Paris is the city of love. Even though it is France’s capital with a population around 12 million, and a major centre for art, fashion, food and culture, Paris remains quaint and personal. From the cafes, markets and boutique shops that everyone knows by name, to the cobblestone streets, narrow laneways, tree lined roads, and the city’s dedication to art, fashion and literature – it is a place that will charm you. Perhaps that is why it has drawn some of the world’s best artists, writers, musicians and all manner of free spirited people to it for centuries.
Sights to See
While wandering the streets of Paris and finding your own way is one of the city’s greatest pleasures, it has no shortage of spectacular sights. The Louvre museum is the world’s most visited art museum with millions of visitors each year. The Notre-Dame Cathedral, built in the 12th century is also iconic, as is the 13th century Sainte-Chapelle with its dramatic Gothic style architecture.
What’s For Lunch
Perhaps you’ve had a croissant before? Its that flaky, buttery French pastry in a crescent moon shape. But have you had one early in the morning, fresh from the bakery on the streets of Paris? It’s common to see Parisians pick up their morning croissant and coffee on their way to work and once you try one you’ll understand why. However you can also pick up a delicious ham and cheese croissant for a savoury treat at any time of the day.
If You Only See One Thing
Nothing says France like the Eiffel Tower. This wrought iron tower stands at 324 metres and is the tallest structure in Paris so it provides a beautiful outlook of the city, perfect for romantic photos.
Coffee in a Paris cafe is a must for tourists. It’s as simple as saying Un café, s’il vous plaît – One coffee please!
There is something very Parisian chic about a handmade candle, and nowhere does them better than Claude Trudon, who has been selling candles in Paris since 1643. Apart from being the world’s oldest candle-maker, the company officially supplied Versailles and Napoléon so you’re guaranteed top quality and undeniable French class.