Paris - September 2018

Joanne Cowdery on 29 October 2018

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Paris has so much more to offer than just the Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame, Arc De Triomphe, Seine, Louvre Museum and Champs-Élysées. Broad tree-lined boulevards, chic boutiques, elegant stores, iconic monuments all add to the romance and excitement of this wonderful city.

Here are a few of my top tips:

Book tickets in advance for the lift to go up the Eiffel Tower, it gets very busy. Or for an alternative view, go to the top of the panoramic terrace at the Arc de Triomphe for a fraction of the price. Or for a free view of Paris visit the department store Printemps Haussmann, floor 9.

Book ‘skip the line tickets’ for the Louvre Museum.

Be on your guard for pick-pockets especially at the train stations and metro stations, and the ‘Paris gold ring scam’.

GPS doesn’t work that well due to the tall buildings, so don’t rely on Google Maps too much.

The Saint Germain district and the Place des Vosges are lovely areas to wander around and take in the atmosphere of Paris.

The hop-on/hop-off bus is a great way to get your bearings and get around Paris. The two-day tickets work out excellent value for money. Or take to your feet and walk, you never know what you may discover!

If you fancy wondering through a park go to Jardin du Luxembourg, you may come across a game or two of petanque being played.

With the many pavement cafes, fine cuisine and hidden corners of this city at every turn, you will certainly have enough to look at and enjoy.

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