With the French Open, Nuit des Musées, the Paris Book Fair and the Paris Marathon all kicking off this year, it’s no secret that Paris is hot stuff. You will need a reliable base there for maximum fun! Just two minutes from Gare du Nord train station, this “Most Popular Hostel in Paris” Hoscar winner is the perfect environment in which to meet fellow travellers. With private rooms, free city tours and 25% off food and drink all part of the sweet deal, there’s no place more charming to recuperate after a day of exploring the less touristy side of the city.
Her Christian Democrat campaign team spokesman greeted her as “the most powerful woman in the world”, and as a black-trouser-suited Angela Merkel bestrode the ornate Kaiser Wilhelm-era hall in Bad Kreuznach’s premier spa hotel, the more than 800 party faithful present seemed to be falling over themselves to applaud this verbal accolade.
At a time when cities are under pressure from growing populations, global warming and worsening inequality, we need to be making the most of our urban spaces. In the face of these challenges, Paris is leading the way toward a more transparent, democratic form of urbanism, to keep the city growing in a fair and sustainable way.