Known as The City of Love and The Culinary Capital, Paris is the most populated city in France. Most people dream of visiting the Eiffel Tour and Louvre to see da Vinci's, Mona Lisa painting. Paris is one of the most popular cities in the world and for good reason!
Population: 2.2 million
Climate: Temperate climate
Official Language(s): French
Arrival/ Getting Around
Paris has 3 airports; Charles de Gaulle (30 km away), Orly (19 km away) and Le Bourget which planes do not actually fly into.
Paris has so many options from both Charles de Gaulle and Orly airports. From de Gaulle you can take the RER B from terminal 1 or 3 and it will take you to Paris' city center in 35 minutes. This only costs 10.5 Euros ($16 CAD). From Orly airport you can take the metro, RER C and a shuttle bus, RER B and the Orlyval train or the Orly bus. The quickest option would be the Orly bus or RER B and Orlyval. Orly bus is about 20-30 mins and cost 6.5 Euros. The RER and Orlyval takes about 37 mins and costs 12.50 Euros.
Everywhere in Paris is easily accessible by subway. You can even get a subway map that shows you which stop to get off at for attractions. Walking is always a great option as well and helps you discover new places you can explore.
What to See
You can never get bored in or of Paris. From art galleries to cooking classes, there is definitely something you can find to entertain you. Of course everyone knows the famous sights like Louvre, Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe, Sacre Coeur, etc. Those are must sees when going to Paris!
There are a lot of other places to visit if you are looking for other things to do or the famous places are too crowded. One place you can visit is Galerie Vivienne which is a beautiful shopping mall with mosaic tiled floors. Le Centre Pompidou is a museum which is very architecturally unique both inside and out. Le Marais is a great area to wander around. You can see a lot of old French architecture and check out graffiti.
Other amazing things to do include downloading the app show around and have a Parisian show you around the city. Some offer free tours other you have to pay. Attend a dinner at a locals for a homecooked Parisian meal.
What to Eat & Drink
Paris is well known for a lot of different cuisines. It is also known as one of the world's food capitals! Some popular dishes include Escargot, Beef Bourguinon, quiche, crepes, macarons, croissants, etc.
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Where to Stay
Paris is an expensive city but also has a lot of affordable places thanks to hostels and Airbnb. If you are on a budget, hostels are you best option. Hostels range from 17 Euros and up. If you have a mid-range budget you should go for an Airbnb rather than a hotel because they are cheaper and allow you to cook your own meals. Hostels or Airbnbs located in Monmarte, Montparnasse and Latin Quarter are great places to be as they are close to attractions and train stations.
Versailles-- Just 30 mins from Paris, Versailles is one of the most well known royal palaces in France. Make sure to go early for shorter wait times.
Luxembourg-- Just a short 2 hour train ride north from Paris is the small country of Luxembourg. Luxembourg is a great place to go for a day trip as it is close to Paris and there are multiple trips to and from per day. Luxembourg is quite an expensive place to visit, so if you don't have a lot of money you don't need to stay long.
Mont Saint Michel-- This monastery is something you need to see for yourself. Depending on the tide you may not be able to access this site as the path disappears when the tide is high.
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