First, have the right attitude. Paris is a city that likes to be watched. Parisians dress well and promenade past the cafes where the rest of the city sits for hours just watching people go by. In Paris you are expected to linger over one cup of coffee for up to an hour or so, just looking, reading, writing in your notebook so don’t ever feel rushed. Next you’ll want to find the café that is right for you. Each neighborhood has a slightly different flavor:
It’s big, it’s popular and it’s a little overwhelming, so how best to maximize your time at Disneyland Paris? Be prepared! Make a plan!
Firstly, there are two actual parks: Disneyland Park and Walt Disney Studios Park. Do a bit of research to see what is where and which things are essentials on your list. A Park-Hopper ticket lets you go to both. For the shoppers among you, you may want to add a side trip to the nearby La Vallee Village designer outlets.
Paris is a city that hardly needs an introduction. It is the most-visited city on Earth, and its attractions are known even to those who have never left their homes. For millennia it has been a destination, an icon, and one of the most influential capitals of the world. Its mark on culture, cuisine, art, architecture and fashions has helped people everywhere live just a little bit more fabulous. From where to stay to what to see off the normal tourist track to how to find the best baguette: here is your Insider’s Guide.
If you’re anywhere near Versailles, or in Paris, or even France in July this year there’s one event you won’t want to miss: the one-night only performance of Beethoven’s 9th Symphony on the terraces of the Palace of Versailles. This Summer it will take place on July 13 – the night before La Fête Nationale.
July 14 is an important day in Paris. Every year the city celebrates La Fete National, or Bastille Day, the day the French Revolution began in 1789 with the storming of the medieval fortress Bastille Prison.
The prison stood where Place de la Bastille is now and was used largely to house prisoners critical of the King and his government. To an increasingly hungry and dissatisfied French population it became symbolic of the unfairness of the system and storming it seemed a powerful way to make their voices finally be heard, even if, to their surprise, only seven prisoners were inside.
The D-Day landings on June 6, 1944 were the beginning of the end of World War II much due to the heroic action by Allied troops including US and British forces, to begin taking Europe back from the Nazis.
The 50-mile (80-km) stretch of beaches codenamed Utah, Omaha, Gold, Juno and Sword are now one of the most visited sites in France, housing memorial museums (at Caen and Bayeaux), cemeteries (Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial) and a self-guided walk at Omaha Beach (Circuit de la Plage d’Omaha), the site of the worst fighting.
Those in Paris are probably having quite the experience right now as millions of citizens and visitors alike have hit the streets to celebrate the election of their new president, François Hollande. He beat out incumbent Nicolas Sarkozy by just a few percent, yet the victory was decisive and sparked the celebrations which speak volumes about France’s continuing pride in their nation.In the ever-historical Bastille Square, people climbed upon the July Column and stood close together with looks of happiness on their faces.
It’s the City of the Dead all the world comes to visit, the resting place of many icons: Oscar Wilde, Jim Morrison, Marcel Proust, Edith Piaf, Chopin, Modigliani – the list goes on. Pere Lachaise Cemetery is also very beautiful. Opened in the early 19th century it became the place for celebrity burials as a bit of a marketing ploy; many people at the time felt the cemetery was too far from the center of Paris and did not want to be buried there, so the city literally moved a few well-respected citizen’s graves to Pere Lachaise making it the place to be buried.
The Luxembourg Gardens are one of the world’s great places. They’re beautiful and iconic of Paris, they’re full of history and contain plenty to do and see. Built along with the Palais du Luxembourg in the 17th century by a heartbroken Marie de Medicis, after the assassination of her husband Henry IV, the park is typical of the time with its formal layout of avenues of trees, the central fountain and vista of the palace.
Paris is a city of the senses – sight and taste predominate. In terms of sounds, it can be filled with music or just the rush of traffic; smells can go from sublime to awful depending whether you’re standing in the food court of Galeries Lafayette or next to a busy road, and touch.. But predominantly, Paris fills the eyes and tempts the taste buds. One of the things the French are famous for are their sweet treats – pastries, cakes, and desserts – and of these, one of their most famous gifts to the world is the macaroon…