Before you head off to Paris on a whim, take some time to learn a few things about it.
Paris is the national capital of France and is about 160 miles (257 kilometers) southwest of the significant city of Brussels.
This area of Seine-et-Marne is home to some 2,100,000 residents.
With several iconic sights in Paris, you're going to want to pack some comfortable shoes. First and foremost on your list should be an excursion to Eiffel Tower and the Arc de Triomphe. After that, you might need to pick up the pace as you really shouldn't go home without swinging by the Louvre Museum and Notre Dame Cathedral.
So many things to see and so little time. If you're keen to discover the best of this city, add the Moulin Rouge and Palais Royal to your travel program. If you have an extra day, try to stop by Galeries Lafayette and Sainte Chapelle too.
Whether you're a passionate green thumb or you just enjoy pottering around in the backyard, you can't do better than Luxembourg Gardens for horticultural inspiration. This private sanctuary is filled to the brim with delightful blooms and unique ideas. Need some more options? Public squares can tell many tales. Roam over time-worn paths and hunt for clues to the region's history at Place de la Concorde. But that's not all. You don't need to know what banda, baritone or bass mean to appreciate a night at the opera. Wear your best clothes and be captivated by thrilling performances and superb drama at Paris Opera.
Coming in to land at Orly Airport (ORY)? Once you jump off the plane, the center of Paris is about 9 miles (14 kilometers) away. Hail down a taxi and enjoy the drive — your getaway has only just started!
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