is perhaps, the most glamorous and romantic city in Europe.
Instant pleasure can be had walking along the grand avenues
that radiate from the Arc de Triomphe, or exploring the narrow
lanes of the Latin Quarter.
During February the climate can be pretty chilly
here with average temperatures of just 7C from only three
hours of daily sunshine.
Few cities can compete with the thousands of
cafes, bars and restaurants that line every street and boulevard.
Paris is a city of food, drink and people-watching.
The Louvre, with one of the world's greatest
art collections, sits on the Seine. The ultra-modern Glass
Pyramid, illuminated at night, is strikingly juxtaposed against
the regal splendour of the palace itself.
The Pompidou Centre, with its inside-out architecture,
has ever-changing shows in its exhibition spaces, and a permanent
collection of 20th century art. Outside, street performers
entertain the crowds.
And there are many more: the Musee d'Orsay, with a wide range
of exhibitions, and the Musees Rodin and Picasso, dedicated
to the individual artists.
The nucleus of Paris is the Ile de la Cite.
Here stands the majestic Notre Dame cathedral and the Sainte-Chapelle
church, surrounded by the Palais de Justice. There is also
the famous daily flower market.
And who could forget the Eiffel Tower? It stands at 300 metres
tall and is over 100 years old.
There are three viewing platforms and on a nice day, from
the top, you can see fantastic views of the whole of Paris
and the distant suburbs.
At night, Paris comes alive. With entertainment
ranging from Opera to Moulin Rouge cabaret, there really is
something for everyone to enjoy. Paris is a dynamic city with
a cultural paradise. (*Sky.Com )