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PARIS — TRADITIONAL & REVOLUTIONARY
Paris has been a settlement for 2,300 years or so. Celts, Romans, Franks, French royals,
English royals, French revolutionaries, Napoleon Bonaparte, French republicans,
Nazis & Vichy French, and post-war modern parliamentarians from the socialist left
to the reactionary right have made Paris their place of power. Power politics was nearly always
countered by revolutionary thought: in the universities, in the streets, and among the
intellectual elite who found in Paris the proper conditions for experiments in art, architecture,
education, literature, philosophy, politics, science, and theater. Pictured is the cathedral of
Notre Dame, revolutionary architecture from the 12th century on the site of a 10th century
cathedral. The location is on the Île de la Cité, one of two islands in the River Seine that have
been a center of habitation since pre-Roman occupation by a Celtic tribe called the Parisii.

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Paris — city of grand architecture,
manicured parks, and art on display.

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why we go to paris —

With numerous world-class art museums and galleries, Paris houses the globe's greatest treasury of important artworks.

We go for the food. Not just the French food. And not just for the restaurant food. In addition to restaurants featuring French cuisine, most Paris neighborhoods have restaurants offering exotic foods from Asia, the Middle East, and Africa as well as others offering the cuisines of its European neighbors: Italy, Germany, Greece, Britain, and Ireland. There are restaurants specializing in all the familiar American menu favorites, too. It's neighborhood shops offer delicious baked goods, fine wines, fresh-picked fruit and vegetables, and delightful assortments of meats and cheeses.

We go for the picnics. Paris is a city of wonderful open spaces. Plan picnics in the park with baguettes, fruit, sausages, cheese, and wine from your local shops.

We go for the shopping. Even if its only

 

window-shopping.

If language creates culture, and if English, in large part, has French roots, we return to Paris to discover our cultural roots in the home of Molière, Voltaire, Rousseau, Proust, Hugo, Dumas, Camus, Sartre, and many more.

North American history is tied to the history of France: from New France, to Lafayette, to New Orleans and Quebec, to the French Revolution, Napoleon, the Louisiana Purchase, and the World Wars.

Parisians lead lives that vary somewhat from our own, but more in style than in substance. Typically, the style and pace of life are of premier importance to the French. At the risk of prolonging cultural stereotypes, we believe Parisians choose walking instead of driving when distances are not long, prefer lingering over meals and nursing coffees at cafés to slamming back fast food, and, we wish to believe, still enjoy reading books and practicing the art of conversation. Perhaps we believe these things about Parisians because, given the opportunity, we think we would choose them, too. And we go to Paris to try these lifestyle modifications for ourselves. Paris, with all its comfortable temptations, makes it easy for us to become Parisian for a time.

   

HOW we Do PARIS —

Home At First offers travel packages to Paris that include:

Round-trip Flights to Paris from New York (JFK) or Newark (EWR). Flights from all other airports available at different fares.

AIRPORT TRANSFERS: car service for those arriving and/or departing from Paris airports (CDG, ORY).

Lodgings FOR 7 nights: a choice of apartments in safe, pleasant neighborhoods throughout central Paris convenient to the Métro (subway), and very near a wide variety of shops, restaurants, cafés, activities, and other services.

APARTMENT HOSTING: an English-speaking host will meet you when you arrive at your Paris apartment. Your host will be on-call during your stay for questions, suggestions, problems, or emergencies.

paris pass — valid for 5 days of public transport on the Paris Métro, RER trains, the Montmartre funicular, and Paris buses operating within the principal zones 1-3 that define central Paris. The pass provides discounts or reduced admission to 

 

The art nouveau Paris Métro entrance
at Abbesses station, near Montmartre.

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a number of popular sites and activities across greater Paris.

 

OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES & GUIDED TOURS: we help you achieve your special goals & dreams: French cooking classes, guided wine tasting, guided cheese tasting, and guided champagne tasting. We can organize private car touring with an English-speaking driver/guide to any of a broad choice of day-trips away from Paris, such as the Normandy beaches, battlegrounds of World War I, the Loire Valley with its chateaux, and many more. These options are available at extra cost.

OPTIONAL JOURNEY COMBINATIONS: before or after your 1-week visit to Paris, you may choose to visit HOME AT FIRST's LONDON, connecting the cities in about 2.5 hours by Eurostar train via the Channel Tunnel. See FULL DETAILS.

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