Paris is one of the most beautiful cities on earth, a truth easily appreciated on a stroll that could yield one stunning vista after another, from the epic Eiffel Tower to the regal Jardin des Tuileries to the petite cafés bursting onto the sidewalks. Beyond the city’s visual appeal, the cultural riches of the French capital are unsurpassed. Whether you opt to explore the historic, fashion-conscious, bourgeois, or bohemian and arty sides of Paris, one thing is certain: the City of Light will always enthrall.
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Watch or join in: Every Sunday some 10,000 rollerbladers glide through the streets of Paris. Meet at the Bastille at 2 p.m.
Chez Janou is the perfect bistro for a lazy lunch. The chocolate mousse is served in a big bowl and you scoop out as much as you want!
The graves of Molière, Proust, Colette, Jim Morrison and Èdith Piaf are inside the fortresslike walls, plus moving memorials to Holocaust victims.
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Shakespeare and Company, located across from Notre Dame, is one of the oldest bookstores in Paris. You’ll be smitten by every nook and cranny.
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On Mondays and weekends, head to the Marché aux Puces Saint-Ouen or Puces de Vanves, then have a lunch of mussels and frites at an open-air stall.
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