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The old luster of the Marais
If you take the road towards the Opera from the Place de la Concorde you will pass the Place Vendome with its well-proportioned town houses that form a giant space under the sky. The Place de la Opera is huge in contrast with the intimate Place Vendome and comes into its own during the evening.
For newcomers to Paris the up and coming quarter of the Marais is a surprise with its businesses and courtyards but also grand mansions and the elegant Place des Vosges. That frequently celebrated diversity of life can also be found in Montmartre, particularly when you discover it on foot. Steeply climbing streets with greengrocers stores, bars, and fantastic milliners lead to the Mons Martyrium or "Martyr's hill" surmounted by the white church of the Sacre Coeur, that provides one of the best places to view the city and is a meeting place for young people. The life of the Place du Tertre where artists set-up their easels is colorful. The nearby Moulin Rouge, with its shimmering cabaret, where Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec first painted the can-can dancers, reminds one that the hill was once covered with windmills.
The last visit of course is to the two islands in the Seine, reached by the elegant Pont-Neuf. The Notre Dame, Palais de Justice, and entrancing Place Dauphin are on the He de la Cite. Those visiting the less frequented He St.-Louis will find a place full of charm that they would prefer not to leave. Paris evokes a yearning for it even while you are still there.

Eiffel Tower Eiffel Tower
Gustave Eiffel, the architect of the Eiffel Tower (Tour Eiffel) could never have guessed that it would become Paris’s signature sight and attract more than six million visitors a year. It was built as a temporary structure to commemorate the centenary of the French Revolution and was opened by the Prince of Wales, later King Edward VII of England. It was considered an eyesore by many and there were petitions to have it pulled down. It was saved only because it had become an important antenna for telegraphy. It towers 984ft (300m) above the Champ de Mars and until 1930 was the world’s tallest building. The highest of its three levels offers a wonderful panoramic view over Paris. 
Address: Champ de Mars 7; Telephone: (01) 4411 2323 (recorded information); Website:; Transport: RER Champ de Mars-Tour Eiffel station; Métro Bir-Hakeim, Trocadéro, Ecole Militaire; bus 42, 69, 72, 82, 87; Opening time: Daily 9.30am to midnight (16 June to 2 September); closing at 11pm (1 January to 15 June and 3 September to 31 December); Admission: By elevator – 1st floor €4.20; 2nd floor €7.70; 3rd floor €11 (adults). By stairs - €3.80 (only up to 2nd floor). Concessions available
The Eiffel Tower is open every day all year long, 
- from 9:30am to 11:00pm, January 1 to June 14 and September 2 to December 31, 2007
- from 9:00am to midnight, June 15 to September 1, 2007.  The Eiffel Tower as a well-frequented historical monument must ensure the safety of its visitors. 
On an exceptional basis, all or part of the visitor-accessible spaces could be closed and hand bags checked. No large-sized hand baggage nor animals will be allowed onto the monument except for Seeing Eye dogs. Furthermore, there is no baggage check service available at the Tower.
The Louvre, Paris
The Louvre, Paris
 One of the world’s great art museums, this vast edifice houses an extraordinary collection of paintings, sculptures and antiquities from all over the world. The Louvre was opened to the public in 1793, soon after the Revolution, to display the spectacular treasures looted from the royal palaces. The best-known attraction is Leonardo da Vinci’s enigmatic Mona Lisa, which is protected by bullet-proof glass within its own room. The permanent collections are divided into Egyptian, Greek, Roman and Asian antiquities, painting, drawings, sculpture and objects d’art. Don’t even attempt to see it all in one day. 
Address: Cour Napoléon, 1. Reception area is under the giant glass pyramid; Telephone: (01) 4020 5317 (information desk); 4020 5151 (recorded information); 4020 5050 (ticket sales);  Transport: Métro Palais Royal or Musée du Louvre; bus 21, 27, 39, 48, 68, 69, 72, 81 or 95; Opening time: 9am to 6pm (until 9.45pm on Mondays and Wednesdays, except on public holidays); closed Tuesdays. Opening hours for temporary exhibitions vary; Admission: Permanent exhibitions €8.50 (until 6pm); €6 (after 6pm); free for under 18s and on first Sunday of every month. Temporary exhibitions €8.50. Admission package €13 (before 6pm); €11 (after 6pm). Tickets allow same-day re-admission

Notre-Dame looms large over the Place de Parvis, on the Isle de la Cité, and is the most enduring symbol of Paris. Built between 1163 and 1345 the Cathedral is considered one of the of the world’s Gothic masterpieces. The massive interior can seat 6,000 and it is dominated by three spectacular and enormous rose windows and a vast 7,800-pipe organ. The 387-step climb to the top of the towers is worth the effort for the panoramic view of the city and the close-up views of the famous gargoyles. The tower also holds the great bell that was rung by Quasimodo, the fictional hunchback. Opposite the North door is a museum that displays the Cathedral’s history, while under the square in front of the Cathedral is the crypt that houses Notre-Dame’s archaeological museum. 
Address: 6 Place du Parvis de Notre-Dame; Telephone: (01) 4234 5610; Transport: Cité métro; RER Châtelet-Les Halles or Saint-Mic stations; or bus 21, 24, 27, 38, 47, 85 or 96; Opening time: Daily between 7.45am and 6.45pm, except during Sunday services which commence at 8.30am, 10am, 11.30am, 12.45pm and 6.30pm. The towers open daily 10am to 6pm, except on Mondays. The Crypt opens between 10am and 6pm (closed on Mondays). The museum is open on Wednesday and weekends 2.30pm to 6pm; Admission: Admission to the cathedral is free. Towers €5.40, crypt €3.40, museum €2.30

