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What to see and do in Paris

What you decide to do in Paris will depend largely on whether it is your first trip or whether you are more familiar with the city. You will also probably have a fair idea about what it is that attracted you to Paris in the first place, however, we will attempt to run through some of the “must do” activities for you!

The one true icon of Paris is of course the Eiffel Tower, standing majestically over the city for nearly 125 years now. Once this was the tallest man made structure in the world and although this honour has long since been surpassed, it remains the symbol of Paris and indeed of the whole of France. Aside from the fabulous opportunity to take panoramic photos of the city, the structure is in itself an impressive piece of architecture and worthy of a few snaps itself! Take the lift up to the third level for the views and enjoy a meal whilst you are there. There are few more impressive or romantic locations to dine in the world!

The Arc de Triomphe just north of the Eiffel Tower is another iconic building in the heart of the city. Originally a symbol of Napoleon's military might, it has since been used to demonstrate power over the French – most notably by the occupying Nazi forces in World War Two who marched through the famous arch. You can get some good pictures of the arch from a safe distance across the busy street or you can even go up to the top of the arch to get great views of Paris down the “Grand Axe”.

A river cruise is a popular activity in many cities but there are few that can offer the same kind of romance as does the River Seine. Take a “bateau mouche” or “vedette”. Trips vary in length and cost although will typically take around an hour for the traditional sightseeing trip. Alternatively, an evening dinner cruise in this city of lights is one way to discover the true romance of the city.

Formally a royal chateau, the Louvre is now one of the most famous art galleries in the world and this is largely due to the fact that it houses possibly the most enigmatic painting in history – the Mona Lisa. The gallery is far more than just one painting, however, and offers the visitor a wide variety of masterpieces, sculpture and the stunning glass pyramid which forms the entrance to the gallery.

For the more experienced Paris visitor, there is much more to the city than the above tourist highlights. The church at Sacre Coeur, the impressive Musee D'Orsay, the Pompidou Centre, the Cluny, Montmartre and the Pantheon offer many ways to get the most out of your Paris stay.