|Finding your way in Paris|
|A Paris Interactive Map showing the districts called arrondissements and the resources on the About network for visiting Paris.|
How to use our Paris Map: Many guides will tell you where a certain hotel or restaurant is located by its district or arrondissement. Below you'll find an interactive map of Paris to help you visualize locations; just click on the arrondissement and read about the corresponding Paris tourist attractions in the text box below the map.
Paris Travel Information
Paris is a vibrant city and a great walking city. Wear comfortable shoes. Visit the Louvre, the Orsay Museum, and take a stroll in the Tuileries. You'll need time to visit Notre Dame, of course, and the Eiffel Tower, all part of the Top Ten Sites in Paris. Get a taste of Paris by taking a look at our Paris Pictures.
Paris Travel Directory - Find everything from Disneyland Paris to Paris Dinner Salons here.
Where to Stay in Paris
A great way to experience the Parisian life is to rent an apartment. It's not like you have to cook or anything, but imagine coming home with a bottle of cheap wine, a warm baguette and some stinky cheese like everyone else. HomeAway offers over 2000 Paris vacation rentals arranged by Arrondissement. You can also see these in map view if location is important to you.
For other lodging ideas, see our Paris - Where to Stay directory.
When to Go
Everyone's heard the old chestnut made into a song, April in Paris. Well, it does turn out that March and April are the driest months in the City of Light so if you like to go out in a light jacket it's a fine time of year. Warmer is September, which is my favorite. Check out the historic temperature and precipitation charts as well as current conditions at Paris Travel Climate & Weather, where you can pick a time that your comfort zone and the typical climate might come together for you.
Paris Transportation Information
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Public holidays in France
In France the months of July and August are traditionally when the French take their holidays. Thus the less touristy places will be pretty quiet and the seaside resorts crowded.
Dates with years indicate dates specific to that year
January 1 New Year's Day
April 21 (2003) Easter Monday.
May 1 Labor Day.
May 8 1945 Victory Day.
May 29 (2003) Ascension.
June 9 (2003) Whit Monday.
July 14 Bastille Day.
August 15 Assumption.
November 1 All Saints' Day.
November 11 Remembrance Day.
December 25 Christmas Day.