore innovative flavors at this trendy restaurant in the 11th arrondissement. Their ever-changing menu highlights local ingredients, and the atmosphere is lively and vibrant.

La Fontaine de Mars: Craving classic French dishes? La Fontaine de Mars is a charming brasserie near the Eiffel Tower, known for its authentic cuisine, including duck confit and beef bourguignon.

L’Ambassade d’Auvergne: Step into a rustic ambiance and taste the flavors of the Auvergne region at L’Ambassade d’Auvergne. Their specialties include hearty dishes like aligot and pot-au-feu.

Chez L’Ami Jean: Experience a lively atmosphere and hearty Basque cuisine at Chez L’Ami Jean. Their generous portions of comfort food like confit de canard and veal cheeks are sure to satisfy.

Final Thoughts

The city of lights shows up with millions of tourists every year. The unforgettable ambience, divine cuisine, monuments, and art collection will leave you with everlasting memories. You will not want to go with an imposing atmosphere, world-class museums, fashion and a distinctive atmosphere.

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