Sumptuous galettes de rois, from traditional to original, can be found throughout the French capital this January.
The capital of couture is also a top destination for vintage shopping, with boutiques ranging from high end to affordable.
With a recent spate of restaurant openings for those with restricted diets, the French capital is no longer a culinary minefield for those with special demands.
If you are visiting the capital in the run up to Christmas when festive shopping can be frenetic, indulge in a bit of pampering at these spas that cater to all tastes and budgets.
Beyond Paris and Brussels, here are five high-speed train trips you may not have considered, from hot springs with history in Germany to skiing in the French Alps.
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