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5 monuments à voir à Paris

Avec Paris étant la ville animée qu’il est, il peut être difficile de déterminer où aller et les lieux à voir. Après avoir lu notre guide des lieux d’intérêt à Paris, vous saurez exactement où vous voulez aller !

1) La Tour Eiffel

Signature du monument de Paris! Debout à plus de 1000 pieds de haut, la Tour Eiffel offre une vue imprenable sur Paris. Vous pouvez vous arrêter sur le premier niveau pour une vue incroyable et les achats dePlaces of Interest Paris souvenirs ou les lieux de niveau d’intérêt Parissecond, qui abrite le célèbre restaurant Jules Vernes. Si vous vous sentez vraiment aventureux, continuer sur le troisième niveau de l’expérience d’une vue à 360 ° au niveau des nuages. Ne pas oublier d’arrêter au sombre pour voir la Tour Eiffel tout illuminé!

2) Le Musée du Louvre

Venez visiter le plus grand musée du monde et l’un des principaux lieux d’intérêt à Paris. Auparavant, l’ancienne résidence des rois de France, le Louvre accueille aujourd’hui plus de 35.000 chefs-d’œuvre. De la Joconde à la Pyramide du Louvre, il est un chef-d’œuvre pour tous les goûts.
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3) Le Musée d’Orsay

En plus du Louvre, Paris abrite le Musée d’Orsay. Musée d’Orsay est mondialement connu pour sa collection d’art impressionniste de différents médiums: peintures, Places of Interest Parissculptures, meubles, et la photographie. Situé sur la rive ouest de la rivière Seine, le musée d’Orsay est juste en face des magnifiques Jardins des Tuileries.

 

 

 

4) La Cathédrale de Notre-Dame

Ouverture dans le 14ème siècle, Notre-Dame est connue pour son architecture, vitraux, gargouilles, et est le cadre pour le célèbre roman, Le Bossu de Notre-Dame de Victor Hugo. Vous pouvez simplement observPlaces of Interest Pariser le merveilleux de l’extérieur, ou de choisir d’entrer dans la cathédrale et être surpris par le design d’intérieur.

 

 

 

 

 

 

5) Montmartre

Situé dans le 18ème arrondissement de Paris, il y a beaucoup de choses à voir à Montmartre. Visitez la basilique du Sacré-Cœur, le Moulin Rouge, ou Espace Dalí à absorber la culture Montmartre a à offrir. Montmartre est un lieu de banlieue pour vous promenant à travers les rues sinueuses ou attraper un tour sur le “petit train”.

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Day trip from London to Paris

If you are currently in the UK and you want to do something different during the weekend, why not leaving for a day trip from London to Paris? It is absolutely feasible, and totally worth it! Discover here how to get to Paris from London, and what to see during your day trip.

 

How to get to Paris from London

The fastest ways are the plane and the high-speed train Eurostar. Keep in mind that the time zone in Paris is slightly different: you will lose an hour getting there, but you will gain it on your way back to London.

London Excursion Paris Eurostar, day trip to Paris from London

 

Plane: there are a couple of low-cost airline companies that will get you to Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport in 1 hour 15. It is convenient to book in advance to find the best rates, but if you are lucky you may also find some last minute offers.

 

Eurostar: this train leaves from from London St Pancras almost every hour, passes by London Guilford, goes through the Channel Tunnel and arrives in Paris Gare du Nord in 2 hours 15. By taking the first and the last trains, you will have more than 10 hours to discover the City of Lights. You just need to be at the train station at least 45 minutes before departure to have your passport checked. Be sure to book your ticket in advance: the closer the departure, the higher the price.

 

What to see in one day

For your visit, you can decide to walk and use the public transports (metro and buses are efficiently linked and are way cheaper than in London) or to have Hop-on Hop-off tours by bus to have a more global overview of Paris.
Whichever you choose, here is a list of the attractions you just can’t miss. Take into account that most of the attractions may have long lines to get inside. If you manage to plan your day trip from London to Paris in advance, don’t forget to book your skip-the-line tickets in order to optimize your time.

2cv, paris in 2 days, paris off the beaten path, day trip from london to parisEiffel Tower: the most stunning spots to admire the symbol of France are the Trocadero Gardens (metro stop Trocadéro, lines 6 and 9), the Arc de Triomphe (metro stop Charles de Gaulle – Étoile, lines 1, 2, 6 and RER A) and the Tour Montparnasse (metro stop Montparnasse-Bienvenue, lines 4,6,12 and 13).

Arc de Triomphe and the Champs-Élysées: from the top of the Arc you will have an amazing view of Paris, then you can walk along the Champs- Élysées to shop in luxury boutiques, until you arrive to the Tuileries Gardens and the Louvre. If you have already booked your tickets, you can get into the famous museum to have a quick look at the most famous masterpieces.

Notre-Dame Cathedral: situated in the Île de la Cité (metro stop Saint-Michel-Notre-Dame, lines 4 and RER C), it is one of the oldest monuments in Paris. It is free to get inside, just consider about an hour to line and visit.

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Sacré-Coeur Basilica: from this church on the top of Montmartre (metro stop Anvers, line 2), you will have an unique view over the city. Go for a walk in this special neighboorhod and enjoy street artists’ and musicians’ performances.

