26 September 2023

Lonely Planet’s Experience Guides: Paris

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Reviewed by Rama Gaind.

Price: $34.99.

“A walk about Paris will provide lessons in history, beauty, and in the point of life.” —Thomas Jefferson

Unquestionably one of the most beautiful cities in the world, in addition to its picturesque charm, the French capital is a city steeped in culture, cuisine, art and architecture. Paris is a worldwide centre of romance, fashion and style.

Victor Hugo had this to say: “Breathe Paris in. It nourishes the soul.”

I remember how dreams in Paris were realised on discovering the city of love.

Savour classic French cuisine in an intimate bistro. Listen to live jazz at a late-night club. See a trove of art at museums, galleries and in the city streets. Uncover historical secrets through enduring architecture. Shop for stylish fashion and striking accessories. Escape to secluded parks and gardens. Wander along photogenic backstreets to discover charming hidden villages. Shop with locals for bountiful produce at lively street markets. This is Paris.

The ‘City of Lights’ is the zenith of artistic expression and culinary delight. Get behind the scenes in Paris and discover its true personality, not just the standard tourist routes. You can get away from the everyday because this well-illustrated city guide offers a new perspective and, even for the most seasoned travellers, there’s something new to find, learn and help build an amazing trip.

It is known worldwide for the Louvre Museum, Notre-Dame cathedral and the Eiffel Tower. Some of the most visited Paris monuments and museums include Notre-Dame de Paris Cathedral, Sacré-Cœur Basilica, Centre Pompidou, The Palais Garnier Opera House, The Palace of Versailles and The Musée d’Orsay.

As city-based adventures become popular again, Lonely Planet’s local experts help travellers uncover some unforgettable experiences in the world’s most popular cities.

From its quaint cafes in tranquil neighborhoods to sun-dappled quays along the Seine, “Paris is always a good idea.” While Audrey Hepburn’s sentiment is a wonderful concept, what Jules Renard said is superlative: “Just add three letters to Paris, and you have paradise.”

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