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Paris, France

Known as one of the most romantic cities in the world, Paris- the City of Light- is absolutely a city for everyone to enjoy. Its stunning beauty, fresh baked pastries, and loving ambiance make for a city unlike any other.

5 Great Attractions:

  1. Arc de Triomphe: Commissioned in 1806 and completed in 1836, the Arc de Triomphe serves as a memorial for fallen soldiers in French wars. Inside the arc are multiple inscriptions, sculptures and plaques bearing meaning to soldiers and wars from French History. There is also a museum located inside the arc it self.  Easily accessible by foot or public transportation.
  2. Musée de l’Orangerie: Established in 1852, Musée de l’Orangerie is an art museum of impressionist and post-impressionist paintings. The Musée houses works from artists such as  Henri Matisse, Pablo Picasso, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Henri Rousseau, and more. The museum also features 8 of Monet's Water Lilies ( Nymphéas) in 2 dedicated oval rooms with diffused lighting  (as intended by Monet) to enhance the viewing of the paintings.
  3. Shakespeare and Company Bookshop: Established in 1922 the re-established in 1951. Shakespeare and Company specializes in second hand books and antique books. It is also a free reading library.  Keep your eyes out, from time to time a famous author may show up for inspiration or just to take in a good book.
  4. Musée du Louvre: Established in 1793, this historic landmark of Paris is  the largest museum in the world. Exhibits include sculptures, art objects, paintings, drawings, and various archaeological finds. The museum holds over 380,000 objects and displays 35,000 works spread out between eight curatorial departments.
  5. Champs-Élysées: One of the most famous streets in the world,  the Champs-Élysées is just under 1.5 miles (1.9 km).This scenic 17th century avenue is home to luxury shops, statues, restaurants and is a popular location for public gathering and celebration. Champs-Élysées is the backdrop for many famous moments in history, parades and is also the last stage and  of the Tour De France.
5 Kid Friendly Attractions:
  1. Jardin du Luxembourg: Built in 1611, the Jardin du Luxembourg was once home to Marie de' Medici (the widow of Henry IV) is now used by the French Senate. The gardens stretch over 56 acres of land  filled with gardens, fountains, statues and other attractions all open to the public. One of the more notable statues is the first version of the  "La Liberté éclairant le monde" or as we know it as "Statue of Liberty".
  2. Square du Vert-Galant: Created in 1607, this park is an ideal spot to take a break from the hustle and bustle of Paris. Stroll through some of the finely manicured gardens, or enjoy some unique views of  River Seine, Louvre Palace & L'Hôtel de la Monnaie.
  3. Eiffel Tower:  Constructed to be the entrance for the worlds Fair in 1889, the Eiffel Tower was the worlds tallest structure until 1930.  Take in the captivating views of Paris from either of the 3 observation decks. There is also 2 restaurants  and a Champagne bar in the tower. Don't forget the surrounding park has many attractions including a beautiful double Decker carousel.
  4. Musée d’Orsay: In a renovated train station, you’ll find this gem which features mainly French art including unique sculptures, paintings, and photography. With a wide variety of pieces, this is truly a museum for adults and children of all ages to enjoy.
  5. Centre Pompidou: Established in 1977 the Centre Pompidou is not your average museum. Featuring Modern and Pop art this museum grabs your attention as soon as you see it. Centre Pompidou also has a kids section inside on the first floor to introduce the smallest of children to what is waiting inside.
5 Free Attractions:
  1. Parc de la Villette: One of the biggest parks in Paris, Parc de la Villette is not your average park. Escape from the city to one of the multiple attractions including  a symphony hall, IMAX theater, an equestrian center, and Europe's largest since museum.
  2. Wall of Love: This mural in the center of the Abbesses garden professes the words “I love you” in more than 300 languages.
  3. Cathedrale de Notre Dame: Completed in 1345, Notre Dame is one of the most well know cathedrals in the world. Notre Dame has some of the most precious catholic relics on display including the purported Crown of Thorns, a fragment of the True Cross, and one of the Holy Nails.
  4. Promenade Plantée: Where there was once part of the  Vincennes railway line, now sits Promenade Plantée. In 1984  Promenade Plantée the elevated park sits three stories above ground and offers an innovative perspective of the city.
  5. Galeries Lafayette Fashion Show: Get a taste for European fashion at this upscale French department store. Most Friday afternoons, Galeries Lafayette features a free 30-minute fashion show.
5 Great Restaurants:
  1. Le Fumoir: Le Fumoir is one of the few non-tourist trap restaurants with such close proximity to the Louvre.
  2. Guy Savoy: Treat yourself to some extraordinary modern-French cuisine paired with impeccable service.
  3. La Cantine de la Cigale: Wonderful food at an affordable price. Head to La Cantine de la Cigale for a full meal or to just enjoy a cheese platter at the cocktail bar.
  4. A la Biche au Bois: This authentic French bistro features classic French dishes at reasonable prices.
  5. Lasserre: The elegant dining room paired with delicious food make Lasserre a great dinner choice. Notable figures like Audrey Hepburn and Salvador Dali dined regularly at this establishment.
  5 Nightlife Recommendations:
  1. La Fleche d’Or: Beginning around 8 every night, this club has live music and a more relaxed crowd. Stick around a little longer to see the DJ set up and the energetic crowd roll in.
  2. Social Club: This underground nightclub is always packed with a lively, young crowd looking to party.
  3. Le Motel: Tucked away on a side street is this indie bar featuring inexpensive drinks and live music.
  4. Compangnie des Vin Surnaturels: Although you won’t find locals hanging out here, with over 300 wines this bar is a great choice for tourists and wine lovers.
  5. Au Chat Noir: Enjoy the cozy, authentic atmosphere by day and a cocktail with friends by night.
5 Romantic Getaways:
  1. Musée Rodin: If you like museums, this is a great choice. Dedicated to the works of the French sculptor Auguste Rodin, both the grounds and the historic mansion where he resided are available for visitors to tour.
  2. Palais Royals: This royal palace and the exquisite gardens make for a lovely scenic day.
  3. Cruise la Seine: Boat tours down the river offer magical views of Paris for couples, families, or friends to all enjoy.
  4. Le Marais: It’s not hard to make any day in Paris romantic. Take an afternoon to enjoy a variety of dining and shopping in this quaint, historic neighborhood of Paris.
  5. Rue des Martyrs: One of the busiest, yet coziest streets of Paris, Rue des Martyrs is lined with markets, shopping, and cute cafes.
5 Great Hotels:
  1. Le Meurice: 228 rue de Rivoli, 75001 Paris
  2. Hotel Verneuil: 8 Rue de Verneuil, 75007 Paris
  3. Hotel Crayon: 25 Rue du Bouloi, 75001 Paris
  4. La Tremoille: 14 Rue de la Tremoille, 75008 Paris
  5. Artus Hotel: 34 Rue de Buci, 75006 Paris

