Paris, France

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The magic and romance of France’s capital city are legendary. From stage, to screen to pages in classic and contemporary novels, you’ve seen its stories unveiled and have been seduced by its cobblestone streets, tree-lined boulevards and sidewalk cafes. The City of Light opens her arms to everyone from hungry historians and fashion forward elites to foodies and philosophers. Epic sights like the Eiffel Tower, Louvre and Moulin Rouge beckon visitors who stroll the streets of the city’s 20 arrondissements.

Cheat Sheet

Sleep at the classic Plaza Athenee – Eat at the newest three Michelin star restaurant at Le Cinq – Drink in a classic American watering hole, The Hemingway Bar or if you prefer, a Tiki lounge, Dirty Dicks – See the amazing collection at the Pablo Piccaso Museum – Shop the Le Marais to see the latest fashion – Get outside the city of Paris and stroll the Palace of Versailles – Don’t miss the Parisians enjoy their day along the Seine, ending it with a happy hour in just about any café

What to do in Paris

The Eiffel Tower is likely the first vision you have in your head when you think of Paris. And while it is visible from many vantage points around the city, nothing comes close to gazing up at it from its base or taking in sweeping views of the city from the top of the 984-foot tower. Other top things to do in Paris include visiting one of its many sights like Notre Dame Cathedral, and world-class museums—the Louvre and its Mona Lisa is a given—Musee d’Orsay and Musee de l’Orangerie as well. Fashionistas will love spending the afternoon searching for finds from Paris’ top fashion houses like Chanel, Louis Vuitton and Yves Saint Laurent. And with all that activity, you’ll have to make time to eat, which is a favorite pastime of Parisians. From its many Michelin-Starred restaurants to its artisanal boulangeries, fromageries, patisseries and casual cafes there are no shortages of places to eat in Paris.

What to take to Paris

Don’t forget your sense of style when you’re visiting the fashion capital of the world. With all the photos you’ll be bringing home, you’ll want to dress the part of a local. That doesn’t mean you should sacrifice your comfort though. With varying weather, and most likely a good amount of time spent hopping from cafe to attraction to cocktail bar, you’ll want to dress in layers with comfortable chic shoes. With all the shopping you’ll be doing, you may also want to pack a spare suitcase to fit all your finds.

What to buy in Paris

From new signature wardrobe pieces to a pantry full of gourmet food, there is no shortage of loot to bring back from Paris. Paris’ iconic sandwich cookie—the macaron—travels surprisingly well. Shop for it at Laduree and grab a box for your dearest friend (or yourself) before heading back. Museum gift shops are also destinations for interesting jewelry and home pieces. Paris also boasts countless beckoning perfumeries where you can scout out a unique fragrance—a memorable keepsake of your trip.

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