Paris – Things to do

Paris is such a glamorous city filled with year-round events. With the exception of some holidays in February and August, where most Parisians leave the city to visit the Alps or the southern portion of the country, you can always be assured that some event is to take place no matter what time of the year you visit the city. Furniture and interior decorating trade fair called Maison & Object marks the start of the year. In February, Le Nouvel An Chinois (Chinese New Year) is celebrated and the Six Nations Rugby Tournament follows. The fashion industry is put on the spotlight every March as the Spring Fashion Week takes place. The show features ready-to-wear collections for the following winter.

The series of events continues in May with French Open, succeeded by Rendez-vous au Jardin, an open house for Parisian gardens in June. July marks the celebration of Bastille Day, a French National holiday highlighted by a remarkable display of fireworks at Champs-Élysées. The music industry takes the lead during August, where the world-class music festival Rock en Seine takes place, and mid-September to mark the culmination of the Techno Parade. Fashion Week returns in October while the release of Le Beaujolais Nouveau on the third Thursday of November marks the beginning of the Christmas season.

With the year-round events taking place in the city and many places to visit, finding a place to sleep is totally essential. Booking a hotel room online is the easy way to secure yourself a room so that you will never find the bookings full when you have already reached the city. You will also save more bucks if you can travel in groups. Hotel accommodations are sometimes cheaper than individual hostels when traveling with a group.

And who says the city of love is only for grown-ups? Paris is also a child-friendly place offering a variety of attractions kids will definitely enjoy. Cite Des Enfants in the 19th is an interactive and educational museum for kids segregated by age. The section for the 3-5 year age group has exhibits designed for simple movements like pushing or poking. On the other hand, the section for older kids houses a TV studio and a corner where they can perform scientific experiments.

Jardin Du Luxembourg in the 6th has something for every kid. It has a merry-go-round, a puppet theater, a pond for sailboats, and a children’s playground. Other attractions in Paris that will certainly entertain kids are the Parc Des Buttes-Chaumont in the 19th, Parc Zoologique in the 12th, and the Jardin d’Acclimatation in the 16th housing pint-sized roller coasters and a mini-zoo.

The whole city in itself is like a huge photo studio with picturesque spots wherever you turn so you will actually regret if you failed to carry a camera gadget with you while visiting Paris. Photogenic monuments like the Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe, and the Obelisk at Concorde, as well as the amazing architecture of the Louvre and Notre Dame will put your camera to good use. After all, wouldn’t you want to have some evidence that you’ve been there and have done that?

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