A Beginner’s Guide For Travelers

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If you’re planning on visiting Paris for the first you’re in for a treat. Paris is a cosmopolitan city famous for it’s love of art, food, fashion and culture. Many tourists are enchanted by Paris on their first visit.

Must see attractions:

There is loads to do on a city break to Paris. Here are just a few suggestions of popular attractions you may want to consider adding to your itinerary.

The Eiffel Tower
A trip to Paris isn’t complete without visiting Paris’s most recognized landmark, the Eiffel Tower. Most tourists opt to visit the tower’s second floor which offers a unrivalled view over Paris, although if you’re not afraid of heights it’s possible to visit the top of the tower where there is champagne bar. As the Eiffel Tower is one of Paris’s biggest draw cards it’s wise to pre purchase tickets online before commencing your trip as a pre purchased ticket allows you to bypass the long queues.

The Louvre
The Louvre which was formally a royal palace is now the world’s most visited museum and is home to pieces by acclaimed artists such as Caravaggio, Rembrandt and Renoir. If you visit the Louvre make sure to see the museum’s most famous piece, Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa, however don’t make the mistake of rushing around the Museum in just a few hours. If you have ample time consider spending half a day exploring the Louvre at your

own pace.
The Champs-Élysées
The Avenue des Champs-Élysées is the most famous street in Paris and boasts a plethora of designer boutiques, cinemas and cafes. Also located on the Avenue des Champs-Élysées are several famous Parisian monuments including the Place de la Concorde and the Arc de Triomphe.

Helpful tips:
Parisian cafes can be expensive. If you’re on a budget but still want to sample French cuisine simply grab a fresh baguette or croissant from a local bakery and some gourmet cheese and local wine from a local delicatessen. If you’re in the mood for a picnic why not sit on the banks of the Seine or on the grass beneath the Eiffel Tower.

Getting around
Paris is notorious for its traffic jams. Thankfully Paris’s metro system is world class and extremely efficient. So seriously consider ditching your rental car and ride the metro instead. If you’re a keen cyclist also consider joining one of Paris’s many cycle tours as a quick and fun way to get orientated with urban Paris.

Practice your French
Even if your French skills are limited the French will appreciate any effort you make to communicate in French. If you’ve never studied French before perhaps consider carrying a small French phrase book with you.

Use French greetings
In France it is custom to greet shop assistants with a friendly greeting such as “bonjour” upon setting foot in a store. Failure to do so may be taken as a sign of rudeness or disrespect.
No matter what attractions you choose to visit it’s highly likely that your first trip to Paris will be the trip of a life time. So what are you waiting for? Start planning your dream trip to Paris today.

Bio: Although he’s seen every corner of the globe, for Rob, there’s no place like home and so GoTravelation has some of the best travel blog entries on the British Isles as well as the wider world.

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