There is no city in the world quite like Paris, France. It’s the quintessential city of romance. Springtime in Paris vies with Paris in the rain as memorable pictures of this seductive metropolis.
There is no city in the world quite like Paris, France. It’s the quintessential city of romance. Springtime in Paris vies with Paris in the rain as memorable pictures of this seductive metropolis. And while the famous sights like the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre, Notre Dame and the Arc de Triomphe are classic pictures of gay Paris, it is the everyday Paris you find on the streets that make this a memorable city.
Paris is a city of walking and exploring and in order to do that successfully finding a great hotel deal centrally located is important. The Grand Hotel de Turin is a beautiful hotel located conveniently close to Moulin Rouge, Notre Dame Cathedral and the Louvre.
The everyday Paris is characterized by the sidewalk cafes, fashionable natives carting around portfolios and rushing to and from work, bookstalls along the Seine and the throngs of college students frequenting restaurants and bars across the city.
The Shakespeare and Company bookstore is a mainstay of the Parisian Left Bank that was popularized in Ernest Hemingway’s memoir, A Moveable Feast. It is a beautiful piece of Paris scenery that specializes in second-hand books and you can really feel like a native at the nearby Le Procope restaurant.
Despite the madness and mayhem of the traffic and swarms of tourists around the Arc de Triomphe, it is still worth a trip to see that picture-perfect side of Paris. Climb up to the viewing terrace for an unparalleled view of the city and you can take in the Eiffel Tower in all its glory from this vantage point.
The Centre Pompidou is a cultural hub and art gallery with over 50,000 works of art and over 6 million visitors each year. The building itself is a work of art with its tubing exposed on the exterior and color-coded to show their respective functions.
Fashion on the streets of Paris is not a religion or an art, it is simply a way of life. To get that elusive Paris look, visit any one of the many fashion districts that Paris is famous for be it the Marais, Boulevard Haussman, St. Germain de Pres or Les Halles and Rue de Rivoli.
Paris is also a city known for its über gourmet cuisine. While there are many different eateries to choose from all across Paris, Café de Flore is probably the most famous café in the world and worth a visit. Because it is frequented by so many tourists, beware that it might be a tourist trap with high prices and boisterous surroundings.
Whether you fancy the tourist’s guide to Paris (and if so, check out some great deals we offer at checkout) or you want to experience the native’s take on Paris; whether you like Paris is the rain, Paris in the spring or a quieter Paris in the fall, a vacation to this romantic city is never forgettable and will leave its own unique imprint on your wandering spirit.