City Breaks in Paris

Paris has captured peoples’ imaginations for centuries and this is the reason why it is the world’s number one tourist destination. History, culture, architecture, gastronomy… Paris’ treasures are just out there waiting for you to discover on both sides of the river Seine. Parisian architectural spirit resides in the elegant streets and boulevards with beautiful buildings from the 19th century, so be sure to take a leisurely stroll whilst on your city break.

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The most romantic city in the world

The city’s skyline features some of the world’s most easily recognizable monuments: the Eiffel Tower, the Arc de Triomphe, the Pantheon and the Cathedral of Notre Dame, among others. Paris’ neighborhoods themselves are tourist sites in their own right: soak up the arty atmosphere of Montmartre, topped by the Sacré-Coeur church; enjoy the Bohemian ambience of the Latin Quarter; or take a walk around the aristocratic mansions of the Marais. Contrasts and surprises await you at every street corner! Paris is a big fashion capital that stands at the forefront when it comes to emerging trends, upcoming designers and well-established fashion brands. One of the best places for quality shopping in Paris is the Galeries Lafayette, an upmarket department store providing all kinds of goods under one roof.

One can’t go to Paris and not visit the Louvre Museum. It originated as a French king’s personal art collection and opened to the public as an art gallery in the midst of the Revolution. Other major museums in Paris — and there are more than 150 of them — are the Musée d’Orsay and the Pompidou Centre. If you have children, then the very mention of Paris is probably synonymous to them with Disneyland. This fabulous theme park opened in 1992 and has thrilled kids and adults alike ever since. The park is huge and has world class rides suitable for all age groups. But there is a lot more for kids to enjoy when in Paris: topping the list is a visit to the Parc de la Villette. The giant slides, rope bridges and themed gardens are sure to keep the children happy for hours. If you are planning a romantic break to Paris, then go for a walk hand in hand through the beautiful Jardin du Luxembourg, or visit the Mur des je t’aime, an authentic wall of love where you can find out how to say I love you in more than 300 languages. Make sure to try the local French cuisine too! French gastronomy is famous all over the world. Paris is a veritable paradise for 'foodies' and its delicacies range from the humble neighbourhood bistro to three Michelin star restaurants. Try the onion soup, the Coq au Vin or the Ratatouille. You will also find excellent cheese and wine, which feature prominently on most menus, followed by the mouth-watering French pastries, which deserve a whole chapter to themselves!