Paris is a fabulous capital to visit at any time of year: its city buzz never slows down. In fact marathon runners took in the town’s most famous landmarks while on the hoof last weekend, jogging at a speed down the Champs-Elysees, around the Place de la Bastille and so in. And now sport’s lovers can look forward to The French Open, one of France's biggest sporting events and one of the four tennis Grand Slams. The event starts on the 17th of May with tennis greats competing on Roland Garros' clay courts (2 Avenue Gordon Bennet 75016, Paris) until the final on the 5th of June. Check http://www.fft.fr/rolandgarros for details.
Apart from the numerous exhibitions at the city’s host of galleries, mid May sees the ‘Nuit des Musées’ (http://www.nuitdesmusees.culture.fr), when museums open until 1am, offering visitors the chance to see the Louvre, and other museums free. Enjoy a pleasant spring cultural evening interspersed with the odd drink in a fancy café. And cinema buffs can enjoy the ‘Quinzaine des Réalisateurs’ (Directors' Fortnight) which runs from the 25th of May until the 5th of June, concurrently with the famous official Cannes film festival. Afterwards, the films are all shown in Paris at the Forum des Images (2 rue du Cinema Forum des Halles 75001, Paris). Check http://www.quinzaine-realisateurs.com for details.
So hop on a fast train from central London, or board a flight from any of the UK capital’s airports. Paris couldn’t be easier to get to, so there’s simply no excuse not to go. Bon Voyage!