Destination | France
– QUICK FACTS –
Geographic Location: Western Europe
Capital City: Paris
Currency: Euro (EUR)
Quick Conversions: $1 USD = € 0.9 EUR
Climate: Varies by region from an oceanic climate to semi-continental to Mediterranean.
Famous for: Eiffel Tower, Champs-Elysées, Versailles Palace, Louvre, Fashion & Beauty, Art Scenes, Cheese, Wine and Wineries, French cuisine, pastries and desserts, etc.
France, officially the French Republic, is a country in Western Europe and one of the dominant cultural, political and economic leaders among the European Union (EU) countries.
If one thing French does well throughout its long and rich history, that is preserving and nourishing arts and culture even if it’s not their own. Not to mention the extensive art exhibits in the most famed Louvre Museum, the country presents some of the world-best museums and art galleries. It is only natural that world-famous artists and musicians – even the foreign-born – end up blooming their artistic talents in France.
Undoubtedly, French cuisine is one of the world’s most famous. The French take food seriously, and things evolve around mealtime. When in France, enjoy and appreciate each meal like the French do, whether you sip chocolat chaud on the terrace of a cafe on the street, or pick up the French baguette and croissant at a boulangerie, or wine and dine a gourmet meal at one of many Micheline restaurants.
Dubbed the city of light and love, Paris is perhaps the most romantic destination in the world. From strolling the Seine River and gazing at the iconic Eiffel Tower to photographing the splendid French architecture at every turn and tasting gourmet French cuisine and desserts, it is hard to argue Paris is every traveler’s dream. Paris is always a good idea, as Audrey Hepburn once said.
Is Paris overrated? Absolutely not. It is overcrowded with a load of tourists, but for a reason. My Paris itinerary introduces both popular sites and lesser-known local things to do for 4 days.
This ultimate guide to Paris neighborhoods shows the best arrondissements to stay in Paris for first-time visitors, key strategies to book the best hotels in the desirable areas on a budget, hotel recommendations for all budgets, with top attractions in each area.
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