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From the obvious iconic landmarks such as the Eiffel Tower and the Arc de Triomphe to exploring charming Parisian neighborhoods, I have created this comprehensive list of things to do in Paris just for you. Whether you’re a first-time visitor or already are familiar with this very popular European travel destination, you’ll find many ideas that’ll help you plan the perfect Paris itinerary.

I’ve been to Paris four times, and the last time I spent an entire month living there, immersing myself in its sights, activities, and local culture. So, I have gathered just enough experience to share with you my most valuable travel tips to ensure your trip to Paris is one for the books. Let’s begin, oui?

Where to stay in Paris?

When visiting Paris, tourists often choose to stay in central areas such as the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, and 8th arrondissements (zones). These districts are close to major attractions like the Louvre Museum, Notre-Dame Cathedral, Eiffel Tower, and the Latin Quarter. 
*I’ll add addresses, arrondissements and an at the end of this post, an interactive map for you to save.

Additionally, areas near the Champs-Élysées, Saint-Germain-des-Prés, and my personal favorite; Le Marais (4th arrondissement) are popular choices for their vibrant atmosphere, convenient access to restaurants, shops, and public transportation, making them ideal bases for exploring the city. 
Ultimately, the best area to stay depends on your individual preferences, budget, and planned activities while in Paris. But if you ask me, I think Le Marais neighborhood is the best location.

PAY A Visit TO the iconic Eiffel Tower

There’s no way someone visits Paris and does not pay a visit to the legendary Eiffel Tower. That’s why it’s first on my list.
One doesn’t just go and stand in front of it, take a selfie and calls it a day. At least one shouldn’t! No, in my opinion there is a right and wrong way to do it.
If you want to have a wonderful and memorable experience you’ll want to checkout my dedicated post on how to have the most perfect Eiffel Tower experience, including “secret spots” and other recommendations.
📍Champ de Mars, 5 Avenue Anatole France, 75007 – 7th Arrondissement.

Editorial photo of woman with the eiffel tower paris
DISCOVER the Notre Dame Cathedral

It took 200 years to build, and for over 650 years, Notre-Dame Cathedral has stood tall, earning its place as the most visited French monument, surpassing even the Eiffel Tower! You can experience Notre-Dame in three different ways and can do them all during your visit.

1. Appreciate the exterior of the cathedral (perfect for pictures, just find the best angles). Take your time to appreciate all the details that cover this iconic building. There are thousands of statues, each telling a story.
One of my “travel hacks” is to always carry small binoculars with you so you can take in all the details, specially from buildings like this. Believe me, this makes a massive difference as it helps you see things like no other tourist!

2. Explore the incredible and vast interior, and prepare to be amazed by the magnificent stained glass art and the abundant of amazing relics adorning the cathedral.
Don’t forget this is a place of worship, so be mindful of that. Dress modestly, remove your hat, and behave respectfully.
*Entrance is donation-based.

3. Climb the towers! To reach the top of the towers, you’ll have to climb 422 steps, and you’ll be rewarded with a stunning 360° panoramic view of Paris.
*Full price is €10.

Not to be funny, but if you’re a 90’s kid, I recommend watching The Hunchback of Notre-Dame before your trip. I loved that movie as a kid, and it was probably the first time I became familiar with Paris! So seeing all the references in real life was quite special for me. Especially if you decide to climb the towers because you get to see “The bell!”

-Remember the cathedral is still being renovated after the 2019 fire so some access might be limited when you go.
📍6 Parvis Notre-Dame – Pl. Jean-Paul II, 75004 – 4th Arrondissement.

panoramic photo of notre dame paris
STOP BY Sainte-Chapelle

Located in the same little island as Notre Dame, only a 5 minute walk away, you’ll find Sainte-Chapelle; a Gothic style royal chapel with insanely beautiful aesthetic. Entering this chapel is like stepping into a hypnotic kaleidoscope especially on a sunny day when the sunlight streams through the huge stained glass windows creating a vibrant ethereal ambiance.
I’m not religious but I adore architecture, art and maximalism, therefore I love visiting places like this.
*Tickets cost around €11.
📍10 Bd du Palais, 75001 – 1st Arrondissement.

