France’s largest airport, Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport, was named in honour of the leader of the French Free Forces during World War II and eventual president of France, Charles André Joseph Marie de Gaulle, and is now one of the world’s leading aviation hubs. Situated northeast of Paris, it is frequently referred to as Roissy by locals. The airport consists of three terminals, which are linked by free shuttle buses.
Getting to Paris from the airport is convenient with state-run public buses operated by Régie Autonome des Transports Parisiens (RATP) and trains operated by Regional Express Transit (RER). If you’re looking to travel to various cities in France, there is a railway station located directly beneath Terminal Two of the airport that connects you to Paris and beyond.
The most cost-efficient way to get around Paris is on foot or via bicycle. The city is generally pedestrian-friendly and most locals usually commute on foot or cycle around too. Alternatively, you could make use of the metro. Traffic is typically heavy in the day, so taxis or cars are not recommended.
Think of Paris, undeniably the world’s most romantic city, and you’ll likely be flooded with images of the Eiffel Tower against the setting sun, the bright lights and sensuality of Moulin Rogue, lovers taking a romantic stroll along the river Seine, or stylish Parisians having a tête-à-tête in a charming little cafe. The city deserves its reputation for being a leader in the realms of art, fashion and food, as it seduces you with beautiful sights and culture. Being the national language, French is widely spoken, so it will be helpful for you to carry around a French phrasebook or have your hotel concierge write down the names of places for you in French.
There are several landmarks that you must see in the city including the grand dame of attractions, the Eiffel Tower. Located on the Champ de Mars, in the seventh arrondissement, the iron lattice tower is the cultural icon of France and one of the most recognizable structures in the world. The tower consists of three levels, with restaurants on the first and second. 276m above the ground, on the third level, you’ll find the observatory platform. The view from there should help you understand why the tower is one of the most visited attractions in the world.
Next, you should make your way to Arc de Triomphe in the eighth arrondissment. The grand monument stands in the centre of the Place Charles de Gaulle, at the western end of the Champs-Élysées. The Arc de Triomphe honours those who valiantly fought and died for France, with many historically significant images intricately sculpted on the façade. Since you’re in the vicinity, there’s no excuse not to check out Champs-Élysées either, arguably the world’s most famous street. Numerous cafes, restaurants, and popular mid-scale to luxury boutiques line the street, making it a must-visit for visitors.
Don’t miss out on the Louvre Museum, home to over 380,000 objects, with 35,000 works of art in eight curatorial departments such as Egyptian antiquities and Islamic Art. The museum’s collection houses several notable objects and paintings. A trip to the Louvre would be incomplete without saying hello to its most famous resident, the Mona Lisa, painted by Leonardo da Vinci.
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