Paris is a city of many names.
‘The City of Light’, referring to its history as the first city in France to be illuminated, ‘The City of Love’, to mark it out as one of the most romantic destinations in the world, but perhaps the most apt description of Paris is the slang term its residents affectionately refer to it by.
Paname originally comes from the word for Panama hat, and is used to conjure up the image of Paris as an exotic and ridiculously cool place to be.
With that in mind head out to the Centre Pompidou, the largest modern art museum in Europe, and marvel at the innovative steel and concrete design on the outside of the building. Inside it gets even better with an exciting mix of performance art, sculpture, paintings, installations, and more.
From there move over to Montemarte, not so much for the Sacré Coeur Cathedral (although it is spectacular), but to wander the little lanes and alleys as you walk down to the Pigalle district. The Salvador Dali Museum is just one of the surprising finds tucked away at the end of a street.
As light turns to dark in the Ville Lumière, move down to the Quai Francois Mauriac to find bars and cafes including the iconic Batofar nightclub that takes place on a boat on the Seine.
Doesn’t get much cooler than that.