Paris (population: 2.34 million) has that exotic taste. Whether that’s because of that incredible steel structure (the Eiffel tower!), the seductive lifestyle, the romantic atmosphere, delicious cuisine or timeless feel, we’re not quite sure. But what we are sure about is that Paris, also known as the City of Lights, never fails to impress you with its architecture, lifestyle, shopping, fashion, food, arts and priceless artifacts.
Despite being one of the top cities on the planet, Paris feels intimate, somewhat timeless and certainly romantic. It has a way of putting you at ease and making you of forget about everything else. Paris may feel slow-paced and beautiful, but it also has that edgy New York vibe to it. Things are always changing, old districts are getting restored, new districts are emerging and there’s always a new bar, a new restaurant, a new nightclub or a new boutique to try out, no matter how frequently you visit the city. The obvious things to see include the Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame de Paris and the Louvre, but make sure that you also try and explore attractions such as Musee d’Orsay, Jardin du Luxembourg, City Catacombs and Palais Royal. And if you’re traveling with kids, a trip to the Paris Disneyland is a must. A day excursion to the Palace of Versailles ought also to be on your to-do list!
When to Visit
While there is no ideal time to visit Paris, you get to see different things at different times of the year. Early spring and late autumn is when the city is at its beautiful best and winter brings you all those festivals and feasts. If a huge crowd and a long queueis your thing, come during the summer months.
Getting Around Paris
Paris is relatively compact for a city of its stature, which makes walking somewhat possible, particularly when exploring particular neighborhoods. The city also presents an incredibly efficient public transportation system in the form of its metros, buses, suburban express trains, trams and taxis.