Discover Paris

From Saint-Denis to Saint-Germain-des-Prés, sweeping tree-lined boulevards swell with lively cafés, acclaimed art galleries, and the world’s most famous fashion boutiques.

A playground for the avant-garde, the aptly name City of Light has inspired and attracted history’s most influential players with its social extravagance and enchanting cityscape.

English writer and social critic Charles Dickens exclaimed “It is the most extraordinary place in the world!” American author Ernest Hemingway likened the city to “A Moveable Feast”. While U.S. founding father, Thomas Jefferson said “A walk about Paris will provide lessons in history, beauty, and in the point of life”.

Whether you’re a first-timer or returning devotee, Paris doesn’t discriminate  wowing and romancing visitors at every turn with culture and activity aplenty.

From Saint-Denis to Saint-Germain-des-Prés, sweeping tree-lined boulevards swell with lively cafés, acclaimed art galleries, and the world’s most famous fashion boutiques.

Do as the Parisians do… Pull up a red chair at a café on the bohemian Left Bank and enjoy a lazy brunch of tartine and café au lait. Stroll the sophisticated Right Bank and browse the racks of legendary French fashion houses like Chanel, Louis Vuitton and Yves Saint Laurent. Visit the city’s royal heart, the 1st Arrondissement, and experience in person the masterpieces of the Musée de Louvre and Musée de l’Orangerie.

Centred on the River Seine, Paris is a stunningly beautiful city, full of awe-inspiring sights.

Imposing buildings such as the Palais-Royal, Panthéon, Sacré Cœur and Notre Dame highlight the city’s imperial history. Grandiose structures like the Louvre, Arc de Triomphe, Moulin Rouge and Eiffel Tower shine and sparkle at night with colourful light displays. Even the cemeteries must be seen to be believed  in particular Père Lachaise Cemetery, which is dotted with elaborate headstones and mausoleums dedicated to the likes of Jim Morrison, Oscar Wilde and Édith Piaf.

From the cobbled lanes and rooftops bars, to the couture gowns and romantic accents, Paris is a captivating city  the perfect setting in which to get lost and make your own.

Discover the City of Light

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Words by Alice Nash - Published 24 September 2012
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