Visiting and Traveling to Paris, France
The Charles de Gaulle Airport is quite large and can be somewhat difficult to maneuver; however, if you are simply flying in and out of Paris’s busiest airport, you should have minimal trouble. Plan ahead, allowing yourself plenty of time to get through passport control when you arrive and to get through security and find your terminal and gate when you are heading home. Many terminals can only be reached by bus, so getting there is likely to take a little longer than you might think. Allow yourself enough time and all will be well.
Once you are out of the airport, you will be able to enjoy one of the most beautiful and historical cities in the world. Paris is known for its culture, including museums, historical sites and art exhibits. During the summer months, of course, the city is full of tourists. If this is when you are traveling and your time is short, the best way to see the sites without waiting in long lines may be to hire one of many trained local guides. Not only will a guide take you to the front of the line but will also give you interesting insights about whatever attraction you are visiting.
The top sites to see while in Paris include Notre Dame Cathedral, a spectacular example of Gothic architecture, the Louvre art museum and the Eiffel Tower. Walking to the top of the Arc de Triomphe will give you a spectacular overview of the city, and an evening or night cruise of the Seine will allow you to see the city by night. If you have time, consider visiting the ultra-modern areas of Paris, the Centre Georges Pompidou, or the academic center of Paris, the Latin Quarter, including the Sorbonne. For the best vantage point to overlook the city, make your way to Sacre Coeur and follow that with a picturesque walk through Montmartre and the Moulin Rouge.
In the winter months, Paris is cold, but the average low temperatures do not reach freezing. In the summer months, the average temperatures are only in the seventies; however, Paris has been known to get hot enough that the city turns the walkways along the Seine into sandy beaches to provide some relief from the heat. Spring and fall are seasonable, and of course rain is most likely during these two seasons of the year.
Paris is the fashion capital of the world, so you may need to turn your standard of “casual” up a notch. Knowing and routinely using even a few phrases of French will stand you in good stead, and you will find that nearly everything you eat in Paris is delicious.
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