rich in treasures from it's historic past,
boasts many modern attractions as well. Paris is known for its famous
buildings and works of art, its chic fashion scene and its modern
literary, artistic, and intellectual ideals, and is a must for anyone
wishing to experience the best of both contemporary and age old European
culture. Paris is family friendly and is a city that welcomes people of
all ages and backgrounds with open arms.
The capital of the nation and of the historic Île de France region,
Paris is located in northern central France, across the English channel
from Britain; 165mi southwest of Brussels; and 315mi west of Stuttgart.
The city center, known as Intra-Muros, (within the walls), is bisected
by the River Seine. Paris is divided into twenty zones or
arrondissements that fan out in a circular pattern with the Louvre as
the center point. The last two digits of the postal zip code of each
zone indicate its location.
Few cities can
compare with the eclectic mix of cafés, bars and restaurants that line
every street and boulevard of Paris. The city's compactness makes it
possible to explore on foot and experience the individual feel of the
different quartier Paris is a real cinema capital, and the best Parisian
music encompasses jazz, avant-garde, salsa and, currently, Europe's most
vibrant African music scene.
Parts of Paris don't fit easily in any "category". In fact, Parisians
say that their city is just a collection of one hundred villages.
Montmartre, rising up to the north of the center, has managed to retain
an almost rural atmosphere with its colorful mixture of locals and
artists despite the daily influx of tourists. Undisturbed by tourism,
the dilapidated working-class quarters of eastern Paris offer a rich
ethnic slice of Parisian street life and in direct contrast,
technological wonder is paraded at the ground-breaking science museum
constructed in the recently renovated Parc de La Villette.
is well equipped in the area of public transport, which is administered
by the state owned company RATP. The easiest way to get around Paris is
by the metro (subway) which runs daily from 5:30am-12:30am.
Transportation maps are available at subway stations. Tickets can be
purchased singly or in books of 10. They are available at the stations
and from tobacconists and must be validated before boarding. It is also
necessary to have the ticket available at the end of the journey. The
best buy is a Paris Viste ticket which is valid for 1-5 days and can be
used interchangeably on the subway, bus and rail service to some
Airports: Paris has two main airports, and there are numerous
options to get to and from them, including the Airport Shuttle one of the best deals
around on either side of the Atlantic.... or Pacific.
The Métro: One of the world's best, even if it is among its
oldest. In Paris, nothing is more than 500 yards from a Métro stop.
You may purchase an individual Métro ticket or a packet of 10 tickets (a
Carnet). Cost of RER tickets depends on distance traveled.
Within central Paris cost is the same as Métro tickets, and the same ticket
is also valid on both systems.
Both the Métro
and the RER (Réseau Express Régional) are run by the RATP - Régie Autonome
des Transports Parisiens. The RATP also runs the busses.
<< Click for Paris Metro / RER Interactive
Paris Visit: Get one of 12 different Métro
passes online (days/zones/adult/child) to bring you around the City. These
passes can be delivered to you at home before you arrive in Paris, or at
your hotel in the City.
Museum Passes: Go to the front of the line
everytime! Unlimited visits! There are 1, 3, and 5 day passes. Buy them
online and have them delivered to you at home before you arrive in Paris, or
at your hotel in the City.
EuroStar: Also known as The Chunnel,
connects London and Paris via a tunnel under the English Channel. Its fast,
convenient and superb!
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