Paris

If April in Paris isn’t on your itinerary, don’t worry about it as May is also a great month to visit the “City of Lights”, and so are June through March.  Any time of the year there are so many enticements that you’ll need frequent rest stops at a café or brasserie just to collect your senses.  Capital of France and hub of business, commerce and transportation throughout Europe, Paris is a “global” city and it is rich and diverse in its art, culture, entertainment and cuisine.

Situated on the banks of the River Seine, the city is divided into 20 arrondissementes or neighbourhoods beginning on the right side of the river and spiralling outward; thus the Left Bank and Right Bank addresses.  Getting around is facilitated by an excellent metro system with 300 stations and 384 stops, or you can rent a bicycle or car, take a taxi or just walk.

From shopping on the garden promenade of the Champs-Elysees to a sweeping view of the cityscape from the Eiffel Tower Paris beckons from every direction.  The Cathedral of Notre Dame, the Louvre Museum (home of the Mona Lisa) and the historic Place de la Bastille are just a tiny sampling of the many sites to visit and explore.

Paris is noted for its world-class cuisine, from elegant five star restaurants to sidewalk cafes, and there are thousands to choose from.  Accommodations also range from the incredibly glitzy and luxurious like the Champs Elysees Plaza or Hotel San Regis, to the comfortable but much less pricey, such as Hipotel Paris Belleville or Hotel Villa Fenelon.