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.
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.
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.