Things to Do in Paris
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What more can be written about Paris that has not already been scribed, spoken or filmed? It’s one of the foremost cities of the world, twinned exclusively and singularly with Rome, the only other city that the two feel are equals. For a large, sophisticated city, (population about 2.2 million), it has a surprisingly earthy feel, thanks largely to extensive parks and ample foliage, even on city streets. With the River Seine running through it, like most cities (rivers are key to cities), Paris has a unique charm, part all-French, part understanding how to live life well.
The main central areas of Paris are arranged in “arrondissements”, or municipalities. There are 20 of these and their layout helps make it easy for visitors to find their way around. The first arrondissement is right smack in the centre of Paris and the rest, going up to 20, are laid out in a clockwise spiral. Therefore, if you are at the tenth, you can fairly easily figure out where you are now and how to get to the arrondissement you want to reach.
Paris can be overwhelming; there is so much to see and do. Some attractions are expensive, like Disneyland Paris. Some are affordable, like some of the smaller museums (there are dozens!) and lots of Paris is free; this is place for those who enjoy exploring on foot. Take a stroll by the Seine, walk along the Champs-Elysées, climb the hill at Montmartre, burrow down into the Paris Catacombs, or wander the many lush parks.
Paris has something for everyone, from kids to romantics. It’s the centre for fashion, food and art. The capital of France, Paris can be daunting, but take your time, prioritize what you must see and what you might check out of there is time left over. This is not a city you can get to know well in a weekend getaway!