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Walking in Paris is one of the great pleasures of visiting the city. It's quite easy to cross the entire Paris in only a few hours, if you can somehow keep yourself from stopping at numerous cafés and shops.
The major tourist season in France stretches from Easter to mid-September, but Paris has much to offer in every season. Paris in the early spring can be disappointingly damp, though it's relatively tourist free; May and June are delightful, with good weather and plenty of cultural attractions.
July and August can be sultry. Moreover, many theaters and some of the smaller restaurants and shops close for the entire month of August. If you're undeterred by hot weather and pollution, you'll notice a relaxed atmosphere around the city, as this is the month when most Parisians are on vacation.
September is ideal. Cultural life revives after the summer break, and sunny weather often continues through the first half of October. The ballet and theater are in full swing in November, but the weather is part wet and cold, part bright and sunny. December is dominated by the fêtes de fin d'année (end-of-year festivities), and a busy theater, ballet, and opera season goes well into January.
Paris offers a number of interesting itineraries for strollers. You can follow the waterways or the railway transformed into a most surprising walkway hung some 50 feet above the hustle-bustle of the city. You can also spend some quality time in any of the large public parks which the city counts (Luxembourg, Buttes-Chaumont, Montsouris, Vincennes or Bois de Boulogne), or else decide to learn live history and architecture in areas like St Germain-des-Prés, Bd Hausmann, La Defense.
Walking tours ?
Walking tours in English, including several organized by neighborhoods and themes (Da Vinci Code...). 2 to 4 hours. 12-20€.
Witty and informative tours in English, rain or shine on topics including the Marais, Montmartre, Da Vinci Code, World War II. 10-12€.
Riviera Paris Champs Elysees.
3 star hotel located between the Champs Elysees and Eiffel Tower.
Hotel 7 Eiffel
'4 star hotel near the Eiffel Tower and Invalides
de la Tour Maubourg Paris Invalides
Real boutique hotel in front of the Invalides, and near the
Henri 4 Sorbonne Paris.
3 star hotel located near the Sorbonne in the Latin quarter.
ATN Opera Paris
3 star Design hotel, near St Lazare train station.
Belle Juliette Left Bank Paris.
4 star hotel between Montparnasse and St Germain des Pres, in
the surrounding of the Palais of Luxembourg.
Tivoli Champs Elysees Paris
3 star Design hotel, near the arc de Triomphe.