10 Ideas To Plan A Trip To Paris

Ah, Paris, the city of love. Every year people flock to one of the world’s favourite cities to explore this beautiful and magical city.There are many things to do and see, as well as eat and drink. Paris has so much to do that one could stay a year and not run out of places to see.

Here are 10 ideas to plan a trip to Paris and get you started.

10 Ideas To Plan A Trip To Paris
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1. Enjoy A Panoramic View

The Eiffel Tower, located on the Champ de Mars, is one of the most well known structures in the entire world. It was originally constructed as an entrance arch in 1889 for the World’s Fair and is named after Gustave Eiffel. Coming in at 320 metres tall or 1,050 feet, the Tower is made of iron and weighs ten thousand tons. Enjoy the spectacular views and have fun taking photos!

2. Discover Paris By Bike

Biking through Paris allows you to take in the sights, sounds, and smells of Paris and really see what the city has to offer. Take a bike tour that offer a tour by day or night, or even through Monet’s Garden and Versailles. These guided tours give you information about the sights and more. Or rent a bike and freestyle it through the city for an unexpected adventure!

3. Try A Michelin Starred Restaurant

Paris has over 70 Michelin-starred restaurants in what is already one of the most exquisite food capitals in the world. There’s a long list with many restaurants that have fancy food with fancy list prices, but the price can be cut down by dining at lunch time. From Le Meurice to Pierre Gagnaire to Lasserre and La Tour d’Argent, the possibilities are endless.

4. Go To A Jazz Concert

Paris has many great bars, cafes and clubs that feature wonderful jazz. The city is known for its hip venues and smooth jazz clubs where it’s possible to grab a drink and relax, including the Au Duc des Lombards and the Salle Pleyel, home to the Orchestre de Paris as well as the Orchestre Philharmonique Radio France.

5. Rent An Apartment Instead Of A Hotel

10 Ideas To Plan A Trip To Paris
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Renting an apartment in place of a hotel can give you that true sense of being in the city instead of being just a visitor. Plus, you get all the charm of a real life apartment with all its furnishings and decor that a sterile hotel designed to be the same for each guest lacks, here you can check out nice Paris apartments from Localnomad.

6. Explore By Foot

Paris is beautiful on foot. The great thing about walking through the city is you can meet people, go in the shops, grab a bite to eat or sit down at a cafe, and much more. You can explore the city and take it all in. Go on foot for a sensory experience you won’t soon forget.

7. Visit La Defense District

The modern office tower and high rise district of Paris is the location of the Grande Arche de La Denfense, an interesting and famous France landmark that resembles a hollow cube. It is a business district that was created in part by Charles de Gaulle in the 60s who wanted to concentrate skyscrapers in a single business district to save changing the character of downtown Paris.

8. Sample French Wine

French wine is renowned for its quality and taste. After all, French wine has been produced since the sixth century B.C., and many of its regions have made wine since the Roman times. France is also where many grape varieties such as Pinot noir and Cabernet Sauvignon have originated. Sample French wine in Paris by going to some of the great wine bars, such as Le Baron Rouge, or a wine tasting class at Ô Château, offering classes for beginners and connoisseurs alike.

9. Visit The Street Markets

The street markets of Paris offer a real sampling of the food and wares of the city as well as the flavor and liveliness. Whether it’s books, antiques, food, or various treasures, there’s a market in Paris for everyone, every day of the week.

10. Lose yourself in Saint Germain

Saint Germain has a youthful energy and interesting atmosphere as a university district. There are many eateries, bars, gift shops, and more being passed by and visited by students and tourists as well as locals. Saint Germain has design shops, churches, bookstores, art galleries, hotels, cafes and restaurants. It is impossible to be bored in Saint Germain. Let yourself be swept up in the energy and the sights of Saint Germain.

Sightseeing in France

Eiffel Tower
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Looking around France can never be an exhaustive agenda whether you spend days doing it or months. That is how rich the sights in France are.

Musee du Louvre

Philippe Auguste built it in 12th century and it became national museum in 1793.Easily the best in the Europe, the artifacts and sculptures here excel in their artistic value.

Chateau de Chantilly

Chateau de Chantilly holds some of the most arrestingly beautiful paintings. The time spent in the gardens can never leave your memory. A single vestibule leads you to two buildings, the Petit and Grand Chateaux.

Cathedrale de Notre Dame de Paris

This square is in the center of Paris, the cathedral of Our Lady of Paris at its threshold. The exact center of the city is marked by a bronze star near the entrance to the cathedral.

If Cathedrale Notre dame does not find a place in a list of architectural excellence in France, the list is woefully inadequate. Such is the marvel of the structure built in 13th century.

