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Paris, a romantic city filled with undeniable lure and energy. Though my first trip to Paris was in the 80s, each time I return, the city never ceases to amaze me and continues to maintain its uniqueness. There is always something new to do, new to see and new to learn when visiting the city.

The world-renowned Eiffel Tower is one of the most famous icons of Paris. It offers panoramic views of the city and performs a shimmering light show in the evening that can’t be missed.

 

Just like the Eiffel Tower, the Gothic masterpiece of Notre-Dame Cathedral sits along the picturesque River Seine and is yet another Parisian icon not to be missed! Be sure not to miss exploring some of the oldest and coolest districts of Paris, 3ème and Le Marais in the 4ème.

Paris also has many world-famous museums. Depending on how much time you plan on staying in the city, you may want to pick a few to visit to be able to fully appreciate them. The Musée du Louvre features the “Mona Lisa” and a spectacular outdoor space at its entrance; the Musée Rodin is a hidden gem in the city; the Musée d’Orsay housed in a former railway station is regarded for its rich collection of impressionist works and where the Belle Epoque architecture of the d’Orsay is a work of art of its own; the Pompidou is all about modern and contemporary art; and last but not least, a glimpse of the masterpiece of Opéra Garnier. If you have time to spare, take a trip to the Palace of Versailles and be sure to walk through “The Hall of Mirrors”.

When visiting Montmartre, start with the Moulin Rouge Cabaret, stop for a bite at the Café des Deux Moulins and visit the former apartment of Van Gogh. Check out the famous “I Love You” wall located at Place des Abbesses and witness artists at work at the Place du Tertre surrounded by breathtaking views of the city. Make sure to end your day witnessing the beauty of the Roman-Byzantine style Sacré-Coeur.

 

Visiting a cemetery on a vacation may sound strange however the 110 acres of Père-Lachaise Cemetery is one of the most beautiful cemeteries in the world. If you’re interested, be sure to visit the famous underground ossuaries of the Paris Catacombs.

Take a stroll through the boulevard Champs-Élysées of Paris, sit and have lunch at one of the most popular sidewalk cafes and make your way to the towering Arc de Triomphe to witness the flame lighting at 6:30pm daily by a member of the armed services. New to Paris are also the Champs-Élysées’ crystal fountains featuring structures over 42 ft high covered in crystals and flowing water.

The overall wine and dining experiences in Paris are exquisite. Whether you stop for a quick bite at a local sidewalk bistro, sit down for high-tea at Le Bristol, or have dinner at The Ritz, you won’t be let down. Famous restaurants also include Jules Verne and the iconic Le Train Blue. For an unforgettable night out on the water, hop onto the glamorous Bateau Parisians Seine River cruise to tour the world-famous Paris monuments while dining under the stars.

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