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The Louvre and Pyramid

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Gargoyle on Notre Dame Cathedral

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Welcome to Paris, France

Whether it's a riverside vista that takes in the Seine, Notre-Dame Cathedral, and the Eiffel Tower, or the view of elegant buildings and mansard roofs from a hotel room window, it doesn't take much to convince anyone that Paris is one of the most beautiful cities on earth. The French capital's embarrassment of riches is 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. Explore

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Samantha's Pick The Way We Roll

Watch or join in: Every Sunday some 10,000 rollerbladers glide through the streets of Paris. Meet at the Bastille at 2 p.m.

The Way We Roll

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Samantha's Pick This Bistro Takes the Cake, er Mousse

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!

This Bistro Takes the Cake, er Mousse

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Visit Père-Lachaise Cemetery and Park

The graves of Molière, Proust, Colette, Jim Morrison and Èdith Piaf are inside the fortresslike walls, plus moving memorials to Holocaust victims.

Visit Père-Lachaise Cemetery and Park

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Bike Around Versailles

A 30-minute drive from Paris takes you to the 17th-century park, where you can rent a bike and ride past formal gardens and fields of wildflowers.

Bike Around Versailles

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Samantha's Pick Have a Love Affair With a Bookstore

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.

Have a Love Affair With a Bookstore

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Go Early to Prowl the Flea Markets

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.

Go Early to Prowl the Flea Markets

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