Paris, the City of Light, evokes romantic emotions in anyone who has ever visited. This centuries-old city is the most visited city in the world, and for good reason. There is plenty to do in Paris to satisfy travelers of all tastes.
History lovers will marvel at the richness of a city that has seen two major revolutions and was home to many of the most powerful monarchies of Europe. Art lovers could spend a lifetime browsing the galleries of the world famous Louvre museum, the Musee d’Orsay or countless other smaller art museums the city has to offer. The gourmet in you can indulge in literally any type of culinary extasy--Paris has them all in its small bistrots, charming cafes, elegant restaurants and decadent patisseries. Fashion seekers will be in heaven in Paris’ finest department stores and most exclusive boutiques.
The city of Paris is served by two main international airports: Charles de Gaulle, also known as Roissy, northeast of the city and Orly to the south. Metro service to and from the city center is available at both airports as are suburban trains (RER), shuttles and taxis.
The city of Paris is divided administratively into 20 districts or "Arrondissements," with number 1 beginning in the city center and spiraling outward. Street signs indicate which district you are in and most hotels, restaurants and other establishments publish this information as well as the nearest metro stop, of which there are over 300.
France is a member of the European Union and has adopted the Euro. Automatic teller machines are plentiful in Paris as are banks. Many hotels will also change money into local currency for travelers. De Gaulle and Orly airports also have automatic teller machines.
The Landmarks of Paris
- The Eiffel Tower
- The Arc de Triomphe, l’Etoile and the Champs-Elysees
- Notre Dame Cathedral
- The Louvre
- Place de la Concorde
- Le Musee d’Orsay
- La Sorbonne and the Latin Quarter
- Le Sacre Coeur Basilica and Montmartre