Paris

This city has the reputation of being one of the most beautiful and romantic cities in the world, brimming with historic associations and remaining vastly influential in the realms of culture, art, fashion, food and design. Paris contains numerous iconic landmarks, such as the world’s most visited tourist sites, like the Eiffel Tower, the Arc de Triomphe, the Notre-Dame Cathedral, the Louvre Museum, Moulin Rouge, Lido and much more. The city of Paris itself is officially divided into 20 districts called arrondissements, numbered from 1 to 20 in a clockwise spiral from the center of the city.

It is easy to get around the city as long as you buy a map called “Paris Pratique par Arrondissement” which you can get for about €3-5 at any news stand. The best and cheapest way to get around Paris is on foot, and secondly, using the Metro which is around one euro seventy cents for a one way trip of any length. Getting around by car is something you definitely shouldn’t even try doing, as traffic is very dense during the day, and parking is, on average, exceedingly difficult. However, getting around by scooter or motorbike is a great way to explore this wonderful city. Also, a bus ride is also interesting if you want to see more of the city. The Parisian bus system is quite tourist-friendly. There are several excellent boat services which make use of the Seine. As well as providing easy, cheap transport to much of central Paris, excellent photo opportunities abound. You can buy a day or 3 day ticket and hop on and off the boat as needed. The boats take a circular route from the Eiffel Tower, down past the Louvre, Notre Dame, botanical gardens then back up the other bank past Musee D’orsay. Be sure to check out more information below.

It is recommended that you speak at least a little French, since some of the people won’t answer you in English. Though people that work near tourist attractions will always be glad to help you and will always speak to you in English. One of the best value and most convenient ways to see the sights of Paris is with the Paris Museum Pass, a pre-paid entry card that allows entry into over 70 museums and monuments around Paris (and the Palace of Versailles) and comes in 2-day (39 euros), 4-day (54 euros) and 6-day (69 euros) denominations (these days are consecutive). Also consider the ParisPass which is also a pre-paid entry card + queue jumping to 60 attractions including The Louvre, The Arc de Triomphe, as well as a river cruise and allows free metro & public transport travel.

Planning your visits: Several sites have “choke points” that restrict the number of visitors that can flow through. These include: The Eiffel Tower, Sainte-Chapelle,The Catacombs and the steps to climb to the top of the Notre Dame Cathedral. To avoid lines, you should start your day by arriving at one of these sites at least 30 minutes before opening time. Otherwise, expect a wait of at least an hour. It is almost impossible to point out all of the great attractions of Paris, because it has a lot of different things that interests a lot of different people, so you will just have to see a list of attractions and plan out your visit. This is surely one of the greatest cities in the world for tourists. It is recommended that you stay at least a week so you can see everything that Paris has to offer.

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