A weekend in Paris

Paris is undeniably one the most magnificent cities in the world. It has been drawing tourists for centuries with its charming neighborhoods and rich culture. France has now opened its doors to UAE with a valid vaccination certificate approved by the France Government along with PCR tests before travel. While the things to-do and places to see lists can be endless, Paris is a city with oodles of character, its charm is unmatchable and one must experience it in its true essence for an an unforgettable trip. When you only got a weekend in hand to explore this city, lets get that itinerary right!

A synonym to Paris is Champs-Elysées, it is world’s most famous commercial streets that also connects celebrated monuments in the city. Swamped with fashionistas and high-end retail stores, this neighborhood is rightly the heart beat of Paris. From Arc de Triomphe to La Concorde all are walking distance from this street.

—Le Marais 
Want to experience the hip and vibrant side of Paris? Head to Marais, the fashionable district that is home to many millennials. This place sets a different mood with its traditional markets, street music, jam-packed restaurants to trendy artistic corners. If you are someone who enjoys nightlife, then this area would be the right choice!

You can kick-start day two with a visit to this magical little town, Montmartre. Made its appearance in several movies this town is straight out of our dreams. Picturesque would be an understatement. Located up-hill, this neighborhood is known for fits cobbled streets, beautiful basilicas, art and old charming cafes. The famous cabaret Moulin Rouge too is located walking distance from this town. 

— 7th Arrondissement
This area is home to the most iconic cultural landmarks in the city, The Eiffel Tower and the Louvre Museum. Located on the banks of River Seine, this place is a tourist driven area with flocking crowds on one side and the locals enjoying their day sipping vine by the river, on the other. You can also hop on for a cruise ride for a reminiscing tour of Paris city.

— Madeleine
It would be ideal to base your trip in this arrondissement, as it’s easily accessible to all the other areas. From budget hotels to enjoying Paris views, Madeleine is a lively neighborhood which is also a walking distance to Paris Opera as well as Champs-Elysées. With bus and metro stations close by, making it convenient to explore the city.

With all that said, any city is best explored on feet. If you can walk it through as much as you can, you connect with the place tenfold and come back feeling like you lived in Paris definitely longer than a weekend!

(Contributed by Safia Mansoor)

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