Inimitable, incomparable and unforgettable – from a stroll along the River Seine or the Champs-Elysées to shopping and lunch on the Boulevard Saint-Germain, Paris has it all.
At Four Seasons Hotel George V, Paris, you are perfectly placed to immerse yourself in culture, art and commerce, all within a delightful walk.
Arc de Triomphe
Erected by Napoleon as a tribute to his own glory, the Arc de Triomphe sits at the head of the Champs Elysées. Visitors enjoy panoramic views of Paris from the monument's rooftop. The Arc de Triomphe is where the Unknown Soldier was buried after World War I, and is the starting or ending point of most French parades.
Notre Dame Cathedral
According to mapmakers, all French roads start at Point Zero on the doorstep of Notre Dame Cathedral on Ile de la Cité. Erected in the 12th century, the cathedral has a flamboyant Gothic style, and now boasts a free organ concert every Sunday afternoon. Beyond Ile de la Cité stands the lovely Ile Saint Louis. The tiny island has a number of 16th- and 17th-century mansions, all listed in the National Inventory of Bâtiments de France.
Château de Versailles
The Château de Versailles was the home of the Royal French Court for three centuries. Plan a full day to visit the private apartments of the King and Queen, the Galerie des Glaces, the Opera, the Winter Garden, the Trianons and Marie Antoinette's famous Bergerie. The afternoon should be left open to enjoy the Domaine du Parc Royal de Versailles and the spectacular fountains. Open daily from May to October.
The Left Bank, or the Latin Quarter
One of Paris' oldest districts, the Left Bank, or the Latin Quarter, is also called the brain of the city: La Sorbonne University and many prestigious colleges are all located in this area. Other monuments include the Panthéon, the Roman Bath of Cluny and Lutetia's arena. Small book and souvenir stands line the area just above the banks of the Seine.
The Golden Triangle
The Golden Triangle is renowned for high-fashion boutiques: Jean-Paul Gauthier, Givenchy, Christian Dior, Emmanuel Ungaro, Chanel, Nina Ricci and more. Also not far from the Hotel are Paris' famous department stores: Galeries Lafayette, Le Printemps and Le Bon Marché, not to mention specialty stores Louis Vuitton, Hermès and Guerlain.
The Louvre, the world's largest museum, houses French, Italian, Spanish, Flemish and English artefacts from the Middle Ages through the 18th century. The Mona Lisa resides here as well as some of Vermeer's very rare paintings. A separate wing has fabulous antique collections from ancient Mediterranean civilizations. At night, the facade, courtyards and I. M. Pei's famous pyramid are all beautifully lit.
The once-controversial Pompidou Centre has completed a major renovation. It is still one of the most advanced and unique museums in Europe, housing an extensive modern art collection as well as a large public library. Atop the building is the trendy Café Georges and a terrace commanding panoramic views of the city skyline.
The Champagne Region
The Champagne region is a delightful destination for a wine country discovery day. Start with a visit to the Cathedral of Reims, the place where most of the French kings were crowned. Continue with a visit to the vineyards and sample wonderful champagnes at some of the finest cellars in the region: Möet & Chandon, Mumm and Laurent Perrier.
Stade de France
The Stade de France took 31 months to build: it was finished in January 1998 and inaugurated by the President Jacques Chirac. The largest stadium in France, it has 60,000 seats no further away than 60 metres (197 feet) from the border of the football field. The remaining seats are 85 metres (279 feet) from the field. With a surface area of 17 hectares (42 acres) and 35 metres (115 feet) high, the stadium is used for football matches, rugby, and other sporting events, as well as major musical concerts. Tickets can be bought either by contacting the stadium directly or by asking the Concierge at the Hotel, who will be delighted to make the arrangements. The easiest access to the stadium is by metro: from the Hotel there is one change and then the line runs direct. Trains leave every five minutes.
Parc des Princes
Parc des Princes is the home stadium of the famous French football team, Paris Saint-Germain. The stadium was designed in 1972 and is now undergoing equipment and fittings renovation. Parc des Princes can welcome 49,000 visitors. While it is smaller than Stade de France, it is used for the same types of events and is located on a direct metro line that is five minutes by foot from the Hotel.