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Walking is the best way to discover Paris, to take in its remarkable architecture and enjoy its elegant squares and gardens. The banks of the river Seine offer wonderful views; do not miss the booksellers, an institution that dates back to the 16th century and listed as World Heritage by UNESCO, whose green boxes are full of treasures for lovers of old books.

Gardens

The Tuileries Gardens
Created in the 16th century, the Tuileries Gardens are the oldest and largest park in the French capital. Located on the right bank, near the Louvre, it is the ideal place to relax between visits. You can admire statues by Rodin and Henry Moore, among others. On weekends, children, and their parents, enjoy sailing small wooden boats across the pond; they can be rented near the Arc de Triomphe du Carrousel.

Luxembourg gardens
This sumptuous park is located on the Left Bank, near the Luxembourg Palace, Marie de Medicis’ former residence. It is the ideal place to relax at the terrace of a café or eat an ice cream. From April to August, outdoor concerts are held at the bandstand.
Open from 7:30 am until dusk in summer, from 8:15 am in winter.

Jardin des Plantes
Address: rue Cuvier, rue Buffon, Rue Geoffroy Saint-Hilaire, 75005 Paris
The botanical gardens stretch over 23 hectares. Highlights include the rose garden, greenhouses, organic garden and the menagerie. This is one of the oldest zoos in the world and it still has hundreds of reptiles, mammals and birds. Playgrounds, kiosks and a restaurant are at your disposal.
Free Admission (1 euro for the alpine garden)

Ile de la Cité
Ile de la Cité is the true heart of Paris. Its exceptional architecture, and in particular the two gems of French medieval art, Notre Dame and the Sainte Chapelle, attract millions of visitors each year.
A beautiful flower market takes place Louis Lépine, and on Sunday a bird market.

The Champs-Elysées
Widely regarded as the most beautiful avenue in Paris, it is one of its main tourist attractions. It is the perfect address for luxury shopping - Louis Vuitton, Cartier, Guerlain, etc ... -, restaurants and cinemas. Most shops are open until midnight and on Sunday.

St Germain des Prés
Favourite haunt of students, artists and writers since the 1920s, it became after the war the city's most fashionable district, and a magnet for jazz musicians and leading Existentialists. Its intellectual influence is not what it was, but the district continues to attract journalists, artists and politicians, and tourists in search of nostalgia.

Le Marais district
Stroll through its medieval streets, relax in one of its lovely teashops and admire its elegant boutiques. Place des Vosges, a real architectural gem, was listed as a historical monument in 1954: the square is lined with fine 17th-century buildings and an elegant arcade. Note the four fountains and equestrian statue of Louis XIII.

Père Lachaise Cemetery
Notorious for its Wall against which more than 20,000 insurgents were shot during the Commune, it is the celebrities who have chosen it as their final resting who attract thousands of visitors each year: Jim Morrison, Edith Piaf, Oscar Wilde, Frederic Chopin to name but a few.

Opera Bastille
Address: 120 Rue de Lyon, 75012 Paris
The avant-garde building, designed by Uruguayan architect Carlos Ott, was inaugurated by François Mitterrand on 14 July 1989. It uses the latest technology and hosts operas, dance performances and concerts. A fascinating guided tour takes you backstage, where you can see the sets, costumes etc...
Tickets: 11 euros (concession: 9 euros).
The Bastille district itself deserves a visit: it is a popular spot, with cocktail bars, tapas and sushi bars. You'll find good restaurants and clubs to end the evening.

Place des Vosges
Many Parisians consider it Paris most beautiful square. Its architecture remains faithful to Henry IV’s original design. The elegant arched walkways now house antique shops, bookstores, art galleries, luxury shops and excellent cafes. Some of the houses can be visited. Hotel de Rohan Guéméné, former home of Victor Hugo, houses a museum, where you can see a fascinating collection of drawings, photographs and family memorabilia that belonged to the writer.

Galleries
These covered arcades date from the early 19th century and are well known to collectors for their antique shops. Enjoy the architecture and opulent decoration of the ceilings.
Note the most picturesque:
Galerie Véro-Dodat, close to the Louvre Museum.
Galerie Vivienne (75 002 Paris). Metro: Bourse
Passage du Caire, the longest in Paris (75 002 Paris). Metro: Sentier
Passage Brady, which connects Rue du Faubourg St Denis and Rue du Faubourg St-Martin. It is famous for its Indian shops and restaurants. (75 010 Paris)

Paris-Plage:
Inaugurated in 2002, Paris-Plage turns the banks of the Seine into beaches, with real sand and swimming pools, for the duration of the summer (July and August). Deck chairs are available, and a whole range of activities is on offer for children.

Unesco
Address: 125 avenue de Suffren, 75007 Paris
Inaugurated in 1958, the UNESCO headquarters, designed by 3 architects of different nationalities, are the most international building in Paris. It houses works by Giacometti, Le Corbusier, Miro, Henry Moore and Picasso. The gardens are worth a visit: note the Garden of Peace by Noguchi, the Square of Tolerance by Dani Karavan and the Symbolic Globe by Erik Reitzel
The building is open to the public and you can attend various cultural events (exhibitions, concerts, shows)

The sewers of Paris
Unusual visit through the heart of Paris. It is the largest sewer network in the world, and was designed by the 19th century engineer Belgrand. A must for fans of Victor Hugo and Jean Valjean.
Access: Pont de l'Alma

Around Paris

Stade de France
Address: Stade de France, 93200 Saint Denis
Inaugurated in 1998 for the World Cup, the Stade de France hosts the biggest sporting events in France (football, rugby and athletics). It has a capacity of more than 80,000 covered seats thanks to a remarkable feat of engineering - a giant suspended roof, 40 meters above ground. The stadium boasts the most modern facilities in France and has a panoramic restaurant.

Versailles
A Unesco World Heritage site, Versailles epitomises French classical art.
It became Louis XIV’s official residence in 1678 and its size and magnificence are unrivalled. Designed by the architect Le Vau, it houses an exceptional collection of fine furniture, by the great cabinetmaker Boulle, of tapestries and glassware. Le Brun designed the famous Hall of Mirrors and the French gardens are the work of Lenôtre.
Allow time to stroll around the gardens where you can visit the Grand Trianon, designed by Mansart, and Le Petit Trianon, built for Madame de Pompadour.
Allow one day, or at least an afternoon to do the castle and gardens justice.
Tickets: € 15, free admission for young people under 26, residents in the European Union.

Disneyland Paris
Come and enjoy the wonderful world of Disney.
From fairy tales characters for the younger ones to Space Mountain for
the more adventurous, Disneyland Paris will enchant the whole family.
The RER takes you close to the park.
To find out about accommodation: hotels.disneylandparis.co.uk

 


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