Paris, the third largest urban center in Europe with 2.2 million people, is a city of neighborhoods, parks, museums, and breathtaking architectural treasures. Whether it is your first or fifteenth visit to Paris, you will want to view the metropolis from the heights of the Eiffel Tower, stroll the paths of the Tulleries or Luxembourg Park, marvel at the Arc de Triomphe, and, of course, saunter the romantic Champs Elysee.
Paris is surrounded by lots of lovely French countryside just beckoning you to visit. When you need to escape the sometimes overwhelming magnitude of the city, head to one of these easy to reach day trip destinations. Versailles The Palace at Versailles is one of the most-visited places in France outside of Paris. The vast royal palace and gardens were built by King Louis XIV and was the site of many important historical events and treaty signings.
Even if the history doesn’t interest you, the palace is worth a visit for its sheer size and beauty. Walking on the ground and through the magnificent halls, one is instantly transported back to the lavish times of Marie Antoinette.
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