Other attractions and activities. Paris surely doesn’t lack of places to go: the Invalides, the Jardin the Luxembourg, Concorde square, food and flea markets and much more. If you still have some time left, we suggest you have a one hour river cruise along the Seine to have a different perspective of the city.
So what are you waiting for? Start planning your day trip from London to Paris, you won’t regret it!

 

ParisByM can help you plan your trip and save on your hotel in Paris : we can book your tickets for the monument visits, spare you time waiting in line, help you find a hotel in your budget, and provide you a full itinerary of what to do in Paris for the length of your stay.

 

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Versailles palace

Palace of Versailles, castle and gardens

The  elaborate decoration of the palace of Versailles represents the royalty and majesty of French Kings. Today, the Versailles Palace is one of the most important Palace of the French History. Located just outside of Paris, the palace and its extraordinary domain are now a must-see attraction for every tourist coming to Paris for more than 2 days.

Palace of Versailles history

Versailles palace

The King Louis XIV – Credit: Wikipedia

In 1682, the French King Louis XIV decided to transfer the royal court and the French government from Paris to the city of Versailles (located in the southwest of Paris). The aims of this settlement were to host the French royalty, to be protected from any civil movement by keeping the powerful men of the court right under his nose, and to give an impressive visual representation of the power of the French monarchy to the whole world. Louis XIV decided to use a former hunting lodge of his father, the French King Louis XIII, to turn it into a magnificent palace.

 

Palace of Versailles

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And thus the palace of Versailles became a symbol of the majesty of French Kings. After the death of Louis XIV, all French Kings lived there. The out-broke of the French Revolution in 1789 forced the government to go back to Paris. In the 19th Century, it was turned into a museum of the History of France and many spaces in the palace became museum areas.

 

The domain of Versailles: the Palace, gardens and other places

Palace of Versailles

Galerie des glaces (Hall of mirros) – Credit: ParisByM

 

There are many areas to visit in the palace of Versailles. Inside the palace itself, you can visit the various living rooms of the King and the rest of the royalty members. The most impressive and unmissable place to see is the famous Hall of Mirrors. This massive corridor, which served as a ball room, displays not less than 357 mirrors reflecting the light of the sun entering from the huge 17 windows.

 

Palace of Versailles

Coach in the coach gallery – Credit: Official website of the Palace

 

It covers various spaces like the coach gallery that has reopened after 10 years of renovation. Outside of the palace, you can access three additional attractions: the gardens with its fountains, the palace of the Grand Trianon, and Queen Marie-Antoinette‘s estate.

 

Palace of Versailles

The Petit Trianon – Credit: ParisByM

 

The Estate of Marie Antoinette, also called “Petit Trianon”, was the private domain of Queen Marie-Antoinette, where she used to escape the gravity of the court by holding small parties and dinners and by playing at living a simple farmer’s life. She owned indeed a few sheep and other animals in this place.

 

Palace of Versailles

The Grand Trianon – Credit: Wikipedia

 

The Grand Trianon is a small side palace that Louis XIV had built to hide his love affairs with his mistresses. Built in marble and porphyry, it’s an exquisite example of the architect Mansard‘s talent.

 

Palace of Versailles

Gardens – Credit: ParisByM

Last but not least, the gardens are a wonderful place to wander. During spring and summer, they offer exceptional fountain and musical shows, “the musical waters” or “Grandes eaux musicales” on Tuesdays and weekends, when you can stroll from grove to bush at the sound of classical music while enjoying the numerous water fountains activity.  The “Musical Gardens” or “Jardins Musicaux”  offer the same nice walk at the sound of music but without the fountains. Moreover, the gardens are an excellent place if you want to have a nice walk and admire the architecture of the castle from the outside.

You can enjoy a group or private guided tour of the palace, the gardens and Marie-Antoinette’s estate as well.

How to get there by yourself

Palace of Versailles

The Chateau de Versailles station – Credit: Wikipedia

The Versailles Palace is located outside of Paris. That means that you will need to use transportation from Paris to suburbs if you want to get there by yourself. Several transports are available if you want to get there. If you are not going on a group or private trip organized from Paris, we recommend you use the fast train or a bus shuttle.

If you plan to take the fast train (called RER) use the line C and stop at the Versailles Rive Gauche station. The travel between this station and the Palace lasts 12 minutes.

Palace of Versailles

Red (Paris Montparnasse), Yellow (Paris Saint Lazare) – Credit: Google Maps

If you want to take the bus shuttle, there is a special bus that will take you from the Eiffel Tower to the palace of Versailles. Called the Versailles Express, it runs twice a day at 8am and 2pm from Tuesday to Sunday.

Other trains (not fast trains) can also take you to Versailles. We recommand this option if you are only near to the stations (Montparnasse & Saint Lazare).

 

  • From the station Paris Montparnasse stop at the station Versailles Chantiers.
  • From the station Paris Saint Lazare stop at the station Versailles Rive Droite.

