spend a weekend in paris
you discover the impressive charm of Paris at the Hôtel des Invalides beneath whose golden dome rests the corpse of Napoleon I. Then go down to the Seine riverbanks for equally fantastic views and a laidback atmosphere. Continue in the direction of the Musée d’Orsay, with its rich collections of Impressionist paintings. After a full morning, stop for a welcome lunchbreak in the Latin Quarter. You could, for example, try the Bouillon Racine.
Now you have the afternoon ahead of you to amble around Saint-Germain-des-Prés and the Latin Quarterwith its majestic Panthéon. Admire Paris’s quaint historic shopping arcades and take time to relax in the Luxembourg Gardens, an oasis of calm and greenery.
If you are not yet familiar with the beautiful Place de la Madeleine – its church, fine food stores and boutiques – and the nearby Palais Garnier Opera House, then these make a fine start to the day. Next, walk down rue de la Paix to Place Vendôme, both home to upscale jewellers. Take a Vélib’ bicycle to get to the Marais district and stop off for lunch at the Café Hugo.
Your afternoon is divided up in the streets of the Marais: Place des Vosges, the Musée Picasso and fashion boutiques. You finish up in the district of Les Halles, where you are able to admire the original architecture of the Centre Pompidou. A place to visit for fans of modern and contemporary artworks if time permits.
In the evening, why not see a show at the Théâtre du Châtelet, followed by a good meal at the Pied de Cochon, a typically Parisian brasserie