Latin Quarter is one of the most vibrant places in Paris, with ancient architecture, neon bright lights and street musicians that will fascinate you. It’s full of cafes, pubs and jazz clubs. Bastille Square is a center of nightlife in Paris with bars and dance clubs.
While discos are few and far in Paris, the city has no shortage of entertainment options elegant and classic. Even walking through the city at night is a pleasant experience. Bastille offers cafes, night clubs, bars and music venues and dance salsa and merengue; Sanz Sans Club is decorated in the style of a brothel and La Balajo is known for its salsa nights. Another good stop is the Ritz Hemingway bar, which was attended by the writer in the ’40s. Marais is a lively gay bar and Politburo, a punk rock bar. Johnny Depp is co-owner of the club Man Ray from the Champs-Elysées, and in Pigalle the cancan show Moulin Rouge comes with a dinner with champagne.
Visit Le Batofar, a tug remodeled and turned into a nightclub or bar with cigars and rum China Club 50. The bar Harry’s New York Bar is a delightful piano music and Opera Garnier is home to Paris National Opera Ballet.
Usually the prices are quite high in restaurants in Paris. To save money on food we recommend cooking in the kitchen made available in the hostel. The cheapest option for a nourishing meal is traditional French baguette in various combinations with meat, cheese, vegetables and sauces. Do not forget to try traditional thin French pastry called “crepes”, which can be sweet or salty.
Nightlife is everywhere in the city. During the warmer months it’s common to see people walking on the streets late into the night. Paris is not a dangerous city, but still need to be cautious, as in any big city. If you think to go back to the hostel later is good to know that the metro runs until 0:30.
Public hospitals and groups of hospitals in Paris are given in collaboration, city and national Ministry of Health and are funded by a social welfare system. Several other hospitals are run by churches and private administrations, also there are many private clinics. Among the many medical research bodies in the city, the best known is the Pasteur Institute, founded in 1887.
The medical system in France is considered to be one of the best and not very expensive in the world. This is because it focuses primarily on prevention, GP visit costs were reasonable and therefore accessible to all social groups.
In general, doctors and hospitals don’t keep long-term records and medical history of the patient, that is why it is advisable to keep all medical records for future reference.
According to French medical system, each person can see any doctor wants: general practitioner (médecin généraliste), specialist (spécialiste), dentists (dentiste), etc.. Often women’s main doctor is gynaecologist (gynécologue), thus encouraged annual or quarterly visits.
Doctors are divided into two categories: those who work on a convention (conventionné) thus establishing rates under French national health system and those who set their own rates (non-conventionné).
The main hospital in Paris are: Hopital Croix Saint Simon, Institut Curie, Generale De Sante Cliniques, Clinique Du Rond Point Des Champs Elysees, Etude Généalogique Maillard, Sos Medecins Ile De France, Hôtel-Dieu de Paris (the oldest hospital in the city) , Broussais University Hospital, American Hospital of Paris, Hôpital Européen Georges-Pompidou, Bicêtre Hospital, L’Hôtel national des Invalides, Necker-Enfants Malades Hospital, Pitié-Salpêtrière Hospital, Saint-Antoine University Hospital etc.
Shopping in Paris – Travel in Paris France Tourism and Vacations
Paris is one of the first cities in the world in terms of shopping. Even people who hate shopping love to go shopping in Paris. Here, everyone can find something he likes, haute couture, perfume, comic books, outdoor markets, or anything else.
Bon Marché, Galeries Lafayettes, Samaritaine, Printemps, and Bazar de l’Hôtel de Ville (BHV) are some of the wonderful stores that are part of the history of Paris, offering a variety of items for sale. Content and services mostly for tourists: Help for shopping, interpreters, currency exchange and tax free shopping.
Many of them have branches in major cities outside Paris.
Virgine Megastore and FNAC are the chain stores specializing in cultural products such as books, music, electronics, and photography equipment. Also they are selling tickets for shows and travel services. Other chain stores are specialized in cosmetics and perfumes (Séphora) or interior decoration (Habitat, Ikea).
Most designer boutiques are located mainly at Montaigne (Yves Saint-Laurent and Christian Dior, Faubourg Saint-Honoré (Hermès and Gucci) in areas Madeleine, Saint-Sulplice or Sèvres-Babylone area surrounding rue de Grenelle, rue du Cherche-Midi and rue de Saints-Pères (Versace, Sonia Rykiel). The youngest people can visit the Halles neighborhood (Agnès B, Claudie Pierlot), the Place des Victoires, (Kenzo) or boutique Marais (Fan, Et Vous).
Carrousel du Louvre, a pedestrian mall located in the Louvre contains stores such as André Courrèges and Lalique, along with a variety of boutiques and restaurants gigantic area. For perfumes and cosmetics, there are many boutiques in the Opera area. Souvenirs can be found near tourist areas, especially in sub arches street of Rivoli.