 

Tips

Palace of Versailles

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  • 1: at least 1 full day is necessary to visit the entire domain.
  • 2: If you do not have enough time to visit the entire domain, just go for the castle and the gardens, which you can see in approximately half a day.
  • 3: We advise you to go before 9 A.M (it opens at 10 A.M) because you will have less people in the castle. It is the same if you go after 4 P.M.

-> Do not try going on Tuesday or during the weekend, the attendance is very high!

  • 4: the gardens are open for free when the musical gardens or the musical waters are not on display.
  • 5: it is better to buy your tickets in advance. Even if you will have to do the security line, it will save you time as you will skip the first line.
  • 6: The Versailles passport will give you access to the entire domain with just one ticket, including the gardens on the days of the musical gardens and waters.

 

Plan your visit to the Palace of Versailles

The Palace of Versailles closes on Monday.

There are several options to plan your visit to the Palace of Versailles. Below are the few we recommend.

Passport (Versailles Pass) – from €10

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Buy the one day passport from €10 with / without show to get access to entire Versailles estate including the Palace & the gardens. There is an additional €15 when there is the musical fountain show and a €8 one when the show is not playing. It is definitely worth it if you visit Versailles the right day. Note that the access to gardens is not available when the musical shows are on. Do not forget adding this option when insert the passport into your cart.
You need your own transportation to Versailles (see how to get there) if you book the entrance only.

Shuttle & ticket – €53

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Reach Versailles from central Paris with this shuttle that will allow you a half day visit of the Palace of Versailles and the gardens. The entrance tickets are included in the price. This solution is the easiest one to get a quick overview of Versailles. It does not include a guide tour.

Train & ticket – €69

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Reach Versailles by train and feel free to spend as much time as you want. The train tickets will be provided at your hotel. You will be on your own and not part of a big group. This is how we recommend you to visit Versailles.

 Complete tour – €99

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This tour is the most comprehensive one. You will access a tour of the entire Palace of Versailles. You can choose to do the tour on the morning or the afternoon. You will be picked up from your hotel to Versailles (if your hotel is located in the center of Paris). Note that it is available for a group of eight person.

Other options

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Find other options to visit the Palace of Versailles from Paris, that include private tours and visit, private transport, helicopter trips and much more.

Additional information

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For further information go on the Official website of the Palace of Versailles

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Arc de triomphe, les choses a voir a Paris en deux jours

Discovering the Arc de Triomphe

Located in the 8th District of Paris, the Arc de Triomphe is one of the most important monuments of French culture. In fact, Napoleon ordered its construction. Once you are there, you can appreciate a beautiful view of Paris.

Why should you visit this monument?

Arc de Triomphe

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You should visit this monument for two reasons. The first one is that it is one of the most iconic monuments of French culture. Once you arrive in Paris, you cannot leave the city of lights without having a look at the Arc de Triomphe. In fact, it is one of the most iconic symbols of  France and more specifically, to French military victories. Moreover, the location is great, especially if you have planned to visit the other emblematic monuments of France. In fact, the Arc de Triomphe is situated between the Louvre and Place de la Concorde. So, if you are a tourist walking on Champs-Elysées Avenue, we suggest that you admire this beautiful monument at the end of your trip.

 History

Arc de Triomphe

Napoleon Bonaparte Battle of Austerlitz – Credit: Wikipedia

Napeleon was the one who decided to build this monument. In fact, the French Emperor wanted to extend his empire, especially after the Austerlitz battle. This conflict opposed the French, Russian and Austrian troops during the Napoleonic Wars. As a symbol of his accomplishment, Napoleon commissioned Jean François Thérèse Chalgrin (a French architect) to design a monument that represents its remarkable armed forces called the Grande Armée. This monument remains one of the most glorious emblems of Napoleon’s victories.

What will you see?

Arc de Triomphe

Stairs in the Arc de Trionphe – Credit: Flickr

Once you arrive at the Arc de Triomphe, you will be able to discover this giant monument and its architectural secrets. You can climb to the top and admire a wonderful view of Paris. If you are not interested in climbing, other activities are available. If you look inside the arch, you can see the names of the several generals of the French army. Some details within the arch reminds you of the face of Napoleon. The tomb of a WWI soldier has been under the arch of the Arc de Triomphe since 1921. Every evening at 6.30 PM, a ceremony is held under the arch to rekindle the flame of the tomb of the Unknown Soldier. This soldier is unknown but his tomb has been set up there in memory of all the soldiers killed during WWI.

How to plan your visit?

Arc de Triomphe

The Charles de Gaulle station – Credit: common.wikipedia

You have different ways to go to the Arc de Triomphe by train. Either you can take the metro (the train that circulates within Paris) or the RER (a commuter that serves Paris and its suburbs). If you have planned to use the metro, you have to stop at the station, Charles de Gaulle Etoile. The following lines stop there: lines 1, 2 and 6. But if you are in Paris’ suburbs, you can take the RER A (which is indicated with a red line) and stop at the station, Charles de Gaulle Etoile.

How can you buy your tickets?

Arc de Triomphe

Ticket Arc de Triomphe – Credit: wikipedia

There are prices on the official website, but you can also buy your tickets filling this Form

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France Miniature – A Tiny Version of France

France Miniature is an attraction located outside Paris, at Elancourt, where you can have a look at every landmarks and famous places of France in a miniature version. If you are only staying for one week and you don’t have enough time to visit everything in France, go to France Miniature.