5 Must Try Foods:
  1. Pain au Chocolate: You’ll find this mouth-watering chocolate croissant in bakeries everywhere throughout Paris.
  2. Cheese: Eat cheese everywhere. Tip: Don’t miss Fromagerie Laurent Dubois for some of the best cheese in Paris.
  3. Macarons: Similar to an American "Macaroon", be sure to try this delicate, sweet pastry while in Paris.
  4. Falafel: Although not a traditional French dish, the shops in the Jewish neighborhood feature some of the best falafel around.
  5. Bread: It’s difficult to walk through Paris without smelling the freshly baked bread everywhere. Eat as much as you can because bread will never taste as good as the baguettes in Paris!

Climate and What to Pack: Temperatures in the winter will drop to the low 30’s and rise to the mid-50’s by March. Summer temperatures in Paris usually average in the 70’s; temperatures in September through October average in the 50’s. It’s important to remember that Paris is known for sporadic rainfall, so don’t forget a jacket and umbrella. Electrical Converter Information: Paris, like the rest of Europe, is best equipped for 220 V. Be sure to bring an adapter for chargers and an electrical converter for some appliances. Transportation: The metro is fast and easy to get around on. It consists of 16 different color lines throughout the city. There are a variety of metro passes that are available for purchase depending on the length of your stay and how much you will be taking public transit. If you prefer, taxis or car services like Uber are also readily available to take you to and from all the main sights in the city. Safety Precautions: It’s important to keep in mind that Paris is a big and crowded city. Because of this there are always precautions to take that reduce the risk of loss and theft. Scan all major documents and email them to yourself before leaving, so even if your bag goes missing you still have copies. Be sure to keep a list of your emergency contacts with you at all times and always send your itinerary to a friend. Both men and women should avoid carrying valuables in their pockets, especially in their back pockets. Women should consider wearing an over-the-shoulder purse with a zipper; we carry a great brand of these bags called PacSafe, which greatly helps in reducing the risk of theft. Paperwork Needed for the Trip: To travel outside of the U.S., you will need a valid passport with sufficient blank pages. Before traveling we recommend that you consult your local consulate of the country you are visiting to ensure you obtain the proper documentation and identification. Air Travel Information: Paris is serviced by two major airports: Charles de Gaulle Airport (CDG) and Orly Airport (ORY). ORY is a smaller, less used airport, but both have ample public transportation and taxi services to carry you to and from your destination.  Nearly all major airlines fly to these airports such as:, United, Air France, Lufthansa, US Airways, Delta, American Airlines, and more. Trip Highlights: Although the Eiffel Tower and Arc de Triomphe are major tourist attractions, you can’t miss these landmarks when visiting Paris. For a break from the sights, enjoy a relaxing afternoon along the Seine or in one of Paris’ many beautiful gardens. And lastly, enjoy the French food- some of the best you’ll ever taste! Best Luggage to Use: Wheeled luggage is the way to go because often in the city you are walking from block to block for a taxi or subway. Also, a small over the shoulder bag or backpack would be useful for daily travels. Must Have Travel Accessories: As with any city, it is best to carry your money and credit cards in your front pocket. To accommodate this, try using a small money clip to keep in your pants pocket.  Also, these garment bags maybe useful if you plan to bring a suit or dress for a night on the town check out our garment bags. We also recommend looking at our packing accessories.

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