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Paris

"I love Paris every moment. Every moment of the year, I love Paris. Because my love is here."
- Frank Sinatra

Ah Paris…The center of the world, the city of lights, and of course, love. Perhaps the most romantic place on the planet. This is a city fully devoted to authentic sensual pleasures: cuisine, culture, beauty, history, shopping, sensuality. PDA is accepted and often seen here—and we’re not talking smart phones. Didn’t know you could fall in love with a city before, did you?

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WHO

Who hasn’t?  The most visited city in the world seduces everyone… Brangelina come often. As do the Beckhams. Tom and Katie got engaged, unimaginatively, atop the Eiffel. Johnny Depp lives here. Travolta frequently flies himself here and Tony and Eva had one of their many weddings in Paris. Now it’s your turn.

FUN

Wander. Take a map with you but let your eyes lead you—down a romantic street, into an inviting café, through a shop you’ve never heard of—discover your own Paris. Bike: Since July, the newest craze to hit Paris is the Vélib. Rent a bike from one of the docking stations throughout the city--by the hour, day or week-- and return it anywhere you want. Ready for structure? Tour the city by boat: Batobus lets you get on and off as you make your way down the Seine. Bateaux Parisiens offers tours in English.
Walk: Start in the Marais on the right bank, one of the oldest neighborhoods in Paris, also one of the hippest. Highlights: The Place des Vosges the Musée Picasso, the Pompidou, the boutiques on the Rue des Francs Bourgeois and the historically Jewish Rue de Rosiers. Then stroll through the ultra-romantic Tuileries Garden, spend the day at the Louvre but restore a bit with a sandwich and café au lait at its chic Café Marly. Treat yourself to the luxe Rue St.-Honoré, and its elegant continuation, the Rue du Faubourg St.-Honoré. Then left on Avenue Matignon to the famed Champs-Elysée. Stop in to see the excellent collection at Artcurial, or even better, bid for your own masterpiece at one of their auctions. Continue down to Avenue Montaigne. Yes they laid down the red carpet just for you. The Eiffel Tower looms just in front of you across the Seine. Sure it’s the ultimate tourist stop, but it’s a must. Take in the newly opened Quai Branly, then explore the heart of the left bank, St. Germain des Pres, the lovely Jardin du Luxembourg, and the tiny streets of the Latin Quarter. Traverse between Rue du Bac, (don’t miss Galerie Maeght), Rue de Grenelle, and Rue du Cherche-Midi. Visit St. Sulpice for its history and the Delacroix frescoes, not because it was featured in The Da Vinci Code. Nothing is more romantic than strolling along the Seine of course, and a left bank excursion on another day could start with the Musée Rodin or Musée D’Orsay and end at Notre Dame and Sainte Chapelle on the Ile de la Cité.
Culture: So many museums so little time. But these are the musts. Musée D’Orsay. Louvre. Musée Picasso. Musée Rodin. Pompidou. Quai Branly. The Palais de Tokyo has open bar and hors d’oeuvres on Wednesday nights. Hitting 3 or more? Get a discount museum pass. Treat yourself to some of the world’s greatest ballet and opera at the modern Bastille or classic Garnier.
Shop: Except in the Marais, most shops are required by law, for now, to close on Sunday. Fashionistas and trendsetters know there's nothing like Colette. Au Bon Marche is the city’s le plus chic department store. Brand new concept store Le 66 is as hip as it gets. Where better to buy lingerie than in the world’s sexiest city? Princesse Tam Tam has all the goods. Hermès and other ultra haute couture shops are on Faubourg St.-Honoré. Stroll along Rue Etienne Marcel to the Place des Victoires for trend-setting boutiques like Kabuki. Assouline’s books of design, style, and art have seductive powers all their own.

SCOOP

Bring trainers. Because there is so much to do and see, you’ll be on your feet a good part of every day. Avoid taxis during business hours, as traffic is usually horrible. Café waiters aren’t as rude as you think, they’re just in a hurry. Table service already includes a 15% gratuity but an extra Euro in a café and 3-5 EUR in more expensive restaurants is polite but not expected. Remember to bring an adapter for your cell/computer. Parisian weather is fickle in Spring and Fall: what starts out as a great clear day can quickly turn rainy and chilly.

LIVE

ULTRA: ParisPiedaterre Staying 5 days or more? Live like a Parisian. Le Meurice Marie Antoinette was killed for less opulence. Hotel Costes Movie star hangout. The center of cool. 3 Rooms As in their Milan resort, impeccable taste.
LUXE: Hotel Murano Your fingerprint is your room key. How cool are you? Hotel Sezz Ultra-hip, near the Eiffel on the left bank. Hotel de Sers A gorgeous mix of old and new, breathtaking views.
MODERATE: 5 Hotel Highest groovy factor per Euro. Petit Moulin In a Marais mansion. Lots of character. Villa Mazarin A chic non-smoking hotel in Paris? Zoot alors!
BUDGET: Hotel Muguet Near Eiffel. Views, flat screens, great price. Hotel de Nice Great Marais location. Quaint. Hotel Central St. Germain Picasso stayed here. Heart of Latin Quarter.

DINE

Joel Robuchon No reservations, affordable, worthy of its hype. Spoon Alain Ducasse’s hippest. Huîtrerie Régis Oysters. Only. An experience. Liza Exotic, Lebanese spot. Café de Flore Classic Parisian café. Georges Views are as good as the food. Café Baci Stunning Italian eatery. Maceo Vegetarian, new menu everyday. Les Ombres Another great museum restaurant. Ti Jos Best creperie in the city. Violin d’Ingres True French cuisine at unassuming prices.
Drink: Wini June. Harry’s Bar. VIP Room. Murano Bar.
Dance: Le Cab. Bound. Kong. Buddha Bar.
Feeling adventurous? Paris has several clubs échangistes, but buyer beware.

CINEMA

Before you go, get inspired for your trip by our favorite Paris-set movies: Diva, Amélie, Paris Je t’aime, Monsieur Hire, The Beat My Heart Skipped, 400 Blows.

GO

Fly nonstop to Paris from New York (American/Air France/Delta/Continental), Miami, Chicago, San Francisco and Los Angeles (Air France/Delta).

HOW

Escape to bliss in Paris at the lowest possible prices. Contact us and we’ll show you how.