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Think of Paris and what comes to mind? The majestic Eiffel Tower against a sapphire sky? Romantic boat trips on the Seine? Fashionable folks enjoying coffee and croissants at a chic café? Well, Paris has all of this and much more…
The aptly-nicknamed ‘City of Light’ is a shining beacon of style, culture and culinary invention. Explore the eclectic areas of this captivating city on Paris holidays. Stroll down the famous Champs-Élysées, stopping to take in the iconic Arc de Triomphe and stunning Notre-Dame Cathedral. See the enigmatic smile of the Mona Lisa at the Louvre and priceless Picassos at the Pompidou Centre. Indulge in luxury shopping at the world-class Galeries Lafayette department store or browse for bargains at a flea market. In the evening, dine on exquisite French cuisine at a Michelin-starred restaurant or sip champagne at a trendy rooftop bar while gazing at the glittering lights of the Eiffel Tower.
Paris is enriched with autumn hues in October, ideal for romantic breaks – sit chatting in cosy cafés with coffee (and cakes), after strolling along the banks of the windswept Seine. Why not take a nocturnal art trail, satisfy your car enthusiasm or soak up the spooky celebrations of Halloween.
Beginning at sunset on the first Saturday in October, 1 October this year, the Nuit Blanche de Paris invites you to explore the city’s museums and culture on a nocturnal art trail. Many museums, cultural institutions and other public and private spaces are open free of charge, throughout the night. On 8 and 9 October hundreds of classic cars make their way through the streets of Paris for the Vintage Car Parade, as part of the annual vintage car and collector show, Automédon. Keep an eye out for the cars as they criss-cross their way through the city. Families should head out of the city to Disney’s Halloween Festival at Disneyland Paris, which ends on 2 November. Discover spellbinding sights and spooky sounds as you explore the park - with eerie surprises around every corner.
Immerse yourself in culture and indulgent retail therapy in the heart of Paris. Visit the beautiful Place de la Concorde or head to the Place de Vendôme for high-end shopping. See the Mona Lisa and many more priceless artworks and antiquities at the world famous Louvre. Next door, the Musée des Arts Décoratifs celebrates decorative art. Admire the ornate architecture of the Notre-Dame Cathedral and Palais Garnier, then rest your weary feet in the gorgeous greenery of the Jardins de Tuileries.
Take a stroll down the 2km Champs-Élysées, one of the most famous streets in the world and a thriving hub for shopping and entertainment. A huge array of boutiques, eateries and cinemas await on this attractive tree-lined avenue. When night falls admire the dramatic perspective of the Champs-Élysées carving a path of light from the beautiful Place de la Concorde to the illuminated Arc de Triomphe. The luxurious Four Seasons George V hotel is ideally located for exploring this area.
Explore meandering streets crammed with boutiques, bars, cafés and clubs in lively Montmartre. Take in fabulous panoramic views from the dome of the stunning Le Sacré Coeur Basilica. Soak up the ambience at the charming Place du Tertre and admire works by the great surrealist artist at the Espace Dali. Be sure to reserve tickets for a cabaret show at the famous Moulin Rouge club, and stay at the nearby 3-star Chat Noir hotel.
Immerse yourself in culture in the chic Left Bank area of Paris. Visit stunning historic landmarks including the majestic, neoclassical Le Panthéon. Admire the wonderful architecture of Les Invalides and wander around its museums. Browse the designer boutiques or relax with a coffee in upmarket Saint Germain-des-Prés. Escape the urban throng at the gorgeous Jardin du Luxembourg. Climb to the top of the Montparnasse Tower for magnificent views and see the Eiffel Tower, in its illuminated glory, by night.
Art lovers will be in their element browsing the many galleries of the Le Marais quarter. Indulge in delectable cake with afternoon tea in the Jewish Quarter. See the glinting gilded figure atop the towering July Column at Place de la Bastille. Visit the final resting places of Chopin, Oscar Wilde and Jim Morrison at the Cimetière du Père-Lachaise in Belleville. Admire breathtaking views from the stunning Parc de Belleville. For thriving nightlife, make your way to hip Menilmontant.
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