The City of Light. Bohemian, trendy, lively, diverse, charming - any way you choose to describe it, Paris is truly enchanting.
Built on the River Seine, Paris is home to many infamous landmarks: The Arc de Triumphe, the Louvre, the Hotel de Ville and perhaps most recognizable of them all, the Eiffel Tower.
The River Seine divides the capital city of Paris in to two distinct areas: the right bank and the left bank. The right bank contains a majority of the tourist attractions found in Paris including several of France's top museums and a wide range of shops. The artistic left bank is known as the Bohemian area of Paris with many lively cafes and an abundance of diverse night life.
Backpacking in Paris is easy and doesn't have to be overly expensive. Public transport is convenient, cheap and easy to use - the metro in particular. Wherever in Paris you are, you are always close to a metro. Affordable accomodation is also available in the form of backpacker hostels and budget hotels.
There are countless activities and attractions to interest the backpacker in Paris. On the left bank is a landmark of gothic architecture, Paris's most famous cathedral, The Notre Dame which was built from 1163 to 1345. Another dominant left bank attraction, the Eiffel Tower stands 320m high. The Eiffel Tower was built in 1889 for the World Fair (Exposition Universelle) and was the object of major opposition from the artistic and literary communities when it was first built. Today, it is perhaps one of the most recognizable structures in Europe.
Attractions on the Right Bank include the Louvre, home of the Mona Lisa, and the Champs Elysees, a 2km long avenue which connects the place de la concorde with the Arc de Triomphe. This roundabout, the world's largest, connects twelve avenues!
Other notable areas of the city include Montmarte, home of the famous nightclub Moulin Rouge which was founded in 1889, The Latin Quarter and the commercial centres Bourse and Opera. If amusement parks are your thing, consider visiting the Disneyland Resort Paris - Disneyland with a French twist. Built in 1992, this world-famous resort is only a short train ride out of the city. Visit Disneyland Paris for more details.
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