Dining out is a true Parisian passion, with endless cafés, brasseries, bars and bistros lining every city street. If you fancy trying the region’s famed dishes, order Potage St-Germain (a thick, pea soup), followed by steak-frites Gateau Paris-Brest? Warning: this delectable ring-shaped cake is made from sweet choux pastry, filled with praline, making it highly addictive!
Paris at a Glance
Say ‘Bonjour!’ to love and the finer things in French life with a trip to the capital city of Paris. You’ve seen the photographs of La Tour Eiffel and watched Tom Hank chase down the Da Vinci code, but no screen can capture the rush of stepping onto the Champs-Élysées and coming face-to-face with the glittering city.
Captivating history, architecture and can’t-quite-put-your-finger-on ambience intertwine throughout Paris to create culture trails that demand to be explored. A great way to view the city is by hopping onto a glass-topped, sightseeing boat. These travel up and down the River Seine every day, passing all the must-see sights. Journey 20 miles outside of the city and feel the wonder of the Disneyland Resort. To save time and money, you can pre-purchase tickets when you book your holiday.
Unwind with a café au lait. Delve into culture at The Louvre. Tear into freshly baked, buttery croissants. Spot the River Seine’s Statue of Liberty. Take your step onto a film set at Disneyland Resort. Weave through artistic Montmartre. Climb the hill to the Sacré-Coeur. Take a deep breath; order the frogs’ legs.
Built in 1889 to mark the centenary of the French Revolution, the Eiffel Tower was originally designed to be a temporary structure. Fast-forward 135 years and now it’s, arguably, the most famous tower in the world. Head to its highest gallery to see awe-inspiring views of the city, reaching for 45 miles.
Red windmill and raucous reputation combine at the Moulin Rouge, a theatre created by Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec in the early 1900s. Book your seat at the city’s number one show to see French cancan dancers strut their stuff on this historic stage.
Notre Dame is a masterpiece of French Gothic architecture that begun life in 1162 and wasn’t completed until mid-14th century. Make the most of your visit to the magnificent cathedral with a free tour in English, starting at 12 noon Wednesday, 2pm Thursday and 2:30pm on Saturday. Just watch out for those gargoyles!
Step through The Louvre’s vast, glass pyramid and prepare to see a unique collection of paintings and sculptures. Originally starting life as a 12th century fortress and royal palace, The Louvre is now home to every great objet d’art from the Venus de Milo to Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa.
Turn childhood dreams into everlasting memories with a trip to Disneyland. See the magical world of Disney come to life in the parade, have your picture taken with Mickey and whirl around on the fabulous rides.