The city center is surprisingly compact and a great way to get an idea of how Paris fits together is to take a cruise on the River Seine or ascend the Eiffel Tower and take in a sweeping view of the city.
With so much to see, time management is crucial and many choose to concentrate on one or two arrondissements (districts).
The nostalgic should wander around the mansions of the Marais district, past the Musée Carnavalet, 23 rue de Sévigné, 3rd; onto Hôtel de Sully, 62 rue St-Antoine, 4th, and finally, along Place des Vosges, home to the Maison de Victor Hugo.
Those interested in modern art and design should opt for the Centre Georges Pompidou, place Beaubourg, 4th; visit the Jean Nouvel’s Institut du Monde Arabe, on 1 rue des Fossés-St-Bernard, 5th; or the Grande Arche de la Défense with its high-speed glass lift offering a spectacular view of Paris.
The Grande Arche, which lies along the same geographical axis as Napoleon’s Arc de Triomphe and the Champs-Elysées, was built only a century and a half later. This incongruity (the modern city juxtaposed with the old) is part of the charm of Paris.
Paris overflows with museums, ranging from the vast collections of the Louvre to the small and quirky - such as the Musée des Arts Forains, 53 avenue des-Terroires-de-France, 12th, a shrine to fairground art, with something for everyone scattered through the metropolitan area.
The Musée du Quai Branly,37 quai Branly, 7th, one of the newer museums, opened to much fanfare in 2006.
Frequent visitors to Paris usually end up discovering something new, such as the rejuvenated Bercy district to the east with its green spaces, popular bars and development buzz, or Belleville, with its grungy cosmopolitanism and ethnic restaurants.
Another popular attraction is Paris Plage in summer when the city’s inhabitants relax by the Seine amidst a world of sand and deckchairs.
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