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Paris Climate and Weather
Paris lies in the midst of the Ile de France region, which has France's lowest rainfall, however the city is known for its unexpected rain showers which can occur at any time of year. Summer temperatures are mild to warm, with occasional heat waves, while winters are very chilly with temperatures hovering around freezing point
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Rebellious Sorbonne
The neighboring Quarter Latin is devoted to education and it was here in 1968 in the narrow streets around the Sorbonne that the spirit of resistance led to the Students Revolt. The Rive Gauche or Left Bank is synonymous with a philosophy and the same is true of neighboring Montparnasse with its exclusive streets and the legendary Brasserie La Coupole.
But in spite of the colorful life on the Rive Gauche half-way through this story one is dropped off on the right bank where the Louvre towers as a symbol of royal power. The palace, that became a museum following the Revolution, today houses some 400,000 art treasures such as La Joconde, better known as the Mona Lisa. The gardens of the Tuileries run from the Louvre to the Place de la Concorde. This was known as the Place de la Revolution in the months following the storming of the Bastille and was the site for the guillotine with which the executioner (Monsieur de Paris) beheaded more than one thousand of the aristocracy, including Marie Antoinette. A straight axis leads from here along the Champs-Elysees with its expensive stores and offices to Napoleon's triumphant Arc de Triomphe, built to celebrate his victory at the Battle of Austerlitz.
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Time: Local time is GMT +1 (GMT +2 between last Sunday in March and last Sunday in October).
Electricity: Electrical current is 220 volts, 50Hz. European two-pin plugs are standard.
Money: The Euro (EUR) is the official currency in France. Currency can be exchanged at banks, bureaux de change and some large hotels, though you will get a better exchange rate at the ATMs. Major credit cards are widely accepted, as are travellers cheques, particularly in major tourist destinations. Foreign currency is not accepted.

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Paris Roissy Charles de Gaulle Airport (CDG)
Location: The airport is 14 miles (23km) north east of Paris. Time: GMT +1 (GMT +2 between last Sunday in March and last Sunday in October). Contacts: Tel: +33 (0)1 48 62 22 80. Transfer between terminals: The three terminals are linked by free shuttle buses. Transfer to the city: There is a good train service (RER B) that serves the airport with connections to the Paris Metro. Taxis are available on arrival at each terminal. Buses are also available to the city centre and major train stations. Car rental: All major car rental companies are represented. Facilities: There are ATMs, banks and bureaux de change in all terminals as well as a wide selection of shops, restaurants and bars. Terminal 1 also has a hairdresser and a business facility that includes meeting rooms, fax and photocopier. Internet facilities and wireless Internet access are also available. Mobile phones can be rented at the airport. Disabled passengers are well catered for at the airport. Departure tax: None.

Paris Orly Airport (ORY)
Location: The airport is nine miles (14km) south of Paris. Time: GMT +1 (GMT +2 from last Sunday in March to last Sunday in October). Contacts: Tel: +33 (0)1 4975 1515. Transfer between terminals: The two terminals are linked by a free shuttle bus. Transfer to the city: RER trains leave regularly from both terminals and connect to the metro and SNCF train stations. A number of bus services also operate from both terminals. Taxis can also be hired from outside the Arrivals area. Car rental: All the major car rental companies are represented at the airport. Facilities: There are a number of shops, bars and restaurants throughout the airport and both terminals have ATMs, banks and currency exchange services. Other facilities include information desks, an art gallery, left luggage, and a medical centre offering vaccinations. Internet access points and wireless Internet access is available, and a business centre offers a venue and equipment for business needs. Disabled passengers are well catered for; passengers with special needs are advised to inform their airline in advance. Departure tax: None.

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France Events and Festivals of 2007
France is almost always bustling with one hot activity, festival or event after another. It can be hard to narrow the thousands of fetes down to the few don't-miss events of the year. Here is a list of the best, hottest events in France of 2006.

The Other Mardi Gras Celebrations
While everyone is familiar with New Orleans' famous Mardi Gras parades and wild celebrations, there are several other Mardi Gras celebrations around the world. In fact, the New Orleans festivities have strong roots in French celebrations before the arrival of Lent. Called "Carnaval" in France, there are Mardi Gras events here that predate New Orleans' festivities by centuries. Find out about all the other Mardi Gras celebrations in France and around the world.

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Beaujolais Nouveau 2006 Events and Festivals in the U.S.
Here is a listing of Beaujolais Nouveau events throughout the U.S. The long-awaited release of each year's Beaujolais Nouveau comes at the strike of midnight on the third Thursday of each November. There are more than 120 festivals in this rich, picturesque area of France. Even if you are nowhere near France, don't despair.
Christmas in France - Shopping, Feasting and Magical Midnight Masses
A visit to France at Christmastime is memorable and magical. Hit the enticing Christmas markets, sing at midnight mass in a stunning gothic cathedral or dive into a Reveillon feast.
Christmas Markets of France
France is known for its wonderful markets, but one of the best times of year to visit is during the Santa season. There are several Christmas markets throughout France, with wonderful handcrafted ornaments, gifts and food items. Use this guide to plan your trip to visit the Christmas markets.
Thanksgiving in France
Celebrating Thanksgiving in France can be a bit of a challenge, since it is an American (or Canadian) holiday. But if are an ex-pat living in France or will visit during that time, here are tips for indulging in turkey day.
Celebrating Beaujolais Nouveau's Release
The long-awaited release of each year's Beaujolais Nouveau comes at the strike of midnight on the third Thursday in November. This is a glorious time to visit this part of France. There are about 120 festivals to honor the arrival of this enticing young wine in the Beaujolais region alone, not to mention throughout France and across the globe.
Halloween in France
Some of the earliest Halloween traditions started in Europe, and indeed Halloween was born in nearby U.K., yet it was seen as primarily an American holiday with little or no fanfare with the French until recently. Now, Halloween is seeing a resurgence in popularity.

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