 

France Miniature

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The idea of a thematic miniature park appeared in the 19th Century, Bekonscot in the UK and Madurodam in The Netherlands were the first thematic parks to come into existance. France Miniature, created in 1991 is celebrating its 25th years anniversary. The biggest thematic miniature park of Europe, enables you to visit France in a record time. It offers to visit 6 regions (the North and Ile de France, the East, the West, the Center, the South-West and the South-East) of France with more than 2 000 models like villages, castles, ports, railway stations with trains displayed over 5 hectares. You can explore the 117 monuments of France like the Eiffel Tower, the Arc de Triomphe and others as you were a giant. If you don’t know all the monuments that are present in the park don’t worry, there is a map that is pretty easy to understand. The regions can clearly be identified as there are different colours, the monuments can be found easily as there are numbers and the names on the map. You may have a look at the Palais de la Miniature during your visit, where you will be able to see miniature characters.

Playground and Restaurant

France Miniature

Stade de France -Credit to Wikipedia

France Miniature is for everyone from children to the retired ones who still want to visit the famous places in France. Beside the park you have access to other things, if you are visiting the park with your children feel free to go to the playground. There are many activities that could interest them such as having a ride on a six track toboggan, having a look at the panoramic tower to have a nice view and other. There are  8 attractions, most of them can be educative in one kind as they are related to the French history like King Arthur.  Of course, these activities are as entertaining as the visit of the park itself, the children will surely like them. You can have access to these for free once you have paid your entrance ticket. For those who get hungry, don’t panic, there are two spaces to eat, the snack bar La Gourmandine (opened from April to November) and the restaurant Les Provinces (check the official website to see if it’s open). Les Provinces offers many different regional dishes  while La Gourmandine offers snack and fast-food.

Getting to France Miniature

France Miniature

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France miniature is located at Boulevard André Malraux, 78990 ELANCOURT.  The nearest station is La Verrière, you can take the train Transilien lines N or H and then take the busses numbered 411 or 412 and stop at France Miniature. If you want to plan your journey to France Miniature, check this. Consider a 1.30 hour journey to get there from central Paris.

Or if you drive, you can take your car but there is a parking fee. It may be easier to use a private shuttle to get there (prices from 75€ one way, you can contact us here to book one). The park is open from 10 AM to 6 PM, but it depends on the season. Be sure to check that it is open before going, check France Miniature official website.

 Tickets

France Miniature

Fort Boyard – Credit to Flickr

You can get your tickets once you arrive or online. Prices are different according to the season. During the high season (July and August), it’s 21€ for adults and 15€ for children, otherwise it’s 20€ for adults and 14€ for children.  Reduction are available for the unemployed, UE students, large families, disabled, and people over 60.

 

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Discover the Musée d’Orsay

The Musée d’Orsay is an art museum located in the 7th district of Paris right on the left bank of the Seine. The museum is home to major works from the 19th and 20th centuries.

History

Before it was the Musée d’Orsay it was the Gare d’Orsay, or in English, the Orsay Train Station. From 1900 to 1939, the Gare d’Orsay was one of the most important train stations serving France. As train travel became more popular nationally and internationally, the Gare d’Orsay couldn’t keep up with the new technology and eventually shut down. It then ran as a hotel until 1973. A few years later in 1977, it was decided that the Gare d’Orsay would become the Musée d’Orsay. Now, the museum is home to works by Vincent van Gogh, Claude Monet, Jean François Millet, Auguste Rodin, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, and many other exceptional artists.

What To See

The Musée d’Orsay houses six collections: painting, sculpture, photography, graphic art, objets d’art, and architecture. Thus, there is something to see for everyone who visits.

The central passageway of the rez de chaussé, the first floor, is lined with magnificent 19th century sculptures. These meticulously crafted marble, brass, and plaster sculptures are sure to take your breath away. When you enter, you will first be greeted by Jean-Baptiste Carpeux’s “The Four Parts of the World Holding the Celestial Sphere.” As you continue down the passage, you will see the “Seated Lion” by Antoine-Louis Barye and his sculpture of Napoleon I as a Roman Emperor. At the end of the passage, you will find a collection of sculptures by Jean-Baptise Carpeux. The rez de chaussé sets visitors up for an exciting and informative museum visit.

Musee d'Orsay

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The second floor is home to more artwork as well as the museum’s restaurant. This restaurant has been in operation since the days of the Hotel d’Orsay in the early 1900s! The chef prepares traditional French fare and you dine under beautifully gilded ceilings and sparkling chandeliers. If you’re interested in eating at the Musée d’Orsay, be sure to call and make a reservation in advanced!

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Credit: Wikipedia

On the fifth floor, you will find the museum’s extraordinary Impressionist Gallery. The natural light from above as well as the gallery’s dark grey walls allow visitors to take in all of the nuances found in some of the most famous impressionist works from the 19th and 20th centuries. You will find Monet’s “Cathédral de Rouen” light painting series, “Gabrielle with a Rose” by Pierre-Auguste Renoir, and Alfred Sisley’s “View of the Canal Saint-Martin” along side the works of Camille Pissarro, Berthe Morisot, Paul Cézanne, and Édouard Manet (plus many more). This is a must-see gallery.

