Paris

Paris Travel Guide

Insider clout: Braly books clients an unadvertised private tour of Río Secreto, one of Mexico’s cenotes (underground rivers), including a hike to some remote swimming holes, followed by lunch. Years as agent: 21.

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For splurge-worthy outfits with a classic bent.

The Museum: Paris developed its first sewage system around 1200 A.D., when King Philippe Auguste declared all streets be paved, with a drain running along the middle for waste.

Settled by the Romans in the first century B.C., the Fifth Arrondissement is one of the oldest districts in the city. Located on the Left Bank, the neighborhood is home to the Latin Quarter and its many universities, including those housed in the Sorbonne.

Located in la Place du Palais Bourbon, Moulie Fleurs began in 1870 and was entrusted to Henri Moulie in 1978. Today the florist shop is internationally known, having served embassies, ministries, and grandes couturiers such as Louis Vuitton, Chanel, and Lanvin.

Just around the corner from Avenue Montaigne, this popular source for embroidered fine linens made in France offers its wares at a third of the price of similar Paris retailers.

Bright red awnings stretched across each window of the Plaza Athenee hotel beckon visitors inside to this spa in the eighth arrondissement. The luxe Dior Institut is decorated in a white-on-white motif with grey and mauve accents, arched hallways, and sleek leather chaises.

Located in the Nineteenth Arrondissement, the Parc des Buttes-Chaumont is the steepest park in Paris. The 23-hectare park was commissioned by Napoleon III and officially opened at the World Fair of 1867.