Paris leaves an impression on everyone, from students perfecting their langue française to tourists who go slack-jawed at the instant and impressive beauty of the city. This city has been home to countless films, revolutions and lingering looks of love, and consistently tops the bucket lists of "places to visit" for people around the world.
All at once there is too much to say and no words to describe Paris. The fascination of the French capital – 'the city of cities' as Victor Hugo put it – is eternal. Whether you are a businessman on another company trip, a young couple roaming the City of Love, a student exploring the history of the city with a school group or you're just stopping through en route to another destination, the centuries-old magic of Paris is guaranteed to draw you in.
The way of life is different, the food and drink is sumptuous and the language is flowing, delicate and easy to listen to. Paris has been growing and changing for over 2,000 years, and each of its many layers is rich in history and intrigue. Unlike many European cities, it was left mostly unscathed by two world wars, and its celebrated streets, monuments and museums draw immense numbers of people from around the world.
Paris is an ideal city for strolling – there is always something completely different around the next corner and you'll never lack in famous places to visit or pieces of art to see. For a city that is home to 12 million people, it manages to keep a small-town feel as your wander through neighbourhoods and streets. In fact, intertwined throughout the life of the city are hints of influence from all the thousands of famous artists, writers, thinkers, musicians, and more who called Paris home.
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 offered from hotel room windows, it doesn't take much to convince anyone that Paris is one of the most beautiful cities on earth. 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 its inhabitants—visitors and locals alike.
No matter the motivation, when you arrive in Paris, you are sure to be struck by the vibrant, creative and flowing energy of the City of Light. Safeguard your holiday with an international travel insurance plan from Cover-More Australia and rest easy, knowing our experts have your back.
By Dan Moore
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