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7. Île St Louis
The Île St-Louis' tiny streets - where you will still see the odd Citroën 2CV among its few cars - are a quiet respite from the city's hubbub. Quaint shops are dotted around the island, while its riverbanks and bridges are idyllic for listening to buskers or just watching the riverboats glide by. A stroll here is a favourite pastime for Parisians as well as visitors, but it would not be complete without a cone of Berthillon ice cream in hand.

8. The Louvre
Stretching a whopping 700m along the Seine, it is estimated it would take nine months just to glance at every artwork in the world's largest museum. But - with a bit of planning - it does not disappoint. Save time by purchasing your ticket from the Louvre's website, ticket agencies, or machines in the Carrousel du Louvre beforehand. Museum tickets are valid all day, so you can take a break any time.

9. Promenade Plantee
Climbing the stairs from the busy Bastille quarter's av Daumesnil brings you out on top of the viaduct that has been turned into the tranquil Promenade Plantée. Planted with a fragrant profusion of cherry trees, maples, rosebushes and lavender, it is a haven that feels far from the madding crowds four stories below.

10. Cimetiere di Pere Lachaise
Paris is a collection of villages, and this 48-hectare cemetery of cobbled lanes and elaborate tombs the size of small houses qualifies as one in its own right. Among the cemetery's celebrity residents are the composer Chopin; writers Molière, Apollinaire, Balzac, Proust, Wilde, Gertrude Stein (and Alice B Toklas) and Colette; artists Delacroix, Pissarro, Seurat and Modigliani; singers Édith Piaf and rock god Jim Morrison.

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