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Experience a Night at the Museum in Paris

In France, on the 19th of May, is celebrated as the Museum’s Night. Established in 2005, therefore making this year its 14th year celebration. If you are in France at this moment, you can’t miss this night at the museum!

 

What is the Night at the Museum?

The Museum’s Night is a day when museums and monuments are opened at night (till midnight for most of them). All visitors are welcomed to experience a night at the museum since the entrance is free for these events. It does not only concern French museums but all Europe’s museums. Special events are proposed for the night at the museum: guided tours, workshops, live shows and more.

Its aim is to attract new audiences, especially young people and families and to raise awareness of France’s cultural treasures, and more widely, European’s ones too.

First seen in Germany in 1997, this event has become a growing success. In 2017, more than 3 800 museums in Europe took part in the special night, with specifically 1 800 museums in France.

2018 was declared the European year of cultural heritage. Thus, this year is placed on the theme of Europe, in order to promote cultural diversity.

Museums will once again take part in the operation “La Classe, Louvre!”, which invites all students to study artwork from a museum. Then, they present their interpretation to their relatives and the visitors during the night of museums.

 

Where to go for the Night at the Museum?

In addition to the main exhibition, you can visit the temporary exhibit. To help you decide where to go for the night at the museum, ParisByM has made a selection of the most worthy ones to visit.

From the most classic ones to the modern ones, there is something for every taste. Feel free to check on the museums’ official website whether there are any special events organized for the night. Upcoming programs.

 

The Louvre Museum

The most classical museum, with antique art. If you haven’t seen the Joconde yet, this is your chance.

What to See: Exhibition of Delacroix, painter of the romantic movement. Its most renowned artwork is “Liberty Leading the People”.

For more information, click here.
Rue de Rivoli, 75001

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Louvre

 

The Museum of the Orangerie

Big fans of impressionism, use this special night at the museum to discover the museum of the Orangerie.

What to See: Exhibition of Claude Monet, you will be impressed to discover the famous Water Lilies he painted.

For more information, click here.
Place de la Concorde, 75001

Musee de l'Orangerie, night at the museum

Museum of the Orangerie

 

The Museum of the Quai Branly – Jacques Chirac

You will find in exhibited this museum, ethnologic and contemporary museum, art and civilizations from Africa, Asia, Oceania and the Americas.

What to See: “Hells and Ghosts of Asia”, the museum proposes to immerse in the Asian culture and imagination of scary creatures.

For more information, click here.
37 Quai Branly, 75007

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Quai Branly Museum

 

The Foundation of Louis Vuitton

Take a look at this amazing building of the XXIth which has incredibly inspiring modern artwork.

What to See: “Au Diapason du Monde”, a temporary exhibition based on the re-appropriation of myths and the exploration of the human being.

For more information, click here.
8 Avenue du Mahatma Gandhi, 75116

Night at the museum

Louis Vuitton Foundation

 

The Versailles Castle

The most famous castle in France, visit the impressive castle where the king Louis XIV lived.

What to See: The Royal Chapel, the Hall of Mirrors and the King’s bedroom.

For more information, click here.
Place d’Armes 78000

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Versailles’ Gardens

 

The City of Science and Industry

For a night with family, the City of Science and Industry is the perfect place to go. You have the choice between many temporary exhibitions and most of them are interactive, perfect for kids.

What to See: “Patate !”, an exhibition on potatoes. “Once upon a time”, which explore the science through childhood tales. “Cold” or “Special Effects”, which explains the different kinds of trickery techniques of the cinema.

For more information, click here.
30 Avenue Corentin Cariou, 75019

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Cité des Sciences et de l’Industrie

 

Museum of Police Headquarters

For a less common night at the museum, visit the museum of Police Headquarters which traces the history of Parisian police between crimes and punishments.

For more information, click here.
4 Rue de la Montagne Sainte Geneviève 75005

 

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Theme Parks and Attractions Around Paris

When you think of visiting Paris, usually its famous monuments and museums come to mind, and they should.  But, there are also many theme parks and attractions around Paris that are worth visiting.  So whether you’re an adrenaline junkie, love theme parks, or just want to get away and have a change in scenery, ParisByM has got your back!

