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Perhaps Europe's Most Captivating City
Paris, perhaps Europe’s most captivating city, is ideal for a romantic short break. With more restaurants, better chefs, more museums and amusements than it has had in its history, the best time to visit the ‘City of Light’ is now.
Dotted with fine palaces and historic buildings, the city also claims the status as an artistic, intellectual and literary pacesetter. Back streets buzz, chic shop fronts invite, the locals cut some serious style while majestic buildings follow you wherever you go.
Lose yourself in the world of chic over-indulgence while watching life pass by on the Champs Elysees; spoil yourself with an long lazy al fresco lunch in one of the city’s bistros; or spend an afternoon immersed in the rich pickings of fine art on display in one of the city’s many museums.
Paris is a melting post of the past and the present – the city offers a perfect backdrop for a seductive mix of romance, style, history, adventure and art.
Paris – rich, diverse and sophisticated but also affordable, romantic and close to home.
Paris is the gourmet capital of Europe, and is renowned for its expensive haute cuisine restaurants as much as its moderately priced bistros and cafés (expect to spend about €80 per couple for a meal with drinks).
• Le 7eme Sens (which means The 7th Direction), 7 Rue Cadet, Paris 75009 – Opera Area.
• Alcazar, 62 rue Mazarine, Paris 75006 – Latin Quarter.
• Petrelle, 34 Rue Petrelle, Paris 75009 – Montmartre & Pigalle.
The 10th Arrondissement continues to be the most happening locality for bars but the Café Charbon or the nearby bars set up around it – Au P’tit Garage, La Mercerie, L’Alimentation Générale – in the 11th are hard to beat for excitement.
• Café Charbon, 109 Rue Oberkampf, Paris 75011.
• Au P’tit Garage, 63 Rue Jean Pierre Timbaud, Paris 75011.
• L’Alimentation Générale, 64 Rue Jean Pierre Timbaud, Paris 75011.
• Kitty O’Shea’s, 10 Rue des Capucines, Paris 75002.
Having practically invented fashion, Parisians still set their own trends and let the rest of the world follow.
The Golden Triangle, where Avenue Montaigne, Champs-Elysees and Avenue Georges V meet, is the haute-couture centre of the city, while the nearby rue St-Etienne Marcel might have you rethinking your entire wardrobe!
High-street fashions can be found on Rue de Rivoli and Les Halles where all the global brands hang out.
Rue de Rennes has a reputation that is a bit exaggerated, but the smaller streets around it – Rue D’Assas, Rue Bonaparte and Rue Cherche Midi – all contain chic little emporiums that should satisfy anybody serious about fashion.
If you want to look at a real cabinet of curiosities, visit Talamaris, 61 Avenue Mozart where you’ll find everything from antique china to scented stationary to children’s toys.
For perfumes head to Editions de Parfums, 37 Rue de Grenelle, where the latest scents are available.
And then keep your eyes peeled for Charvet, the finest shirtmakers in the city.
The city's main department stores are Le Bon Marche and La Grande Epicerie, both on Rue de Sevres. Galeries Lafayette, 40 Boulevard Haussmann, offers you 9 floors of shopping whilePrintemps, 64 Boulevard Haussmann is well woth a visit.
And if you want more, then the Montmartre area and the Sacre Coeur are beautiful, particularly on a Sunday morning when local artists sell their wares.
The main airport in Paris is Roissy-Charles de Gualle.
The airport is connected to the Gare du Nord in the city centre from Terminal 2 on a regular basis by RER.
There is also the Roissybus, which terminates at Opera - the bus leaves every 15-20 minutes and journey time is 35 minutes. Alternatively you can hire a taxi at the airport for your journey to your hotel.
Ryanair fly into Beauvais Airport which is located 60 km from Paris City Centre.
At Paris-Beauvais airport, every service leaves approximatively 20 minutes after each flight arrival and go into Porte Maillot.
The tickets - 13 Euros cash only / one way - must be purchased at the bus ticket sale point, outside the airport.
From PARIS (Porte Maillot) To PARIS/BEAUVAIS
The departure from Paris is located at the bus park on the Boulevard Pershing, near the hotel Concorde Lafayette.
Show up 3 hours 15 before your flight departure time.
The tickets - 13 Euros cash only / one way - must be purchased directly on the bus.