Introduction to Paris

Paris is always a good idea. Or so says Audrey Hepburn's character Sabrina Fairchild in the movie, 'Sabrina'. We could go on and on with famous quotes about Paris. How the city sizzles; that it's a young man in his 20s in love with an older woman, and how we'll always have it. Paris, that is. But to truly get a feel for the French capital, you must go there and go there often. Watching the many classic movies set in the City of Light is to merely look at a painting of an apple. To experience it you need to take a bite, sink your teeth in and enjoy all the flavour.

And Paris' flavours are intoxicating, so much so that the city is the most popular tourist destination in the world. Travellers day after day are lured with the promise of romantic walks by the river Seine, lazy picnics near the Eiffel Tower and late lunches that turn into dinners and many wines at the quaint corner brasserie. And yes, while these clichés are easily found, Paris is much more than a city of cafes.

In terms of culture, tourist attractions and clichés, Paris' cup runneth over. It’s for this reason and many others that the French capital boasts so much to see. Too much to see! It’s inevitable that your feet will grow weary and your map will end up crumpled, but when you’re at the top of the Eiffel Tower, looking down over one of the most beautiful cities in the world, it will all be worth it.

Above all else though, Paris has an undeniable 'je nais se quoi'. A chicness. A panache of its own. You can see it in the halls of its great art galleries. Staring back at you from the surprisingly small Mona Lisa at the Louvre. And on the cobblestone streets where locals are dressed in their finest but never flashing pret-a-porter, while bakeries buzz with opulent pastries that would make even Marie Antoinette proud. Paris is a continental treat you can never get enough of, isn't it time you took a bite?


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