A legendary city!
Paris has inspired artists, photographers and musicians throughout the ages. Victor Hugo described working-class Paris in Les Misérables; Apollinaire immortalized the Mirabeau bridge in his poem and Joe Dassin composed a song titled ‘Les Champs Elysées’.
These days, luxury brands like Cartier and Dior draw inspiration from the beauty of Paris for their designs.
Paris is a popular setting for French films – just think of Amelie, with its many scenes shot in Montmartre.
The city has also featured in international films; it is a particular favourite with American filmmakers.The Da Vinci Code is just one example. Then there’s From Paris with Love, Inception and of course Woody Allen’s Midnight in Paris, with scenes shot in Paris palace hotels like the Ritz and the Meurice, in the Musée Rodin and the Palace of Versailles: a genuine tribute to the French capital.
A connected city
Situated at the heart of Europe, Paris is easy to get to, with 2 international airports: Paris Charles-de-Gaulle (23 km to the north) and Paris Orly (14 km to the south) connecting the French capital to 557 cities in 132 countries. Aéroports de Paris handles some 14,000 flights per week.
Paris is at the hub of an extensive and efficient rail network with connections to major European cities (London, Barcelona, Milan, Vienna, Berlin, Stockholm etc.) on TGV, Thalys, Lyria and Eurostar trains.
The city’s 16 metro and 5 RER commuter rail lines make it easy and quick to get around Paris and its environs. The public transport network also comprises extensive bus service and several tram lines.
As for private transport, taxis and private hire vehicles are available on a 24-hour basis, and can be called for immediate use, or booked in advance using new smartphone applications.
A unique culinary experience
French gastronomy has been added to the world’s intangible heritage list by UNESCO. Paris, where cuisine goes hand in hand with creativity and skill, has a wide and varied selection to choose from: gourmet restaurants run by Michelin-starred chefs as well as smart brasseries at more affordable prices for lunches and dining: the ideal option for sampling French culinary classics … Gastronomy in Paris is no longer a secret!
A culturally dynamic city
With their history and impressive architecture, Paris’s monuments undoubtedly contribute to the charm of the French capital. The Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame Cathedral, the Sacré Cœur Basilica and the Arc de Triomphe are the four best-known monuments.
As for museums, Paris has 138 of them. The Louvre, the oldest one in Paris, is also the world’s most-visited museum, with nearly 10 million visitors per year. The Musée National d’Art Moderne, the Musée d’Orsay, and the Palace of Versailles near Paris are also increasingly popular with international visitors.