Paris, known to the world as the most beautiful and romantic city and dubbed as the City of Light or Capital of Fashion, is the capital and the largest city of France with over twelve million people living in its metropolitan area. Its world famous fashion designing, cuisine, landmarks, Historical attractions, Rich culture and Arts makes it one of the most attractive tourist destination in the world with more than 30 million annual foreign tourists arrivals and their spending in the city exceeding twenty billion dollars which is the main income of the city as 18% of its salaried workforce engaged in tourism related occupations.
To cater the 45 million plus tourists who plan Paris Travel each year, city has a comprehensive network of transportation systems which includes two main Airports, wide Railway network, luxurious Bus services, and Private Taxi and cab services. Since most of the travelers are coming through its two main international airports, it has to be mentioned that the Paris Airport Taxi Service have an excellent service reputation among travelers. Tourists can also avail cab services offering Paris Airport Transfer. It’s known to many tourists that the Paris Private Cabs are very affordable and offers a superior service to its customers.
A little about Paris
Paris, located on the river Seine covering area of 105 square kilometers and divided in to 20 administrative districts from 1-20. The city was founded by Celtic People called Parisii who named the city ‘Paris’ which later became the largest city in west and became a large trading, Financial, Fashion, Science and Arts hub in the Europe. Paris has two major international airports and its Charles De Gaulle is the second busiest Airport in Europe after London Heathrow. Its subway system Paris Metro is the second busiest metro system in Europe after Moscow metro. Paris is also the central hub of its national road network and encircled by three orbital motorways.
Climate and Weather
Paris has a typical European oceanic climate with mild and moderately wet climate. During summer it is usually warm and pleasant with temperatures between 15 – 25 °C which rarely exceeds 30 °C and usually get long hours of sunshine. Both spring and autumn have mild temperatures however is unstable and can get warm or cold and usually around 3 °C. Snow falls in winter but it’s usually light and does not accumulate on ground and most of the time its above -5 °C during the winter.
Paris has an annual average rainfall about 650 mm and can expect light rainfall throughout the year, but can experience heavy showers occasionally.
Places to visit
Paris has hundreds of tourist attractions including historical landmarks and monuments, museums, churches, modern and contemporary architectures and other events spreading across throughout 20 arrondissements of Paris and some of them are beyond its administrative districts but within metropolitan area. Few of major attractions are outside city limits but within the Paris Region. However there are must visit tourist destinations in the Paris. Few of them are.
The Eiffel Tower – Eiffel tower is the universal symbol of France and Paris. This 324 meter tower was designed by Gustave Eiffel and constructed and inaugurated in 1889.
Arc de Triomphe – triumphal arch stands in the center of the Place Charles de Gaulle is one of the most famous monuments in Paris which is at the western end o the Champs – Elysees. It was built in honors for those died for France in French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars. Tomb of the Unknown Soldier from World War I is placed beneath its vault.
Notre-Dame de Paris–one of the largest cathedrals in world. Built by Maurice de Sully and construction spanning over 100 years which was built in honor of Virgin Mary and seen some of the historical events taking place in the cathedral. It’s one of the main tourist attractions in France.
Basilique du Sacré-Cœur – this Roman Catholic Basilica was built in 1914 in the honor of 58,000 lives lost in Franco –Prussian war in 1870. Basilica offers some splendid panoramic scenes of Paris and is one of the Iconic monuments of Paris.
Chateau de Versailles – this magnificent palace is a must see French architectural masterpieces and most beautiful palace in France which was home to Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette. Palace has some of the most exquisite gardens of France.
The Louvre and Musee d’Orsay – there are over 130 museums in France, however louver and muse d’Orsay are the most visited of them all. Being two of the biggest museums of the world those contain some of the rare and most unique exhibits on display.
Disneyland Paris – is the most visited theme park of Europe and one of the biggest entertainment resorts in the planet containing Hotels, theme parks, golf course , shopping , dining and entertainments complexes.
French Open Tennis Tournament – one of four major grand slams of tennis taking place starting last Sunday of May ever year for two weeks where world’s top players battle for the Prize.
Tour de France – world’s most glamorous cycling event taking place in starting last Sunday of July every year with hundred s contesting from all over the world.
French fashion week – Paris is considered the capitol of fashion, as such there are two major fashion festivals – the Fashion Week each taking place in March and in October.
Thing to Remember
Paris is much crowded between late spring to end of summer and around Christmas season. As expected this time, cost of lodging, traveling and cuisine tend to be more expensive than the rest of the months. During this time it’s highly advisable to book your lodging and transport prior to the arrival.
Paris is considered to be a very safe city in Europe to visit with low crime record. However pickpockets and scammers are common specially in crowded places and in trains and metro. Visitors who are unprotected or travel alone are usually targeted.
Eating in Paris can be expensive but you can find cheap good restaurants in lesser visited streets and unpopular corners of the city.
One of the most convenient ways to visit major places of Paris is to get a Paris Museum Pass a prepaid entry card that can be used to enter May prominent places including 70 museums, monuments (including Palace of Versailles), train stations and metro. Obtaining the pass you can avoid long lines. Pass available as 2-day, 4-day and 6-day denominations.
Also visitor can obtain ParisPass and Paris ComboPass as alternatives and they have their own advantages.
Transport in Paris
Paris has one of the best transport systems in the world and an excellent public transportation system. Visitor can arrange for transport very easily in advance to the arrival at the city. Private transport providers are very flexible and offer a reliable service. They also provide a very important service to millions of travelers as most of the visitors planning Paris Travel does not prefer to use public transport and unable to arrange their own transport. Most of the private transport providers and consist of Private Cab and Taxi services. From two main airports main transport options are to obtain services of Paris Airport Taxi or Paris Private Cabs as their Paris Airport Transfer rates are much reasonable for the quality of service and can arrange for tour packages at flat rates.
Although there are many cabs services in Paris, Piyo Cabs always gives their clients static rates and they have the best customer service with very experience drivers, where all of them are English speaking professional drivers. Piyo cabs maintain a quality customer friendly services and a good reputation in that manner. So if you planning to visit Magnificent Paris don’t forget to add Piyo cabs as your transport partner.