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Notre Dame Cathedral on a sunny day in Paris, France

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Take a tour of France's capital and find an elegant madame of a city: she's striking, eloquent, edgy, beautifully draped in the finest wares, and always surprising.

Why go?

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With a flight time of only one to two hours from UK airports, city breaks in Paris are eternally popular with visitors looking for a dose of art, culture, history, striking architecture, fashion, flair, a delightful café scene and some of the world's finest food.

An excellent network of underground public transport, including the Paris Metro, complements the fact that central Paris is compact and easy to navigate on foot. This means that nothing is ever far away in Paris, including: designer shopping (think Chanel, Dior, Gautier, Lanvin, and Louis Vuitton), rousing museums (Musee d'Orsay, the Louvre), fun on the river (take a tour on the glass-covered riverboats known as the Bateaux Mouche), and the legendary Fauchon food shop in Place de la Madeleine.

You can fly into Paris and arrive at the airports of Paris - Charles de Gaulle (CDG), Paris - Orly (ORY), or Beauvais (BVA). Charles de Gaulle and Orly airports are close to the city centre, while Beauvais is 50 miles north of Paris. The Eurostar from London is another popular choice for visitors to Paris with a journey of around two hours.

Paris hotels are available to suit the romantics, the art lovers, the fashionistas, and the history buffs, and there is a wide range of accommodation across the price scale - from hostels and budget hotels tucked away on the upper floors of old buildings, to the grand luxury hotels that will wow with their opulence and discreet service.

Where to stay?

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We can hopefully shed some light on where to stay in Paris.

There are many hotels in Paris to choose from in the swirl of 20 districts (the French call them arrondissements) that spiral away in a clockwise direction from the very heart of central Paris and the River Seine. Hotels in Paris can get booked up during busy shows and events in the city, so booking ahead is advisable to find your ideal Paris hotel.

The Louvre is in the 1st arrondissement, which is one of the oldest and smallest districts. Fashion, history and art rule in the lively Marais, in the 3rd and 4th arrondissements, while the nearby Ile Saint-Louis, also in the 4th, is quieter and hotels are a bit more expensive here. It's where you'll find Notre Dame.

Tourists and students book hotels in the lively Latin Quarter in the 5th district of Paris, and you might want to consider staying in the 7th arrondissement to be close to the Eiffel Tower. The Champs-Elysees and Arc de Triomphe are found in the 8th arrondissement.

If you're an opera fan, the 9th district could be your Parisian paradise as it houses the Palais Garnier and the resident Paris Opera. Shoppers will also be in 7th heaven (or should that be 9th heaven?) in the 9th, with the famed Boulevard Haussmann, which is home to gargantuan department stores such as Galeries Lafayette and Au Printemps.

Further out of the central area, the 18th arrondissement is home to Montmartre where the mighty dome of the Sacré Coeur dominates the skyline above notable buildings such as the Moulin Rouge.

A little further out in the 20th arrondissement is Pere Lachaise Cemetery. It's thought to be the most visited cemetery in the world and is where many famous people are buried, including writer Oscar Wilde and Jim Morrison of The Doors.

Also on the outskirts of Paris is the national stadium, Stade de France. Horse racing at Longchamp racecourse can be found just outside the main districts on the Seine, and the wide-open green spaces of Bois de Boulogne park are next door to the track.

What's on?

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Find out when to stay in Paris - or when to avoid the city - using this guide to the top annual events.

Events

Paris Fashion Week; spring and autumn: Unless you're a dedicated follower of fashion, a model, a designer, an A-list celebrity, or a member of their extensive teams, it might be best to avoid Paris during the semi-annual event. Rooms will get booked up and prices will soar.

May Day (also called Labor Day); May 1: Paris celebrates the rights of workers on this special day. This means that everything closes, including the Louvre and the Eiffel Tower, though restaurants in tourist areas will stay open. Flowers are given to loved ones and a political demonstration helps to bring the city to a standstill.

Bastille Day; July 14: The start of the French Revolution in 1789 is marked every summer with military parades and fireworks.