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Wander through the charming streets of Paris while savouring its culinary delights and world-class wine. This romantic city is divided into 20 arrondissements (districts), each with its own character. Don't forget to grab a Pariscope at any kiosk; this free guide will tell you everything that's on in Paris that month.

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Top attractions in Paris

Eiffel Tower

In 1889, a man named Gustave Eiffel designed the tower as the entrance to the world's fair – a festival held to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the storming of the Bastille, which marked the beginning of the French Revolution. Today, the Eiffel Tower is the symbol of Paris, and you can climb all 81 stories of it by foot or by lift, the latter of which is a must better option unless you're superhuman. There are restaurants on the first and second floor, and for those who want to take it a little further, you can even have a glass of champagne on the top floor. The tower is open by day and by night – expect to queue unless you've got some hook ups (wink wink).

Musee du Louvre
The Louvre takes up the biggest part of the 1st arrondissement (district) and righteously so. The world's largest museum, it displays almost 35,000 art objects from the prehistory until the 21st Century, and is one of the most important landmarks in Paris. You might want to plan your visit beforehand, as the extensive collections can be a bit overwhelming and you certainly don't want to miss out on a selfie with Mona Lisa and her mysterious smile.
Luxembourg gardens and Musee d'Orsay
Le jardin du Luxembourg covers 25 hectares of land, with its luscious English and French gardens stemming from 1612. That's a lot of time to grow! Mosey through these gardens to Musee d'Orsay, which is located inside an old train station, to admire the sublime collection of pieces from Monet, Renoir and other world-renowned artists.
Le Marais
Le Marais is a super trendy neighbourhood that spreads across the 3rd and 4th districts, so if you're heading here, best look in the mirror first and make sure your shoes match your outfit. It is the breeding ground for Bourgeois Bohemians, with its beating heart - place des Vosches - lined with porches, gorgeous houses, hip restaurants, art galleries and a handful of buskers. Le Marais is great for vintage shopping, people watching and drinking. Because of its popularity, this area has become increasingly expensive, so if you are on a budget, window-shopping with a coffee-to-go is your best bet.
Notre Dame Cathedral
Remember Quasimodo and Esmeralda from The Hunchback of Notre Dame? Wether they actually existed remains a mystery, but one thing is for certain: the Notre-Dame de Paris, French for "Our Lady of Paris", is a breathtaking medieval cathedral and fine example of gothic architecture that speaks to the imagination. Definitely worth paying a visit, even if it's just to satisfy your inner Disney nerd.

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