Paris is situated in northern France, on the banks of the River Seine. With a population of over 12 million people, the French capital is at the heart of the Ile-de-France region.
Paris earned her name, the City of Light, during the Age of Enlightenment, when many visionary ideas were born. It is a light that has remained undimmed and which now attracts 42 million visitors a year, making Paris the most visited city in all the world.
Paris is a city easily explored by metro, taxi, and bicycle, but her charms are best found on foot. Her attractions are never far apart. And in between? Well, merely walking her streets is to wander through picture postcards.
The engine room of Paris is Ile-de-France. This modern business district, filled with light and art, is testimony that Paris is designed for living even when at work.
From the futuristic Grande Arche at Ile-de-France, the six-mile-long Historic Axis of Paris leads us back into France's grand past.
The Arc de Triomphe, built by Napoleon, rises from the center of Place Charles de Gaulle and offers commanding views of the 12 grand avenues, which radiate outwards like a star.
From the Arc de Triomphe, the Champs-Elysees continues along the Historic Axis. This grand avenue is where Parisians come to dine, shop, enjoy the theater, and to celebrate life.
Gradually opening into formal gardens and majestic buildings, the Champs-Elysees emerges into the largest square in Paris, the Place de la Concorde.
Just a short stroll away is the world's greatest treasure house of art, the Musee du Louvre. Once a 14th-century palace, today the Louvre is the most-visited art gallery in the world. With over 35,000 artworks, her most famous residents are the Mona Lisa and the Venus de Milo. But be warned, this collection of priceless artworks and antiquities is simply too vast to explore in just one day.
再多往前走幾步路，就能抵達世界上最大的藝術寶庫－－羅浮宮。羅浮宮在 14 世紀曾為宮殿，如今是全世界參觀人數最多的藝術館。收藏有超過 3,5000 件藝術藏品，其中又以《蒙娜麗莎》畫作和《米羅的維納斯》雕像最為人所知。但別說沒提醒，羅浮宮收藏了太多珍貴的藝術作品和古董，一天時間是看不完的。
Not far from the Musee du Louvre stands the Centre Pompidou, displaying the largest collection of modern art in Europe. Parisians are still debating whether this radical design is the vision of a madman or a genius.
Notre-Dame Cathedral is situated on Ile de la Cite, a natural island in the River Seine. Completed in 1345, this Gothic masterpiece, with her flying buttresses and gargoyles, has played center stage to some of the defining moments of French history and literature.
聖母院位於西堤島－－塞納河中的一座天然島嶼。這座哥德式代表性建築於 1345 年完工，以飛扶壁、滴水獸等設計作為特色，在法國歷史及文學上數次扮演了舉足輕重的角色。
Parisians see it as their duty to enjoy life to its fullest. The Luxembourg Gardens, with its Grand Bassin, fruit groves, and over 100 statues and fountains, is the ideal place to grab a deck chair and play the "Parisian at rest."
巴黎人認為人們應當盡情享受人生。盧森堡公園中有座巨大水池，還有果林和超過 100 座的雕像和噴泉，很適合坐在一張躺椅上扮演一回「休憩中的巴黎人」。
Nothing says Paris like the Eiffel Tower. The Iron Lady can be seen from all over the city. However, nothing can prepare you for the moment when you first stand at her feet, or the views from the top that you will hold dear for a lifetime.
Looking north, the city rises into the hillside neighborhood of Montmartre. Once the artistic center of Paris, her twisting streets and narrow lanes were at one time the home of Picasso, Dali, and Van Gogh. They are the perfect place to lose yourself and discover those special Parisian moments. But you can never be lost for long in Montmartre; as long as you head upwards, you'll eventually come to her gleaming, white crown—Sacre-Coeur Basilica.
Leave the bustling city behind and step through the gates of the Cimetiere du Pere-Lachaise. Here amid the quiet world of birdsong and introspection, you can pay your respects to Jim Morrison, Oscar Wilde, and some of the world's greatest minds for whom Paris is now forever home.
Once a day's coach journey from central Paris, the Palace of Versailles is now an easy half-hour train ride away. This magnificent 17th-century chateau welcomes everyone—from heads of state to backpackers.
在過去，凡爾賽宮距離巴黎市中心需要一天的車程，如今只需要搭半小時的火車。這座建於 17 世紀的宏偉城堡竭誠歡迎每個人的到來－－從國家元首到背包客。
The River Seine runs right through the heart of Paris, creating a natural divide between her famous left and right banks. Of her 37 bridges, the Pont Alexandre III is considered the most ornate, while the graceful Pont des Arts offers some incredible vistas of the city. Artists and photographers gather here to capture the light, while lovers attach padlocks to the railings as if to say "This is Paris. Now we are Paris, too."