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Paris

Paris on the banks of the romantic river Seine, has a timeless familiarity for first time or frequent visitors. With its instantly recognisable architectural sites, exquisite cuisine, chic boutiques and priceless artistic treasures. Parisians are synonymous with style and fashion and is it a major fashion capital. You’ll also find concept stores, quirky home ware shops alongside resplendent art nouveau department stores. There are many vintage shops and flea markets, atmospheric bookshops and of course, gourmet food and wine.

A cities familiar sites of the Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe, or the Champs-Élysées, mingle with Notre Dame cathedral, on the Seine. The art nouveau cafes, juxtapose the Centre Pompidou to the vertical garden gracing the striking Musée du Quai Branly.

Artists like Renoir, Rodin, mingle with Monet, Manet or the surreal Picasso, or Dalí. They are but a few of the masters who lived and worked here over the years. Paris is one of the great art repositories of the world, harbouring treasures from antiquity. In addition to big-hitters like the incomparable Louvre, the Musée d’Orsay’s are among many others.

France’s reputation for its cuisine precedes it and whether you seek a cosy neighbourhood bistro, or a triple Michelin star restaurant. You’ll find every establishment prides itself on exquisite preparation and presentation of quality produce, invariably served with wine.

Enticing patisseries, boulangeries or (bakeries), fromageries (cheese shops) and crowded colourful street markets are perfect for packing a picnic to take to the cities’ parks and gardens.