“If you are lucky enough to have lived in Paris as a young man, then wherever you go for the rest of your life, it stays with you, for Paris is a moveable feast.” - Ernest Hemingway, a Moveable Feast
Hemingway sure knew what he was talking about when he quoted this popular line about the city of blinding lights and romance, Paris. Yet another quote of his was, “There are only two places in the world where we can live happy: at home and in Paris.” The most visited city in the world, Paris, the capital city of France, is known for its fashion, food and heritage. Divided into 20 arrondisements or districts, Paris is the perfect blend of a big metropolis as well as a small town. While its mammoth structures, dazzling nightlife and multi-cultural crowd speak volumes about its cosmopolitan culture, its excellent public transport and easy accessibility to all the major landmarks make you feel like you are in a quaint little town by the riverside. And that is why Paris is the perfect getaway for people of all age groups.
The heart of Paris lies in the 1st Arrondisement. If you choose a Paris accommodation here, you are within walking distance from places like the Louvre, Tuileries Garden, and the Notre Dame Cathedral while the Musee D’Orsay and Saint Germain are just across the river.
The 4th arrondisement is a big hit among history-buffs as it offers a slice of Medieval Paris. Around the area are monuments of great historic significance like the Notre Dame, St. Chapelle, and the National Museum of Art in the Pompidou Center.
However, if you are a film-buff, and wish to visit the wrought-iron structure of the Eiffel Tower first, after seeing it in countless movies, then the 7th arrondisement is the perfect place for you to stay at. From here, you can take a walk to one of the most marveled structures in the world and also soak in some of the rich French culture in the well-known museum, Musée d’Orsay.
All that walking is surely going to leave you hungry so after your exploration, you can choose from the innumerable world-class restaurants in the area and dig into some sumptuous French cuisine. Shoppers can head to the pretty little market street Rue Cler.
Known as the City of Romance, Paris is the first choice go-to place for couples and honeymooners. If you are on your honeymoon here, Montmartre in the 18th Arrondisement offers breath-taking views of the city that has strong sense of an old-world charm about it.
A local feel can also be gotten in the 11th arrondisement which is peppered with picturesque bistros, cute cafes, hip boutiques and galleries. After all these visits, you are sure to realise that life in Paris, France is unconventional and riddled with surprises.
While one can experience the local nightlife at the 11th arrondisement, it’s the area of Saint-Germain-des-Pres that most people party at. Home to the most happening bars, nightclubs, and restaurants of Paris, the place is a haven for shoppers too. The little jewellery stores, toy shops and bookstores in the vicinity add a burst of colours to the already happening place.
The Marais is another area with a number of pubs where you can let your hair down and enjoy a few drink. Pub crawl, anyone?
Paris is not just a city for youngsters and couples; it’s also an ideal destination for a family holiday. Visit Paris with your loved ones, and enjoy a comfortable stay in the 12th arrondissement (Bastille) which has many budget hostels, hotels and apartments.
Carousels (especially the one near the Eiffel Tower) and parks like the Luxembourg Garden will not just give your children memories for life but also bring out the child in you. As you watch the Eiffel Tower twinkle at night, don’t miss the twinkle in your children’s eyes and even in yours!
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