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Getting To Paris:

Most international airlines use Paris's major hub airport, Paris Charles De Gaulle (code-CDG), which is 26km North East of the centre.
Quick, free shuttle bus to the airport train station with easy rail connections to central Paris (about 40 minutes).
There are also regular airport express buses (45 minutes) to various destinations.
Reasonable (if not exactly wonderfully low) prices.

Getting Around In Paris:
The most charming of Paris' public transport options, the underground Métropolitain (and its sister system, the RER), is a simply massive network.
No matter where you are, chances are there's a metro station within a few blocks.
Likewise, the public bus system covers everywhere, but its hours are laughable and don't even try to hop aboard on Sunday or a holiday.
The Noctambus network takes over in the heavily trafficked areas once both the underground and the day buses go to sleep.
Métro stations are marked with an "M" or with fancy "Métropolitain" lettering designed by Art Nouveau legend Hector Guimard.
The first trains start running around 5:30am, and the last ones leave the end-of-the-line stations (the "portes de Paris") for the center of the city at about 12:15am.
Hold onto your ticket until you pass the point marked Limite de Validité des Billets on the way to the exit.
Do not count on being able to buy a métro ticket late at night; some ticket windows close as early as 10pm.
Stay away from the most dangerous stations at night (Barbès-Rochechouart, Pigalle, Anvers, Châtelet-Les-Halles, Gare du Nord, Gare de l'Est).
If concerned, take a taxi.

Where To Stay:
Hotel Manufacture -8 RUE PHILIPPE DE CHAMPAGNE - 75013 Paris
Located in the Gobelins district in the South of Paris just minutes from the Pantheon, this is the perfect hotel for business people and visitors seeking charm and quality.
This elegant establishment, decorated with taste and style, is a pleasant blend of the past and modern times.

Where to eat:
Brasserie Lipp 151 blvd Saint Germain, 6e, metro Saint Germain des Prés.
Politicians rub shoulders with intellectuals and editors while waiters in dinner jackets serve pricey à la carte dishes at this old-time, wood-panelled café-brasserie.

What To See:
Don't forget to buy the Michelin Map no. 10 (PARIS 1:10,000) - an excellent map showing every street and alleyway.
Eiffel Tower. This towering edifice was built for the World Fair of 1889, held to commemorate the centenary of the French Revolution.
Notre Dame. Built between 1163 and 1345 on the Ile de la Cité, the original Roman core of Paris.
One of a string of famous Gothic cathedrals in northern France, built in the twelfth and thirteenth centuriesLouvre Museum.
A museum since 1793, the Louvre started as a royal palace. It has recently (1982-97) been completely - and radically - renovated, vastly improving it.
Worth visiting even if you do not have time toArch De Triomphe. Built in the early nineteenth century to celebrate the victories of Napoleon's 'Grande Armée'.
Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, with eternal flame, underneath.

Where To Shop:
Christian Dior. 30 Avenue Montaigne, 75008
Loius Vuitton. 54 Avenue Montaigne, 75008
Emporio Armani.149 Boulevard Saint Germain, 75006
Valentino. 17-19 Avenue Montaigne, 75008
Gucci. 2 Rue du Fbg St. Honore, 75008

Entertainment:
Batofar
What looks like a mild-mannered tugboat moored near the imposing Bibliothèque Nationale de France is a rollicking dancing spot that attracts some top international DJ talent. It's open 6pm to 2am Tuesday to Sunday
Rex Club
This huge club is indisputably the hottest place in town for techno and attracts Paris' top DJ talent. It's open 11pm till dawn Wednesday to Sunday.

 

 
 
       
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