Paris can be many different things to different people; the city of love to some, a culture capital of Europe to others or fashion fiend’s dream. In any case we’ve rounded up just some of the reasons that Paris is ‘famous’ and things a traveller may want to try out while there. This list is by no means exhaustive as there is way too much we could include but is meant as a taster for what’s in store for travellers in Paris.
Of course we could never write a guide about Paris without mentioning the Eiffel Tower. Once the tallest building in the world at over 300 metres high it is still visible from most of Paris. Known for its breath-taking views of the city of love it is often used as the perfect spot for a proposal.
Although probably more interesting for those travelling with young children, Disneyland is also a great place to visit for the big kids among us to enjoy some time with Mickey and the gang! Daily shuttles are available on the Disneyland Paris Express that pick up from four city centre locations and take you straight to the park for around £75 for adults. The Eurostar will also take you direct to the gates if arriving straight to Disneyland.
Although Moulin Rouge has been around since 1899 its popularity was drastically boosted with the release of its namesake film starring Nicole Kidman and Ewan McGregor in 2001. This is a show like no other and one definitely not to be missed; Moulin Rouge is open every night from 7pm to 1am with two shows per night and dinner available.
Art Galleries inc The Louvre
Arguably one of the most famous art galleries in the world, Paris is home to The Louvre and Leonardo Da Vinci’s world famous Mona Lisa. Another must-see for any traveller visiting Paris whether art and culture is usually your thing or not you will be sure to enjoy a visit here. Other notable art galleries include National Museum of Modern Art at the Centre Pompidou, Musée d’Orsay and Petit Palais.
Arc de Triomphe Paris
One of Paris’ other most famous landmarks perhaps second only to The Eiffel Tower is the Arc de Triomphe ordered by French Emperor Napoleon. Taking over 30 years to build this monument was finally finished in 1836 and is still standing at around 50 metres high.
One of the most expensive avenues in the world, the Avenue des Champs-Élysées was commissioned by King Louis XIV in 1667 as a home for the most fashionable and luxurious restaurants, hotels and stores. At over one and a quarter miles long it is still home to some of the biggest fashion houses in the world along with high-end restaurants and hotels. It has also been the finish line for the Tour De France since 1975.
The currency in Paris, as in most of Europe, is the Euro, which is readily available from all good currency exchanges. If you want to check out the current exchange rate before you travel XE is a great website for doing so.
In terms of the costs you can expect to pay for basics in Paris you can expect:
A beer – €2 to €4
Three course typical meal – €15 – €20 depending on location
Coffee – €1 – €2
Museum admission- €7 – €9
A sandwich – €5
Pizza – €8 – €10
Average temperatures you can expect in Paris month by month would be:
The European mobile phone emergency number is in place in Paris which is 112 from a mobile phone. Other emergency numbers are:
Medical Help (Ambulance): 15
The most common mode of transport is the Paris Metro, a map of which can be found on the Paris Metro website here. You can buy a day metro pass for around €16 per adult to get around the centre of Paris; these are also available in 2, 3 and 5 day passes.