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Destination Paris

WHY TO VISIT PARIS

What is there yet to say about the France's capital that has not already been said? There are those who consider it beautiful and who a city like another. Some believe that it is the capital of lovers and those who think that there is also something else interesting to do, a part from kissing leaning on a wall on the Seine.

Of course, there are places in Paris that are hopelessly romantic: Montmartre seen from an attic; the dim lights of the Latin Quarter's clubs; the squares and corners of the Marais district. But if you belong to the category of those who think that "Paris = Romanticism and hearts" is not the only way to imagine Paris, the Ville Lumière will not disappoint you: Paris has a heritage of museums, monuments, churches and quaint neighborhoods surpassed only from the Italian one (maybe). If you manage to escape the tourist traps and select the places you eat, Paris will show you the best of French cuisine that fortunately is not limited to croissants, cheeses and various sauces.

WHAT TO SEE IN PARIS

Top attractions not to be missed are:

  • Musee d'Orsay
  • Louvre Museum
  • Eiffel Tower
  • Sainte-Chapelle
  • Notre Dame Cathedral
  • Luxembourg Gardens
  • Pont Alexandre III
  • Le Marais quarter
  • Saint Germain des Pres quarter
  • Montmartre quarter and Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre
  • Champs-Elysees and Arc de Triomphe
  • Latin Quarter
  • Pantheon
  • Saint-Sulpice

Following instead some hidden spots of the city that only locals know!

  • Eglise Saint-Etienne-du-Mont de Paris
  • Place des Vosges
  • Jardin des Tuileries
  • Pere-Lachaise Cemetery (Cimetiere du Pere-Lachaise)
  • Promenade Plantée (Coulée Verte)
  • Catacombs of Paris
  • Butte-aux-Cailles

WHEN TO GO TO PARIS

Best period to visit Paris is from April to September.

Following a list of main events and typical festivals and celebrations of Paris.

  • Bastille Day celebrations on July, 14th
  • Fashion Week
  • Roland Garros
  • Tour de France

HOW TO REACH AND MOVE IN PARIS

Main airports are:

public transport 

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WHAT TO DO IN PARIS

typical dishes of Paris are:

  • Baguette, french bread;
  • Soupe à l'Oignon, onion soup with a thick, golden cheese crust;
  • Coquilles Saint-Jacques, scallops with mushrooms in cream sauce;
  • Sole Meunière, crispy, flavourful sole fish battered in flour and pan fried with lemon;
  • Blanquette de Veau, a creamy veal ragout;
  • Moules Marinières, mussels cooked in a white wine broth with shallots and parsley;
  • Soufflé, cheese soufflé;
  • Steak Tartare, raw, finely chopped meat;
  • Ratatouille, stewed mixed vegetables (tomatoes, garlic, onions, zucchini, eggplant, bell peppers) and spices (marjoram, fennel and basil, bay leaf, thyme, or a mix of green herbs);
  • Piperade, ratatouille-like dish made of mixed stewed vegetables, mostly onions and pepper, served with some baked eggs;
  • Magret de Canard, duch breast;
  • Cassoulet, duck and beans stew;
  • Foie Gras, fat and creamy duck liver paste;
  • Bouillabaisse, saffron-flavored stew made of different types of fish and a variety of shellfish and vegetables;
  • Aligot, mashed potatoes with melted cheese and garlic;
  • Fondue Savoyarde, melted cheese with white wine and garlic served in a communal pot where everyone dips their bread;
  • Tartiflette, potato dish made with melted cheese, lardons (French bacon), and onions;
  • Coq au Vin, dish of chicken or rooster braised with wine, lardons, mushrooms, and garlic;
  • Raclette, baked potatoes, ham and salami covered with melted cheese;
  • Boeuf Bourguignon, a delicious and flavourful red wine beef stew;
  • Escargots, snails with butter, garlic, and parsley.
  • Gougères, chesse puffs;
  • Mousse au Chocolat, chocolate mousse;
  • Crêpes, thin pancake;
  • Cheese, Langres, Fromage de Meaux, Comté, Camembert, Oussau-Iraty, Roquefort, Chèvre, Pont l'Evêque, Tomme de Savoie, Brie...
  • Oysters
  • Cognac
  • Wine
  • Bier

typical souvenirs of Paris are:

  • Limoges ceramics
  • Britany's pottery
  • Lorraine crystals
  • Provence's perfumes
  • French brands of high-street-fashion
  • Chocolate
  • Cheese
  • Cider
  • Calvados or Pastis alcoholic drink
  • Olive oil
  • Truffles
  • Cognac
  • Wine
  • Champagne

The main theatre of Paris is the Opéra national de Paris.

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