Go up the Arc de Triomphe

The Arc de Triomphe is yet another iconic French landmark with a powerful history. It stands as a tribute to French soldiers who fought and died for France in the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars. It also offers one of the most spectacular views of Paris, so in my opinion, it is 100% worth climbing.
To reach the top, you’ll have to climb 284 steps through a spiral staircase, typically taking around 5 minutes.

Situated at the convergence of 12 grand avenues (once you’re up there you’ll understand how amazing this is), including the famous Champs-Élysées, you can enjoy panoramic views of Paris from every angle, with the iconic Eiffel Tower prominently in sight.
In case you don’t know, sunsets in Paris during the Spring and Summer are spectacular, so it’d be good to plan your visit during sunset. Just know that it might be a peak hour to visit, but again, it’s just stunning!
Also, you can get fantastic photos from the top but also from the ground.
To avoid waiting in queues, I recommend booking tickets in advance. It usually opens from 10 am to 10:30 pm, but double check before you go.
*Tickets cost around €13.
📍Place Charles de Gaulle, 75008 – 8th Arrondissement.

girl at Arc de Triomphe Paris
photo of girl at the top of arc de triomphe paris things to do

Strolling down the Champs-Élysées is another most-do experience in the city. This famous avenue, lined with elegant shops, cafes, and iconic landmarks, offers a glimpse into the Paris’s vibrant atmosphere and rich history. 

Start at the majestic Arc de Triomphe at one end of the avenue, then wander past luxury shops and theaters as you soak in the beauty of Parisian architecture. Whether you’re shopping, dining at a sidewalk cafe (Ladurée anyone?), or simply enjoying a nice walk, the Champs-Élysées is a special Parisian experience.

Photo of girl walking down Champs-Élysées Avenue in Paris things to do
IMMERSE YOURSELVE IN the Musée de Louvre 

A trip to the Louvre Museum is any art/history enthusiast’s dream. Housing renowned masterpieces such as Da Vinci’s Mona Lisa, The Coronation of Napoleon, and Venus de Milo, among many others, it’s a goldmine of artistic genius.
Once a royal palace, this grand building now boasts over 35,000 artworks spread across nearly 15 km of corridors within its three wings. Seeing everything in one visit is literally impossible, so you’ll have to plan which artworks are the most important for you to see.
Planning ahead is key to navigating the Louvre’s extensive area and overwhelming crowds. Booking tickets in advance is very important, especially as tons of tourists (15,000 daily visitors) flock to catch a glimpse of the Mona Lisa. While undoubtedly worth seeing, the Mona Lisa’s gallery tends to be super packed.
Take the opportunity to explore the museum at your own pace, ensuring a more immersive experience.
I personally loved exploring The Galerie d’Apollon but recommend checking the Louvre’s website so you can make the best decision for you depending on your interests.

Have you ever heard of museum fatigue? Well, I hadn’t until I experienced it myself after spending many hours cruising around the Louvre, taking in some of the most incredible artwork in history. The following day, I felt strong pain in my lower back. After doing some research, I discovered that this is a common issue that can occur due to posture and the pace at which you explore museums. So, if you only have a few days in Paris, it’s important not to overexert yourself at the beginning of your trip. Keeping this in mind can help ensure a more enjoyable experience.
*Tickets cost around €15.

By the way, if you want some souvenirs from your trip, the Louvre shop is a great place to visit.
📍Rue de Rivoli, 75001 – 1st Arrondissement.

photo of gilr inside the Louvre museum
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The Palais Garnier, commonly known as the Opera Garnier, is Europe’s largest opera house, renowned for its stunning 19th-century architecture immortalized in the famous book Phantom of the Opera. It’s also featured in a lot of movies and tv shows such as Lupin, The Da Vinci Code, The Sopranos, 50 Shades of Grey, Gossip Girl and Emily in Paris. (Unnecessary disclaimer: I hate the later lol 🥸)

You can explore its public areas, including the magnificent grand staircase with its opulent decorations and intricate details, beautiful gilded rooms, and elegant corridors, making it one of the most captivating destinations in Paris, in my opinion.
You can go on a self-guided tour (which is what I did) or a guided tour. For more information, you can check out the Opera’s website .

