x Abu Dhabi, UAETuesday 25 July 2017

Beware the chocolate extravaganza

The Life: The first arrondissement is the best place to stay in Paris offering shops, museums and parks within walking distance.

The Louvre houses a dizzying array of European paintings and Egyptian antiquities. Alastair Miller / Bloomberg News
The Louvre houses a dizzying array of European paintings and Egyptian antiquities. Alastair Miller / Bloomberg News

No matter where your business takes you in Paris there is no better place to stay than the first arrondissement, home to some of the capital's best museums, gardens and fine dining.

A number of luxury hotels are located in this choice location, making many of the best attractions in Paris accessible by foot.

The Tuileries Garden, located on the banks of the Seine, has been carefully maintained for 500 years and is now the scenic centre of Paris' most famous neighbourhood.

Bordering the garden is the Louvre, one of the world's largest museums housing a dizzying array of European paintings and Egyptian antiquities.

A short walk across the Pont de Solferino brings you to the Musee d'Orsay, a former railway station now housing a famous collection of impressionist works including masterpieces by Van Gogh, Monet and Cezanne.

The museum is incredibly popular on the tourist circuit and currently has a special Manet exhibition.

Even if you have just a few hours to spare, a trip to the d'Orsay or the Louvre is an unforgettable experience, but beware of crowds, especially during the weekends in summer.

As befits the centre of Paris, a number of top-notch restaurants are located here including La Flotte, where I enjoyed a salad of heirloom tomatoes topped with cold lobster claw, grilled sea bass with risotto and some sort of chocolate extravaganza that nearly finished me off after the Paris Air Show last week.

The Quote: If you are lucky enough to have lived in Paris as a young man, then wherever you go for the rest of your life, it stays with you, for Paris is a moveable feast. Ernest Hemingway

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