IntroductionBesides being one of the most beautiful capitals in Europe, Paris is also France’s political, industrial and commercial heart. Whatever you are after, be it a fashion capital, an art lovers haven, or a world-class historic capital, Paris can offer it in abundance. If visiting Paris for the fist time there are obviously certain must sees such as the Eiffel Tower, the Notre-Dame, the Champs Elysees and the Arc de Triomphe however there is much more to explore as every quarter has its own attractions.
Paris is also known for its gastronomical excellence, so dinning in one if the city’s fine restaurants is a memorable experience. The Parisians are notoriously proud of their city and rightly so, Paris manages to successfully combine the old with the modern. As a visitor you can choose your own Paris, and therein lies the city’s charm.
Overrun with museums as well as boasting some welcome greenery in its parks, Paris is also a popular shopper’s destination. Take your pick between the designer shops on avenue Montaigne, rue du Faubourg-St-Honore, and Place des Victoires. Meanwhile the main department stores are situated on boulevard Haussmann.
Whatever your inevitable expectations and preconceptions, historically, architecturally and culturally Paris is a fascinating city that won’t disappoint.