Whether you’re a fan of opera or simply appreciate stunning architecture, touring the Palais Garnier will leave you with a lasting impression of Paris’s cultural splendor and architectural beauty.
*Tickets cost around €15.
📍Place de l’Opéra, 75009 – 9th Arrondissement.

aesthetic travel photo inside opera garnier

Montmartre is a legendary bohemian district in the heart of the city. Exploring its cobblestone streets and hills is something you cannot leave out of your Paris itinerary.

There’s a reason the 18th arrondissement is featured in countless of movies, my favorites being Amelie and Midnight in Paris.
At the end of the day, this place inspired some of the most remarkable artists of the 19th and 20th-century. We’re talking Van Gogh, Hemmingway, Picasso, Renoir and many more!

A haven of creativity and inspiration, Montmartre will make you fall in love with its eclectic mix of bistros, galleries, cinematic history, and unique aesthetic complete with vineyards and a couple of windmills. 

Although Montmartre is still preserves some of that authentic village feel, it’s clearly over taken by tourists. Therefore you need to be savvy, avoid scams and being pickpocketed.
I love strolling at my own pace, following my map and stopping anywhere I want instead of joining big groups of tourists, but you do whatever you prefer!

Some places of interest in the area are:

“Sinking House”
Moulin de la Galette 
Moulin Rouge
Sacre Coeur Carrousel 
La Maison Rose 
Le Consulat Café

photo behind sacre coeur basilica paris
moulin rouge paris during the day
le maison rose in montmartre, paris things to do
INSPECT the Sacré-COEur Basilica

Sacré-Coeur or “Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Paris” sits atop Montmartre like a crown, an architectural marvel offering spectacular views. You can reach it by riding the Funiculaire de Montmartre, a 90-second journey costing around €1.90, or enjoy a leisurely walk up the hill, which is equally enjoyable and interesting.

The basilica is a masterpiece of Romanesque-Byzantine architecture, distinguished by its striking white domes and intricate mosaics. Upon entering, sunlight streams through stained glass windows, casting vibrant hues onto the marble floors and gold accents.
While the basilica serves as a place of worship, it also draws large crowds of tourists, particularly during the summer months. Nevertheless, exploring this historic area is an essential part of any visit to Paris.
*Free entry to the church. Access to the dome costs around €7.
📍35 Rue du Chevalier de la Barre, 75018 – 18h Arrondissement.

Bonus tip… walk BEHIND the church for the best photo spots 🤌🏽 You’re welcome!

things to do in paris explore montmartre
Experience the Moulin Rouge CABARET SHOW

Going to the Moulin Rouge and watching the Féerie show is an unforgettable and iconic experience, steeped in Parisian history, glamour, and entertainment.
The Moulin Rouge is a gem from the Belle Époque era, and if you’re visiting Paris, you don’t want to miss it! Inside this iconic landmark, you’ll experience a mesmerizing extravaganza of music, dance, circus acts and theatricality, featuring the renowned can-can dancers.

I vividly remember being there, watching the stage with my eyes wide open and a huge smile on my face. Needless to say, I think the show is worth every cent.
*Tickets to the show go from €87 to €275 and yes, it is 100% worth it!
📍82 Boulevard de Clichy, 75018 – 18th Arrondissement.

things to do in paris visit moulin rouge cabaret

Post Alexandre III is a stunning ornate bridge, spanning the Seine River, adorned with intricate sculptures, gilded statues, and opulent lampposts.
I’ve seen many iconic bridges all around the world and after many years, Post Alexandre III is still number one on my list of favorites. Therefore I urge anyone visiting Paris to make time to check it out.

A perfect plan would be to stroll along the bridge’s majestic promenade and marvel at the breathtaking views of the Seine, with iconic landmarks such as the Eiffel Tower and Les Invalides gracing the skyline, especially at Sunset/Golden hour.
Whether you’re admiring the bridge’s exquisite details or capturing photos of the picturesque surroundings, a visit to the Pont Alexandre III will be a moment of Parisian charm and romance, an experience you hopefully won’t forget.
📍7h Arrondissement. 