The Musée d’Orsay often hosts exhibitions alongside its permanent collections. Currently, as of Spring 2016, there is an exhibition on Henri Rousseau titled “The Douanier Rousseau: Archaic Candour” which explores Rousseau’s unique style. The museum also hosts a number of concerts, shows, and cinema spectacles. Make sure to check the Musée d’Orsay website to stay up to date on current exhibitions and events.

One quick note: before you leave the Musée d’Orsay, take a picture at the clock window! It is the perfect place for a photo-op.

Musee d'Orsay

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Planning Your Visit

The Musée d’Orsay is open 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. everyday except Monday. The museum is closed on Mondays.

Tickets and Prices

Full Price: €12

Reduced Price: €9 (for non-European Union people ages 18-25, visitors after 4:30 p.m., Thursdays after 6 p.m.)

Guided Tour: €6

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Getting There

There are multiple ways to get to the Musée d’Orsay. You can take RER C to the Musée d’Orsay stop. The museum is also accesable via Metro Line 12, stop Solférino. Busses numbered 24, 63, 68, 69, 73, 83, 84, 94 all stop at or near the museum, as well. If you will be driving, there is a car park at the Carrousel du Louvre or Bac Montalembert.

For help planning your trip, check out the RATP public transportation website.

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Sainte Chapelle

Discover Sainte Chapelle

Sainte Chapelle is a medieval chapel known for its 1,113 breathtaking stain glass windows and gothic architecture in the heart of Paris.

History

Sainte Chapelle was built in 1239 for King Louis IX, also known as Saint Louis, to house his collection of the relics of Christ. Possessing these relics indicated to other kingdoms that Louis IX was the most powerful monarch in the Western world. Among the relics collected by Louis IX was Christ’s Crown of Thorns. Thus, Sainte Chapelle is a monument symbolic of French history and power, as well as the importance of Christianity during French medieval times.

The Stained Glass

Sainte Chapelle

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The history of Sainte Chapelle is interesting, but the stained glass on the second level of the chapel will leave you speechless. You will take a tiny staircase once inside the chapel that leads to the second floor. The second floor was used by King Louis IX while the first floor was used by members of the community.

Sainte Chepele

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There are over 1,000 stained glass panels covering three sides of the chapel. Each panel is 15 meters high. The windows tell biblical stories from the Old Testament and the New Testament up until the present day of Louis IX. Despite having been slightly damaged since their construction, they appear to be in mint condition to the everyday viewer.

 

What Else to See

Aside from the famous stained glass windows that make Sainte Chapelle glisten like a jewel, you will see gothic rayonnant architecture at its finest. Windows, high pointed towers, and lacey imagery characterize the chapel’s exterior. On the inside of the chapel, rich colors decorate walls and beautiful arches will lead your eyes to the magnificent ceiling.

Sainte Chapelle

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Sainte Chapelle

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Although Sainte Chapelle is the less famous church on the island of Île de la Cité, it offers visitors beautiful gothic architecture, immense stained glass windows, and an interesting history. Don’t miss out on Sainte Chapelle!

Planning Your Trip

Sainte Chapelle is open daily from 9AM to 1PM. At 2:15PM, the chapel reopens until 5PM.

Ticket Options and Prices

Full Price: 8.5€

Reduced Price: 6.5€

Group Price (greater than 20 people): 6.5€ per person

Free Admission: people under 18, people ages 18 – 25 who live in the EU or are residents in France, disabled people, jobseekers 

TICKET INFORMATION

Typically, there is a line to enter Sainte Chapelle. Since it is located right next to the Palais du Justice, their lines are right next to each other. While waiting, make sure you are in the right line for Sainte Chapelle.

Getting There

 If you are taking the metro to Sainte Chapelle, you will take Line 4 and get off at the Cité stop. Sainte Chapelle is equally accessible by buses 21, 27, 38, 85 and 96, as well as the Balabus. For more specific route planning and transportation options, check out the RATP website.

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3 Cities to Include in your European Tour package

I hereby want to complete a guide, whereas you can pick from our selection of 3 cities in your European tour packages…

Barcelona – the charming and diverse city!

European Tour package

Barcelona is an amazingly beautiful city.

Barcelona is known for being an more and more international, beautiful and a city with a lot of possibilities for everyone, no matter age and gender. Barcelona is set on the northeastern Mediterranean coast, and has a warm, pleasant climate, sandy beaches, really good cuisine and excellent art and architecture!

You can either walk through Barcelona, to get that genuine, authentic experience that you only can do by walking through the streets, and perhaps getting in touch with other tourists or the locals… You can, however, also discover the lovely Barcelona by a hop-on-hop-off-bus, with an open-top.

There are three different routes included in one ticket and 44 stops at interesting places, such as Plaza de Cataluña, Via Layetana, the cathedral and its cloister, Gothic Quarter, Plaza Sant Jaume, Sagrada Familia, Parque Guell, Villa Olimpica and the Port Olimpic, up the Montjuïc Mountain for a panoramic view of the city and harbor and perhaps visit the Poble Espanyol, which is a Spanish village.

