Paris is the capital of France and the second largest city of Western Europe; it sits on the banks of the river Seine and is also known as the City of Lights. Paris short stays of a few days, often over a long weekend are the normal way to see it; most people quickly discover that a few days is not really enough.
Visitors flock to see its many wonderful buildings; including famous sights like the Eiffel Tower and the Arc de Triomphe to name just two internationally famous landmarks. Like most European cities, Paris is easy to get around; the Metro underground train network will probably be the main method as it runs regularly and reaches every part of the city.
The Eiffel Tower at over 300 meters tall is a magnificent steel structure; it’s visible throughout most of the city but the views from the top of this huge steel structure are even more impressive. In the evening the illumination means it can be seen for many miles; guided tours are available where the patriotic tour guides give you an in depth history and an insight to what it is to be French.
On your Paris trip ensure you add the famous Champs Elysees to your list of places to visit; if you want to see famous, designer label shops and the restaurants, this is the place. This is an ‘up-market’ area that attracts thousands of tourists each day; the exclusive five star hotels situated in this more select part of the city might be out of most visitors’ price range.
The world famous Louvre museum is in this city; it houses over three hundred thousand exhibits but not all of them are ever on display at the same time. It would be easy for anyone on a Paris short stay vacation to spend all their time here; the Mona Lisa is one such world famous work of art which should not be missed. What makes Paris special is the number of artists that have been attracted to this great capital; chances are that you will have the opportunity to see a number of famous paintings whilst you’re visiting.
The famous 19th century edifice built on Napoleons instructions, the Arc de Triomphe, is also in Paris; to honor his generals (and his troops) he had their names inscribed upon it. The Arc is the focal point of the city and contains an observatory to view the local area; it is located in Place Charles de Gaulle where twelve of the city’s main avenues start, including Avenue de Champs Elysees.
This city has a huge variety of places to visit, many of these have not even mentioned here; these are however, the most popular with regular tours arranged, many of which are either free or at a subsidized cost. Paris short stay vacations should only ever be considered as tasters for what is a truly magnificent city; the likes of medieval churches, buildings and castles, which it has in abundance, will have to wait until another time.