“We’ll always have Paris,” Humphrey Bogart wistfully tells Ingrid Bergman in Casablanca. Paris is the “City of Light.” It’s also the city of revolution, artists, fashion and lovers. Paris gave birth to the Cinema, Impressionism, Art Nouveau, and Cubism. Salons introduced the world to the works of Matisse, Van Gogh and Cézanne. Dancers danced the “can-can” at the Moulin Rouge. Paris has been a haven for international artists such as Pablo Picasso, Ernest Hemingway, and Salvador Dali. The city continues to inspire the imaginations of dreamers everywhere, and remains one of the most popular travel destinations in the world.
Before embarking on an exciting Paris vacation there are several important travel plans to be made.
Ensure the Flight of Your Choice
Set your vacation in motion by finding the perfect flight to fit your schedule and budget. Purchasing plane tickets early turns your dream vacation into a reality!
Find Appropriate Lodging
Choose accommodations that complement your trip. If you are planning on more activities, then a simple room might suffice. For a longer trip, a more luxurious room is perfect for lounging and relaxing.
Learn Parisian Culture
Plan your vacation to make the most of it! Learn more about French artists Manet, Lautrec, Monet, and Renoir. Visit popular landmarks and museums: the Louvre, Musée d’Orsay, the Musée National d’Art Moderne, Notre Dame Cathedral, Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe, and the Basilica of Sacré-Cœur. Experience the elegant flavors and dishes of French cuisine. Bon Appétit!
It’s a good idea to know a few phrases to get around the city. For an order “to go” say à emporter (“AH ahm-por-tay”). If you’re “dining in” say sur place (“SUHR plass”). To navigate through a crowded metro tell Parisians pardon (“pahr-DOAN”).
Find Your Way
Research Parisian public transportation and the fares for taxis, buses, boats and the Métro. Walking is also a popular way to see the city, but watch out for those narrow sidewalks and hard, “tricky” surfaces.