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Not only is it one of the most well-known attractions around Paris, but Disneyland Paris is one of Europe’s top theme park.  As the only Disney park on the whole continent, Disneyland Paris attracts people from all over the world.  Not only does it include the Disneyland Park, but it also features Walt Disney Studios Park, Disney Village, seven themed hotels, and recreational activities like Golf Disneyland that are sure to please everyone.  Even better, you don’t have to worry about transportation, as Disneyland Paris is an easily accessible getaway with countless ways of traveling to and from Paris and even London.

Parc Asterixattractions around Paris

Based on the popular French comic book series Astérix Parc Asterix can be enjoyed by all whether or not you’re familiar with the series.  The park remains in the visual style of its stories through its six different worlds:  Egypt, The Roman Empire, Gaul, Vikings, Ancient Greece, and Time Travel.  Parc Asterix is most known for its insane variety of roller coasters but still caters to familiesthrill seekers, and the young adventurers.

Jardin d’AcclimationAttractions around Paris

Created for children, Jardin d’Acclimation was Paris’ first amusement park opened by Napoleon III.  While the park includes many attractions for children, it also boasts plenty of greenery and lounging areas that allow parents to relax while their kids enjoy.  Jardin d’Acclimation also features antique games, an animal farm, an archery range, children’s museums, and much more.  So whether you want to stay closer to the city or have a less expensive experience, Jardin d’Acclimation is a great choice among the attractions around Paris!

Aquaboulevard

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For those beautiful days when all you want to do is go to the beach but don’t want to travel all the way to the South of France, ParisByM has the place for you.  As the largest urban water park in Europe, Aquaboulevard features a sandy beach, lazy rivers, two wave pools, 11 giant water slides, outdoor as well and indoor jacuzzis, and much more!  The park, located on the southern border of the Periferique, even includes cinemas, meeting rooms, offices, shops, and fitness rooms.  With a large focus on safety and hygiene, Aquaboulevard is the perfect place for an exciting day out for the whole family.

France MiniatureAttractions around Paris

About a 40 minute drive outside of the city, France Miniature transforms an outdoor park into a shrunken version of France.  This miniature park, laid out in the shape of France, features scale models of popular French monuments and landmarks placed in correlation to their approximate locations in France.  It also includes many attractions and interactive experiences appealing to younger children.  Where else can you see France in one day?

Foire du Trône (Trône Fair)Attractions around Paris

Maybe the oldest traditional fair in France and the largest in Paris, Foire du Trône attracts millions of visitors each year.  The fair is easily accessible by metro from the city and is located at the Pelouse de Reuilly bordering the Bois de Vincennes.  Foire du Trône boasts 350+ attractions including 80 rides and rollercoasters, with new attractions being added each year.  Additionally, by offering an array of carnival type and classic French foods, visitors can get into the carnival spirit and enjoy the historic fair that has been around since the year 957.

 

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Top 5 Rainy-Day Activities in Paris

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Top 5 Rainy-Day Activities in Paris

If you’ve ever been to Paris in the winter, you’ll know that it can be cold, rainy and even pretty miserable. The Eiffel Tower is beautiful but do you really want to stand in the pouring rain and lashing wind while on a walking tour or stand at the top of the Arc de Triomphe, freezing and unable to see anything?   We didn’t think so, and that’s why the team at Paris by M have compiled together a list of our favourite rainy-day activities in Paris so that you can stay warm and dry while enjoying the best sights and attractions that our city has to offer.

1. The Catacombs

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The first on our list of rainy-day activities in Paris is something a bit different and potentially slightly unnerving.  The Catacombs in Paris were created when they ran out of space for the living, so they had to relocate the dead.  As you wander along the endless underground passages, previously used as stone mines, you will learn a bit about the history while being surrounded by the remains of more than six million people.  Perfectly sheltered, deep underground the city, this is an interesting activity which will keep you safe from the rain showers in the world above you.

