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A: Arc de Triomphe – This is one of many monuments that Paris is famous for, located at the tip of the beautiful and wellknown Avenue des Champs-Elysees.
It was built in 1806 as requested by Napoleon Bonaparte, who after the battle of Austerlitz has said to his troops “You will go home only under triumphal arches”.
This monument therefore has great historical connotation, at its feet there’s the tomb of the unknown soldier of World War I.

Arc de Triomphe

Arc de Triomphe

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B: Bastille - “Place de la Bastille” is the symbolic place of the French Revolution of 1789. On this square stands the ancient fortress of the Bastille which was stormed on July 14, 1789, this is considered the first act of the French Revolution.
Nowadays it’s a beautiful place where the “Colonne de Juillet” (Convoy of July) is located and where events as markets, concerts or fairs are held every once in a while.

C: Croissant & Baguette – If you visit Paris and France in general, you cannot leave without having tasted the preferred pastries of the French: the croissant and the famous baguette! But one piece of advice: if you don’t want to be disappointed, choose your bakery with care, because otherwise you will not understand why the French love these delicious pastries so much!

D: Disneyland Paris – Located 30km east of Paris, this is the only Disney Park in France. If you are visiting Paris with children and you want to see their little eyes twinkling, nothing is better than to spend a day in this splendid park.

Disneyland Paris

Disneyland Paris

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E: Eiffel Tower – How to visit Paris without a visit to the famous Eiffel Tower?
This monster of steel (327m in height), was built by Gustave Eiffel for the Universal Exhibition of Paris in 1889. Two things that you certainly don’t know about it: its name was originally “Tower of 300 meters” and it’s the first monument in the world ever visited by people from abroad.

F: Fashion – When we hear Paris, we automatically think: City of Lights, City of Lovers, the Eiffel Tower, Gastronomy… but also Fashion.
The French fashion designers such as Coco Chanel, Christian Dior, Pierre Cardin and many others, have contributed to make Paris one or the Fashion Capital.
The fashion fans can enjoy themselves in the many couture shops in the capital.

G: (French) Gastronomie - French gastronomy is recognized worldwide as one of the best food in the world, thanks to great chefs. Over the years this has evolved with the use of sophisticated techniques, which have earned it its reputation today. In France there are different styles of cuisine, with many regional traditions. It is therefore difficult to talk about French cuisine as a unified whole. But you might get a glimpse of what France has to offer when it comes to food, in restaurants of French chefs, installed in Paris, who provide most of the time very diverse regional dishes.

H: (Les) Halles Paris (Forum des Halles) - The “Forum des Halles” is a semi-underground shopping center in the 1st arrondissement of Paris, on the former site of Paris “Les Halles” which was a big market place until the 70′s. “Forum des Halles” today has more than 160 shops and is covered by the “Jardin des Halles” (Jardin des Halles), a green space of 4 hectares.

Forum and Jardin des Halles

Forum and Jardin des Halles

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I: International Film Festival on Human Rights – This event will take place in Paris from 8 to 15 March 2011 in Paris. It is organized by the association since 2003 by Alliance, with special assistance of the City of Paris. This is a film festival devoted exclusively to human rights and which aims to educate mainly the young on the different aspects of human rights.

J: Jardin des Tuileries (Garden of the Tuleries) - The city of Paris has many parks and gardens, the “Jardin des Tuileries” is one of the most beautiful, but also the oldest and largest French garden in Paris (French Garden or in French “Jardin a la Française” is the act of reforming nature, to create perfect symmetry). This one is located between Place de la Concorde and the Louvre, when weather allows, make a walk between these 2 interesting spots!

K: Kube Hotel - The “Kube Hotel” is a 4-star hotel located in the 18th arrondissement of Paris. It’s a new kind of hotel that transforms and reinvents the codes, combining technology, luxury, innovative concepts and design – totally unique and offbeat.
Two special features are the presence of a room made of ice known as “The Ice Cube Room” by Grey Goose and the Ice Bar, which was the first one in France.
Enjoy staying in this hotel, to discover an unusual and unique experience by sleeping or sipping cocktails at -10 degrees! (Ice Bar is Open to visitors for a drink)

Kube Hotel - Ice Room & Ice Bar

Kube Hotel - Ice Room & Ice Bar

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L: Louvre Museum – Paris offers a number of attractions with numerous museums including the largest Parisian museum and the world’s most famous one: the Louvre. It is located in the former Royal Palace of the Sun King, Louis XIV. As almost everyone knows, it houses the Mona Lisa, the famous painting by Leonardo da Vinci. But Louvre Museum is best known worldwide for the exceptional collections of various works (paintings, sculptures, sketches, drawings, works of art, archaeological objects…) and the universal aspect of the works presented, from antiquity to 1848, from Western Europe to Iran, Egypt, Greece and the East.