In Paris, most shops are open from 10 am to 19 pm Monday to Saturday. Some stores stay open until 21 o’clock one night a week. Hypermarkets can remain open until 21 or 22. Many food shops are open from 8 in the morning, including Sundays. On holidays, many stores in Paris are closed, while bakeries are open only in the morning.
Louvre is the most visited art museum in the world, full of historical monument and a national museum of France. It is a central landmark of Paris, being located in the 1st arrondissement of the city. In the Louvre are expose around 35,000 works of art in six millennium B.Ch. and until the nineteenth century A.Ch.
The museum is housed in the Louvre Palace which was originally conceived as a fortress in the twelfth century under the reign of Philip II. The ruins of this fortress can still be seen today. The building continued to be extended many times over the centuries until it reached its present form Louvre Palace. Residence of the kings of France in 1674 was moved to the Palace of Versailles and the Louvre Palace has remained as the main place where the royal art collections were exhibited. During the French Revolution was decided that the Louvre become museum and host the most precious masterpieces of French people.
When was opened, on 10 August 1793, the museum presented a collection of 537 paintings, the majority are works confiscated from the Church and the French monarchy.
During Napoleon’s reign museum has greatly increased collection and changed his name to Napoleon Museum. After Napoleon’s dead , many of the works were returned to their rightful owners. But the museum’s collection continued to increase, during the Second Empire won over 20,000 pieces. The number of the art works owned by the Louvre continued to grow steadily from gifts and donations.
Since 2008 the Louvre collection is divided into eight distinct categories: Ancient Egypt, Antiquities of the Middle East, Greece, Etruscan and Roman Empire, Islamic Art, Sculpture, Decorative Arts, Paintings, Prints and Drawings.
Today the museum houses over 380,000 objects and 35,000 works of art. Of the 15,000 daily visitors, 65% are foreigners
The collection includes over 6,000 paintings dating from the XIII century up to 1848. Here can be found Leonardo da Vinci’s masterpiece, Mona Lisa among other works of art of inestimable value.
Arc de Triomphe and Champs Élysées a city break in Paris will never be complete without a stroll down the Champs-Élysées recognized worldwide as “La plus belle avenue du monde”. This place has a special significance for the French because every year, the French National Day, the largest military parade in Europe passes down the boulevard.
Champs-Elysées is also known as a place of art, museums, luxury shops, with numerous cinemas, restaurants and cafes also hosts important cultural events.
The museums are open between 10am and 6pm, being closed on Monday and Tuesday. Usually shops are open between 9am and 7pm and restaurants between 11:30 am and again between 7:30 pm and 2pm 11pm.
Set in a Paris city break, you can walk to Northwestern end of the Champs Elysees where you can find the famous Arc de Triomphe in Paris. Built under the command of Napoleon I, its construction began in 1806, ending in 1836, 15 years after the death of Napoleon. Tourists have access to the roof of the monument, enjoying one of the finest views of Paris. Location where there is monument is called Place de l’étoile . The building has a height of 50 meters, a width of 45 meters and is decorated with reliefs that evoke the battles of the period of the First Republic and the French Empire (1789-1815).
Below the arc you will find the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier , dedicated to soldiers of the first world war.
Eiffel Tower- is a famous building in Paris on steel frame that measures 324 feet high. Tower has become the symbol of France’s most prevalent worldwide. Like it or not, is the emblem of Paris. The tower is one of the main tourist destinations of Paris and the world, with more than 5.5 million visitors annually.
Tower has received the 200,000,000 visitor on 28 November 2002.
Controversial, loved, hated, was completed in 1889 for the Universal Exhibition. It’s structure was built between 1887-1889. This was to serve as the entrance arch to the Exposition Universelle (1889), a World’s Fair that celebrated the centenary of the French Revolution. It was inaugurated on March 31, 1889 and opened to the public on 6 May. Everyone expected to fall, but Eiffel did a great job – the tower is still standing 122 years later, survived two world wars and stand about 7 million visitors a year.
The view from above is gorgeous … queues at ticket can be annoyingly long, so maybe take your tickets online and skip the line at the house. Alternatively, you can climb the tower Montparnasse placed near the Eiffel Tower.
The tower is 300 meters tall, excluding the antenna at the top, which adds 20 meters and a weight of over 10,000 tons. When it was built it was the tallest building in the world.
The tower has three levels: public access to the first and second level can be both on the stairs and by lift, however access to the top floor is made exclusively by lift.
The building, where 500 people work, is open to the public throughout the year. Eiffel Tower is entered as a monument of 24 June 1964 and is part of the UNESCO World Heritage since 1991, along with other Parisian monuments.