|There are so many things to see and do in Paris that planning in advance is necessary to get the most out of your visit. The planning should start by finding accommodation located as close as possible to your favorite area of the city. If you do not know where that is, a good starting point is the rather expensive area around Champs Élysées or the less expensive Latin Quarter on the other side of the River Seine. From both these locations you are within walking distance of some of the best known landmarks of Paris, like the Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame, the Louvre Museum, and the Arc de Triomphe to name a few.
The excellent underground system in Paris, known as the Métro, has 16 lines and almost 400 stations. The trains travel all day at intervals of 5 minutes between 5 AM and 1:30 PM, stopping at all stations on the line. The Métro is a fast, efficient and inexpensive way to get around Paris.
There are several very good boat services which makes use of the Seine. As well as providing easy, cheap transport to much of central Paris, it also offers excellent photo opportunities. You can buy a day or 3 day ticket and hop on and off the boat as needed. The boats take a circular route from the Eiffel Tower, down past Louvre, Notre Dame, botanical gardens then back up the other bank past Musee D'orsay.
When you want something else to do than sightseeing, Paris offers some of the very best shopping opportunities in the world. Not only can you find the very top end of boutiques from the world's major fashion houses, but you can also find more ordinary Parish fashion shops at reasonable prices. Paris has 3 main flea-markets, located on the outskirts of central city. The most famous is the Marché aux Puces de St-Ouen (Clignancourt Flea Market), a haven for lovers of antiques, second-hand goods and retro fashion. The best days to goo are Saturday and Sunday.
Paris is one of Europe's culinary centers. Trendy restaurants often require reservations weeks, if not months in advance. If you haven't planned far enough ahead, try to get a reservation for lunch which is generally easier and less expensive. Many of the more ordinary restaurants are tiny and have tables close together. In some cases when the restaurant is crowded, you may have to sit beside strangers at the same table.