When a young lady of my acquaintance recently turned 18, her dad asked where she would like to go for a celebratory trip. Her immediate answer was Paris. When friends wanted a romantic weekend for their 30th wedding anniversary, their choice too was – Paris. The city of light is irresistible to all ages and outlooks. Everyone can find beauty, entertainment, adventure, history and unforgettable food to satisfy their longing for the romance and fun of this great city.
In the run up to Christmas, the city basks in even more light than usual, with street decorations and illuminations, shops stuffed with goodies, an air of anticipation and several enticing Paris Christmas markets. Don't you want to be there right now?
One of the most impressive markets is La Defense, where the bonus of an ice rink entices visitors to take to the ice or to simply relax and watch the fun. Les Halles in the city centre is a famous market that traditionally attracts visitors from across France, who come because they simply enjoy the experience of Christmas shopping here. The splendid array of gifts ranges from chocolates to unusual art and craft items. For the young at heart, the market in Place Saint-Sulpice has a merry-go-round inviting you to take a twirl on a colourful manèges de Noël of wooden horses.
And then of course there are stunning, world-famous museums like the Louvre and Beauborg to visit, Notre Dame cathedral to marvel at, the Eiffel Tower to ascend, the Seine to stroll beside or to glide along in a bateau mouche, Montmartre to soak up atmosphere and nightlife for letting your hair down. Top tip on a practical note - visit Smartsave France to save 20% on tickets for top French visitor attractions. No pre-pay, registration or restrictions, simply print a voucher and save money!
And all this just a train ride away via St Pancras or Kent or a short flight from almost anywhere in Britain and Europe. Even the choice of where to stay is easy – book a hotel from budget to luxury at fantastic rates from our hotel database or go native and really get to know the city by staying in a Paris self-catering apartment.
More information in our Paris guide