Paris is simply the city that has it all. From its birth on the banks of the Seine in 52 BC as Julius Caesar continued his conquest of Europe, the City of Light has always commanded a captive audience.
Paris is synonymous with iconic landmarks. Thereâs nothing quite like watching the Eiffel Tower light up on a beautiful moonlit night, reaching out to the stars and beyond.
Many first time travelers to Paris arrive via the rather underwhelming Eurostar train terminal. But donât let first impressions deter you. The French charm is soon apparent upon the city streets.
But be careful navigating the roads. Parisian drivers are notoriously erratic and have been known to create some wonderful scenes of mayhem.
Perhaps the safest option is to travel on the very efficient Metro. The underground rail network is one of the best in the world. Clean and safe, the whole city becomes instantly accessible at a very reasonable price.
Many first timers make a beeline for the Louvre and Leonardo da Vinciâs enigmatic Mona Lisa. Rebuilt in its unique pyramid structure, the Louvre is conceivably the worldâs best art gallery and instantly recognizable.
CafÃ© culture is the epitome of Paris. It seems like philosophers and intellectuals can be foundÂ on nearly every corner and side street, drinking their coffee and debating current affairs. The French have long been known for their haughty attitude toward outsiders However, these should not hinder anyoneâs plans to visit the city. They are generally very accommodating.
Shoppers in Paris are in their element. Huge department stores such as La Samaritaine and Galeries Lafayette house every conceivable household brand, providing a wealth of opportunity to take outÂ your credit card.
Cathedrale de Notre Dame de Paris and Chateau de Versailles are always high on the list of must-sees. In fact, itâs impossible to see everything Paris has to offer in a single day. It would take a lifetime or twoÂ to fully appreciate the essence of Paris and what it is that motivates the city and its people.
Over the years, many have sought refuge in Parisian culture. Great names such as Pablo Picasso and Salvador Dali found it impossible to ignore the lure of this great city. Ernest Hemingway was another enticed by its magnetism.
But ultimately, to experience for yourself the worldâs number one tourist destination is a memory you will carry with you forever.