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<h2>Paris, France</h2>
You'll find most of the action on the Champs-Elys&eacute;es near the Arc de Triomphe and the Eiffel Tower, where crowds take to the streets to welcome the new year. There's also plenty going on at the clubs and restaurants around town. Whether you want to rave at a discoth&egrave;que, watch live music performances, or indulge in one last calorie fest before your New Year's diet starts, Paris is the place to satisfy your cravings. Seek out your ideal nightspot at the <a href="http://en.parisinfo.com/shows-exhibitions-paris/paris-at-night/clubbing-1/"target="_blank">Paris Convention and Visitors Bureau website</a>.

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<H2>The View From Coach</h2>

This is the view most people will have aboard a Virgin flight, and it's not a bad one. The seats are comfortable and roomy, despite an unspectacular <a href="http://www.seatguru.com/airlines/Virgin_America/Virgin_America_Airbus_A319.php" target="_blank">32 inches of legroom</a> (12 Cabin Select seats have 35 inches). The seats are designed to be lower to the ground, which pulls your knees away from the seat in front of you. The onboard entertainment system is robust and fun to use, ordering meals from your seat is convenient, and the mood lighting (if that's your thing) lends a unique and soothing atmosphere to the stylish cabin. 

Still, I couldn't help but think that all these bells and whistles were merely distractions from the fact that hardly anything onboard is complimentary. Meals, snacks, and drinks cost between $3 and $10, movies are a hefty $8, and in-flight Wi-Fi sets you back $9.95 for flights under three hours and $12.95 for longer trips. Of course, how much you want to purchase is up to you, and the cabin <i>is</i> really cool.

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