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A Traveller's Guide to Paris

Paris, the capital of France is it's largest city. Situated on the river Seine in northern France, it is truly a cosmopolitan city and captivates tourists from around the world who visit here round the year. The city gets its charm from the numerous tree shaded boulevards, bridges illuminated by wrought iron lamps, cafes and coffee shops across the length and breadth of the city, numerous churches, iconic landmarks and sightseeing. The majestic buildings add the grandeur to the place. In Paris, you can find numerous restaurants, nightlife, historical monuments and architecture inspired by the Renaissance Period. Although every part of Paris has a beauty of it's own, yet there are a few places which are must see when you are in Paris.

Eiffel Tower: Undoubtedly the most recognisable landmark in Paris and a world famous structure. The illuminated tower against the Paris night sky is a sight to behold.

The Louvre: A breathtakingly beautiful palace, it houses masterpiece sculptures, paintings, antiques, furniture and other art works. Leonardo da Vinci's Mona Lisa and the statue of Venus de Milo are to be found here, besides innumerable other famous artists' works.

Notre Dame Cathedral: one of the marvels of gothic architecture, this cathedral with its towers, stained glass and beautiful architecture is a reminder of medieval Paris. It took about 180 years to complete and Napoleon was crowned the emperor in 1804 in this very place.

Mus?�e d'Orsay: One of the world's most visited museums, it houses paintings, sculpture and art works. Van Gogh and Monet's works can also be found here, among others. It was originally a railway station that was converted to a museum to house the sculptures and impressionist paintings.

Many other buildings, monuments and museums of repute are The Sorbonne and the Latin Quarter, La Conciergerie, Sacre-Coeur, Sainte-Chapelle and the Basilique du Sacr?� Coeur. There are two famous amusement parks for children too out of which Disneyland Paris theme amusement park is a must-visit for kids and adults alike. In fact, every place in Paris is beautiful and every area has it's own magic.

Paris has two major international airports - Roissy-Charles de Gaulle and Orly. Out of these, the Roissy-Charles de Gaulle is the largest airport of France and the second busiest airport in Europe after Heathrow in London. Metro and buses are the ideal way to travel within the city. Cycling within the city is also very popular there.

The big question everyone faces is when the best time to visit this city is. There is no one answer to this as each season brings it's own charm. For some, the tourist season will not be as good when things become expensive and the place crowded than an off season when things are relatively cheaper and one doesn't have to stand on long queues for entering monuments and museums. There are a number of good hotels and places to stay but it is advisable to book a room beforehand.

Paris is called the fashion capital of the world and quite rightly so. It is home to major fashion brands like Louis Vuitton, Jean-Paul Gaultier, Hermes, Dior and Yves Saint Laurent. The city has so much to offer and so many must-see destinations that this 'City of Light' will surely make the discerning traveller fall in love with it.