Guide to plan your Trip to Paris France

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Plan Your Trip to Paris!

Check out this comprehensive guide to learn about how to plan a trip to Paris, including general advice on planning your Paris vacation, information on getting to Paris, tips on when to visit the city of light, Paris events and attractions, and much more.

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Where to Stay in Paris?

Before heading off you’ll need to book a Paris hotel, hostel or rental apartment. Explore your options well ahead of time to ensure a pleasant and comfortable stay in the city of lights.

If you have no previous direct knowledge of Paris, you’ll likely spend much time during the trip-planning phase trying to figure out where to stay. Which neighborhood will serve as the ideal home base and hub during your sojourn, and what sort of accommodations will suit your needs– hotel, guest house, holiday flat rental, hostel? Much will depend on personal preferences, budget, and other factors; there’s certainly no straightforward advice I can give on the “best” places to stay. I generally eschew one size-fits-all approaches to travel; my objective is to empower you to learn more and make choices that truly suit your style and needs.

Paris Attractions and Events

If you’re the type of traveler who likes to plan the details of a trip ahead of time, you’ll probably want to find out now what Paris attractions and events will be worth making time for on your next vacation.

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1. The Louvre

To learn the Louvre in and out, you might need a lifetime. Still, one has to start somewhere. The site of the world’s largest and most diverse collection of pre-20th century painting, sculpture, and decorative objects, The Louvre is definitely one of Paris’ most coveted attractions. Not forgetting the Mona Lisa and the Venus de Milo, bask in the works of Vermeer, Caravaggio, Rembrandt, and countless others. The palace itself is testament to a rich history spanning from the medieval period to the present.

 

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2. Notre Dame Cathedral

No first trip to Paris is complete without a visit to this marvel of gothic architecture. One of the most singular and beautiful cathedrals of Europe, Notre Dame Cathedral’sdramatic towers, spire, stained glass and statuary are guaranteed to take your breath away. Witness firsthand the spot that was once the heartbeat of medieval Paris, and that took over 100 years of hard labor to complete. Climbing the North tower to see Paris from the hunchback Quasimodo’s vantage is essential, too. You’ll soon understand why Notre Dame is one of Paris’ top attractions.

eiffel-tower3. Eiffel Tower

More than any other landmark, the Eiffel Tower has come to represent an elegant and contemporary Paris. The iron tower, which was built for the 1889 World Exposition by Gustave Eiffel, was wildly unpopular with Parisians when it was unveiled, and was nearly torn down. It has since attracted over 220 million visitors, and it would be hard to imagine Paris now without it. The tower crowns the Paris night sky with its festive light, and glitters up a storm every hour. Cliché? Maybe. But essential.

 

Musée-dOrsay-Building4. Musée d’Orsay

Walk over the bridge from the Louvre to the Musee d’Orsay– and see the bridge between classical and modern art. Housing the world’s most important collection of impressionist and post-impressionist painting, the Musee d’Orsay’s light, airy rooms whir you through three floors of modern wonders, from Degas’ ethereal dancers to Monet’s water lilies, all the way to Gaugin’s leafy jungles. Major works by Van Gogh, Delacroix, Manet, and others await you, too.

 

 

sorbonne7.12767182675. The Sorbonne and the Latin Quarter

The Sorbonne University is the historic soul of the Latin Quarter, where higher learning has flourished for centuries. Founded in 1257 for a small group of theology students, the Sorbonne is one of Europe’s oldest universities. It has hosted countless great thinkers, including philosophers René Descartes, Jean-Paul Sartre, and Simone de Beauvoir. Enjoy a drink on the café terrace in front of the college before exploring the winding little streets of the Quartier Latin behind it.

 

 

Arcul-de-Triumf-Paris6. Arc de Triomphe and the Champs-Elysées

The 164-foot Arc de Triomphe commissioned by Emperor Napoléon I does exactly what it was made to do: evoke sheer military power and triumph. It was built in an age when leaders erected monuments in their own honor, and scaled to their egos. The arch’s beautiful sculptures and reliefs commemorate Napoléon’s generals and soldiers. Visit the Arc de Triomphe to begin or culminate a walk down the equally grandiose Avenue des Champs-Elysées. You can’t help but feel grand yourself.

 

Shopping

Although service tax is included in the bill, a humble tip wont cost much. An extra dollar can be given as tip to the waiter. A tip of $2 can be left for the bus drivers.
Electricity

220-volt, 50-cycle AC current.

Getting There

The national airline that operates here is Air France. Many low-cost airlines, too, provide services from UK. Paris-Charles de Gaulle also known as Roissy-Charles de Gaulle is the major airport of France, which is 23km away from the city. Coaches, taxis, limousines services are provided at the airport. The railway facility provided by the airport, claims to reach all the terminals within eight minutes. These trains run 24 hours. The other airports that offer flight services are Paris-Orly, Marseille, Bordeaux, Nice, Lyon and Toulouse.

Ferry and cruise trips can be made from ports such as Atlantic, North Sea, Mediterranean, and Havre.

Duty Free Items

1. 200 cigarettes or 50 cigars or 100 cigarillos or 250g of tobacco
2. 1liter of spirits over 22 per cent or 2liter of alcoholic beverage up to 22 per cent
3. 2liter of wine
4. 50g of perfume and 250ml of eau de toilette
5. 500g of coffee or 200g of coffee extract
6. 100g of tea or 40g of tea extract

Food and agricultural products should be avoided.

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