The capital of France, Paris is an unforgettable old favourite. From romantic strolls along the Seine to fun-packed days at famous theme parks, Paris is everything to everyone.
Around 5 minutes from La Croix du Vieux Pont parc, you will discover the opening of the cave. Once inside you can follow it for miles, coming across old cars from the war and a church. Our advice is to take a torch and wrap up warm.
Visit the classic Parisien monuments and museums including the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre, and the Notre Dame cathedral. Also worth a visit is the Paris Plage on the banks of the River Seine.
Festival of Puppetry
Held in Charleville-Mézières, this is a 10 day festival that happens in September.
While in France it would be rude not to have a bowl of traditional onion soup and why not in the capital city? A beef based broth full of onions and cooked until soft and sweet then covered with cheese and baked in the oven.
“Paris Est is a much appreciated ‘base’ offering swift access by train direct into Chatelet les Halles. Families searching for a lively resort rate Berny Riviere’s rural charm highly; a week is hardly sufficient
to cover all the activities on offer.”
No visit to Northern France would be complete without a stop in France's chic and scintillating capital of Paris. But you already know that! From the dreamy spires of Notre Dame to the shimmering style of the Eiffel Tower, Paris is the city of romance. A cruise along the Seine is the ideal way to see the sights then travel back to the Bohemian 'Belle Epoque' with a cabaret show in the Moulin Rouge. A vibrant and glamorous city, the French capital is rich in museums, art galleries and monuments. Highlights may include a stroll down the Champs-Elysees from the Arc de Triomphe towards the Louvre or a visit to Notre Dame, the Eiffel Tower or the Sacre-Coeur. Simply sit at a pavement cafe and weatch the world go by or watch street performers outside the Pompidou centre. To the northeast of Paris, the science museum at La Villette provides an educational family day out. The river Seine runs through the heart of the city and you can take a trip up and down the river on a 'bateaux mouche', one of the pleasure boats. Possibly the best way to see the sights as many of the grand monuments are on the river bank or within view from the countryside, home to impressive chateaux, the most popular with sightseers being Chateau de Versailles. Everyone should spend a day in Paris.
What to eat and drink in Paris
France is renowned for its gastronomy and Masterchef accreditations and Paris is brimming with culinary delights. You'll be spolit for choice in the capital, where dishes and specialities from around the country are served. Dining out in a Parisien restaurant is not to be missed for a taste of Nouvelle Cuisine, Haute Cuisine, or some hearty bistro cooking.
What to see and do in Paris
Paris by day: all the splendour of France's pulsating capital from its cultural heart at the Louvre and the Centre Pompidou to the monumental majesty of the Arc de Triomphe and Eiffel Tower. Neat and compact, the city centre can be viewed comprehensively on foot in one day. Parc Asterix and Disneyland® Paris:All the magic of France's premier theme parks with thrill-a-minute rides and your favourite cartoon characters brought to life.
Paris by night: Take a River boat ride along the Seine for a relaxed view of Notre Dame, The Orsay museum and the Louvre. The 'city of light' is perhaps best seen over a candlelit dinner on these romantic floating restaurants. Departure from Pont de l'Alma near the Eiffel tower.
Belle Epoque Paris: Since the 1890's Paris' vibrant cabaret scene has performed the world famous Cancan in the Moulin Rouge. Sumptuous costumes, original music and the most beautiful girls in the world - an evening not to be missed.
The Palace of Versailles: An eternal monument to the glorious reign of King Louis XIV the Sun King, the Palace and Gardens of Versailles must be seen to be believed.
Chateaux of Compiegne: The region is blessed with three extraordinary Royal palaces. First visit the magnificent Chateau Royal de Compiegne, the last royal palace built before the fall of the monarchy. Nearby Pierrefonds is a flamboyant fairytale castle which dwarfs the sleepy little town at its gates. At Chantilly the grace of the chateau and gardens are the perfect backdrop for France's most renowned racecourse alongside the ornate Royal stables.
Champagne route: From the famous cellars of the Epernay champagne houses follow the route de champagne along the colourful vineyards to Rheims, with its famous cathedral where the Kings of France were crowned.