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Paris has excellent rail links, with 6 main train stations in the centre (Gare du Nord is the Eurostar terminus), and 2 stations in the suburbs that have TGV links (Marne la Vallée-Chessy and the Roissy-Charles de Gaulle Airport). Trains between Paris and St Pancras run around 12 times a day Monday-Friday, and 9 times a day Saturdays and Sundays.
Eurostar trains between St Pancras International and Paris have average journey times of 2 hours, 15 minutes, making travel by highspeed rail very popular and convenient. Paris in spring is a famous time for tourists to visit, and autumn and Christmas are also good to book tickets for, with the Montmartre Wine Festival.
Paris, “the city of love”, is ideal for either a romantic break or as a family holiday, and is renowned for its quality foods, especially wine and cheeses. It attracts over 30 million visitors every year. There are around two thousand hotels to choose from, such as Le Bristol (reputed one of the best). According to a survey of 1400 visitors to the city, Paris has the best food in Europe; Pierre Gagnaire, the famous French chef, owns a restaurant in the city; another popular restaurant is Ratatouille close to the Grand Boulevards subway. It is also filled with beautiful sightseeing opportunities, 2000 years of art and history.
Points of Interest
|The Eiffel Tower|
The Eiffel Tower, known as the symbol of Paris, stands on the Champ de Mars. It attracted around 2 million visitors the first year and almost 6 million annually today. It is 986 feet tall and has 704 steps to the second level, where lifts take visitors to the top and with a view of over 42 miles of the city (clear weather).
|The Arc de Triomphe|
This symbol of France is known as "Place de l'Étoile", as it links old and new Paris.
|The Chateau de Versailles Grande Écurie du Château de Versailles|
The stables were designed by Jules Hardouin-Mansart (Superintendent of royal works) originally to accomodate the King's 600 horses. The twin buildings’ construction began in 1679 and was completed in 1683.
|Notre Dame Cathedral|
The famous Gothic cathedral is near the river Seine.
|The Grande Arche de la Fraternite|
A monument in the business district of La Defense to the west of Paris.
A place of religious symbolism built by Louis IX in the second half of the 13th century.
|Museée du Louvre|
“The Louvre” is the most visited and one of the oldest, largest, and most famous art galleries and museums in the world. It was originally a royal fortress.
This is now a mausoleum for the greatest French intellectuals, no longer used for religious purposes since the new government ordered that it be rededicated as a ‘Temple to Reason’.
|Châteaux de Malmaison|
“The Palace of Malmaison” was built in the 18th century, and has been owned by wealthy families.
The Paris Fashion Museum displays over three centuries of fashion, with an extensive collection of 90,000 pieces.
|Musée de la Musique|
The museum has 1,000 instruments and art objects with rare pieces such as the tortoise guitar, an octobass and a crystal flute, also instruments dating back to the 17th century. It is located within Cité de la Musique, in the heart of the Parc de la Villette.