Barcelona is the perfect place if you want to shop, or walk around the amazing Ramblas! The Gothic Quarter is very famous, and for those interested in art; there are many museum, which includes the Picasso Museum!

London – one of the greatest cities in the world!

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London is full of activities and sightseeings!

London is a diverse and exciting city with some of the world’s best sights, attractions and activities, and for good reason; there is a lot of things to do, and some days London is like a bag of candy, that never gets empty; always something to see, and always something to explore. You should definitely include it as part of your European tour package. You can either stroll down Oxford Street to shop, dine and explore, or you can take an open-top sightseeing bus tour, so you have a choice of routes around famous landmarks so you may get on and off wherever you wish.

From here, you will be able to view the city’s iconic landmarks such as Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament, Westminster Abbey, Buckingham Palace, the London Eye, and Madame Tussands just to mention a few…

And the extra plus? You can go from silver to gold in an short amount of time; you can take the train from London to Paris! You can make your own way to London St. Pancras railway station and take a beautiful train ride to Paris, romantic French capital. You will have a chance to enjoy a bit of the countryside in the comfort of a high-speed train.

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Paris with a view on the Eiffel Tower…

So you arrived to the most beautiful city, and the opportunities are many… You can find one of our many guides or blogposts on ParisByM, when you include Paris in your European tour package. You can enjoy a full-day sightseeing tour of Paris, in a hop-on hop-off double-decker coach, and from here view all the famous landmarks such as the Opéra, Place Vendôme, Concorde Square, Champs-Elysées Avenue, Arch of Triumph, Eiffel Tower, Invalides, Orsay Museum, the Louvre, Notre-Dame Cathedral, Sorbonne, Pantheon Church and more. Do not forget to buy one of our packages at ParisByM, for your perfect Parisian experience!

Montmartre

Is Montmartre in Paris worth the visit?

Montmarte is definitely worth the visit, if you have extra time. It is actually rising above Paris’ panorama, and Montmarte is different than anywhere else in Paris… It is a historic distric with history, character, and beautiful, and artsy streets with many hidden treasures. When you visit Montmartre in Paris, you will feel like being in a magical and imperfect village, far away from Paris. But when going to Montmartre in Paris on a visit, what to explore and discover?

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Sacré-Cœur Basilica, Montmartre

Montmarte is an artistic and bohemian village, which hosts some of the best known festivals in Paris during each year, and while being quite small regarding size, it has enough interesting sights for you to dedicate an entire day of your sightseeing in Paris to exploring the original, and timeless Montmartre.

You do have to explore Montmartre’s artistic heritage, where the great artists lived. The drank their coffee in the cafes, played music and danced the night away. You get the sense when you are there; that Montmartre was and still is the artists’ community. To mention some former artists living in Montmartre, it is: Salvador Dalí, Max Jacob, Juan Gris, Pablo Picasso and Vincent Van Gogh. Seen that movie by Woody Allen “Midnight in Paris”? Well, Montmartre is where Gil Pender meets some of these world-known artists.

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Evening in Montmartre…

When in Montmartre, you do not want to miss the vineyards in rue Saint Vincent. The vineyards in Montmartre presents a Parisian winemaking tradition, and and in the fall Montmartre hosts an autumn wine harvest festival that is truly a treat to attend if you’ll be in Paris in October!

You also have to check out the adorable bakeries in Montmartre – and the cafes and bistros… So factor some time in your Montmartre sightseeing schedule to relax and have a glass of wine or a café – and be sure to try some of the cakes, pies and patisserie goodies of Montmartre.

Of course, last but not least, you have to go to the very famous Basilica of the Sacré-Coeur, which is Paris’ highest point, and you can either hike up or take the tram, in order to go to the top and get an breathtaking view… You can also see the Eiffel Tower from here. Basilica of the Sacré-Coeur took about 40 years to build, and was completed in 1914. It is Montmartre’s biggest monument, so make sure not to miss.

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An artist is drawing the portray of a young man on the Place du Tertre in Montmartre in Paris.

Remember that we on ParisByM have some packages, which includes a guided your in Montmartre with a possibility to try a wine tasting with high quality wines… Check it out!

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3 Paris day tours you should try

In the hustle and bustle in Paris, it can be hard to pick day tours, you want to try. We all know, that a powerful characteristic of the French people is the regard they have for their history, and the restoration of their national monuments. The result of this preservation of the past has greatly contributed to the beautiful state of Paris today. I will hereby complete a guide, whereas I pick out 3 Paris day tours you definitely should try!

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Paris with a view on the Eiffel Tower

First time in Paris

If you want to enjoy some of Paris’ greatest monuments in your day tour, you should try our “First time in Paris”-package, which you will find on ParisByM. In the day tour the highlights are included for first time visitors, so if you are coming to Paris for the first time, this is a package especially aimed for you…

You will explore the Louvre Museum, which for over two centuries has been one of the biggest museums in the world. Here, you have to see the famous Mona Lisa by Da Vinci. But even though Louvre is best known for this masterpiece, there is so much more to explore. You can easily spend a whole afternoon here!

