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An autumn weekend in Paris
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An autumnal weekend in Paris

Audrey Hepburn knew what she was talking about when she said ‘Paris is always a good idea’. There isn’t really a bad time of year for an escape to the French capital. You can ice skate halfway up the…

Paris Louvre museum
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Alternative things to do in Paris

Paris is full of world-famous buildings and attractions – the Eiffel Tower, the Arc de Triomphe, the Louvre, Sacré-Cœur and Montmartre. But what about on your second visit, or third or fourth? When you’ve seen the big names there’s…

St Germain Paris walking tour
Travel tales

The streets of St Germain: A Paris walking tour

On Paris’ Left Bank, St-Germain-des-Prés is one of the city’s most famous neighbourhoods. Over the years it’s been a meeting place for intellectuals, centre of the post-war Jazz Age and a bohemian hub for artists and writers. And nowadays it’s…

Paris at Christmas time
Travel tales

Paris at Christmas time

I’ve sweltered on the beach at the Paris Plages in the middle of summer, walked through parks full of flowers in springtime and watched the leaves change colour in autumn, but until now I’ve never seen Paris in winter.…

Paris on a budget
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Visiting Paris on a budget

Paris is one of my favourite European cities – I usually try and spend a few days out there most years, and was lucky enough to spend an autumn house-sitting there. But even though I had somewhere to stay,…

Paris sewer tour
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The underbelly of Paris: Touring the sewers

So I know I said I wanted to see some of the more unusual sights of Paris, but aren’t the sewers a step too far? After visiting another of Paris’ underground attractions, the catacombs, I heard that part of the…

Flowers in the Jardin des Plantes
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Flowers in the Jardin des Plantes, Paris // In pictures

Hidden away behind tall hedges near the Seine in Paris’ 5th arrondissement is the city’s Jardin des Plantes, or botanical gardens. These gardens stretch over almost 70 acres, with more than 4500 different plants – from rose and iris…