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Paris, A Holiday Destination

Apr 2, 2008
Paris is the capital of France and the second largest city of Western Europe, also known as affectionately as the City of Lights. Many couples decide to take short stay in Paris as it is probably the most romantic city in the world,there is so much to see and do that often only the main tourist attractions can be fitted in.

It is renowned for its wonderful Gothic inspired buildings and street markets,it is the home of the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre and many other famous tourist attractions. Fortunately for tourists, Paris has a first rate transportation system,the Metro underground train network will probably be the main method as it runs regularly and reaches every part of the city.

The Eiffel Tower at over 300 meters tall and is a magnificent steel structure, there are only a few places in the city where it isn't visible. In the evening the illumination means it can be seen for many miles, it is possible to take organized tours which tell the story of the Tower and the history of France.

If you plan on spending some of your traveler's checks in Paris, then a trip down the Champs Elysees is an essential part of a trip,if you want to see famous, designer label shops and the restaurants, this is the place. This is considered a more exclusive and busy area of the city, most of the five star hotels are located here but more affordable hotels can be found further out.

A trip to would not be complete without a visit to the Louvre museum; it houses over three hundred thousand exhibits but not all of them are ever on display at the same time. There are enough art exhibits to keep you occupied for more time than your short stay in Paris would allow,with the likes of Leonardo da Vinci's Mona Lisa to view in addition to some of the finest collections of art in the world. Over the years, Paris has been home to many of the world's famous artists,the likes of Monet, Picasso and many others lived in the city for years and some of their work can still be seen today.

Of course, Napoleon commissioned the construction of the Arc de Triomphe, another Paris landmark; the names of his generals are engraved on its surface and another of those must have photo land marks. A little known fact is that there's a viewing observatory built into the building allowing the whole area to be viewed,it is located in Place Charles de Gaulle where twelve of the city's main avenues start, including Avenue de Champs Elysees.

You will not be at a loss for places to visit whilst in the city,there are plenty of others to keep you occupied but to make the most of your time, use one of the guided tours. It is fair to say that you won't see everything on a Paris short stay of two or even three day break,those attractions that cannot be seen will still be there the next time you visit.
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Rachel Harding recommends Paris for couples and families alike. Plan your next break at Paris Holidays
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