Photo of girl at Pont Alexandre III Paris Things to do
Photo of girl at Pont Alexandre III Paris Things to do
Photo of girl at Pont Alexandre III Paris Things to do
EXPLORE the Grand Palais

In the vicinity of the wonderful Pont Alexandre III, the Grand Palais is another captivating sight with its iconic glass roof and vast exhibition spaces. Also a place that hosts many runways shows by your favorite fashion designers every single Paris Fashion Week.
It features a diverse range of exhibitions, from art and fashion to science and culture, making it a very interesting cultural hotspot you don’t want to miss. 
*Entry fee depends on the current exhibitions/events.
📍3 Avenue du Général Eisenhower, 75008 – 8th Arrondissement.

WALK INTO the Petit Palais

Just a short walk away the Grand Palais, the beautiful Petit Palais is also worth a visit. This little palace is known for its stunning architecture and for housing an impressive collection of fine arts spanning from antiquity to the early 20th century. Don’t miss the stunning courtyard and the intricate details of the building itself, especially the ceilings.
*Free entry.
📍Avenue Winston Churchill, 75008 – 8th Arrondissement.

HANG OUT AT Jardin du Luxembourg

The Luxembourg Garden is like Paris’s backyard hangout spot. Created back in the 17th century by Queen Marie de’ Medici.
The garden is known for its elegant French-style landscaping, beautiful flowerbeds, iconic statues, and stunning architecture you can appreciate from within it. It’s a popular spot for both locals and tourists, with serene walking paths, lush green lawns, and picturesque ponds (with ducks in them!).
One of the ponds is adorned with 1920s toy sailboats made of wood, which kids can rent to play with. You’ll also come across the iconic green metal chairs designed in the 1920’s, which you’re free to use.
In the same area, you’ll discover attractions such as the Luxembourg Palace, the Orangerie Museum, and the popular Medici Fountain. The garden provides a peaceful oasis in the heart of Paris, inviting visitors to relax, enjoy nature, and soak in the beauty of the surroundings.
📍Jardin du Luxembourg, 75006 – 6th Arrondissement.

things to do in paris visit Luxembourg garden
ROAM AROUND Place de la Concorde

Place de la Concorde is one of the most iconic public squares in the city and should definitely be on your list of things to do in Paris. I specifically recommend checking out the two iconic fountains: the Fountain of the Seas and the Fountain of River Commerce and Navigation, as well as the Luxor Obelisk.
📍Place de la Concorde, 75008 – 8th Arrondissement.

Fun fact: Queen Marie Antoinette and King Louis XVI were executed there.

UNWIND at Jardin du Tuileries 

The Tuileries Garden is another tranquil oasis that offers a break from the bustling Parisian streets. Originally created in the 16th century for the Tuileries Palace (which no longer exists), the garden is now a beloved public park enjoyed by both locals and tourists. Its perfectly manicured lawns, tree-lined pathways, and stunning fountains provide the perfect setting for leisurely strolls and picnics. You can also admire the garden’s numerous sculptures, which make it feel like an open-air museum, and enjoy stunning views of iconic landmarks such as the Louvre Museum and Place de la Concorde.
📍113 Rue de Rivoli, 75001 – 1st Arrondissement.


The Musée d’Orsay primarily features French art from 1848 to 1914. It houses the world’s largest collection of Impressionist and post-Impressionist masterpieces, showcasing works by renowned artists such as Monet, Renoir, Cézanne, Seurat, Sisley, Gauguin, and my absolute favorite: the brilliant Van Gogh, among many others.
Located on the 5th floor of the museum, you’ll also find Paris’s iconic ‘giant clock’.
*Tickets cost around €15.
📍1 Rue de la Légion d’Honneur, 75007 – 7th Arrondissement.

Picture inside Musée d’Orsay with Van gogh portrait
Picture inside Musée d’Orsay, Paris with giant clock
Picture outside Musée d’Orsay with statues
TAKE A TRIP to Versailles PALACE and gardens

Versailles is actually outside of Paris, but you can catch a direct train on the RER C line from the city center. You definitely want to make some time (at least half a day) to go and see one of the most impressive palaces in the world.