2. The Louvre and Musée d’Orsay

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The Louvre and Musée d’Orsay are second in our list of top 5 rainy-day activities in Paris and are sure to make for a rainy-day activity with something for everyone.  When the rain starts to pour, these two museums are obvious escapes from the miserable weather.  You can easily spend a day in the Louvre and Musée d’Orsay with their endless and enchanting collections of art and historical artifacts.  If you wish for something a bit more structured and informative, why not organize a private guided tour around one of the museums? ParisByM will be more than happy to help facilitate this rainy-day activity.

3. Shopping

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Of course, when the rain pours down, a good choice of activity in Paris is to visit some of the best shopping locations in the city.  To begin Galeries Lafayette and Le Bon Marché can easily take up a good part of your day, as you can wander around them for hours, admiring the beautiful items on sale.  There are cafes within and around both and the ambiance and experience in itself is enough to tempt you in from the rain.  If you’re a lover of shopping, Paris in the rain is the perfect opportunity.

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4. Teatime

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The rain is pouring and we think you deserve a well-earned repose in one of Paris’s finest tearooms or cafes.   Where better to shelter from the rain than in one of our most famous tearooms: Café Angelina.  Well-known for being one of Coco Chanel’s favorite spots in the city and renowned for its wondrously rich hot chocolate, Café Angelina is utterly self-indulgent and completely necessary for a rainy day in Paris.  Even if it stops raining, you won’t want to leave!  If you are after something a bit different, Fringe Café is extremely popular.  It intertwines the art of great coffee and delicious food with that of photography.  This provides a perfect hangout on a rainy-day in the city.

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5. Covered passageways in Paris

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Created in the 18th and 19th century, les passages couverts (covered passageways) were created around the area of the Les Grands Boulevard in Paris.  Since then they have provided a delightful selection of boutiques, cafes and, most importantly, a shelter from the rain. Like an old-fashioned shopping mall, these passageways provide an enchanting alternative to the high-street shops you are used to. One almost feels like they have stepped back in time. Passage des Panoramas is well-loved and Galerie Vivienne is extremely pretty and has a lovely café. A perfect hideout for a rainy-day in Paris.

As you can see, there are many things to do in Paris when you are seeking shelter from the rain. The final suggestion we have is that you grab an umbrella and explore the city because Paris is still beautiful, even in the rain.

Furthermore, ParisByM is here to help you organize your time in Paris, to make it as easy and stress-free as possible. We can organize your tickets for any exhibition or museum you wish to visit, arrange guided tours and restaurant recommendations and provide endless services and customer care while you are here. The options are infinite.  Please visit our website to check out our package and tailor-made holiday options.

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Loire Valley Wine Tasting : Ideal For Wine Lovers

Wine Tasting is more than only drinking wine, it is a real experience that allows you to learn about wines. How to differentiate them ? What does an appellation means ? How to properly taste wine like a professional ? And many other things on wine vocabulary. We see, scent, taste and evaluate the wine quality. The main goal of a wine tasting is to know how to talk about the wine after tasting it. Since Loire Valley’s wine is famous all over the world, why not doing a wine tasting in the region ?
Here is our guide to help you for a Loire Valley wine tasting.

 

Why You Should Do a Loire Valley Wine Tasting ?


 

Curious or wine expert, come and taste the wines produced in the region of the Loire Valley. The region is the 3rd biggest wine region of France, making it worth tasting. Without forgetting that the Loire Valley’s wine history dates back 2000 years ago, attesting the quality of the region’s wines. There are countless vineyards in Loire Valley mostly thanks to the temperate climate, which is ideal for grapes production. Lastly, this region has a great diversity of wines : 86 different wines appellation including very famous ones, so you have a wide choice of white, rosé, red or mousseux wine. That is one of the main reasons why you should do a Loire Valley wine tasting. The most important appellations of the region are Chinon, Bourgeuil, Cheverny, MontLouis and Vouvray. You will find at Vouvray mostly white wines and red wines at Chinon.

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Where to go for a Loire Valley Wine Tasting ?


 

The Duhard wine cellar

This cellar does not produce and sell its own wines but those of many domains. This allows them to offers a general view of the wines of the region. In addition to the affordable price of the wine tasting, they also speak English, which is better for the understanding. The friendly staff explains very well wine’s notions, even for beginners and people who know little about wine. Individual or group tasting, young or old wines, or even according to a theme, choose the type of wine tasting that suits the best to your desires. For more information on the Duhard wine cellar, here is an article.

