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Top Spots to See in Paris

May 4, 2008
As the capital of France, Paris is a large city; over the years it has become one of the most visited cities in the world. Unfortunately a Paris short stay can only ever be considered a taster; most people promise to return as so much they wanted to see will have been missed.

Visitors flock to see its many wonderful buildings; the Eiffel Tower, the Arc de Triomphe and the Louvre must not go unmentioned. Visitors to Paris as well as its citizens can travel around Paris easily; the underground train system or Metro can take you to anywhere within the city and is simple to use.

You can't miss the Eiffel Tower, mainly because it's over three hundred meters high; there are only a few places in the city where it isn't visible. At night, it comes alive with lights that have to be seen to be believed; guided tours are available where the patriotic tour guides give you an in depth history and an insight to what it is to be French.

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; it will present you with many famous designer shops and good restaurants. This avenue may be select but it attracts large numbers of visitors daily; the average tourist may find the accommodation expensive but more modest hotels can be found away from this area.

The city's famous museum, the Louvre is huge and worth a visit if you have the time; with almost a third of a million exhibits, you will not be able to see everything in one trip. Visitors on short stays in Paris could easily be overwhelmed; the Mona Lisa is one such world famous work of art which should not be missed. Paris has always been a magnetic destination for artists; these include Monet and Picasso who very fortunately left some of their work here for all to enjoy.

Of course, Napoleon commissioned the construction of the Arc de Triomphe, another Paris landmark; engraved with the names of generals that commanded his troops, it has become a popular photo spot for tourists visiting Paris. It also features an observatory to take in surrounding views; in particular those obtained along the lanes that lead from it.

You will not be at a loss for places to visit whilst in the city; these are however, the most popular with regular tours arranged, many of which are either free or at a subsidized cost. Most people find their Paris short stay vacations exciting but only see a glimpse of what's on offer; you would probably need a week to view the main galleries, visit medieval castles and explore fabulous gothic churches.
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If you are a botanical enthusiast, make a point to "stop and smell the roses" and flowers at any one of Paris' 28 major gardens like the Jardin des Plantes. Botanists, florists, and floral lovers from all countries especially enjoy their artistry
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