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Where to Go with Your Tax Refund: Paris, Of Course

Where: Paris, France
April 18, 2014 at 11:18 AM | by | ()

Tax day is here, and you're probably excited...but not because you love sifting through receipts and credit card statements. You're excited because you're getting a fat refund. Probably. The economy may be on its way back up, but you should try to stretch that tax refund as far as you can...like with a little "you did a great job last year" trip—a Tax Refund Vacation.

If you haven't yet had the opportunity to fall in love with the Paris, know that spending some extra cash on a trip to the City of Light is worth it. If you have been to the French capital, then you know what we're talking about and it's high time for a return trip.

Not only does the city have a laundry list of landmarks, from the Eiffel Tower and Champs-Elysees to the Louvre and Latin Quarter, but both new and return visitors don't have to be told that the culinary delights alone are tempting enough to deserve a trip.

The city is divided up into twenty different arrondissements, or neighborhoods, laid out similar to a nautilus shell and referred to by their corresponding number. Each district is as unique as the last, with local flair and attractions all their own, including museums, shopping, residential history, and sites. Ideally, to get a full flavor of the city, visitors could spend a day in each arrondissement, but that depends on the amount of your tax return.

Naturally, classic art and haute couture come to mind, but save time for a little architecture and nightlife appreciation balanced out with indulging in pain au chocolat, street vendor crêpes, and escargot.

Few things beat the unveiling of the Eiffel Tower after turning the corner from the Palais de Chaillot, a set of museums perched above the Trocadéro Gardens, for one of the more stunning shots of the iron structure. Once this fails to thrill, however, take a day trip from Paris to places like Lyon and Monet's Gardens at Giverny.

[Photos: Jaunted]

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