56 Rue du Rocher des Violettes, 37400 Amboise

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Duhard Wine Cellar

 

The Voltaire wine cellar

This wine cellar is located in Chinon, where are produced the some of the best wines of the region. It is a must to visit to get a global idea on the wines of the region. The friendly boss gives good piece of advice, in English as well. He has a broad range of organic quality products. Enjoy the local wines proposed and the delicatessen and refined cheese served with. They speak in English. You must also know that in summer season, the selection of wines is wider than the rest of the year.

13 Rue Voltaire, 37500 Chinon

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Voltaire Wine Cellar @Chinon Coeur de Ville

 

Boisard Fils, The Domain of the Mortier

The Boisard produces in their 13 hectares of fields, wines with the appellation Saint Nicolas de Bourgueil. What is special about this domain is their production process that takes into account the respect of the ecosystem. Their vineyards are cultivated in harmony with nature to produce organic wines, that means no chemicals, pesticides or insecticides, but natural and ecological systems to protect the vines against pests or any potential diseases. The staff is welcoming and passionate about their job. They explain well, whether it is in English or German. Seing the vines is also an interesting plus.

Le Petit Bas Mortier, 37140 Saint Nicolas de Bourgueil

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Domaine du Mortier – Boisard Filos @Boisard Fils

 

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Main reasons to take an all inclusive package for your trip to Paris

Are you planning to visit Paris but you are travelling on a budget, are too busy and don’t really know, what to visit or in which Hotel stay ? Then, all-inclusive packages may be perfect for you. These packages includes lodging and other services like a visit to the “Château de Versailles” and can be a low cost method. But are they advantageous?

Why should you choose  all-inclusive packages?

All-inclusive packages are more and more selected by people who often travel in unknown places.

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All inclusive packages are stress-free

These pack are in first place stress-free because if you choose a recognised company, this company will be very picky with its provider to not disappoint you.
So, you will be sure that your activity will not be cancelled without your knowing because the company you will have chosen wants to be up to your expectations.

All-inclusive packages saves money

All-inclusive packages are advantageous because they permit you to save a lot of money.

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Hotel entrance of a luxury Hotel in Paris

In fact, Paris is an expensive city and you can easily waste a lot of money by only booking your trip or by choosing a tour guide.
By choosing an all-inclusive package, many charges are covered like guided tours.
You can for instance save up to 30 % of the amount you will have initially paid without an all-inclusive package.

However, it should be noted that all-inclusive doesn’t always mean all-inclusive.
Even if many things are covered, it is likely that some things are left out.
Once you arrive in an Hotel you may have finding yourself paying extra for internet or lunch.

All inclusive packages include an efficient itenerary

Another advantage is that all-inclusive packages in Paris are safer than a trip that you will have planned yourself because some places in Paris are not safe for tourist/foreigners.
To give an example, Paris is a big city with more than 2 million habitants and 14 metro lines, by only taking the wrong train or road you can end on the other side of the city.
While, by booking an all-inclusive package in Paris, you can’t get lost because they will always be someone who’ll guide you or will stay with you.

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Available offers or tailor-made offer?

Most companies offer two types of all-inclusive packages in Paris:
Tailor-made packages
Predesign packages

Tailor-made packages are packs that companies create following your purpose.

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These packages follow 100 % your expectations because you tell them how long you will travel, what you want to visit, the kind of activities you want to do during your holidays, the number of persons which will travel with you …
Furthermore, tailormade packages have many budgetary advantages for the reason  that, there are no hidden cost and you can know in advance how much you have spent.
So, if you like having control on your holidays and on your budget, tailor-made packages are perfect for you.
Then Predesign packages are packages which have already be designed and  include an accommodation, walking tours, bus tours, discovery cruses etc.
With them, you get rid of all activities starting by checking the hotel accommodation availability, choosing the place to visit and your travel guide.
Everything will be done for you.

Altogether, all-inclusive packages in Paris are interesting because you can adjust and modify your trip in function of your request and they are time sparing, stress free and budget friendly.

