The beauty and style of Paris are incomparable, and the quaint cobbled streets and classic architecture around the city are simply unmissable.
Paris may not be the biggest city, but it’s definitely one of the most famous around the world. It has been a favourite tourist spot for the rich and famous since the middle ages – and it’s easy to see why. Surrounded by a beautiful river and countryside, the city has something for everyone, offering not only lovely walks but spectacular views too. Paris’ River Seine separates the Ile de la Cité from the left and right banks. Nestling in the cobbles and hilly streets are countless, pretty cafes and sumptuous villas and monuments, many open to visitors.
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Model sailboats and magnificent lawns are among the offerings at 17th-century Jardin du Luxembourg in the 6th arrondissement of Paris, famed for its amazing picturesque Medici fountain. Geometrical flower beds and tree-lined promenades cover 23 hectares around the Luxembourg Palace.
The best way to appreciate Paris’ beauty is by venturing down the miles of streets, and there’s plenty of walking tours available. DiscoverWalks.com offer tours that allow you to pay what you feel the tour is worth. This is great if you are on a tight budget, as you can give as much or a little as you desire. A popular tour is the Sacre-Coeur, perched on the top of the hills of Montmartre.
Alternatively, the Paris landmarks tour is a great one to see all the famous sights of Paris, including the Eiffel Tower. The jewel of romantic Paris, this spectacular monument is a must on any visitor’s itinerary.
Cusisine To Die For
Food is a major part of a Parisian’s life, as well as a key attraction for tourists from around the world. Even if snails aren’t taking your fancy, there is a lot to tickle your taste buds. Croque Monsieur is a classic French dish (basically for us commoners, it’s a fancy cheese and ham toasty) but there’s something about the French cheese and how they cook it that will never compete. France has a wide selection of sit down meals, with some very affordable lunch and dinner set menus that won’t break the bank. However, if you are on the move constantly while you trek from monument to monument, there are lots of street food and fast food options that are very affordable.
Come on. If you are visiting Paris, you should probably have the full holiday experience and take a trip to Disneyland Paris. Don’t be scared by the prices on the Disney website, but check out attractiontix.com for nearly 50% off tickets. You can get the Metro train from the city centre for €7.60 single. Trains from Marne-la-vallee (the metro station closest to the Eiffel Tower) run every 15 minutes, taking 1 hour 15 minutes and costs €15.20 for a return ticket.
Flights to Paris from Manchester airport start at around £80. There are a selection of hostels near the city centre that are lovely – a personal favourite is Les Piaules, which starts from £34 per night. Expect crowds in high summer, when it can also get quite hot; the nicest times to visit are spring and autumn when the weather is still mild, but there are fewer visitors. During the high season, the big tourist attractions, including the Eiffel Tower and Disneyland, get very busy with visitors, so take this into account and pre-book tickets for these to avoid long queues.