by Abelia F Duxbury

If you are planning to visit Europe then you must stay at least a couple of days in one of its largest cities, Paris. Over the years it has become one of the most often visited cities in the world. For most people visiting Paris, a short stay is often the way they first see the city; with so much to see and do it really takes a week to see all that is needed.

Visitors flock to see its many wonderful buildings; it has much to offer visitors who adore culture, even if it is only for a long weekend. Visitors to Paris as well as its citizens can travel around Paris easily; the Metro underground system is easy to understand, efficient and reaches everywhere even the most enthusiastic tourist would want to visit.

It wouldn’t be possible to visit this city without a trip to the top of the famous steel structure known as the Eiffel Tower; it can be seen from any point within the city and the superb views just can’t be matched by those looking at it from the ground. At night, it comes alive with lights that have to be seen to be believed; guided tours add to the thrill as you get to peek into history on how it was constructed.

The famous Paris Avenue ‘the Champs Elysees’ must also receive a visit; if you want to see famous, designer label shops and the restaurants, this is the place. This is an ‘up-market’ area that attracts thousands of tourists each day; the exclusive five star hotels situated in this more select part of the city might be out of most visitors’ price range.

Paris houses the Louvre Museum; with almost a third of a million exhibits, you will not be able to see everything in one trip. Visitors on short stays in Paris could easily be overwhelmed; approximately 8 million visitors a year come to see the Venus de Milo and the Mona Lisa, both of which are on display. Many well known artists spent years of their lives in Paris; chances are that you will have the opportunity to see a number of famous paintings whilst you’re visiting

Of course, Napoleon commissioned the construction of the Arc de Triomphe, another Paris landmark; the names of his generals are engraved on its surface and another of those ‘must have’ photo land marks. It also features an observatory to take in surrounding views; it can be found in Charles de Gaulle Place at the intersection of twelve avenues including the Champs Elysees.

Of course this article can only give a small sample of places to visit; though no trip would be complete without seeing these, they are probably best viewed as part of a guided tour, some of which are actually free. On your short say in Paris you will only see a small sample of what is available for a visitor; the likes of medieval churches, buildings and castles, which it has in abundance, will have to wait until another time.

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