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Team Building in Paris

Traveling with a group you want to get to know better? Paris is a city full of amazing opportunities for travel and team building. Explore the city in a new light by getting out of your comfort zone and trying new things. Below are the top five team building activities to try during your stay in Paris. They will give you a great taste for the city, and allow you to connect with people on your trip on a deeper level.

 

1) Photo Scavenger Hunt

Paris is a city with hundreds of sights to see, and a scavenger hunt is the best way to both explore the city of lights and experience team building in Paris with people in your group. This game can get as detailed or as broad as you want it to. An easy and fun way to accomplish this is to divide your team into even groups and create a list of 20 or so sights to see. All teams must visit each sight listed and take a group picture in front it, proving they went. The first team to finish wins! This team building exercise allows members from each team to work, strategize and get to know one another better than before. A group reflection is always encouraged at the end to voice what worked and didn’t work during the hunt. In addition, some local museums in Paris offer treasure hunts as well.

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2) Escape room game

A second team building activity Paris offers is the escape room game. Located in several different areas across Paris, it offers people a chance to work together to solve riddles and clues in order to unlock the door of a room and escape in a limited amount of time. Most of the locations offer the games in English as well. This stimulating game is an exciting team building activity to do in Paris because it provides a space for people to work together, collaborate ideas, and trust one another in order to complete a common goal under a time limit. Just like in the real world, teams have important jobs to accomplish with strict deadlines. This game allows people to experience something similar in a fun and enjoyable way. Keep in mind that this is an unique activity for team building in Paris and is very popular, so be sure to book in advance!

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3) Acrobranche

Looking to get active while in Paris? Acrobranche is high-adrenaline outdoor ropes course in the trees, and there is one located just outside the city. Completely safe, this activity requires a lot of teamwork and group effort. It is a great experience for team building in Paris, as it truly does builds people’s character. This activity is all about supporting those around you and uplifting them, guiding them, and encouraging them through what may be frightening, or difficult for others. While you are 100% strapped in and completely safe, the height and course difficulty may be challenging to some, so it is important to verbally support and communicate with one another. If interested, you can click here for information about prices, dates, and how acrobranche works.

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4) Food

There’s nothing in the world that brings people together like good food, especially in Paris. Parisian cuisine is one of a kind and what better way to experience it than with people who want to get to know better. From cooking classes, to wine tasting, to local food markets, to even enjoying a café, your choices are practically unlimited as to what you can do. Team building activities in Paris involving food are great to experience because they make for great conversational atmospheres. It allows people to share their own personal life stories or struggles, and it can help them step outside their comfort zone by trying new things or talking to new people, something very useful when team building in Paris.

 Cooking class in Paris

5) Guided Tours

Both public and private tours function as yet another great way to get involved in team building in Paris. Spending the day with others allows you to really get to know each other on a personal level outside of the workforce. Here in Paris, there are several options for tours and transportation ranging from: bus tours, bike tours, walking tours, audio tours, and even Segway tours! This a great way to experience all that the city has to offer and emerge yourself into a new culture. A city tour is also a great opportunity to create long lasting memories with those around you.

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The Catacombs

Bored to death of the same old ordinary paths, of touristic sightseeing and well-known landmarks? Thanks to the Catacombs, you will experience the thrill of underground haunted tunnels, along with the unusual  and breathtaking beauty of old Parisian skeletons.

the catacombsThe Catacombs are one of the most gruesome and macabre sights in Paris. Full of endless underground tunnels  packed with skulls and bones, they represent the solution for aesthetic and hygienic problems due to the overflowing cemeteries during the XVIII century.

Built in 1810, the Catacombs contain a great number of exhumed bones, which are stored in lines. A narrow stairway will lead you down 130 steps  to the tunnels, where you will have the opportunity to reach the barely illuminated and eerie tunnels. Then, you will have the unique chance to walk through the 1.5 km underground tunnel  where millions of skulls from Parisians lie. The tour takes around 45 minutes.

The catacombs have been very important during the WWII: there, since 1944, the Résistance used to meet and to plan attacks, far beyond  Nazi control. Interestingly, nowadays thorughout the catacombs you may also find thrill seeking cataphiles, who wander through the tunnels and look at the lines of skulls as if they were in a sort of amusement park: however, differently, if caught, they are fined!

