City Breaks: Paris
Capital of France, and known worldwide as the city of love, Paris is the ultimate getaway for a European city break. Whether you’re there to take a trip through history like the Arc de Triomphe or you’re in the need of an adrenaline rush on Space Mountain at Disneyland, Paris has something for everybody. When making your Paris travel plans, remember to apply for your European Health Insurance Card which will save you from costly medical bills should you require healthcare during your stay in the French capital.
An iconic symbol of French civic pride, the Eiffel Tower has been an amazing landmark since its completion in 1889, despite being initially hated by the Paris locals. Don’t be afraid to take the elevator to the top as the views of the Paris skyline from the top are breathtaking. In fact it’s worth visiting the tower a number of times as the views are completely different at various times of the day, but all equally beautiful. The Tower lights up at night time and is a sight to be enjoyed from a table at a nearby restaurant whilst enjoying a candle-lit meal with your other half.
Arc de Triomphe
Commissioned on the orders of Emperor Napoleon in 1806 after the victory at Austerlitz and first inaugurated in 1836, although Napoleon never saw its completion due to his untimely death in 1821. Today the monument stands as a tribute to the victories of the Grand Armée and is inspired by the grand arches of antiquity. The exhibition features the tomb of an unknown soldier from the Great War with a flame lit every evening in his honour. The terrace is the place for superb views across the city at all hours of the day and night, you will quickly see why the Arc is symbolically important internationally.
The French cousin of the Disney theme park franchise is now approaching their 25 anniversary and regularly attracts an excess of 10 million annual visitors. Take advantage of the Express shuttle service that offers a new way of getting to and from the city centre and the park. Whether you’re spending one afternoon at the park or an entire fortnight, there is no shortage of rides and attractions to keep you busy, many of them you want to experience again and again. Book now to enjoy the annual Disney Halloween Festival, with a number of spooky events and attractions, that runs through to the 2nd November.