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City of lights, city of love: Your holiday in Paris

"City of love," "City of lights," "Paname" - Paris has many nicknames, all of which feature prominently in the themes of many travel guides. Contributing to its reputation as the City of Love are the small, romantic cafés scattered throughout the bohemian district of Montmartre. Enjoy a candlelit dinner on the Seine; you will find a seemingly never-ending choice of restaurants serving some of France's best known dishes, like tender frog legs, coq au vin, or the fish stew bouillabaisse, to be enjoyed while just glimpsing the Eiffel Tower on the horizon. And of course, you'll have a choice of exquisite wines from the Loire Valley or Bordeaux to accompany your meal.

When it comes to the city's sights, no Paris travel guide would be complete without a mention of the Eiffel Tower. This mighty steel construction was originally built for the World's Fair in 1889, and was the tallest building in the world for quite some time. The tower has become inextricably synonymous with the French capital. Just a short walk from there, along the Seine, you will reach the Louvre, one of the world's most important art museums. If you are a lover of great literature and music, be sure to visit the cemetery Père Lachaise. Cultural giants like Edith Piaf, Honoré de Balzac, Oscar Wilde, Samuel Beckett, and Jim Morrison are all buried there, beneath richly decorated graves.