Next up, you can go to Arc de Triomphe at Place de l’Étoile at the top of the Champs-Élysées. Arc de Triomphe is a symbol of the French nation, which links the old and new Paris, and is located on the highest point of the line running from the Louvre to the Grande Arche de la Défense. You have to go up and experience the amazing view of Paris. Overwhelming and beautiful!

By afternoon, you can go on a cruise on the Seine River. Many of the most famous Paris landmarks, such as the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre and the Notre Dame cathedral lie along the banks of the river – and a Seine Cruise gives you a whole new perspective on these wonderful monuments. A cruise down the beautiful Seine River shows you the wonderful architecture and café lined boulevards of Paris. Buy tickets at ParisByM, and enjoy a dinner cruise with your loved one.

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Seine Cruise – imagine enjoying a dinner here, while the greatest monuments pass you by? Whoa.

Off the beaten path

Option two, is possibly my personal favorite… The “Off the Beaten Path”-package, which allows you to get a guided tour through the famous and beautiful district Montmarte. You can see the famous Sacré-Cœur Basilica here, and you can either take the tram or hike up to enjoy an amazing view from the Roman Catholic church. Afterwards, you can go on a wine tasting tour with high value French vines, and a guided tour to the home of the world-known “Phantom of the Opera”; Opera Garnier. The Palais Garnier is “probably the most famous opera house in the world, and you will be overwhelmed by the amazing architecture, and the romantic atmosphere… Make sure not to miss. Definitely one of the 3 Paris day tours you should try.

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The golden interior of Opera Garnier in Paris. Amazing.

Museum lovers

Last but not least, you should try our “Museum Lovers” package, and the title speaks for itself; If you want to experience the history of the City of Lights while discovering all of its other monuments, this package is dedicated to you! Visit the World-famous Louvre, the Sainte Chapelle, and a tour to the Notré Dame – besides you will get to experience a cruise on the Seine. Discover the world-known Louvre where not a corner are left out, go afterwards and enjoy Saine Chapelle, which is a masterpiece of Flamboyant Gothic architecture built by Saint Louis in the heart of the Palais de la Cité on the Ile de la Cité in Paris. Discover its unique stained glass windows rendering the air iridescent with light and colour, symbols of the Heavenly Jerusalem. This is a royal medieval Gothic chapel, and you will be able to enjoy a concert here! Look at http://www.songkick.com/venues/1168011-la-sainte-chapelle for the upcoming concerts in 2015.

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Saine Chapelle in Paris… Overwhelming experience.

 

Afterwards, go and enjoy Notre Dame and get a guided visit by an experimented guide, which will give you wisdom about the importance of the Cathedral in Parisians’ life!

 

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Notre Dame in Paris!

At dinner time, go to a Seine Cruise. You do not want to miss this… A cruise down the beautiful Seine River shows you the wonderful architecture and café lined boulevards of Paris. Buy tickets at ParisByM, and enjoy a dinner cruise with your loved one. What’s not to love?

Hope you enjoyed my personal pick of 3 Paris day tours you should try!

 

 

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Trips from Paris by train

Most people who come to Paris again and again, rarely become tired of it… However, if you want to explore and discover beyond the city limits, there are plently of day trips from Paris by train! I want to introduce you to my personal guide to trips from Paris by train, and each of them are close enough to go back and forth in a day.

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From Paris with love… Credit: Pinterest

Provins

First of, there is a small town called Provins. It is an hour and 25 mins south-east of Paris, and you can depart from the train station Gare de l’Est. Provins is an ancient town, and get you back to the Middle Ages, with beautifully and amazing buildings, and winding streets. If you have the slightest interest in history, this would be the perfect day trip for you. Provins is also well-known for its rose-derived produce so use it as an excuse to stock up on rose petal jam.

You can take a local train from Gare de l’Est – they leave every half an hour. You won’t save any money by booking in advance so you can just stroll up on the day.

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Provins, with it’s beautiful, narrow streets and historical aspects…

Giverny

Next up is Giverny, which is also included in a day trip in our beneficial packages on ParisByM. You will be amazed by the very famous series of water lily paintings by the Claude Monet. Giverny is just 45 minutes from the train station Gare Saint Lazare station, and you can go with a fast train. The house and the garden is inspired by Monet’s life work. When you take the train, you will arrive in Vernon, from where it is approximately an hour walk from the train station. You can also rent bikes, because some companies offer bike rental just outside the train station, or else you can take a very short bus ride towards Giverny. You will hereby find this beautiful garden, which is very peaceful. At summertime the garden is in full bloom, which leaves you amazed, and the impression will for sure stay with you forever. Make sure not to miss!

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Giverny.. Amazing!

Auvers-sur-Oise

Auvers-sur Oise is the place, where painter Vincent Van Gogh famously worked and died. In 70 short days, Van Gogh painted prolifically, creating on average one work every day until his death. If you’re not a Van Gogh fan, you will still be amazed by this beautiful town, and it’s fields which inspired his work. You can head to the Auberge Ravoux, to see the famous apartment where Van Gogh lived his very final months, or you can enjoy your lunch there at table number five, which is where Van Gogh took his meals… Down the memory lane! If you pass by the village church, you will see the cemerety where the famous artist is buried. Amazing choice for a trip outside of Paris by train!

