The Paris Guide - Useful Information for visitors to Paris

So many sight's to visit!

Paris really is everything you dreamed of.........replete with beauty, charm and elegance. It is a picture-postcard city enchanting in all its moods and characters and eager to show that all that you have imagined is in fact true.

If you are a first time visitor to Paris, make sure you see all the renowned attractions ………. the Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame, the Arc de Triomphe and Sacre Coeur. The Metro system is excellent, and you can see so much even in just one day. Of course, Paris will take up as many days as you have to offer her....... she truly is the most beautiful and atmospheric city in the world.

The Eiffel Tower

It would be almost unthinkable to visit Paris without seeing the Eiffel Tower. This artistic masterpiece of construction was intended to be only a temporary structure. Now it is synonomous with the city and its famous profile dominates the skyline with its grandeur. Find the courage and endurance to venture to the top as the breathtaking view is one that will remain with you for many years afterwards. READ MORE

L’Arc de Triomphe

Located at the centre of ‘La Place Charles de Gaulle’, at the end of ‘Les Champs Elyssés’, this arch boasts splendid architecture in amazing detail. Make the effort to climb the tower. You will be rewarded by an enthralling view of Paris. READ MORE

Champs Elysees

The Champs Elysees has undergone a quiet renaissance in recent times. Blighted for many years by gaudy airline office signs, car showrooms, fast food cafés and other unsightly establishments of similar ilk, a serious effort has been made to improve the appearance and ambience of the city's most famous street. Part of this general makeover is due to the presence of the many upmarket hotels, restaurants and shops that have now staked a claim to this showcase location. READ MORE

Sacre Coeur

Close to the popular Pigalle area is the famed church of Sacre Coeur. Its deceptive appearance makes it look much older than its years. In fact, it was only built at the beginning of the 20th century and is actually made of concrete -- one of the first in Europe. If you can find time, climb up the tower……… the view is wonderful and has the added excitement of a rooftop walk. All very exciting. READ MORE

Montmartre

This area surrounding Sacre Coeur is magically atmospheric. Small winding streets weave their way in an almost dizzy fashion leading you on to even more undulating streets. Quaint little shops and crêperies invite you to explore, and it is hard to resist the temptation. It is easy to walk round this area for hours and still find something interesting. A must to visit is the ‘Place du Tertre’. This is filled with artists painting Parisian scenes and people, and it has a truly wonderful atmosphere.This is where you will find an artist to draw your very own portrait. Montmartre contains the house where Picasso once lived, and also the famous Metro station of Abbesses which has close to 280 spiralling steps down to the trains and is adorned with murals by local artists.

Notre Dame

Notre Dame is a cathedral on an island in the middle of the River Seine. It is famous for the hunchback that lived in one of the towers to ring the bell. The traditional view is from the front, but many people just leave it at that. If you walk round the side next to the river to the back, you will see some excellent gothic architecture including numerous flying buttresses. It is possible to climb up one of the towers and go onto the roof. This is worth it for the view, but also for the opportunity to walk up to the famous bell. READ MORE

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