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The purpose this website is to help visitors to Paris get the most out of their visit by suggesting some of the "must see" sights and tourist attractions in what is one of the most enchanting cities in Europe. Here you can find incredible architectural masterpieces and some of the most famous works of art in the world.

Tourists flock to Paris year round, every season in Paris has its own charm and its own drawbacks. In the spring, the weather in Paris can often be changeable, with both rainy and sunny days in about equal numbers. Of the summer months, June is notoriously wet, while in July, temperatures can reach quite high levels. Occasional heat waves can be uncomfortable and in extreme cases, devastating, in 2003 a hot spell killed hundreds of people. The weather can also become very muggy, and this can aggravate Paris’s pollution problem. In August, tourists move in and Parisians move out for their holidays. Smaller hotels, shops and other services close for the month, although these days this is becoming less common. During this time the Champs Elysees and Eiffel Tower are packed with sightseers, many of Paris’s best festivals are held during the summer and some parts of the city can be quite peaceful. In the autumn, the crowds of tourists  begin to lessen. Despite winter cold and rain, there isn't much snow. In the off season, airfares and hotel rates drop, travel is less congested, and the museum lines are shorter.

Several companies offer river cruises along the river Seine. It may be very touristy, but it's an enjoyable and relaxing way to view the city. The Paris metro is easy to use, clean and swift. Lines are identified by their colour and number. The direction is given by the last stop on the line. Follow sortie for the exit and correspondence to change lines. Buy a carnet of ten tickets to save money and stamp your ticket in the machine before boarding. It's often hard to hail a cab on the streets, so the best option is to find a rank at train and major metro stations. The white light on the roof indicates the taxi is free. Taxis charge extra for an item of luggage stored in the boot, and for trips taken at night. As you get in, ensure that the meter is turned on. Three is usually the maximum number of permitted passengers, also Taxi drivers don't expect a tip, but it is common to simply round up the fare.

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