Paris is synonymous with all that is French.
Known throughout the world as the "City of Lights", Paris is celebrated for its beautiful city plan, its architecture, museums, bridges, cathedrals, parks, shopping, flea markets, sidewalk cafés, wide and luxurious boulevards, elegant cuisine, and numerous monuments. People from all over the world travel to Paris to discover and experience the aura of romance and mystery that has been the setting for many novels and movies.
It is likely that everyone who visits Paris for the first time will carry the same list of attractions not to be missed: the Louvre (Louvre), Notre-Dame (Notre Dame), Eiffel (Eiffel Tower) etc. Paris' picturesque 19th-century cityscape includes wide boulevards and the Seine River which divides the city into the right bank, known for being the commercial heart of the city, while the left bank is home to the University of Paris and all that is intellectual and artsy. Much of the charm of Paris is by simply walking the wide boulevards and absorbing the ambiance. Sit in a café, have a glass of wine and let the city pass you by.
A city as Paris is one that everyone should visit and experience.
Paris in Numbers (As of 2014 from the Paris Convention and Visitors' Bureau)
- 20,000 light bulbs sparkle on the Eiffel Tower, every hour, from nightfall to 1am
- 13,000 cafés and restaurants including 8,000 with a terrace
- 1,800 historic monuments and 35,000 works exhibited at the Louvre
- 70,000 seats in 208 theatres and café-theatres
- 463 parks and gardens, 484,000 trees including 300,000 in the Bois de Vincennes and Bois de Boulogne
- 17,500 shops, including 5,300 clothing, and 69 days of sales each year
- 2,300 bottles of champagne are uncorked every evening in Parisian cabarets
Getting to Paris by plane, train, car, coach, or boat.
Spend a perfect day in Paris, according to Lonely Planet:
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