Chateau de Chambord

One of the largest chateau in the Loire valley, Chateau de Chambord is a fine representation of French Renaissance architectural splendor. The rooms and corridors may pose a problem if you got lost. Keep the audio guide that you can buy at the chateau handy.

Basilique de St-Denis

Can you visualize 43 kings and 32 queens together? Well, they are there alright but in their graves at St-Denis Basilica. You cannot help slipping to a tenebrous mood by the presence of the appropriate funerary sculptures.

Grotte de Lascaux & Lascaux II

To move far back into the past, visit Grotte de Lascaux to see the prehistoric cave paintings. The complexity of the arrangements within the chambers is unbelievable.

Chateau de Versailles

The enormity of this perhaps most famous chateau in France or even the whole of Europe is difficult to comprehend even after several visits. The vainglorious Louis XIV’s insatiable self-importance has resulted in this most aesthetical achievement for you to see and savor.

Center Pompidou

The French, ancient or modern, seem to indulge in things artistic. Georges Pompidou, the erstwhile French president’s desire for a modern architectural structure gave shape to this building. The building has all the modern features like plumbing and air vents. The exhibition includes paintings by Picasso.

Jardin du Palais Royal

The French governments of the modern times knew how to put old buildings to good utility. This palace was built in 1624 and a favorite of Louis XIV, it is the seat of Conseil d’Etat.

Maison de Claude Monet

Giverny, a hamlet lying northwest of Paris is the home to Monet whose paintings are some of the priciest in the world. If you consider yourself as someone artistically inclined, you would not want to miss a pilgrimage to Giverny.

Musee des Beaux-Arts

What will you do if the rooms holding art pieces are themselves pieces of art? You will end up spending the whole day there! This most beautiful galley and its exhibits are among the most enduringly fascinating.

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Budget guide to lesser-known Paris spots

Everyone who has been to Paris has been up and down the Eiffel Tower, walked through the Louvre, and traipsed along the Champs-Élysées. If you are planning a return journey, why not consider a few cheap attractions you haven’t seen? Here is a guide to getting to know another side of Paris without blowing your budget.

Jazz clubs

Paris has been famous for its jazz scene ever since the 1930s, when violinist Stephane Grapelli and guitarist Django Reinhardt founded the Quintet du Hot Club de France. At the Boquet du Nord jazz club, some of the older regulars actually played with Stephane Grapelli (85 rue de Maubeuge). And La Chope des Puces, a bar near the house where Django Reinhardt used to live, is a kind of ‘temple’ to the great guitarist (122 rue Rosiers, 93400). At both of these venues visitors to the French capital can enjoy regular live music.

Django Reinhardt
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Shakespeare and Company

For anyone on a French course France is obviously the best place to be, to immerse yourself in the language. However, if you crave half an hour of reading in your mother tongue, head to Shakespeare and Company, the legendary English bookshop in Paris. It is also a kind of commune for artists, who earn their board by working for two hours a day and reading one book a day (37 rue de la Bûcherie, Sorbonne).

Shakespeare and Company
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Free museums

The Paris Museum of Modern Art has works by Picasso and Matisse (11 avenue du Président Wilson), while the Petit Palais features fine art from the medieval era all the way though to the 19th century and is full of works by old masters (Avenue Winston Churchill). Both of these museums are free of charge to visitors, as are the museums of famous Paris residents Honore de Balzac, Victor Hugo and Marie Curie. The Carnavalet Museum, which is another free option, covers the general history of Paris in 100 rooms (23 rue de Sévigné).

Culture Rapide

Poetry slamming is a kind of competitive poetry, where writers see who can impress the audience the most, and the crowd offers a score out of 10 for each participant. Although it was invented in Chicago, it is now huge in Paris. Culture Rapide (103 rue Julien Lacroix) has slams in French every Tuesday, which often feature performers from French-speaking Africa and Canada. If you are just starting to learn French in Paris and not feeling brave enough, you can still compete as there are slams in English every other Monday.

Stand up

Oliver Giraud’s hit stand-up show, ‘How to Become Parisian in One Hour’, plays five days a week at the small Theatre de la Main D’or. The show covers how to act like a true Parisian in various situations: in a restaurant, while shopping, when out clubbing, if you are talking to the opposite sex, and so on. Giraud’s website says: “You love Paris but you think that Parisians are rude! You’re right, they are! You are too nice and you want to become arrogant!” Discounted tickets are available online for only 15 euros.

Jardin du Luxembourg

Jardin du Luxembourg
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The magnificent Jardin du Luxembourg has several fine sculptures and water features, including the famous Medici Fountain. Regular puppet shows are held in the garden. These shows are in French, but the language that is used is simple. The garden is also popular with chess players, and spectators are welcome. All over Paris you should be able to see people playing boules, and you might even be able join in if you can break the ice.

