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“It is architecture which first reveals a civilization,” stated the writer Jacques Ferron. So it should therefore be at Washington DC that the power of the United States of America should be revealed. Washington, showcase of American federalism, is certainly not the largest city in the country – that would be New York – but is the most imposing, even the most impressive, though it nestles in its tiny District of Columbia.

Neoclassical Washington, with its imposing official buildings, moves from the emotions of its memorials, such as the famous Vietnam Veterans Memorial, to the delights of its green and spacious districts. The federal capital, which rules over 50 states, rests on a cultural and artistic heritage that is out of the ordinary. In the centre, the White House, which is a must-visit landmark, is resplendent in the heart of a stylish district, a door which opens onto an America of legend. There’s also Lafayette Square, the Potomac River, the Lincoln Memorial and the Library of Congress with 30 million works, the National Archives, etc.

And the National Mall, a dreamlike view to a symbolic monument, the Capitol, seat of Congress. The National Mall, the green promenade 3 kilometres long which extends from the Potomac River to Capitol Hill, offers one of the most attractive walks in the United States. The Washington Monument, an obelisk erected to the glory of the first president, George Washington, will point the way to patriotism and the American dream… It is undoubtedly there that the nation’s heart beats. Incidentally, the Pentagon, towards Arlington, is not so far away.

However, a “lighter” city also takes shape on the lawns of the National Mall, because this place remains a living space in its own right where families come on a pilgrimage to relax and enjoy a picnic. The National Mall is, moreover, scattered with prestigious museums: the National Gallery of Art and the Smithsonian Institution, also nicknamed the “Nation’s Attic” because it houses more than fifteen museums including the National Museum of Natural History, the National Portrait Gallery and the American Art Museum. Darker but nonetheless engaging, is the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum (USHMM), which clashes with the more fun National Geographic Museum, the back of the White House, the National Air and Space Museum and the Spy Museum.

Dedicate at least one evening to Adams Morgan, a lively multicultural quarter for night owls, located between 18th Street and Columbia Road. There is the same party spirit around the lively and trendy Dupont Circle where the real Washington is said to beat…

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Sofitel Paris La Defense

This 5-star Paris hotel in La Défense is conveniently close to the CNIT convention center...

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LA DÉFENSE • FRANCE

Sofitel Paris La Defense

This 5-star Paris hotel in La Défense is conveniently close to the CNIT convention center...

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LA DÉFENSE • FRANCE

Sofitel Paris La Defense

This 5-star Paris hotel in La Défense is conveniently close to the CNIT convention center...

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LA DÉFENSE • FRANCE

Sofitel Paris La Defense

This 5-star Paris hotel in La Défense is conveniently close to the CNIT convention center...

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Paris is great to visit all year around, however the best time to visit the French capital is from March to October, when the temperatures are warmer with a minimum of 10° Celsius. The months of December, April and May tend to be the most rainy months.

Paris annual calendar

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    Paris Fashion Week Haute Couture, late January

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    Paris Fashion Week Haute Couture, late January

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    Paris Fashion Week Haute Couture, late January

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    Paris Fashion Week Haute Couture, late January

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    Paris Fashion Week Haute Couture, late January

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    Paris Fashion Week Haute Couture, late January

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    Paris Fashion Week Haute Couture, late January

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    Paris Fashion Week Haute Couture, late January

  • Jan

    Paris Fashion Week Haute Couture, late January

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    Paris Fashion Week Haute Couture, late January

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    Paris Fashion Week Haute Couture, late January

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    Paris Fashion Week Haute Couture, late January

Travel transportation

Transportation

Transportation is very easy to organise in Paris and includes many options: local taxis, Uber, private car services, rental cars, Paris Metro, buses, trams, suburban trains, Velib (public bicycle) and even boats which travel along the Seine river. The Paris Metro is partially automated and includes 16 lines and 300 stations. The metro runs from 5:30 am to 0:40 am. Tickets can be purchased from manned ticket windows or from automated vending machines accepting euro coins or smart credit cards (a single ticket price is 1,80€). The Paris Ile-de-France RER (Regional Express Network, with 5 lines and 231 stations) is also a very convenient way to travel to the outskirts of Paris, including to get to Charles de Gaulle Airport. Travelling by bus is also a great way to discover Paris since there are 59 routes covering Paris and its most iconic areas. Keep in mind that when driving in Paris, you must drive on the right side of the road.

Taxis

There are more than 17.000 taxis that operate in Paris all day and night long. You can hail them in the street, find them at a taxi rank or book one through one of the Parisian taxi firms. The minimum fare is 7.00€ and then applies a 1.05 to 1.56€ fare per km depending on journey and time of the day. Some additional charges may apply.

getting to & from the airport

There are two major airports in Paris: - Roissy - Charles de Gaulle - CDG airport is located 35 km from downtown Paris and the journey takes approximately 30 to 60 minutes, according to the traffic. Orly airport is located 15 km from downtown Paris and it takes approximately 20-45 minutes, according to the traffic. Metered taxis are available and private transfers can be arranged at the airport. A cheaper option is to take the suburban trains from the airports into the city center. From CDG, trains run every 8-10 minutes from 4:56 am to 11:50pm. An adult fare is 10€. Buses and shuttles are also available from both airports to Paris.

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