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Paris Everlasting Tango
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Paris – the epitomic backdrop for a wind-swept, star-dusted liaison. This centre-ville of herculean proportions is the ultimate connotation when it comes to quixotic destinations. Follow in the footsteps of lovebirds past, and regale in all of the monolithic sights before carving out your own niche in this magnificently impassioned cityscape.
the romance
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Fervid romance waltzes on the corner of every Parisian arrondissement. Once the stamping ground of songstress Edith Piaf, the city embodies la vie en rose – offering an array of charmingly quirky nooks, from old-style cinemas to gramophone shops. You’ll find an emblazoned, carefree sentimentality permeating each café philosophique and every patisserie.
Pack a picnic of camembert cheese, brioche and a bottle of red before partaking in some sunbathing on the grassy green spread of the Champs de Mars, in front of the inebriatingly high Eiffel Tower. After dark, treat yourself to a cup of exquisite by taking a boat cruise down the River Seine. Dating back to the Roman Empire, this watery artery is aglow at night from all of the neighboring, floodlit monuments. You’ll be hard pressed to refrain from whispering je t’aime in the ear of your petit prince.
the scenery
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Along the curbs, blooms burst forth amidst strewn champagne bottles. Ornate statues of marble and gold line the Avenue des Champs-Elysées, fountains bubble and mist on the hill of Montmartre, and carousels go tripping the light fantastic. Jazz wafts from the balconies of stoney-ivory and salmon-pink flats down to the energetic streets below, where shoppers drift in and out of Les Galeries Lafayette, and terrasse-goers mix and mingle over plats du jour of confit de canard and crepes au gratin. Proceed with ease and a pinch of je-ne-sais-quoi.
the adventure
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Venture into the red light district of Pigalle and kick up your heels at the Moulin Rouge, the cabaret-inspired nightclub - birthplace of the devilish can-can. A panoramic view of the city in a hot air balloon is sure to leave you delightfully tipsy. Feeling faint at heart? Opt for a whimsical Ferris wheel ride instead. If you’re brave enough to navigate the Paris underbelly by métro, take a day trip out to the Chateau de Versailles, an awe-inspiring sight of royal, sprawling splendor. Keep in mind that the line to tour the Sun King’s crib is extremely quick to fill up.
the secrets
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How gamine does it get sipping cognac at a boho café-bar on la rue Mouffetard or overlooking the incandescent pyramid at the Louvre's Cafe Marly? Seek out one of the many Parisian tearooms for such unique treats as steaming African hot chocolate or a Turkish bath. Tantalize your olfactory sensibilities with a visit to a respected parfumerie. Delve deep down into the cellars of the cheeky Marquis de Sade and partake in a little abracadabrism at the Musée de la Curiosité et de la Magie.
Visit the menagerie in the Jardin des Plantes or the roseraie (roses!) and orangerie (citrus trees!) in Parc de Bagatelle, once a haunt of Marie Antoinette and the Count of Artois. Snuggle up afterward as you dine on oysters in a belle époque brasserie. Have a sommelier or wine steward suggest a sweeter vintage to accompany a dish of foie gras.
the attractions
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Since Paris is home to so many cultural and historical landmarks, try not to pencil in too much for the day’s itinerary, in hopes of preventing any joie-de-vivre burn-out. But if you’re raring to go after an espresso and a bit of baguette, try the ascent up to the towers of Notre Dame for a gorgeously gothic view, (the gargoyles are simply creepy!) See the Arc de Triomphe and Pont Neuf in the evening, seared by setting sun. Polish up your monocle before an evening out at The Opéra National de Paris, or saunter past Sainte-Chapelle and bask in the effervescent glory of its magnificent stained glass.
Uncode the mystery of Louvre, (go after 6 on a Friday evening for reduced fare) and feast your eyes upon Renaissance remnants, works of the Flemish masters, and of course, Miss Mona Lisa herself. The National Archives hosts artifacts pertaining to pint-sized Napoleon, the brave Joan of Arc, and quick witted Voltaire, while the Musée d’Orsay houses a slew of impressionist gems, from Degas ballerinas to Monet water lilies.
before you go
What to Expect
Spring: March to May are warm and pleasant (10-20°C/50-68°F).
Summer: June to August tend to be hot and sticky (20-25°C/68-77°F) and it’s peak tourist season. Many shops may be closed in August.
Fall: Similarly to Spring, September to November are mild and enjoyable months (10-20°C/50-68°F).
Winter: December to February are cold and wet months (0-5°C/32-41°F). There is plenty of snow in January.
Paris is filled with high-end boutiques and is a very fashionable city – dress chic!
The Lingo
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Local Delicacies
Moules Frites: steamed mussels and French fries
Macaroons: Coconut-infused pastry sandwiched with flavored ganache
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