Ernest Hemingway called Paris a moveable feast, musing that the city will stay with you forever once you have the pleasure of its company. If you want to imbue your every fiber with the City of Lights, pack your bags and prepare to be awed with food, culture, and impressive historical attractions. Soak in spectacular views atop the Eiffel Tower, take a meandering stroll down the Champs-Elysees, and pay the Mona Lisa a visit at The Louvre. Whether you are on a romantic getaway, solo trip, or visiting France with friends, it is easy to fall in love with Paris.
Things to Do in Paris
With a rich culture that dates back thousands of years, and an equally lush landscape along the scenic Seine River, Paris offers a near-endless amount of activities to take part in. Aside from the unmissable landmarks previously mentioned, there are dozens of other architectural tours de force that should have a place on your list of sights to see. Among them, the Notre-Dame Cathedral, Arc de Triomphe, and Chateau de Versailles are extraordinary, while Sainte-Chapelle is equally impressive.
Although Paris is famously regarded as one of the most romantic cities in the world, there’s a lot more to this town than just love and lights. The Paris Catacombs, for example, afford you an opportunity to explore “The World’s Largest Grave,” and Père Lachaise Cemetery is where you’ll find the final resting places of some of Western civilization’s most esteemed minds. Other attractions include the Luxembourg Gardens, which serve as an ideal setting for a serene stroll away from the city streets, and the Canal Saint-Martin, where onlookers can eye barges as they meander their way onto the Seine. And fans of the musical “Phantom of the Opera” are encouraged to visit Palais Garnier, which is said to have inspired the sinister story.
Weather in Paris
As it lies within Western Europe’s oceanic climate zone, Paris generally lacks the more-extreme temperatures common in other areas of the continent. Summers are relatively warm, with the mercury measuring between 15 and 25 degrees Celsius on most days. This is quite different from in wintertime, when the sun usually doesn’t make an appearance. The seasons of spring and autumn are a bit unpredictable as far as the weather is concerned, but it generally doesn’t get uncomfortable during those times of year. And because Paris doesn’t have a particularly rainy season, precipitation tends to fall in equal measure throughout the year.
Hotel and Accommodation in Paris
Paris hotels are diverse, ranging from 5-star resorts to modest hostels. Regardless of where you stay, hotels in the city are rife with opportunity for exploring local neighbourhoods and many grant access to the metro and other public transit. Put your feet up at a luxury hotel near La Seine River, or book a room near the grand Bois de Boulogne park. Your Paris accommodation is waiting for you right here on Expedia.com.au, where you will always get the best deal.
If you travel to Paris in the summer, which runs from June to August, be prepared to compete with other tourists for a seats at a café, a spot in the queue for museum entry, and just about everywhere else. Summer is the busiest time in Paris, when visitors from around the globe take over the city. Temperatures during the summer average about 25 degrees. While you can enjoy smaller crowds during the winter time, the average temperature falls to about 6 degrees.
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Paris is, as Audrey Hepburn once pointed out, always a good idea. Whether you want to delight in the fine cuisine, take a historical tour, or simple marvel at French culture, this city has something to offer. The only thing that stands to improve your holiday is a stay at your ideal accommodation. Hotels in Paris are easy to browse for here on Expedia.com.au, where you can narrow your choices by brand, location, or class. Book today to secure your room backed by the Price Match Guarantee.
A bit of va-va-velib
Only Paris can make a gray, bulky bicycle seem glamorous and sophisticated. Velib, the city's free hire bikes, are Paris's answer to traffic congestion, the good heath of its inhabitants, and transport strikes. For the visitor, they offer an excellent way to get to know the city's 20 arrondissements, or districts, all of which have their own distinctive markings.
The heart of the capital, on the Ile de la Cité, is where Paris began around 250 BC. Now home to the law courts, a flower market, and the gothic masterpiece Notre Dame, it's a deservedly popular spot. Like most of Paris's landmarks, Notre Dame is always surrounded by people gazing up in awe and wonder. Climb the south tower and you'll be similarly humbled as you look down on the city landscape of grand boulevards, parks, and monuments.
Following your eye along the Seine, you can see the world's most famous museum, the Louvre, and further down, the instantly recognizable Eiffel Tower. Include these on your itinerary and you'll have made a small (but important) chip into the huge block of Paris's famous landmarks, monuments, and museums. It's quite possible that the list could seem overwhelming, but sitting at a pavement café with a strong coffee and a guidebook is a good start, and will certainly put you in the Parisian mood.
A bit of ooh la la
Back in 1889, the Moulin Rouge introduced a seductive, skirts-and-eyebrow-raising dance called the cancan. Today it hosts a sell-out show, though risqué titillation has been replaced by slick dance routines and acrobatics. The Opera National de Paris offers a program of classical ballet and opera, performed at the modern Opera Bastille and the grandiose Palais Garnier. In contrast to these big-scale productions, you'll find live music from rock to chanson throughout the week at venues ranging from scruffy basements to plush auditoriums. Alternatively, try a dinner cruise along the Seine for a traffic-free view of the city's carefully lit architecture.
There are a dizzying number of festivals in Paris, each reinvigorating the city in a unique way. Visit on June 21st for a musical adventure as the city plays host to a free music festival, Fête de la Musique. As the world's capital of cinema, Paris naturally has its own film festival and the highest number of art-house cinemas per inhabitant. Open-air screenings, cinematographic tours, and an eclectic mix of films make up a busy program which is enough to push any blockbuster boundaries.
It's true that people here often have a baguette under their arm. There is a boulangerie (bakery) on almost every street and even if you're not hungry the pastries in the window will probably have a persuasive impact. French cuisine is notoriously sophisticated, but you don't need to find Michelin stars to enjoy it. A neighborhood brasserie can offer a fine meal, a place to watch people come and go, and inspiration for your return visit to the city of light. Hide