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A Quick Guide To Paris

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Paris is the capital and the biggest city of France. It is one of the world’s leading business and cultural centers. Its influences in politics, education, entertainment, media, fashion, science and arts all contribute to its status today as one of the world’s major global cities. It is also considered as one of the greenest and the most livable cities in Europe but it also one of the expensive. Summer days are usually warm and pleasant with average temperatures of 15 degrees Celsius to 25 degrees Celsius. The cities language is of course French.

What To See

LANDMARKS: The list below are just 4 of the most beautiful places that tourists always go, there are numerous of landmarks in Paris.

Arc de Triomphe — The Arc de Triomphe exudes grandeur and offers a central view of the city Métro/RER Charles de Gaulle-Etoile

Catacombs — used to store the exhumed bones from the overflowing Paris cemetery. (There is a limit to the number of visitors allowed within the Catacombs at one time (200 persons). So, if you arrive just after opening, you must wait until someone exits, approximately 45-60 minutes, before anyone is admitted). Métro Denfert-Rochereau Château de Versailles (Versailles) — must be seen. France’s most exquisite chateau, on the outskirts of the city, easily visited by train. Once the home to Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette. RER Versailles Rive Gauche The Eiffel Tower (Tour Eiffel) — No other monument better symbolizes Paris. Métro Bir-Hakeim or RER Champ de Mars-Tour Eiffel

MUSEUMS AND GALLERIES: The list below are just four of the classic museums that make Paris so special. There are many more museums and galleries in Paris. All national museums et monuments are free for all every first Sunday of the month.

The Louvre — One of the finest museums in the world of art and culture. Home of the Mona Lisa and innumerable others. The Louvre is an normous building with a collection to match, so plan for a long day or two visits if you really want to see the Louvre.

Métro Palais Royal-Musée du Louvre Musée d’Orsay — incredible collection housed in a former railway station. Works by the great artists of the 19th century (1848-1914) including Monet’s “Blue Water Lilies, Renoir’s “Bal du moulin de la Galette”, van Gogh’s “Bedroom in Arles”, Whistler’s “The Artists Mother”, etc.

Rodin Museum — His personal collection and archives, in a charming home with garden.

Métro Varenne Picasso Museum — contains the master’s own collection.

Paris’ nightlife is legendary. With their world-class bars and clubs, the city almost never goes to sleep here. You can walk around Avenue des Champs Elysees as it is the most famous street in Paris, where you can also find cinemas, cafes and chic designer boutiques. Plan your trip in a way that you can witness the Bastille Day celebrations in Paris. Held on July 14, the celebrations include a lavish parade around theChamp Elysees and fireworks around the Effiel Tower after sunset.

When attempting to speak French, do not be slighted if people ask you to repeat, or seem not to understand you, as they are not acting out of arrogance. If necessary, write down phrases or place names. And remember to speak slowly and clearly. Unless you have an advanced level and can at least sort of understand French movies, you should also assume that it will be difficult for people to understand what you are saying (imagine someone speaking English to you in an unclear accent, it’s all the same).

 

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