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Paris

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Paris

For those who love art, have a refined taste for food and wine, and a penchant for high fashion, few destinations are more alluring than Paris. It is among the most stimulating cities in the world.

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Highlights
Paris it lures travelers for the same reasons it always has. You'll still find grand old sights like the Tour Eiffel, Notre-Dame, the Arc de Triomphe, Sacre-Coeur, and all those atmospheric cafes. If you enjoy trendy new projects check out the Grand Arche de La Defense, the Cite des Sciences et de l'Industrie, the Cite de la Musique, and the Bibliotheque Franois-Mitterrand. Don't forget the parks, gardens, and squares; the Champs-Elysees and other grand boulevards; and the river Seine and its quays. Paris' beauty is still overwhelming, especially in the illumination of night, when it certainly is the City of Light.
Geography/Environment
Both the capital of the nation and of the historic Īle de France region, Paris is located in northern central France, 265km (165mi) south-west of Brussels, 295km (185mi) south-west of Luxembourg and 510km (315mi) west of Stuttgart. The city center - known as Intra-Muros, or within the walls - is bisected by the River Seine.
Activities
Paris' weekly entertainment pamphlets, Pariscope and L'Officiel des Spectacles, list up-to-date information in French on every imaginable outdoor activity. Look for listings on hiking in groups, biking, rock climbing, plus parachuting, canoing, squash, tennis and swimming, and others. Among uniquely Parisian activities, it's hard to beat drifting lazily down the Seine (or the Marne, the Oise or any of the city's canals) in a canal boat. Rentals are available year-round.
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Paris Reviews
The Eiffel Tower Kiss
by Dana Thompsen last updated on 04/22/2010
If you have ever considered what might be one of the most romantic moments, chances are you've thought about sharing a kiss atop the Eiffel Tower. I know I have! That special moment happened for me about 5 years ago, and it's one that I will...
Paris, The City of Lights
by Joanne Gardner last updated on 10/21/2008
Think romance, think Paris. If you are considering a European honeymoon, Paris usually hits the top of the list. Paris has it all - food, the Eiffel Tower, boat rides on the Seine, food, the Mona Lisa and the rest of the Louvre, Champs Elysees, food...