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This labyrinth, which contains bones from the 11th to the 19th century, has been built following the examples of Rome and Naples. The abandoned quarries, now used to house skulls and bones, has been packed to create space for new districts after numerous complaints about the risk of infection for the inhabitants, caused by the old Cemetery of the Innocents (close to Saint-Eustache, in the area of Les Halles)

One of the most intriguing and interesting attractions in Paris, the Catacombs have been visited by famous people such as Napoleon III and the Emperor of Austria. Take a walk through the narrow tunnels and explore the underground area where the dead rest in peace and the thrill seekers look for excitement!

 For further information, you can click here.

 

HOW TO GET THERE

  • Metro / RER B: Denfert-Rochereau
  • Bus: 36, 68
  • Parking: Boulevard Saint-Jacques

the catacombsYou will begin your walk at a green belle époque-style building in a grassy area in Avenue Colonel Henri Roi-Tanguy, close to Place Denfert Rochereau, in the 14th arrondissement: you can easily go there by metro and get off at them station Denfert Rochereau. The official entrance is in the Museum of the Catacombs, since all of the other entrances were barred or walled up after a series of strange orgies in the 70s.

The exit is close to Rue Dumoncel (metro station: Mouton-Duvernet), 700 m southwest of Avenue Colonel Henri Roi-Tanguy.

 

OPENING HOURS

  • From Tuesday to Sunday: 10 AM – 8.30 PM (last admission 7.30 PM)
  • Closed on Mondays, 1st May and 15th August.
  • Groups from Tuesday to Friday, from 10:30 AM to 12 AM every 30 minutes.

 

PRICES (valid on the spot)

  • Catacombs and exhibition: €10/12
  • Coupled ticket Catacombs + Archaeological Crypt (15 min. from the Catacombs with Metro 4 “Cité”): €13/16

the catacombsReduced prices for youth and young adults (18-26), holders of the “Paris Pass Famille”, school teachers and librarians, large families and membres of several French societies.

Free admission for youth until 17, disabled and those who accompany them, job seekers and those who have an income support. Furthermore, the entrance is free for retired Paris employees, professional visual artists and curators, as well as ICOM and ICOMOS members, journalists and city of Rome inhabitants (Paris twin city).

 

PRACTICAL INFORMATION

  • Rent an audioguide to enjoy the full experience.
  • Ideal time: early in the morning.
  • Dress well! The temperature is cool, even in summer!
  • Don’t forget to take a torch!
  • The tour is not recommendable for people with heart or respiratory problems, for young children and people withe reduced mobility
  • For safety reasons, no suitcases or luggages are allowed.
  • Plan in advance your visit: before entering, you might have to wait for more than 40 minutes!
  • No toilets or cloackroom available in the catacombs!

 

Don’t miss out this once-in-a-lifetime experience and enjoy the catacombs as soon as possible, before it’s too late

 

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Nightlife in Paris

Paris is also called the City of Lights – and not without reason! As a city that never sleeps, there are inviting nightlife offers to be found throughout the week. Here is a short overview of things to do at night during your visit in Paris.

Nightlife Venues in Paris

Many Parisians love to hang out on the river banks of the River Seine, enjoying some wine or having a picnic. But if you prefer something out on the town, you can find all sorts of nightlife venues all over the metropole. Restaurants, various kinds of bars and pubs, clubs, cinemas, theaters… Paris has a lot to offer!

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Cabaret

Certainly, everybody has already heard of the Moulin Rouge. But have you heard of the other cabarets such as the Lido or The Crazy Horse? Are you ready for a glamourous night out – full of sensuality and elegance?

Clubs

nightlife in paris, discothequeCabaret is not the only type of nightlife in Paris. There are a lot of well-known and rather posh clubs in Paris such as the Palais Maillot, which is known for its legendary after-work parties. Especially in summer, we recommend enjoying your night in Paris in one of the marvelous rooftop bars like at Hotel Raphael in the 16th arrondissement. You can choose a club or restaurant with a terrace as well – Wanderlust, Nuba or La Bellevilloise, to name a few.

