Paris, The City of Lights

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With upward of 150 museums, scores of parks, lively café-lined boulevards—plus too many monuments and landmark buildings to count—this city and its must-sees of culture and entertainment are best savored over years.If you only have a few days, you can’t go wrong with the obvious sights: the Louvre’s extensive collection of art from antiquity onward; the Impressionist canvases of the grandiose Musée d’Orsay; and Notre-Dame de Paris, the Gothic cathedral midstream in the Seine. While the Eiffel Tower is another no-brainer, it’s best enjoyed from a distance: Instead of queuing up with the massive crowd waiting to ascend to the pinnacle, head for the steps fronting Montmartre’s Sacré-Coeur basilica, and you’ll be rewarded with amazing views that include the Eiffel Tower’s elegant fretwork frame. You’ll do equally well relaxing on a park bench in the Luxembourg Gardens on a warm afternoon, strolling through the Right Bank’s boutique-lined Marais neighborhood, or people-watching from a café in Saint Germain-des-Prés. But the key to finding the Paris everyone falls in love with is to get off the well-trodden tourist circuit and explore the city on foot or by bike, discovering hidden courtyards, pocket-size gardens, and unbelievably romantic streetscapes along the way.

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Fat Tire Tours   fattirebiketours.com/paris

A great way to see the city.  Chose day or night Bike, Walking or Segway tours.

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Place de la Concorde.

Re named as a symbolic gesture of reconciliation after the turmoil of the French Revolution.  The Hôtel de Crillon overlooks this fantastic place in the buckle of Paris, www.crillon.com

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Arc de Triomphe de l’Etoile
www.arc-de-triomphe.monuments-nationaux.fr

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Paris Metro: Safe, fast and efficient

It’s a great way to quickly get around the city and there’s plenty of live entertainment and people watching.

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Notre-Dame  de Paris   www.notredamedeparis.fr/-English

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Louvre Museum   www.louvre.fr

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The Eiffel Tower   www.tour-eiffel.fr

Named after its designer, engineer Gustave Eiffel, the tower was built as the entrance arch for the 1889 World’s Fair. The Eiffel Tower, which is the tallest building in Paris is home to the Jules Verne Restaurant. http://www.lejulesverne-paris.com

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La Tour d’Argent  www.latourdargent.com

You only go around once in life: I can honestly recommend at least once in your lifetime to dine at Tour d’Argent. Go ahead, splurge!

Event at Paris Opera  www.operadeparis

Perfect for the right event!

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Event at Paris Opera  www.operadeparis

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Event at Paris Opera  www.operadeparis

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Exterior of the Paris Opera  www.operadeparis

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Cafe  de la Paix  www.cafedelapaix.fr

Café de la Paix is extremely popular. The famous large bustling café sits on a busy Paris intersection, across from the Opera — it’s one of the best places in Paris for people-watching.

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Boulangeries in Paris

When it comes to iconic baguettes, flaky croissants, and melt-in-your-mouth pains au chocolat, the French capital delivers.

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Four Seasons George V  FourSeasons.com/Paris

Just off the Champs-Élysees, this four-star hotel offers excellent service in sumptuous surroundings. A superb crystal chandelier graces the main grey marble foyer, and the hotel’s Louis XIII lounge features an exquisite Renaissance-style fireplace. Bedrooms contain an impressive array of Louis XVI antique furniture and artwork. The hotel’s elegant Le Cinq restaurant, awarded two stars in gourmet bible the Michelin Guide, overlooks a pretty marble courtyard, and the breakfast lounge is popular with the media crowd.

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D’Chez Eux, Paris  http://www.chezeux.com

The quintessential Parisian bistro

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Le Sacré Coeur – Montmartre / Basilique du Sacre Coeur

 

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Les Puces de Saint-Ouen
Address: 48, rue Jules Vallès (Marché des Antiquaires), 93400 Saint-Ouen

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Prince  de Galles Hotel  www.PrinceDeGallesparis.com

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