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Romance, elegance, light and life…the Eiffel Tower, The Arc de Triomphe, Galeries Lafayette, The Champs Elysee, Notre Dame and Sacre Coeur – all icons of this city where wide boulevards thronging with people lead you from one exciting discovery to another.

Paris is, as it always has been, exploding with art. See it everywhere – from the world-famous Louvre, home of the Mona Lisa, to the stunning Impressionist collection in the Musee d’Orsay and contemporary art at the extraordinary Pompidou Centre. In between you’ll find the ‘hippist’ things, be it painting, sculpture, video or photography in its many smaller galleries. So many sights to see and so little time. One short break isn’t enough to take it all in. Do you head for the Eiffel Tower, walk down the Champs Elysee, admire the impressive interiors of Notre Dame or have your portrait painted by one of the many artists at Montmartre with Sacre Coeur as a backdrop?

At least it’s quick and easy to get from place to place using the excellent Metro system. Buy a carnet of tickets to set you up for the day.

And of course there’s the shopping. You’ll find the famous, huge department stores on Boulevard Haussmann, grand designer shops in Rue Du Faubourg Saint Honore or the Avenue Montaigne. For something a little more unusual try shopping in Montmartre and for a colourful experience, head for the flower market on the Ile de la Cite or the food market in the Rue de Buci.

If you find all this exhausting, stop for a while and do what the French love best. The typical French cafe is a place to linger, to see and to be seen, so many line the streets. Food is at the heart of French culture and dining is a social highlight of the day which the French take their time to enjoy to its full. Whether you eat in a small cafe or an elegant restaurant, the food should be good and the ingredients fresh.