Why not spend a night on a boat on the River Seine? For example, The Flow combines a restaurant, bar and club all opening at midnight. While this might not be the cheapest venue in Paris, it is certainly worth a visit.

Dancing

If you are interested in Latin dancing, the river banks of the Seine are the place to go! You can find salsa events taking place at Tino Rossi Garden, a park on the river bank near Notre Dame Cathedral. For colder days, you can also enjoy Latin music in some clubs like L’International (5th arrondissement).

 

Popular Districts

Do you prefer to discover nightlife in Paris on your own? Here are some neighborhoods that you should check out.

Certainly, there are popular nightlife venues all over the city, but each neighborhood has its own specific style. St.-Germain-des-Prés and St.-Michel are known for their jazz clubs, whereas posh and very trendy clubs like L’Arc or the Matignon find themselves around avenue Champs-Élysées.nightlife in paris, bars

Since it has always been a lively students’ district, the Latin Quarter has a lot of restaurants and bars to offer – for those with a medium or low budget, too. Le Marais is also worth a try as this neighborhood is enthralling with its many charming bars.

Don’t underestimate the east of Paris! The 20th arrondissement – Belleville & Ménilmontant – as well as Oberkampf, Bastille and Canal-St.-Martin offer plenty of fashionable bars and clubs for young people such as the Comptoir Général or the Favela Chic.

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Before going out, please take note that the metros stop running from 01:00 to 05:00. There are several options of getting back home. Besides calling a taxi, you can use the night busses (Noctiliens). They run from 00:30 to 05:30. Please research the night bus service of the local transport company RATP beforehand. If you haven’t had too much to drink, you can rent a bicycle at a Velib’ station.

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Tips

Here is some advice which could help you checking out the nightlife in Paris.

In some of the clubs, especially the trendy ones, you should make a reservation beforehand. You might be refused if you don’t. So just call in advance and make sure you won’t find yourself in front of closed doors.

Would you rather spend your night in a pub or a bar but you don’t want to spend too much money? No problem! A great number of them offer happy hour, take advantage!

Safety

The center of Paris is a rather safe place since there are always people in the streets and on the subways, day and night. But, don’t forget that this Paris is still a big city! As usual, you should always avoid going out alone at night. If possible, take at least one or two friends with you. Keep an eye on each other and on your belongings. Always avoid suspicious people and walk on the well-light side of the street to stay on the safe side.

Stay safe while joining the fun!

 

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Summer activities in Paris

Summer activities in Paris

The summer months are when Paris truly comes alive! As all the Parisians begin to trickle out for their month-long August vacation, the city becomes a calm oasis for the traveler looking to relax in the City of Light. You’ll be able to enjoy all that Paris has to offer, including outdoor sports activities, shady terraces, and movies under the stars without the crowds, noise, and stress of the normally bustling city. We here at ParisByM want to ensure that you enjoy the best Paris has to offer and have compiled a list of our favorite summer activities in Paris

A MOVIE UNDER THE STARS!

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What can be better than to spend a few hours coiled up in a deck chair while enjoying a good movie on a warm summer night? Each summer, Paris transforms into a giant outdoor cinema. This year, you will be able to enjoy one of 11 outdoor screenings under the stars from July 24th to August 9th 2016. From classics to more recent films, there’s something for visitors of all ages during the highly-anticipated return of moonlight movies!

On the menu this year: “Drôle de Frimousse”, “Bancs Publics”, “Les Adieux à la Reine”, “Touchez pas Au Grisbi”, “Seuls two”, “Le petit Nicolas”, “Frantic”, “Ninotchka”, “La Grande Vadrouille”, “La Môme”, “Quoi de neuf Pussycat?”.

Among others, the Parc de La Villette will transform from July 22nd to August 23rd into a spectacular outdoor cinema with a different film playing almost every night. Don’t forget to bring a sweater, as summer nights can get a little chilly.

AN ATHLETIC SUMMER!

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If you’re looking to beat the summer heat, check out one of Paris’s many pools dotting the cityMost summer activities in Paris are held during the summer and some pools have even opened their roof to let you swim outdoors! Summer swimmers are welcome from Monday through Sunday and, with some pools opening at 7am and closing at 8pm or even 10pm in some cases, you’re sure to find a time that suits even the busiest of schedules.

