Arc de Triomphe, Paris, France (Skip Nall/PhotoDisc)

Moulin Rouge, Paris, France (Corbis)

Arc de Triomphe, Paris, France (PhotoDisc)

Blading in front of the Eiffel Tower, Paris, France (Stockbyte)

Eiffel Tower, Paris, France (Andrew Ward/Life File/PhotoDisc)

Eiffel Tower, Paris, France (PhotoDisc)

Pere Lachaise cemetery, Paris, France (iStockphoto)

View of the Eiffel Tower in Paris, France (torch)

View of Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, France (User-submitted)

Luxembourg Palace in Jardin du Luxembourg, Paris, France (iStockphoto)


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What to do in Paris

At times, everywhere a vacationer looks in Paris seems like a cliché: baguette bearers emerging from boulangeries , literary wannabes scribbling in terrace cafés, the Eiffel Tower glowing at night. For centuries, the City of Light (or is it the City of Love? Or both?) has set the standard in culture, couture, and cuisine, evident in its age-old institutions in existence today. The Louvre art museum is still one of the greatest in the world. The famed La Tour d’Argent restaurant still gets top rankings nearly 150 years after opening. And the Bon Marché department store still houses magazine-worthy displays of the latest labels. But tourists will also find electric trams, bike- and car-sharing programs, and new architecture (such as the controversial Cité de la Mode) to challenge those old clichés.

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Traveler Reviews of Paris

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Stefani rates Paris
I love Paris but to many rude people
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Alistair rates Paris
Have been to Paris three times now. Can't say I fell in love with it, but it's definitely an amazing city. Do all the touristy stuff -- stroll along the Seine, climb the Eiffel Tower, hit up the Louvre, visit Versailles, head up to Montmartre -- but also plan to get off-the-beaten track to discover hidden Paris. Looking back, on all my visits, I wish I'd known some locals to show me the best bistros, clubs, and galleries. I feel like that may be the secret. People often claim that Parisians can be a bit haughty, but I think if you make an effort to get into their heads, you will discover what makes it such a magical place in which to live (also, speak the lingo, even just the basics!).
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Megan rates Paris
Paris is my personal favorite city. It truely is a romatic city with the lights and river at night. There is so much to do and see here. When you are visiting Paris you must go to a bistro and enjoy a nice long lunch or cafe au lait. The people can be a little unfriendly if you don't approach them with French or at least an attempt at French. Use a trip here as an excuse to learn some basic French.
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