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France

Paris

Best time to go: A vibrant city to visit year-round. Spring is probably the most beautiful, although a crisp winter day shows Paris in a different light

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Craig Doyle
The city of Paris smooched in at number 27.

Romantic and oh so chic, Paris has to be one of the most hyped and talked about cities in Europe, possibly with more landmarks than any city in the world, but whatever your expectations are, you are sure to be enchanted by this enigmatic city.

Paris is divided up into 20 arrondissements (districts), each with its own individual character. The 1ère arrondissement is the tourist haven, where you will find the Louvre, Les Halles and the Palais Royal. The 7ème is where you will find the Eiffel Tower and the Musée d´┐ŻOrsay.

The more adventurous tourist might want to venture into the 9ème, for Pigalle, the Red Light district and the world famous Moulin Rouge. If you want to take a break from sightseeing, perhaps you should lounge in one of the numerous cafes-terrasses at the 6ème, St. Germain, which is traditionally the hangout for bohemians and intellectuals. From here, you could sip your hot chocolat, nibble your croissant and watch the Parisiennes going about their business.

Paris is relatively small, approximately 9.5km by 11km, but it is crammed full of history and style. Whether you are after a romantic weekend, culture fix, or an upmarket shopping spree, Paris will not disappoint you.

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Price: Flight prices vary enormously - from low cost to scheduled prices. Going by train from London is also an option, with prices from about £65

Approx flight time: About an hour's flight from London, or 3 hours on the train

  • the Doors singer, Jim Morrison boasts the most-visited grave in Paris in Pére Lachaise. He was found dead in his bathtub on 3 July 1971, and on the 30th anniversary of his death, 15,000 fans filed past his grave
  • in 1905, a man ran up the 720 steps of the Eiffel Tower in Paris in 3 minutes 12 seconds
  • it has been reported that in the last 90 years there have been at least 349 successful suicides from the Eiffel Tower. Two people have survived the 57 metre drop from the first floor, one was blown onto a rafter by the wind and the other landing on the roof of a car
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