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Paris is great anytime of the year. If the weather is not to your liking, there are unique museums to visit, cathedrals to ponder the greatness of God, and a metro system that will get you to the places.

The Louvre, the world's largest museum with 35,000 items on display, was once the world's largest palace. It took the Revolution to open it to the public. Napoleon added to its prestige by marrying there and depositing art and sculpture from his expeditions into the royal art collection. The world's antiquities to graphic arts are part of eight collections, but you don't leave without seeing the most famous masterpiece, the Mona Lisa.

Fans of Victor Hugo will want to go to The Place des Vosges. On the second floor of number 6, Hugo wrote much of Les Miserables. The house is on the oldest square in Paris and open to the public. Also fans will want to take in the Gothic Cathedral Notre-Dame which brings to mind Hugo's hunchback looming along the flying buttresses.

When the weather is perfect, so is the walk along the Canal Saint-Martin, or a boat ride on the Seine, or exploring the Jardin du Luxemboug, or strolling along the beautiful avenue Champs-Elysees.

A favorite site is the view of the Eiffel Tower during any time of the day or night. To get a panorama view of the city, take the elevator ride up (or walk the stairs) to the second or third level of the Eiffel Tower.

A wonderful place to comprehend God or to appreciate high gothic architecture is Sainte-Chapelle. This chapel is best seen on a sunny day. The upper walls are stained-glass windows telling the Biblical Creation to redemption through Jesus Christ story. It is free and in the summer there are concerts to be enjoyed.

There are many day excursions from Paris. One do-not-miss day excursion is Versailles. Walking through Versailles helps you to understand the power and grandeur of royal France. The furnishings, the buildings, the grounds are the showplace of France's importance in the eighteenth century.

The construction of the Chunnel under the English Channel has made a one day trip between Paris and London possible by Eurostar.

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