Things for kids to do in Paris

Paris is most often thought of as the perfect city for a romantic getaway. However, it may surprise you to learn that it is also one of the top European cities to visit with kids. Not just because of big name theme parks such as Disneyland Paris or Parc Asterix either – Paris is a vibrant and stylish metropolis which is full of adventures to enrapture and delight travellers of all ages.

Paris is incredibly child friendly. The streets are flat, making it easy for tired legs and strollers, plus there are kids’ activities around every corner, especially during the spring and summer months. Most UK airports fly to Paris directly, with the average flight time being around an hour and a half.

The most famous of Paris attractions is the Eiffel Tower. This is a great day out with the kids, especially if you decide to climb up rather than take the lift. It is usually best to buy tickets in advance and download the bilingual children’s activity guide before you go.

There is a very reasonably priced restaurant on the first level called 58 Tour Eiffel which has an excellent children’s menu. At night, the tower lights up every hour and is absolutely beautiful to behold from anywhere across the city.

Although churches aren’t usually top of a child’s list of fun activities, Notre Dame Cathedral is the exception to the rule. Climb the 387 steps of the tower to discover the gargoyles and breathtaking views of the city. Fans of the Disney film, or Victor Hugo’s book, will love exploring this entertaining and cultural experience.

If you want to spend some time in the fresh air, then Paris has an array of parks and playgrounds. At Jardin de Tuileries you will find toy sailboats, a carousel, a Ferris wheel and puppet shows as well as plenty of places to sit down for a picnic and let the kids run free.

There are plenty of child-centred attractions in Paris. The Cité des Enfants is one of the best kids’ museums you are ever likely to visit. It is packed with hands-on activities which are guaranteed to entertain and it has the amazing Parc de la Villette just outside.

The Parc de la Villette is quite a few days of entertainment in itself. Designed with play in mind, the park features a dragon slide and an amazing bamboo maze. Reclaimed from an old industrial space, this Bernard Tschumi-designed space is futuristic and full of fun.

For a step back into old-world Paris, the Jardin d’Acclimatation should not be missed. Arrive by taking the “petit train” from Porte Maillot and enjoy the old-fashioned carnival rides, sprinkler park, zoo and marionette shows.

Le Jardin des Plantes is Paris’s Botanical Garden and is another place full of adventure for enquiring minds. There is a brilliant zoo here as well, but the main attractions are the huge dinosaur bones in the Natural History Museum. There is also an amazing labyrinth which will provide hours of fun for all the family.

Another science museum which is packed with interactive activities is the Parc de la Villette. There are no fewer than 10 different theme parks here which contain a wide variety of different playscapes. This includes the amazing Garden of Dunes, which features a jungle gym, a rolling landscape and plenty of opportunities to climb and run. There is also a Garden of the Dragon, a Garden of Movement and, for older kids, a Garden of Childhood Fears!

If your kids are into things that sound a bit gross, then why not take them on a tour of Paris’s sewer system? It is actually totally sanitary but gives an exciting glimpse into the underworld as you marvel at the sophisticated 19th-century engineering that provides part of the city’s infrastructure.

Of course, there are three big art museums in Paris – the Louvre, Pompidou and Musee D’Orsay. It’s usually best to pick just one to explore during your visit, unless your kids are particularly keen on art. The Louvre is one of the best for children. It contains ancient mummies, France’s crown jewels and, of course, the beautiful but tiny Mona Lisa.

Le 104 is an amazing pace to visit with children. It is part museum, part art installation and one of the most special places in Paris. All the exhibits are designed for play and exploration. It is also home to an amazing carousel.

Whatever you do in Paris, there is magic to be found around every corner. Even a simple thing such as choosing which pastry to have for breakfast is an exciting experience. There are plenty of places to stop and have a snack or a picnic and just absorb the sights, sounds and smells of the city.

Take a trip around the markets for fresh bread and cheeses and totally immerse yourself in the Parisian way of life. Stroll along the Seine or participate in one of the many walking tours – there are plenty of ways to explore the city. Paris for kids is an amazing adventure.

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AirAsia launch KL to Paris flights


AirAsia have announced details of their KL to Paris flights. There will be 4 direct flights to Paris a week.

This is the second European destination for AirAsia, after London. This means it is now possible to fly with a low cost airline from Paris to Australia. And with the introduction of the transfer service at KL, it is possible to book your flight straight through from Paris to Australia.

KL to Paris Sale

Of course to celebrate this new route there is a sale. Flights are on offer from kl to Paris from $167.00 AUD.

Booking Period: Book Till 12 December 2010
Travel Period: 14 February 2011 – 10 November 2011
Travel Notes
– Advanced booking required.
– Fares are not available during embargo period.

AirAsia Paris Sale