Sightseeing in Paris
During a break to Paris, little kids and big kids alike should visit the magical Disneyland Paris Resort. It's only 40 minutes from Charles de Gaulle airport.
A must-see for a Paris weekend break, the Tour Eiffel (Eiffel Tower) offers sweeping panoramic views over Paris from the top (third) floor. This is probably the best photo opportunity you'll find in the city, so don't forget your camera! The Tour Eiffel is also home to a number of restaurants, which offer views of the city.
Cathédrale de Notre-Dame
The Cathédrale de Notre-Dame (Cathedral of Our Lady) is a gothic masterpiece, with three stunning rose windows. Visitors should be prepared to climb the 387 spiral steps to the top of the 75m (246ft) north tower. The views over the River Seine and the city centre are well worth the effort and will make your short break in Paris one to remember. What are you waiting for?
Musée National du Louvre
The Musée National du Louvre (Louvre National Museum) has a vast permanent collection including Greek, Roman, Egyptian and East Asian antiquities; French, Spanish and Italian sculptures and 19th-century objects d'art. The painting collection includes French, Italian, Dutch, German and Spanish masterpieces. The museum's greatest treasure, Leonardo da Vinci's Mona Lisa, is in a bullet-proof case. With the popularity of The Da Vinci Code, the Louvre is busier than ever, so arrive early or better still, remember to purchase your ticket to the Louvre online and avoid the queues!
The Musée National Picasso (National Picasso Museum) houses a vast collection of Picasso's work through various periods in the artist's life.
If you prefer your art modern then The Pompidou Centre will be more to your taste. The building itself is a sight to behold - make sure you check out the crazy and colourful fountains outside.
From its inception in 1889, the shows at the Moulin Rouge have wowed visitors from around the world. The current show consists of 100 artists and 1000 costumes adorned with feathers, rhinestones and sequins!
Taking a stroll around the Champs-Elysées is a must for first time visitors. Enjoy the impressive views along its entire length, which incorporates some of the city's most famous landmarks.
With so many sights to see you may need to rest your weary feet, so jump on a boat ride along the beautiful River Seine and watch the city's most famous buildings slowly go by.
You can see that there are so many fabulous places to visit whilst on a break in this cosmopolitan city, so make sure you plan your trip in advance.
Fun Seekers in Paris
Disneyland Paris theme park is fun for all ages, with more gentle to hair-raising rides split across 4 different themed areas including Fantasyland and Frontierland. Walt Disney Studios Park right next door to Disneyland has spectacular attractions and shows.
Plenty of Evening Entertainment in Paris
If you've still got some energy then a Paris weekend break has stacks to offer after dark. If you don't want to be crammed into bars with lots of tourists then avoid the Champs-Elysées and Trocadéro. Livelier action can be found in the bustling Bastille which has small bars, popular clubs and offers wild nightlife at the weekend. If style's your thing, head to Ménilmontant and chill with the Parisian ‘in-crowd', particularly in Café Charbon. Pigalle is home to Paris' seedy red light district but is where you can find some good music venues and the Moulin Rouge.
Bags Full of Shopping in Paris
Shopping is a must and with generous 22kg baggage allowance you can shop until you drop during your break in France. There's plently of choice but for designer elegance head to the golden triangle near the Champs-Elysées. There are a number of cheaper department stores around and for cut-price designer gear head to the Mouton à Cinq Pattes. Designer kitsch is on offer in the gay quarter of Rue des Francs-Bourgeois.
Family Fun in Paris
Paris is a great city for a family break and to give the kids a taste of the French life. Experience the famous sights which will fascinate the children as well as the adults, plus Paris offers a wide range of places to eat out catering to all tastes. Of course the main family attraction in this French City not to be missed is the fantastic Disneyland Paris.
Family Fun at Disneyland Paris
If you're with the family then no Paris weekend break would be complete without visiting Disneyland Paris! Mingle with Mickey, Minnie and their friends and check out the rides including Thunder Mountain or the Pirates of the Caribbean boat ride. You could also watch a show at the Walt Disney Studios! Disneyland Paris is easy to get to using a variety of transport and just 40 minutes away from the airport.
So much to Entertain the Whole Family on a Break in Paris
A visit to Paris would not be complete without going up the Tour Eiffel (Eiffel Tower) to see the most amazing views of the city. Shops offering souvenirs and places to eat are found in the tower too. La Cité des Science et de L'industrie (The Science and Industry Museum) is a place where the whole family can learn and have fun at the same time. Featuring many interactive exhibitions, a planetarium and a 3D theatre, you won't find time to be bored at this museum. For lunch there are a few cafés to choose from and an outdoor playground with a huge dragon slide.
Away from the hustle and bustle of Parisian life there is plenty of greenery and areas to relax in while the children play to their hearts' content. Two of the best are the Jardin du Luxembourg, the largest playground in the centre of Paris and Jardin des Plantes, a smaller playground with one of the country's oldest zoos featuring monkeys and bears.
If the children are feeling tired wandering around then an open-top bus tour is as good a way as any to see all the best sights in Paris. Hop on and off at various points around the city for a relatively cheap pass which is normally valid all day long.
Romantic Breaks in Paris
Paris is often described as 'the city of romance' and a visit to the French capital certainly doesn't disappoint. The beautiful architecture, sumptuous food, chic shops and bars mean you can really experience luxury in Paris.
Sample the Gourmet Cuisine on a Break in Paris
If you're looking for gourmet cuisine then Paris is the place for you with so many luxurious things you are sure to find to spend your money on. With a number of world-renowned chefs with Michelin-starred restaurants in the city, you will be spoilt for choice to indulge in a romantic meal when you take a short break in Paris! For some cheaper but still impressive options, check out Spoon, Food & Wine for ‘top French chef does South-East Asian' cuisine or Le Grappillon for foie gras and snails at bargain prices.
Romantic Settings Across the City
Climb the stairs or take the lift up the Eiffel Tower for the most amazing views of the city. You could even stop for a romantic meal or glass of French wine and enjoy the view. Snuggle up with your loved one on a boat trip along the River Seine and take in the breathtaking Parisian scenery.
Top Tips for Paris
Shopping - The sales sweep through the city during January and July so take an empty suitcase and snap up those designer bargains!
Paris Plage – Each year during July and August a two-mile stretch of riverfront expressway is closed and turned into a giant leisure oasis complete with deckchairs, hammocks and an open-air swimming pool. With mist sprays, sand and the sight of relaxing locals and tourists this is a great place to chill out in the height of the Parisian summer.
Café culture - Take a break from sightseeing and shopping, choose a street café and relax with fresh croissants and coffee.
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- Hello - Bonjou
- rGoodbye - Au revoir
- Please - S'il vous plaît
- Thank you - Merci
- My name is … - Je m'appelle …
- How are you? - Comment ça va?
- I'm very well - Ça va bien
- I feel ill - Je ne me sens pas bien
- How much does it cost? - Combien est-ce que ça coûte?
- Do you speak English? - Est-ce que vous parlez anglais?
- I don't understand - Je ne comprends pas
- Where is …? - Où est …?
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- Exit - Sortie
- Danger - Danger
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- Toilets - Toilettes
- Doctor - Médecin
- Hotel - Hôtel
- Restaurant - Restaurant
- Beer - BièreWine - Vin
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