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For a splendid stroll or a longer journey, the privileged environment around Le Bristol Paris will satisfy your every desire. Along with the emblematic Palais de l’Elysée presidential palace, the illustrious Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré is an important Paris showcase for luxury and fashion.

In the mood for a shopping spree? The street's prestigious boutiques beckon with the unique style and sophistication of the leading names that congregate here in a spirit of global luxury. Ready for a nibble? The iconic Parisian food stores of La Madeleine welcome you. At the square's center, the Church of La Madeleine regularly hosts live music events and entertainment in an elegant and dignified atmosphere.

At the end of the Rue Royale you’ll find the grand architectural ensemble of fountains and statues clustered around the Place de la Concorde's famous obelisk. Fancy a cultural escapade? Head to the Grand Palais on the stately Champs Elysées. This beautiful historic building hosts some of the city's most prestigious exhibitions.

On your way back, be sure to explore the contemporary art galleries and antique shops of the Avenue Matignon and its adjacent streets, the embodiment of the artistic diversity so treasured in Paris.

The Marais district

Explore the Marais district to discover the narrow streets of the Paris of long ago, where you will find enchantment around every corner.

When you reach Place des Vosges, the heart of this historic neighbourhood, be sure to visit Victor Hugo's house, where time seems to have stood still and you can sense the memories of times gone by.

Then step out once more into the bustle of Paris' oldest square and stroll around looking in the windows of the galleries of naïve art, or relax on a bench, lulled by the gentle murmur of the fountains.

The Montmartre district

The Basilica of Sacré-Cœur, standing proudly at the top of Montmartre's hill, is the symbol of this artistic neighbourhood. A little village in the heart of Paris, its distinctive atmosphere was created by painters such as Pablo Picasso, Georges Braque and Vincent Van Gogh. In Place du Tertre you'll come across numerous portrait artists, who still set up their easels there every day. Strolling down rue Lepic you can take a look at the Montmartre windmills, or linger in the locations used in the film 'Amélie'.

The Left Bank

A walk along the Seine's Left Bank (Rive Gauche) is the best way to sample the carefree existence enjoyed by Paris' students and intellectuals. 

After crossing the Ile de la Cité, where the imposing Cathedral of Notre-Dame towers over its surroundings, you will pass in front of the Sainte Chapelle and the Conciergerie before arriving at the Latin Quarter's main thoroughfares, the boulevards Saint-Michel and Saint-Germain. During the last century Parisian intellectuals flocked to this area, with its endless second-hand booksellers and its iconic cafes, such as Café De Flore, Les Deux Magots and the Brasserie Lipp.

Further along boulevard Saint-Michel, and opposite the Panthéon, the open gates of the Luxembourg Gardens (Jardin du Luxembourg) reveal the magnificent gardens of the Senate within. If you are tempted to enter, you can wander through the legendary park that has inspired a host of writers and poets such as Gérard de Nerval, Charles Baudelaire and Victor Hugo. Leave the gardens in the direction of boulevard Raspail, and head for Bon Marché, a luxury department store, which makes an ideal destination for a bit of shopping.

 If you're taking your family to the Left Bank, young children will enjoy a trip to the zoo in the Jardin des Plantes (botanical gardens) or a walk along quai Saint-Bernard, which has an open-air display of sculptures from the second half of the 20th century.

The Trocadéro-Invalides district

No trip to Paris is complete without visiting the Trocadéro-Invalides. This neighbourhood is a testament to the magnificent and daring architecture of the Belle Epoque and its world fairs. The famous bridge, Pont Alexandre III, was opened in 1900 and spans the Seine, connecting the Grand Palais and the Petit Palais with the esplanade of Les Invalides, the military hospital. If you walk along the banks of the Seine towards the Eiffel Tower, Paris' massive 'Iron Lady' that dominates the skyline, you will come to the gardens and fountains of the Trocadéro district, overlooked by the Palais de Chaillot, which houses the Musée de l'Homme (the natural history museum) and the Paris aquarium, among other attractions.   

The Champs-Elysées district

The Champs-Elysées, one of the most beautiful avenues in the world, runs between the Arc de Triomphe and the Place de la Concorde, at the very heart of the eighth arrondissement.

Along with avenue George V and avenue Montaigne, it forms the boundary of the 'Triangle d'Or' (or Golden Triangle) where some of the world's most prestigious fashion houses are to be found, such as Chanel, Dior and Valentino.

This district also includes rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré, one of the capital's smartest shopping streets that is famous for its luxury retailers (such as Yves Saint Laurent and Prada), and its art galleries where the most prestigious artists exhibit their works.

The Opera district

There's nothing quite like a stroll through the streets around the Opéra Garnier, exploring the majestic boulevards designed by Haussmann which make Paris such a lovely place to live. 

Continue down rue de la Paix to reach Place Vendôme, where you can feast your eyes on the creations of the world's greatest jewellers, such as Boucheron, Van Cleef & Arpels and Cartier. Stop for a gourmet treat at the Café de la Paix, where the Napoleon III interior has been listed as an historic monument.

Afterwards, if you wander down boulevard des Capucines, you'll come to the impressive Eglise de la Madeleine, a neoclassical church built by Napoleon as a temple to the glory of France. As you go back up boulevard Haussmann, you have the perfect opportunity to pop into one of Paris' most famous department stores, such as Galeries Lafayette or Printemps Haussmann.

The Rivoli-Tuileries district

Running alongside the rue de Rivoli, the Tuileries Gardens stretch all the way from Place de la Concorde to the Louvre Museum. These gardens, the oldest in the formal French style with their broad symmetrical paths, have witnessed the splendours of the courts of the greatest kings of France.
Within the gardens, you can visit the impressionist art collections in the Musée de l'Orangerie or the photography exhibitions in the Musée du Jeu de Paume.
On the other side of the gardens, you will come to the Musée des Arts Décoratifs, on your left, and the magnificent Louvre Museum, one of the world's greatest museums, adorned with its now famous glass pyramid.

And also...

Paris' charm extends beyond these districts: you can also find it in the unique atmosphere of the Saint-Ouen flea market (the Marché aux Puces), on the banks of the Saint-Martin Canal, and along the wooded paths of the Jardin d'Acclimatation, a popular children's amusement park and zoo.

The Palace of Versailles and its massive formal gardens lie just a few miles from Paris. As does the picturesque village of Giverny, much loved by painters, and inspiration for Monet's famous water lilies.

Finally, children will of course be delighted by a trip to Parc Astérix or Disneyland Paris!

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