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Paris Introduction


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Paris, "The City of Light," has been written about, filmed and photographed countless times. Although it seems as if we all know Paris even before we see it, nothing compares to actually being there. Going to the top of the Eiffel Tower, walking along the Seine at dusk or sipping coffee at an elegant sidewalk cafe are quintessential Parisian experiences—and the wonder of it is that real life takes on an aura of magical make-believe, so that it seems just like being in the movies.   Click here to see the full Paris travel guide on Travel42 »

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Paris Geography


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Paris is divided into 20 arrondissements, or districts, which spiral outward clockwise from the center of the city. Knowing the arrondissements will help tremendously in navigating the city. For example, in an address with a Parisian postal code such as 75008 or 75018, the first numbers indicate Paris and the last two digits tell you the arrondissement (in this case, the 8th and 18th, respectively).  Click here to see the full Paris travel guide on Travel42 »

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Paris History


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Paris started out as a little village inhabited by a tribe of people known as the Parisii. The original settlement was located on an island in the Seine River that later became the Roman island-city of Lutetia; today it is Ile de la Cite, the site of Notre-Dame Cathedral.   Click here to see the full Paris travel guide on Travel42 »

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Paris Sightseeing & Things to Do


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Paris inspires grandeur. From Napoleon's imposing Arc de Triomphe to Eiffel's pioneering tower and even to the whimsical Centre Pompidou, every notable landmark seems to have monumental proportions. But Paris has delights of a smaller, quieter nature; manicured parks and flower gardens give a green backdrop and a serene beauty to the broad avenues, soaring cathedrals and marble monuments.   Click here to see the full Paris travel guide on Travel42 »

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Paris Nightlife


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Night owls are in their element in Paris—not only because the city is beautifully illuminated and generally safe, but also because it offers so much after-hours entertainment. Most clubs close around 2 am, but some of the hottest after-hours spots keep the party going until dawn.  Click here to see the full Paris travel guide on Travel42 »

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Paris Restaurants & Dining


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Wonderful, rich food is one of France's gifts to the world, and the French take cooking very seriously. A slice of quiche from a small bistro will taste better than any you've had at home. This is a city where good chefs attain celebrity status and even become household names.   Click here to see the full Paris travel guide on Travel42 »

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