Louis XIV first made Paris into a glorious symbol of French achievement, a tradition his successors have happily followed. Napoleon I added to the Louvre and built the Arc de Triomphe, the Madeleine and the Arc du Carrousel. Recent presidents have initiated the skyscrapers at La Défense, the Tour Montparnasse, Beaubourg and Les Halles shopping precinct, the space age Parc de la Villette complex, the glass pyramid entrance to the Louvre, the Musée d'Orsay, the Bastille opera house, and the new National Library. Luxury Paris holidays offer the discerning traveller a wide array of sights and cultural experiences that everyone should enjoy.
However well you think you know Paris, there are always new parts to discover within the village-like quarters of the metropolis. And the city's compactness makes it easy to explore on foot.
Paris is split into two halves by the Seine. The Right Bank (rive droite) features grand boulevards and monumental buildings, the best museums are here (including the Louvre and Beaubourg) and the city's chicest shops around Les Halles. The Left Bank (rive gauche), meanwhile, is synonymous with bohemian, intellectual pursuits, a spirit that survives in the bars and restaurants around St-Germain.