If you are going to take a holiday in France, you simply have to spare a weekend to visit Paris to take in its beautiful architecture, art, delicious food, wine and cheese.
Paris is a very busy city, particularly around the Champs-Élysées, but it’s quite easy to get around thanks to its extensive underground metro system and the vast number of taxis that dash around the city.
Walking is a good and viable option and you can link in a fair few sites to see in a day if you plan your time well. A good starting point for any first time visitor is the Arc de Triomphe, a monument built by Napoleon at the height of its power to commemorate his militaryvictories around Europe. It is slap bang in the center of the city and you can also go into the monument and take in the Parisian views from the top.
But that is nothing compared to the Eiffel Tower, the quintessential French monument which was completed in 1889: you can go up to various levels. If you suffer from mobility problems, you can take the lift up, but if you are fit and healthy, you can also walk up the stairs. The views from the top, where you can dine or have a drink, are stunning but many people prefer to see it from the outside.
You can also get a very special view of it from the Trocadero, a beautiful square with light play on water jets which is only a few minutes walk away. Do be careful though, as there are many scammers and pick-pockets who prey on tourists.
No trip to Paris is complete without a visit to the Louvre Museum – it can take up to a full day. There are many more attractions such as the Bastille Square, and the Grande Arche in La Defense, but you should also set some time aside to just wander around and soak up the atmosphere.