10 lovely things to do in Paris

1. Take a long, lazy boat drip along the River Seine between May and September when it’s warm. Tres romantic.

2. Pick up something pretty in Avenue Montaigne, home to all the grand fashion houses. I was on a budget but managed to snap up a gorgeous black vest in Calvin Klein for around 30 Euros.

3. Forget the tourist-choked Eiffel Tower during the day and head up at night instead, when it’s quieter and infinitely more beautiful.

4. Head out of the city centre to the Parc des Buttes Chaumont – an idyllic space dreamed up by Baron Haussmann and landscaped by Badrillet. Take a picnic and spend the afternoon there.

5. Watch the world go by over succulent plates of Escargot and fries with a punchy Pinot Grigio at La Terrasse – just around the corner from the Champs de Mars.

6. If you’re feeling flush, spend an indulgent night at the neo-Baroque Opera de Paris, also known as the Palais Garnier. Inside you’ll find one of the grandest interiors in the world and a thrilling programme of performances.

7. Sip coffee in the prime spot on the glorious Avenue Montaigne in La Terrasse Montaigne at the Plaza Athenee hotel (pictured above). Or, for coffee purists, head the the city’s most famous cafe, Cafe de Flore where the omelettes are out of this world!

8. Sidestep the heavingly popular Louvre and explore the smaller galleries and museums of Paris, like the fascinating Picasso Museum in Marais. The museum and gallery is housed in the grand old Hôtel Salé in rue de Thorigny.

9. Spend the day exploring the spectacular gardens and grand palace of Versailles – a stunning example of 18th century French art. One of the most interesting parts of this grand old estate is Mary-Antoinette’s quarters – one of the most picturesque places you’ll ever see.

10. Sample some of the finest chocolates in the world at Paris’s most renowned chocolate houses: the innovative Patrick Roger, the sublime Maison du Chocolat or the colourful Pierre Herme – surely the happiest way to spend an hour!

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