Inside the palace, you’ll find 2,300 rooms adorned with incredible artwork, 17th-century furnishings, and the legendary Hall of Mirrors. The gardens are spectacular and have that open-air museum vibe going on, so I recommend not skipping them.
It can get very crowded, and if you make the mistake of not booking tickets online beforehand, you might have to spend hours queuing up hoping you can get some.
*The palace closes every Monday (the gardens remain open, and entrance is free), so make sure you check their schedule before you go.
*Tickets cost around €18.
📍Place d’Armes, 78000 Versailles

Girl wearing a golden dress and white shoes in Versailles garden with palace and fountain in the background
Visit Musée de l’Orangerie

The Musée de l’Orangerie offers a captivating journey through the world of Impressionist and Post-Impressionist art. Housed within the scenic confines of the Tuileries Gardens, this museum showcases masterpieces by renowned artists such as Monet, Cézanne, and Picasso. The highlight of the museum is undoubtedly Monet’s famous Water Lilies series.
*Tickets cost around €12.
📍Jardin Tuileries, 75001 – 1st Arrondissement.

Musée de l'Orangerie Monet
tour through Bourse de Commerce (Commodities Exchange) – Pinault Collection

This beautiful historic building located in the heart of the city used to be house to the stock exchange and was recently transformed into a contemporary art museum (it took 20 years for this transformation to be completed). Now, it houses over 10.000 works that offer a perspective on the art from the 60’s to date. The building in itself is wonderful to admire.
*Tickets cost around €14.
📍2 Rue de Viarmes, 75001 – 1st Arrondissement.

EXPERIENCE the Yves Saint Laurent MUSEUM

If you also love fashion and its history, you must visit the Yves Saint Laurent Museum. I love that place so much; I’ve been a couple of times. Located in the former haute couture house of Yves Saint Laurent, the atelier turned museum celebrates Yves’ iconic creations and legacy. You can explore a curated selection of his remarkable designs, sketches, and accessories, gaining insight into his brilliant creative process.
*Tickets cost around €10.
📍5 Avenue Marceau, 75116 – 16th Arrondissement.

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mannequins yves saint laurent museum paris
inside yves saint laurent museum paris
Tour through the Rodin Museum

Witness the works of one of the world’s most renowned sculptors, Auguste Rodin. Located in the heart of Paris, the Rodin museum is located in the gorgeous Hôtel Biron and its surrounding gardens, providing a serene oasis in the bustling city. You can wander through the museum’s galleries, which showcase a diverse collection of Rodin’s masterpieces, including his iconic sculptures such as “The Thinker” and “The Kiss.” 
If you’re a Midnight in Paris fan, you’ll love this place even more!
*Tickets cost around €17
📍77 Rue de Varenne, 75007 – – 7h Arrondissement.


Galeries Lafayette is an iconic Art Nouveau building that houses an extensive selection of high-end shops. It has a unique shopping atmosphere and hosts occasional events and exhibitions.
While it’s perfect for shopping, even if you don’t have the budget for expensive designer items, you can still enjoy this beautiful place. The terrace offers incredibly spectacular panoramic views of the city, and you can literally just walk in.
There’s also a restaurant on the rooftop if you feel like having a nice meal accompanied by drinks.
*Free entry.
📍40 Boulevard Haussmann – 9th Arrondissement

DELVE INTO Paris’s Panthéon

The Pantheon is yet another neoclassical building and historical landmark in Paris. This one is also known as “the temple of the French nation”.
Inside, you’ll discover the final resting place of many distinguished French figures, including Voltaire, Rousseau, and Madame Curie and her husband, Pierre.
As you explore its grand halls and intricate domes, you’ll be immersed in the legacy of France’s greatest thinkers, writers, and scientists. You can climb to the top for beautiful views of the city skyline.
*Tickets cost around €11.
📍Place du Panthéon, 75005 – 5th Arrondissement.

STOP BY “Columns of Buren” within the Palais-Royal courtyard

If you’re looking for the famous black and white pillars in Paris, you’re looking for “Les Deux Plateaux” also known as “Colonnes de Buren”. This is an art installation in the middle of the Palais Royale created by the French artist Daniel Buren in 1985–1986.
*Although the square is usually accessible 24/7, I suggest visiting either early in the morning or later in the evening if you want to capture photos with fewer people in the background.
*Free entry.
📍204 Rue Saint-Honoré, Place du Palais-Royal – 1st Arrondissement.

