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Paris Destination Guide

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When you think of Paris, the Eiffel Tower and the Louvre probably come to mind. But to truly experience this captivating "City of Light," there are countless other intriguing attractions you shouldn't miss.

For a bird's-eye view of Paris, climb to the top of the Basilique du Sacré-C?ur, located in Montmartre. With its white domes and gold leaf, its architecture stands in sharp contrast to the city's many Gothic-style cathedrals.

Speaking of Gothic architecture, another cathedral not to be missed is Sainte-Chapelle. Built by Louis IX as his royal chapel, it's world-renowned for its stained glass. Visit on a sunny day and you'll be amazed.

If you're looking for a scenic stroll, the Jardin des Tuileries, designed in the 17th century by the gardener of Louis XIV, stretches from the Louvre to the Place de la Concorde.

You'll find 10 stories of the most cutting-edge fashion, home décor and even gourmet treats at Galeries Lafayette. With locations from New York to Dubai, this 100-year-old department store is worth seeing for its magnificent architecture alone.

And if you can't find what you're looking for there, check out the sprawling Les Puces de Saint-Ouen at Porte de Clignancourt. Featuring everything from vintage jewelry to original artwork, it's Paris' most famous flea market, receiving more than 100,000 visitors each weekend.

At centuries-old Le Grand Véfour, enjoy dishes like frogs' legs with sorrel sauce and meringue cake with chocolate mousse and hazelnuts in the true lap of Parisian luxury.

After wandering the Louvre's galleries, take a break at the chic Café Marly. At this indoor/outdoor café in the Richelieu Wing, you'll have a beautiful view of the I.M. Pei Pyramid and sometimes even a celebrity or two.

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Nov 14, 2012