The capital of couture is also a top destination for vintage shopping, with boutiques ranging from high end to affordable.
Disney may have started in the US, but its international theme parks have been infused with locally familiar elements, from feng shui in Hong Kong to European inventors in Paris.
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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