Go to the impRESSIVE Bir Hakeim Bridge “INCEPTION BRIDGE” PARIS

You might recognize this bridge from the movie Inception. Spanning the Seine River, this iconic iron bridge will captivate you with its strong design and historical significance.  
As you stroll across this majestic structure, you’ll be treated to breathtaking views of the Eiffel Tower and the surrounding cityscape which naturally makes it an insanely aesthetic background for photos. 
📍Pont de Bir-Hakeim, 75015 – 15th Arrondissement.

Visit the Statue of Liberty IN PARIS

Just a 10 minute walk away from the Bir Hakeim Bridge, you’ll find a replica of the iconic Statue of Liberty. This statue was given to France by the United States to commemorate the centennial of the French Revolution.  
You can admire the statue up close, stroll along the riverside promenade, and enjoy picturesque views of the Seine and the surrounding cityscape.
📍Pont de Grenelle, 75015 – 15th Arrondissement.

statue of liberty Paris
Stop by Les Invalides complex

This historic complex not only houses the Musée de l’Armée, where you can explore impressive military history  collections of arms and armor, but it also contains the final resting place of one of France’s greatest military figures; Napoleon Bonaparte. Wander through the beautiful courtyard and chapel, soaking in the architecture and history of the place.
Don’t miss the chance to go up the dome for panoramic views of the city, offering a special perspective of Paris. 

DECEND to les catacombes de Paris

If you’re down for a spooky adventure, you’ll enjoy the Paris Catacombs. Located twenty meters underground beneath the bustling streets of Paris, these labyrinthine tunnels hold the remains of millions of Parisians, creating a haunting yet fascinating vibe.
You can explore the winding passages lined with carefully arranged bones and skulls, offering a glimpse into the city’s history and the impact of its tumultuous past.
This is certainty not an experience for everybody but I’m adding it here also as a reminder that when you’re walking around Paris, you’re most likely walking above an underground world you probably didn’t even know existed!
*Tickets cost around €10.
📍1 Av. du Colonel Henri Rol-Tanguy, 75014 – 14th Arrondissement.

CAPTURE Panoramic views of Paris from Montparnasse Tower

The building itself might stand out like a sore thumb, but no one can deny that it is a fantastic spot to soak in panoramic views of Paris with a complete 360-degree perspective, with the iconic Eiffel Tower stealing the spotlight.
Whether you visit during the day or at night, catching a Parisian sunset from this observation point will give you a truly magical and unforgettable view over the city.
As you can imagine, this is also a very popular attraction, so there will be a lot of visitors and lots of photographers hoping to capture one of Paris’s best views. As with most things in Paris, you’ll want to book tickets online in advance.

*Ticket prices average €20. Compare to other attractions in Paris I think the price is a little high so if you’re keeping an eye on your budget, I’d only recommend visiting this place if you’re into landscape photography. Otherwise you can find beautiful panoramic views of Paris elsewhere, like from the Arc de Triomphe or the rooftop at Galeries Lafayette as I mentioned before.
📍33 Avenue du Maine, 75015 – 15th Arrondissement.
This was one of Ollie’s stunning photos from Montparnasse ✨


Le Grand Rex is one of the largest cinemas in Europe. It’s famous for its immense Art Deco facade and frequently hosts high-profile movie premieres, film festivals, and special events in the city.
In recent years they’ve been renovating the building, inside and out and it looks absolutely stunning.

I got lucky one day because I bumped into the DUNE premiere (2021) and got to see Timothée Chalamet, Zendaya, etc on the red carpet. That was pure luck but if you’re in the area it is worth going to either watch a movie there (if you’re not on a short trip) or just walk past to admire such beautiful building  and even take cool photos at night when the lights are on.
Oh! And doing research on this location I found out they have an Escape Game that runs all year around and it looks pretty cool! I sure will be doing that next time I’m in Paris.


As promised, I created a Google map of Paris with all the things I consider worth doing and you can save it to easily help plan your own trip!

It took me quite some time to finish this travel guide to Paris because I wanted it to truly be as insightful as possible! But even after all the work I’ve put into it, I know there’s so much more Paris has to offer and hopefully I can continue to add more cool experiences to this list.
I really hope that this detailed guide inspires you and helps you plan the trip of your dreams. I know writing it made me want to go back!

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Thanks for reading and happy travels!

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