M: Moulin Rouge - This is the most famous cabaret in the world, seen in the famous film bearing the same name “Moulin Rouge”.
Located in the 18th arrondissement, at the foot of Montmartre, this place is one of the most essential points of Paris, famous especially for its French Cancan and its atypical facade. Feathers, rhinestones and sequins, original music, fabulous scenery and the most beautiful girls in the world await you, in this exceptional and wonderful place!

Moulin Rouge

Moulin Rouge

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N: Notre-Dame de Paris - Notre Dame de Paris, more commonly known as “Notre Dame” is one of the largest neo-Gothic cathedrals in the world, but especially one of the finest achievements of neo-Gothic-style. This masterpiece located in the 4th arrondissement, near the Seine,  is one of the best known symbols of the French capital and is easily recognizable by the two large towers.

O: Opera Bastille – The Opera Bastille is one of the great Paris Operas. It was built by renowned architect Carlos Ott and inaugurated the storming of the Bastille, July 14, 1989. Although built in 1989, this opera is distinguished by its design and specific architecture, with transparent facades and the use of identical materials both inside and outside.

P: Paris Plage (Paris Beach)It’s an amazing thing to do and see in Paris since 2002, during the summer, between July and August. “Paris Plage” is located on the banks of the Seine river. It’s the opportunity of having a unique experience in Paris by putting your feet in the sand under palm trees, stretched out in a deck chair. It’s fun for children and athletes, to practice one of the many fun activities and sports.

Paris Beach

Paris Beach

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Q: Quartier Montmartre (Montmartre District)It’s a place you cannot miss when you stroll through the City of Lights. Located in the 18th district, this is a must-see during your stay in Paris. It is the highest point in Paris (130 meters above sea level) and it’s also the Artist’s District with a lot of painters, sculptors and others. It’s also home of the Sacre Coeur, where you can admire magnificent views over Paris.

R: Roissy Charles de Gaulle Airport – Located 23 km north of Paris, the airport is more commonly known as “Roissy” or “Charles de Gaulle”. It’s the first French airport, the first European airport in terms of air-traffic and world’s seventh busiest airport in the world. It takes its name from General Charles de Gaulle, former French chief of state, and the town of Roissy where the airport is located.

S: Seine River - During a trip in Paris, one thing that you should definitely do is to walk along the Seine River, crossing Paris with a length of 12km. Geographically, it’s the central axis of Paris, which had consequences in the history of the city.

T : Trocadero – The Trocadero is very close to the Eiffel Tower, and was built atop the hill of Chaillot in the 1860s. Trocadero today includes several sites including the Théâtre National de Chaillot, the garden, aquarium and the square of the Trocadero, which all were created for the same event: the 1937 Universal Exhibition.

Trocadero

Trocadero

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U : Underground - This is the form of public transport that is most used by the Parisians, to go easily and quickly from one point to another one in the city. This is one of the symbols of Paris, due to its density (16 lines and more than 300 stations) and its uniform architecture.
More information about Public transports in Paris

V : Versaille -”Palace of Versailles” or “Château de Versailles” was the residence of many French kings and was the symbol of the French monarchy. This place is located in the 20 km southwest of Paris. It’s a must to see near the French capital, with its luxury palace of 63,000 square meters, with more than 2,000 rooms and an incredible and marvelous park of 715 ha with 93 ha of gardens.

W : World Circus Festival of Tomorrow – This is actually a friendly competition, bringing together the youngest talent of the circus world, with artists from the best schools of 4 corners of the world. It involves several disciplines such as trapeze, juggling, and many more for the enjoyment of adults but especially children!
More information & book your tickets

World circus festival of tomorrow

World circus festival of tomorrow

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X : XVI Arrondissement - The XVI arrondissement in numeral roman or 16th arrondissement, despite being distant from the center of Paris, is the most  famous arrondissement of the French capital . The reason is that it’s the district of the Parisian bourgeoisie and also the place where the famous “Parc des Princes” (Football stadium) is located, and Roland Garros.

Y : Yves St Laurent – He was one of the greatest French Fashion designers. Born in Oran in Algeria, where he spent his childhood before moving to Paris after 18 years, and he stayed in Paris until his death in 2008.
He is known for making the the black jacket popular, but also the vest and many other items such as the tuxedo for women – which was a revolution!

Z : Zoo Bois de Vincennes – This zoo is one of two that you can find in the French capital. It’s located east of the centre of Paris in the 12th arrondissement, just next to the Bois de Vincennes. It covers an area of 14 hectares with over 130 species. One of the main attractions and a symbol of this zoo is the “Grand Rocher” (Big Rock), an artificial rock of 65 meters high, with a magnificent view of Paris and where you can sometimes see some wild sheeps. The park is currently under renovation and will reopen its doors in 2014, to celebrate its 80th anniversary.

Zoo Bois de Vincennes

Zoo Bois de Vincennes

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