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Take time to fall in love with Paris

If you think you would enjoy walking down history's lane, strolling one of the 37 bridges over the River Seine, or having the Eiffel tower as your backdrop, you should consider traveling to Paris. This world capital of romance offers more than just scenery to entrance the eyes. Paris offers a variety of historic landmarks to visit, such as the renowned Louvre, home to the Mona Lisa; the Notre Dame Cathedral; the Basilica Sacre Coeur; and several other famous locations. But immersing yourself into the Paris way of life is the best way to experience the difference in cultures. Don't plan Paris day by day, because time seems to slow down when you are touring the city. So take your time to become familiar with the pedestrian- only streets and flower boxes hanging from every window because in many cases, this is a once in a lifetime trip.

Three things you will need

Satchel/small purse: Carrying a small purse that is close to your body is the smartest thing you can do when in Europe. There are often pick-pockets in crowded areas that are looking for tourists to prey on. Keep it zippered at all times because it would be a shame if your passport and money went missing.

Light raincoat: The weather in Paris is unpredictable. So much so that almost every day's prediction when I was there was off by a long shot.

Small bills: This will come in handy when you need to pay for a taxi to get back to the hotel after walking too far. What you won't need small bills for is tips for waiters. They are usually already built into the bill. If it is not, tips are not usually expected when it comes time to pay the bill.

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Three travel tips

Find a map of the metro: The metro in Paris has over 245 stations and carries more than 4.5 million passengers every day. It can be very confusing when trying to get from one end of the city to the other without a map and the names of stations written in French. Don't go with your "good sense of direction." Get a map.

Avoid dud restaurants: When finding a restaurant, don't pick one with advertising waiters standing out front. This usually means that the restaurant does not have enough patrons to fill its tables each night. This could be caused by a lack of the great food that Parisians have come to expect from their restaurants. Try the Latin Quarter for some great food.

Take a trek to the Palace of Versailles: I now understand why the French Revolution occurred. It will take your breathe away to see the lavish lifestyle that Marie Antoinette and Louis XVI lived before their ultimate downfall. Walk through the palace and take a golf cart through their gardens and private castles. The Palace of Versailles is located just 40 minutes outside of the city if riding the train.

Three things to do or see

Visit the Notre Dame:There is no entrance fee to visit the most famous church in France, and possibly all of Europe. The line moves very quickly, but just be sure to be keep quiet as you admire the stained glass windows and architecture.

Lock a 'love lock' to the Pont des Arts Bridge: This bridge links the Institute of Paris to the central square of the Louvre, over the River Seine. Recently, the chain link bridge has become a popular site for romantics, who buy a lock together, and lock the "love lock" to the bridge. Afterward, they throw the key into the river to seal their love. The lock costs money, but the memory is free.

Walk through the Jardin des Tuleries: Outside of the Louvre and stretching more than two miles, the garden offers statues and monuments among beautiful blooming flowers.

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One thing to skip

The Champs-Elysees: This street in Paris is as famous as Fifth Avenue in New York City. However, every store, like Fifth Avenue, will cost an arm, a leg and another leg to purchase any product. Plus, it is very busy, which keeps a constant crowd on the streets. Don't miss the Arc de Triomphe at the end of the street, though.

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