Paris, "the City of Lights," offers attractions and activities for almost every interest. The art museums are legendary, the shopping varied and unique, and sports enthusiasts will enjoy the opportunity to walk along the Seine or climb to the top of Montmartre.
Good Walking Shoes
Paris is a city best explored on foot. Baron Haussmann, who laid out modern Paris in the 19th century, left as a legacy marvelous vistas and sight lines around almost every corner of the city. A good pair of shoes is essential for you to concentrate on the view and not your aching feet. Leave the tennis shoes at home, however. They'll mark you as a tourist. A pair of black shoes with rubber soles will blend in with the local crowd better.
Paris get an average of 25 inches of rainfall each year, and no season is immune to sudden, unexpected downpours. Make sure to pack an umbrella (they are expensive on the street in Paris) and a good raincoat.
A Paris Metro Map
The Paris subway system--the Metro--is an easy and economical way to get around the city. A route map--available online and at any station--is an essential part of any Paris travel kit.
A Scarf for Women
The women of Paris are noted for their fashion sense. Borrow one of their secrets and pack a scarf to tie around your neck, your hair or your waist to transform an ordinary travel outfit into something chic.
A Leather Jacket
In all except the warmest months, a leather jacket is a Paris uniform for both men and women. Pair it with jeans and a white T-shirt and you'll look as if you've lived in Paris all of your life.
Article Written By Sandy Mitchell
Sandy Mitchell is an Ohio-based writer, blogger and editor. She writes for "The Better Drink" and other online publications. Before devoting herself full-time to writing, Mitchell was a travel agent and cruise school instructor for 18 years. She holds a Bachelor of Science in business administration from Bowling Green State University.