Paris, Romantic City on the Seine
France's vibrant capital city, with its famous landmarks, the Eiffel Tower and the Cathedral of Notre Dame, is beautiful. From a river trip boat you get an idea why composers, poets and artists have been thrilled by Paris.
Paris is great to visit any time of year. Why not visit during festival and holiday times? In June, around 21st, there's the lively Fête de la Musique with free musical concerts. In July, the Parc Floral is the host ground to the Paris Jazz Festival from 3pm every Saturday and Sunday. The final Tour de France circuit finishes at the Champs-Elysées. July 14th is the French National Day - Bastille Day, celebrating the French Revolution, with parades, aerobatics, fireworks...
Paris ins and outs
All state museums offer free entry on the first Sunday of each month. You will find good quality food in Paris, where the cost of living is cheaper than in London. The Paris time zone is UK time plus one hour.
Local transport and hotels
From Charles de Gaulle airport, the RER train costs about 10 EUR and takes around 30 minutes to reach Paris-Chatelet les Halles. The Roissybus takes about an hour to get to Opéra for around 11 EUR. A taxi costs approximately 60 EUR.
From Orly, Tram T7 goes to Villejuif - Louis Aragon, or Bus 183 goes to Porte de Choisy. The Orlybus takes you to Denfert-Rochereau, or Les Cars Air France shuttle goes to Montparnasse or Etoile. Taxis cost from 50 EUR.
From Beauvais the shuttle service is a journey of approximately 1¼ hours to Paris Porte Maillot at a cost of approximately 17 EUR. Taxis are very expensive, the airport being about 80km from Paris.
From Paris-Le Bourget, Bus 152 goes to La Courneuve - 8 Mai 1945 station; then take Tram 7. Bus 350 goes to Gare de l'Est, Porte de la Chapelle or Gare du Nord. The Airport Shuttle takes you to Le Bourget station; then take the RER B train.
Typical accommodation in Paris is in small boutique hotels with average prices at about 100 EUR per night, per person. There are numerous more expensive luxury hotels or cheaper hostels.
Public transport - Métro, RER overground train, buses and trams - is faster and cheaper than taxis for getting around Paris. If travelling by car, allow yourself extra time; traffic jams are common.
Learn some useful French phrases before travelling. Many French people don't speak much or any English.