Who has never dreamed of visiting Paris? Considered by many to be the most romantic city in the world, it is also the one that welcomes the most tourists annually. Of course, you will want to see the classics: the Eiffel Tower, the Arc de Triomphe, the Louvre Museum, Notre-Dame Cathedral... Maybe you will prefer to visit the boutiques or get lost in the narrow streets of Montmartre. The city is full of attractions, charming parks, intimate cafes, all to be discovered. Take a stroll along the peaceful Canal Saint-Martin, browse the many bookstores in the French capital or shop at the Bastille Market. This will be a trip you'll remember for a long time.
A visit to Paris would be incomplete without a trip to explore some of the world's most famous historical monuments. If this is your first time in the French capital - and even if it isn't! – take some time to admire the majesty of the Eiffel Tower and the Arc de Triomphe, to discover the treasures of the Louvre Museum, to go back in time by visiting Versailles' Castle or Notre-Dame Cathedral, or let yourself be charmed by the narrow streets of Montmartre… You will have the chance to walk the streets of a city steeped in history and culture. Please yourself!
France is one of foodies' most popular destinations. While in Paris, treat yourself to the best French cheese and wines. The experts at Paroles de Fromagers, for their part, offer a tasting workshop that your taste buds will remember for a long time. You will also want to stop by Ladurée, the most famous macaroon maker in the world. Did you know that Paris is considered the world pastry capital?
Paris is a very dense city. However, those who want a little moment of relaxation must know that the city is full of green spaces where it is good to lounge. Admire the beauty of the Luxembourg Gardens and the Tuileries Gardens, or the wilder one at Bois de Vincennes. There, you can rent a boat and sail on the waters of peaceful Lake Daumesnil. At Trocadero Garden, you can admire the sumptuous Eiffel Tower, while lying in the grass by the fountains. You should also go to the impressive Jardin des Plantes, whose imposing greenhouses are home to some of the most beautiful plant species on the planet.
If any city in the world can boast of being a cultural capital, it is Paris! The city is full of museums, concert halls, book libraries and historic theaters! See an opera or a ballet at the legendary Opéra Garnier, a play at the Palais-Royal Theater or at the prestigious Comédie-Française, or admire the sumptuous vaults of the National Library of France's Richelieu site. For a few euros, you could also catch a performance of La Cantatrice Chauve at the tiny Théâtre de la Huchette. Eugène Lonesco's famous play has been presented there continuously since 1957 - a record in the entertainment world!
There are not only monuments in Paris! The city is full of places that are more or less known to tourists and places where you can enjoy the city differently. Rather than traveling the Seine by riverboat, you could take a pleasant cruise on Saint-Martin canal. Crossing the locks will show you a side of Paris that few people know. Those who wish to take advantage of the heights to admire the City of Light while avoiding the hordes of tourists can venture out to the Buttes-Chaumont or Belleville parks. Located off the tourist trail, these peaceful green spaces are among the favorites of Parisians.
The country's official currency is the Euro (EUR).
You will need a power adapter and maybe a converter. Electrical outlets used in France are not the same as in Canada. Voltage is 230V and frequency is 50Hz.
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