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Paris Holidays Overview

You might recognize it as the home to the Eiffel Tower and the Louvre or you might call it the city for art enthusiasts, but Paris has always had a reputation for being one of the most romantic cosmopolitan cities in the world. Paris, also called the City of Light, has enthralled its tourists since time eternal with its exotic fashion, fine dining, Michelin starred restaurants, legendary brands, designer outlets, gorgeous arts and breathtaking architecture.

The city is also known for its friendly people who would simply love to speak or at least try to speak in English whenever offered the chance. However, learning a few basic French terms and greetings can make you go places and open countless doors for you while you are in the city. The city and its mini villages (oh well, you might call them neighbourhoods) is home to approximately 2.2 million people and it can be easily covered on a bicycle or on foot. The Paris Metro and the hop on hop off buses also offer excellent modes of commute for those looking to travel from one place to the other.

No tour of the city can ever be complete without spending at least one evening in Paris checking out its mesmerizing sunset views. Embarking on a boat cruise during the evenings and checking out the sunset views from these boats are known to be one of the most romantic things to do in Paris. Visiting the Eiffel Tower at night also ranks at the very top of things to do while in the city.

We cannot promise that the Louvre Museum will reveal untold mysteries as shown in the Dan Brown novel “The Da Vinci Code”, but we can definitely promise you that it will offer you with one of the most unique experiences of your lifetime. History and culture buffs simply cannot miss out on a tour to the Louvre Museum, irrespective of how much time they plan to spend in the city.

From its breathtaking beauty and magnificent architectures to its deep history and rich culture to its countless revolutions and kings with the name Louis, each and every thing about Paris has a story to share and an experience to offer. No wonder, nearly each and every person in the world fantasizes about romancing their better halves in Paris.

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Paris holidays - Top Places To Go

1. Eiffel Tower
Champ de Mars 7
What is it? Gustave Eiffel, the architect of the Eiffel Tower (Tour Eiffel) could never have guessed that it would become Paris's signature sight and attract more than six million visitors a year. It was built as a temporary structure to commemorate the centenary of the French Revolution and was opened by the Prince of Wales, later King Edward VII of England. It was considered an eyesore by many and there were petitions to have it pulled down. It was saved only because it had become an important antenna for telegraphy. It towers 984ft (300m) above the Champ de Mars and until 1930 was the world's tallest building. The highest of its three levels offers a wonderful panoramic view over Paris. Hours of Operation: Daily 9.30am to midnight (16 June to 2 September); closing at 11pm (1 January to 15 June and 3 September to 31 December) Phone:(01) 4411 2323 (recorded information)



2. Notre-Dame
6 Place du Parvis de Notre-Dame
What is it? Notre-Dame looms large over the Place de Parvis, on the Isle de la Cité, and is the most enduring symbol of Paris. Built between 1163 and 1345 the Cathedral is considered one of the of the world's Gothic masterpieces. The massive interior can seat 6,000 and it is dominated by three spectacular and enormous rose windows and a vast 7,800-pipe organ. The 387-step climb to the top of the towers is worth the effort for the panoramic view of the city and the close-up views of the famous gargoyles. The tower also holds the great bell that was rung by Quasimodo, the fictional hunchback. Opposite the North door is a museum that displays the Cathedral's history, while under the square in front of the Cathedral is the crypt that houses Notre-Dame's archaeological museum. Hours of Operation: Daily between 7.45am and 6.45pm, except during Sunday services which commence at 8.30am, 10am, 11.30am, 12.45pm and 6.30pm. The towers open daily 10am to 6pm, except on Mondays. The Crypt opens between 10am and 6pm (closed on Mondays). The museum is open on Wednesday and weekends 2.30pm to 6pm Phone:(01) 4234 5610



3. Louvre
Cour Napoléon, 1. Reception area is under the giant glass pyramid
What is it? One of the world's great art museums, this vast edifice houses an extraordinary collection of paintings, sculptures and antiquities from all over the world. The Louvre was opened to the public in 1793, soon after the Revolution, to display the spectacular treasures looted from the royal palaces. The best-known attraction is Leonardo da Vinci's enigmatic Mona Lisa, which is protected by bullet-proof glass within its own room. The permanent collections are divided into Egyptian, Greek, Roman and Asian antiquities, painting, drawings, sculpture and objects d'art. Don't even attempt to see it all in one day. Hours of Operation: 9am to 6pm (until 9.45pm on Mondays and Wednesdays, except on public holidays); closed Tuesdays. Opening hours for temporary exhibitions vary Phone:(01) 4020 5317 (information desk); 4020 5151 (recorded information); 4020 5050 (ticket sales)



Paris holidays - Top Events


1. Fete de la Musique

From 2007-06-21

To 2007-06-21

What is it? Every year on the summer solstice, Paris hosts amateur and professional musicians who perform in a variety of venues around the city, from public squares, streets and parks to opera houses and castles. The festival aims to celebrate music in all forms and is open to anyone. A large free concert is traditionally held featuring some big names in the music world, but on every corner, in doorways, in restaurants and hospitals, museums and courtyards, there are the sounds of music, from jazz, salsa and techno, to choirs, orchestras and steel bands, accompanied by people dancing, eating and drinking. Where is it? Various



2. Bastille Day Celebrations

From 2007-07-14

To 2007-07-14

What is it? France's most important national holiday, Bastille Day commemorates the beginning of the French Revolution with ceremonies, dancing, parties and balls all over the city. In the morning there is a grand military parade along the Champs Elysees, accompanied overhead by jet formations, and after the day-long festivities, a fireworks display takes place near the Eiffel Tower. For more information contact the Paris Tourist Office on +33 (0)892 683 000 or email [email protected] Where is it? Champs Elysees and Place de la Bastille



3. French Open

From 2007-05-27

To 2007-06-10

What is it? Together with Wimbledon, the Australian Open and the US Open, the French Open is one of the four events that together are known as the tennis 'Grand Slam'. The tournament has become the most highly prized clay court title in the world and one of the biggest sporting events in France. Besides the best tennis players in the world, the stadium is also the place to be seen for the fashion conscious. For more information, call the ticketing line on +33 (0)1 4743 5252. Where is it? Roland-Garros Stadium



4. Le Salon du Chocolat

From 2007-10-28

To 2007-11-01

What is it? An annual festival in celebration of chocolate is a dream come true for chocoholics, and the large convention centre beneath the Louvre hosts just that. There are tastings and chefs demonstrations at a huge variety of international chocolatiers stands; opportunities to sample and buy goodies such as truffles, chocolate-dipped fruit kebabs, hot chocolate and cakes; as well as chocolate fashion, sculpture and art. Exhibitions include the history of chocolate, books on chocolate and desserts, and an antique collection of 'teapots' used exclusively for hot chocolate. A Chocoland for children entertains with chocolate makeup and other delicious activities. For more information contact the organisers on +33 (0)1 4503 2126 or email [email protected] Where is it? Carrousel de Louvre



5. World Circus Festival of Tomorrow

From 2007-01-26

To 2007-01-30

What is it? The annual Circus Festival provides an unequalled opportunity to see top international circus performers from famous schools together under one roof, including acts from the Beijing Circus, the Moscow Circus, the Knie Circus and local talent Ecole Fratellini. The aim is to bring together young acrobats, animal trainers and clowns and to reveal new and exciting trends in circus acts from traditional, modern and experimental circus performances. Where is it? Cirque d'Hiver Bouglione, 110 Rue Amelot




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