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Paris is one of the most delightful cities in all Europe, offering something for everyone. With its elegant avenues, fascinating interesting boulevards and simply stunning architecture, Paris has remained true to its roots. It is a city where history permeates every corner.

A number of the most popular sites are visible from most areas of Paris, including the vast cathedrals of Notre Dame and of Sacre Coeur, and, of course, the Eiffel Tower.

Hopping on a boat ride down the River Seine is a great way to take in some of the iconic views of the city. Art lovers will not want to wish the wonders offered in the Louvre, including the world famous Mona Lisa and her elusive smile. Modern art aficionados should head straight to the Pompidou Centre, a striking structure right in the heart of the city. Take a stroll from the Tuileries Gardens down to the Arc de Triomphe and then onwards down the leafy Champs Elysees. Here high end fashion followers will be able to shop in this district until they drop.

Other great shopping is contained within the two large department stores the city boasts: Printemps and Galeries Lafayette. Opera buffs should be sure to book tickets at the Paris Opera House, and football fans will delight in a tour of the Stade de France, one of the biggest stadiums in Europe.

Paris is a very accessible city from the UK. Charles de Gaulle Airport is a mere 45 minutes from the centre of the city by bus or taxi, and there is also a decent train link. Many visitors these days choose to reach the city via Eurotunnel from St. Pancras in London.

When it comes to navigating around the city, the metro is quick, cheap and simple, and has the added visual benefits of it beautiful signage and Art Nouveau architecture. The coloured and numbered lines will take you to most of the key attractions, and so can also use your ticket on the city’s many buses.

Paris is a great year round destination, with a low level of precipitation. The climate is generally mild, and very rarely drops down below freezing. In the summertime is can get positively balmy, and it's not unusual for the temperature to exceed 30C. Keen sightseers who wish to explore the city on foot are advised to visit in the spring or autumn months, when the weather is at its most conducive. Visiting outside of the school holidays is always wise, as the crowds can be rather large during peak times.

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