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Musée d'Orsay
This great museum is fairly new by Paris standards. It is situated in a railway station by the Seine and houses a vast collection of works from the significant 1848 to 1914 period. There are important works from the Art-Nouveau movement but the Orsay is best known for its Impressionist and Post-Impressionist art. The collection is arranged chronologically and contains highly regarded works by Monet, Manet and Courbet. Also on permanent display is the famous painting by Gustave Doré entitled L'énigme and Henri Chapu's marble statue of Joan of Arc in Domrémy. 
Address: Entrances on Rue de la Légion d'Honneur and Rue de Bellechasse; Telephone: (01) 4049 4814, or 4549 1111 (recorded information);
Transport: RER Musée d'Orsay; Métro Solférino; bus 24, 63, 68, 69, 73, 83, 84 or 94; Opening time: Tuesday to Sunday 9.30am to 6pm, with late closing on Thursdays at 9.45pm; closed Mondays; Admission: €7.50; Sundays and from 6.15pm (8pm on Thursdays) €5.50; under 18s are free. Free on first Sunday of each month
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Musée Rodin
The Rodin Museum is situated near the Musée d'Orsay and is housed in what was once the Hôtel Biron, the beautiful hotel where Auguste Rodin (1840-1917) once lived and worked. Inside are many of Rodin's great marble sculptures including The Kiss and The Hand of God while outside, in the garden, are famous bronzes including The Thinker. The museum also includes many works by Camille Claudel, Rodin’s pupil and mistress, and paintings by Van Gogh, Renoir, Manet and Rodin himself. 
Address: 77 Rue de Varenne; Telephone: (01) 4418 6110;  Transport: Métro Varenne, Invalides or Saint-François-Xavier; RER to Invalides station; bus 69, 82, 87 or 92; Opening time: 9.30am to 5.45pm (garden till 6.45pm) from April to September; 9.30am to 4.45pm (garden till 5pm) from October to May. Closed Mondays; Admission: €6; €4 for 18 to 25s; Garden only is €1. There is no charge on the first Sunday of every month. Prices increase by €1 during the main exhibition

World Circus Festival of Tomorrow
The annual Circus Festival provides an unequalled opportunity to see top international circus performers from famous schools together under one roof, including acts from the Beijing Circus, the Moscow Circus, the Knie Circus and local talent Ecole Fratellini. The aim is to bring together young acrobats, animal trainers and clowns and to reveal new and exciting trends in circus acts from traditional, modern and experimental circus performances.

French Open
Together with Wimbledon, the Australian Open and the US Open, the French Open is one of the four events that together are known as the tennis 'Grand Slam'. The tournament has become the most highly prized clay court title in the world and one of the biggest sporting events in France. Besides the best tennis players in the world, the stadium is also the place to be seen for the fashion conscious. For more information, call the ticketing line on +33 (0)1 4743 5252.

Bastille Day Celebrations
France's most important national holiday, Bastille Day commemorates the beginning of the French Revolution with ceremonies, dancing, parties and balls all over the city. In the morning there is a grand military parade along the Champs Elysees, accompanied overhead by jet formations, and after the day-long festivities, a fireworks display takes place near the Eiffel Tower. For more information contact the Paris Tourist Office on +33 (0)892 683 000

Le Salon du Chocolat
An annual festival in celebration of chocolate is a dream come true for chocoholics, and the large convention centre beneath the Louvre hosts just that. There are tastings and chefs demonstrations at a huge variety of international chocolatiers stands; opportunities to sample and buy goodies such as truffles, chocolate-dipped fruit kebabs, hot chocolate and cakes; as well as chocolate fashion, sculpture and art. Exhibitions include the history of chocolate, books on chocolate and desserts, and an antique collection of 'teapots' used exclusively for hot chocolate. A Chocoland for children entertains with chocolate makeup and other delicious activities.

Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe
The Arc de Triomphe is France's premier horse race and attracts thoroughbreds and racing enthusiasts from all over the world. Since its inaugural race in 1920, the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe has become established as the all-aged middle-distance championship of Europe, and today it offers total prize money of €1,600,000. Entrance to the race is €8; free for under 18s

White Night
White Nights under the moon 
For one night in Paris the idea is to stay awake and partake in the observance of night. Many public services, entertainment facilities and tourist attractions, cafes, bars and restaurants stay open throughout the night to keep people awake. The nuit blanche is a celebration of human culture and communication and encourages people to enjoy one another's company, as it is often subjugated in favour of the daytime rat race

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