There is also Les Berges de Seine which offer an exclusively pedestrian path of over 1 mile along the Seine left bank where your can practice some activities including coaching sessions (boxing, jump rope, running) and also street tennis and the traditional French game pétanque.

Best of all, all those summer activities in Paris are free !

 

WHAT WOULD SUMMER BE WITHOUT A BIT OF BEACH?

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Does summer rhymes with sand and beach for you? Don’t panic, even far from the coast, you can fully enjoy the summer activities in Paris. For that, check Paris Plage, an artificial man-made beach along the Seine renewed every year. This year, it will be accessible from July 20th to August 21st 2016. Here you can find a stream of free sports including beach volleyball and basketball on the Place de l’Hotel de Ville, Tai Chi sessions every morning on the Voie Georges Pompidou (July 20th – August 16th)  and on the Bassin de la Villette (July 20th – August 23rd) and, of course, pétanque!

 

SO ROMANTIC TO DANCE IN PARIS!

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Throughout the summer, Paris comes alive with music and dance parties around every corner. Many venues offer weekend dance parties, including La Guinguette Eiffel Tower, where you can dance on a 650 square meter open air terrace every Friday night starting at 7pm.

Program: DJ sets, tapas, cocktails and rosé wine for a festive and convivial evening.

In the 19th district, Rosa Bonheur has revived the Guinguette spirit in the heart of the Buttes Chaumont Park. Eat, drink and dance at this lively neighborhood party.

At the foot of the National Assembly, in front of the Place de la Concorde, the Concorde Atlantique boat offers a terrace with stunning views of the Grand Palais, the Tuileries gardens and Orsay museum, which hosts theme nights throughout summer : latin, funk … there’s something for everyone!

Last but not least: less official, but all the more nice, you can also meet people gathering for a tango, a valse, or any kind of dance on the river banks, at the level of the Arabic World Institute (Institut du Monde Arabe). Just show up and take your chance!

BACK TO CHILDHOOD!

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Close to Paris is of course the famous Disneyland Paris park, a magical place for both adults and children alike. Each year brings some special show and experience. In 2016, between June 4th and September 18th, the Snow Queen and her friends will be at the park! For a frostier summer experience, come visit these Disney Characters in a refreshing French atmosphere! And for even more magic, come sing along with Elsa, Anna and Olaf at a wonderful interactive show!

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A little further from Paris, the Parc Asterix is another great option for thrilling sensations. Situated 40 minutes from the city, it offers many attractions as well as live shows to discover with friends or family. Featuring several spectacular roller coasters, it’s the perfect park for adults looking for a thrill!

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For a more cultural discovery, another option is the park France Minitatures. In a park the same shape as France itself, the park presents all the iconic monuments and sites of France on a reduced scale. In less than 30 minutes, you can take a selfy of youself beside the Eiffel Tower, the castles of the Loire Valley and the Mont Saint Michel! An ideal discovery if you are on a tight schedule but still want to see most of France…

 

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And to entertain really young children (1 to 5 year old approximately), why not go to the Jardin d’Acclimatation? Located at the gates of the Bois de Boulogne, it offers attractions accessible to the youngest ones, like a little train, an enchanted river or a mini farm where kids will be delighted to see donkeys, cows, sheeps and a wide variety of birds.

 

 

FOR NATURE AND ANIMAL LOVERS!

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For nature lovers, the different zoos of Paris will answer your longing for green spaces. You can visit the Zoo de Vincennes : savannah of the Sahel – Sudan plains, rocky shores and the pampas of Patagonia, forests of tall European conifers, and tropical climates of Guyana and Madagascar. The Zoo de Vincennes is the largest zoo in Paris and the most famous Parisian place where you can see animals!

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Close to the Gare d’Austerlitz, the famous Jardin des Plantes is another nice option to see the wild life. In the garden you will find a large number of plant species. But don’t worry, they’re all labeled and easy to identify! To see the mammals, birds and reptiles, you’ll have to buy a ticket.

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