Due to the closeness of so many European cities, traveling weekend breaks UK citizens can be just great. There are usually around nine 3 day holidays, so one can have an even longer weekend!! What fun!!
Let’s begin with fabulous Paris, the most visited and likely the favorite for city breaks by “weekenders” all year long. Travel to Paris is easily is accessible for lucky UK citizens by taking the cross channel ferry, driving through the channel tunnel, or by a short flight landing in the “Charles de Gaulle” International airport about an hour flight away.
But remember Paris has over 30 million visitors a year from all over the world, so don’t leave travel or hotel bookings until the last minute.
Paris is called the City of Romance and for good reason. There is no place like Paris with many romantic and lovely hotels. Then imagine holding hands with your love while walking near the Seine River, or on the beautiful Avenue des Champs-Elysees with wonderful gardens and the Arc de Triomphe. Shopping on the Avenue des Champs-Elysses is some of the best in the world. A fancy trinket should tickle your sweetheart’s affection. After your stroll, have a lovely glass of wine at one of the outside café. This alone would be a perfect romantic weekend, but, there are so many things to see and do in Paris that it may be difficult not to branch further out.
Famous landmarks like the Eiffel Tower and Notre Dame are wonderful to visit. For some, looking at the Eiffel Tower from ground level is more majestic, and certainly less hectic than maybe several hours standing in line. However, on a clear day, the view above is lovely. Then there are the famous monuments like the “Grand Arch” and the “Pantheon”.
A visit to the Louvre can be a fairly quick trip on a weekend break if you have decided ahead of time what you want to see such as the Mona Lisa and other famous works of art. However, if you are an art lover spending more time in this wonderful museum is almost a necessity. If you “need” more art, visit the Musee National d’Art Moderne or the Musee d’Orsay with its fine impressionist art
Going on a Seine River boat ride is a wonderful and inexpensive way to view Paris and take great photos, while the boat passes by the Eiffel Tower, the botanical gardens and Notre Dame, the Musee D’Orsay, and more. You can buy a ticket for a day or 3 days and leave and get back on the boat as you like. Riding bicycles is an easy way to get around the city and walking across the city can be done in a day. Of course, likely one will take more than a day while visiting all the many places to tour and see, of course, stopping at a café to enjoy a glass of wine. A self-guided tour is always fun and there are travel guides that will gladly show you the sites.
Then there is the food. Paris has wonderful food and fine wines. A French Brie is almost perfect and there are many other cheeses to try. Buy a baguette and sit on a park bench savoring it with your cheese and a favorite wine, perhaps a Bordeaux or Beaujolais. Crepes are abundant in restaurants and on street carts, either sweet or with ingredients like meat, eggs, and cheese. A fancy drink like a kir royale, made with champagne and black currant-flavored liquor, before a meal is fun and “so sophisticated.” The pastries and so many other desserts are almost indescribable. You can hardly go wrong when enjoying the food, drinks, and, wine in Paris whether it be in one of the wonderful restaurants, sitting on a park bench, on a picnic, or at one of the street corner cafes.
If you want to do something “American,” but with a French flair, go to Disneyland Paris. Whether a couple or a family with children Disneyland Paris is exciting and so much fun and will bring many smiles and laughter.
For so many, Paris is close to perfect. It’s hard to go wrong with all of the many things to do, see, eat, and drink. Go to Paris and take advantage of the many family holiday parks. You more than likely will return to this seductive city.
This article was written by Ricky May on behalf of Holidays 365.