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One of the world’s great cities, Paris is a must-visit for anyone who wants to spend a romantic weekend with the one they love, discover the latest fashion or see some amazing landmarks up close. It’s also a good place to do business and go shopping, and there are plenty of Michelin-starred restaurants to enjoy a three-course meal. Anyone visiting Paris should remember to bring a camera. As there are so many amazing sights in the French capital, it can be hard to know where to start! In the space of a week or two, you might be able to take in the Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe and a walk along the banks of the Seine, most of which that runs through the city being a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Ideal car

Economy. Although Paris has an excellent road network, something small and agile would work best, especially if you’re unfortunate enough to get caught in a traffic jam.

Important things to note

Traffic in Paris is as you would expect in a city of over 12 million people – heavy. Avoiding mornings and evenings on weekdays is a good idea. The best road to use in Paris is the Peripherique, which goes around the city centre. It has junctions with all the major routes heading out and into the city. Paris’ main tourist information offices are across the centre, in most major railway stations and at major attractions such as the Paris Expo.

Highlights & hotspots

The Eiffel Tower, Paris’ tallest landmark, is usually the first place to go. In the 7th Arrondissement, it’s easily accessible by car or foot. One of the best things about the tower is that, at the top, the views of Paris are spectacular. Paris’ other great landmark, the Arc de Triomphe, is a good place to have your picture taken. At the Arc, you’re in the middle of the city, able to see other buildings of note including the Notre Dame Cathedral as well as learn about the city’s long history. Museums are plentiful in Paris, but the best one to visit is The Louvre, which is home to world-famous artworks including the Mona Lisa. For more modern artworks, the Pompidou Centre is the place to be, while its exterior is just as striking to look at. No trip to Paris should be complete without a little retail therapy. The best place to go for high-end fashion shopping is the 8th Arrondissement, particularly the Canal St-Martin where dozens of boutiques stand. The Palais-Royal’s arcades are worth a look too.
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