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Areas of Paris
Rive Droite (Right Bank):
The tree-lined Avenue des Champs-Élysées runs west to the Arc de Triomphe. Musée du Louvre, the Centre Georges Pompidou and a lively district of museums, shops, markets and restaurants lie east of the avenue, along with world-famous Notre Dame on the Île de la Cité.
Rive Gauche (Left Bank):
Home to the city's most prominent landmark, the Eiffel Tower. To the east, in the Saint Germain de Prés and Montparnasse districts, Paris' famous academic, artistic and intellectual milieus.
Avenue des Champs-Élysées:
A popular promenade, the Avenue des Champs-Élysées has long symbolised the style and joie de vivre of Paris.
The "Hill of the Martyrs", named after early Christians persecuted by the Romans, lies north of the city centre. Montmartre became the haunt of countless artists in the 19th century and virtually everything in the area is devoted to their memory. The very pretty Place du Tertre is the heart of touristy Montmartre, but there is much to explore away from the crowds.
Getting There & Around
CHARLES DE GAULLE: 14 miles NE of Paris, 15-30 mins drive from city.
ORLY: 9 miles S of Paris, 30-35 mins drive from city. Eurostar is 2hrs 35 min from London Waterloo.
Good public transport system including metros and buses.
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