On weekends and holidays from April – October a direct train to Auvers leaves from Gare du Nord around 10am, taking 35 minutes. All other times, visitors must take a train from either Gare du Nord or St. Lazare, then transfer to an Auvers-bound train at Valmondois, Pointoise or St. Ouen. You do not have to book in advance.

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Auverns, Van Gogh

Fontainebleau-Avon

Last recommendation for a day trip by train, is Fontainebleau-Avon. The amazing town is just forty minutes from Paris, and the forest of Fontainebleau is just moments from the station, which covers 100 square miles. You can enjoy a picnic in the former royal hunting grounds, or go towards the castle, which is the city’s main monument. The Château de Fontainebleau was once the country seat to French royals, which goes back to the 16th century.

There is a lot to see – for example galleries, art and Marie Antoinette’s bed! You have to take a day off your calender to have enough time to explore this amazing place, in an relaxed pace… It’s a straightforward 40 minute train ride from Gare de Lyon to the Fontainebleau-Avon station. This is a local train you needn’t book in advance. If you’re headed for the castle then take the ‘Ligne A’ bus destined for Les Lilas, alighting at the ‘Château’ stop. Or else you can walk approximately 35 minutes.

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Fontainebleau, and it’s amazing castle.. One of the most visited monuments in France!

This were my recommendations for trips from Paris by train… Hope you enjoyed the guide I completed for you, if your wanderlust outside of Paris increases.

Until next time…

Loire Valley, France

How to travel from Paris to Loire Valley?

When you visit Paris, and have a bit more time, you definitely have to see the Loire Valley, which is studded with fairytale villages, and the famous châteaux de la Loire. The areas are like postcards; so beautiful and peaceful that it could win the Nobel peace prize. Magic corners everywhere, and not to talk about the breath-taking castles…

Book ParisByM day tour from Paris to the Loire Valley. You will see the main castles: Chambord, Chenonceau, Azay Le Rideau and Villandry gardens.

Book ParisByM day tour from Paris to the Loire Valley. You will see the main castles: Chambord, Chenonceau, Azay Le Rideau and Villandry gardens.

In other words, the Loire Valley is an outstanding cultural landscape of overwhelming beauty, historical villages and towns, and if you are interested in architecture? Then Loire Valley is perfect for you. The landscape contains great architectural monuments (the châteaux), and cultivated lands formed by many centuries of interaction between their population and the physical environment, primarily the river Loire itself.

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If you decide to visit the Loire Valley, there are several transportation options available; buses and trains can carry you to the main towns of the three Loire provinces—Anjou (to the west), Orléans (to the east), and the center ring of the show, Touraine.

If you want to get a full package, whereas you also can explore the amazing Mont Saint Michel, you can go to ParisByM and order one of our packages, which includes everything you need for your tour: transportation in an luxury, air-conditioned bus, accommodation in an great 3 star hotel with double room, and guided tours to the areas and the wonderful monuments! Note, that a guided visit of the Château de Chambord, which is the largest and most imposing castle in the Loire Valley, is also included in the packages! Something you don’t want to miss for sure…

We just released the packages, because of a great demand. More and more people discover the Loire Valley, and want to see the magical landscape with their own eyes – and we do understand why.

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A nice program for a 3 day trip to Paris

Paris is always full of people from all over the World, who comes to see the City of Light, to explore, discover and making memories…

My first 3 day trip to Paris

When I came to Paris the first time, I only had 3 days in Paris to do so.I was having dinner on the most beautiful avenue Champs-Elysees, where I happened to meet a very interesting Canadian couple, who said that they have visited Paris ten times. Yet, they haven’t seen it all, they said. So I was kind of stressed out. Where should I begin? I only had 3 days in Paris , and I did not have any program whatsoever.

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My 3 day trip to Paris recommendation

I decided to complete this 3 day trip to Paris for you, from my own experience. If you furthermore want tips to your Parisian fairytale, go ahead and read our guide here!

From my opinion, you have to explore the Eiffel Tower (read our guide to the Eiffel Tower tours here!) The Louvre (MONA!), Notre Dame, and the Palace of Versailles.

The very first day, I lived in the neighborhood of Montmartre, which is so cozy and full of life… Anyhow, ou HAVE to see Sacre Coeur Basilica, but in order to do so, you have to take the tram – or hike up. You can see Paris’ iconic Eiffel Tower from there. There is art galleries, cozy and beautiful shops and much more. After you indulge the atmosphere you can go down and take the nearest metro to the Eiffel Tower.

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It’s easy to stop at the Arc de Triomphe on the route between Montmartre and the Eiffel Tower, so you can easily hop off, take some pictures, and continue your journey. When you arrive to the famous Tower, you have some options – you can take the lift to the observation deck, or you can go all the way up. Remember to purchase tickets at ParisByM before going, so you save some time. Afterwards you can go to the lawn, where you can chill out, listen to some music, eat some cheese, bread, more cheese and drink some rosé. I did. C’est ça, la belle vie.

I went to Louvre the second day. ART, baby! It was amazing. Much more than I expected it to be. There isn’t a corner left out. So captivating, and overwhelming. Loads of people are standing in front of Mona Lisa, trying to take a picture or 50 of her, so beware of the crowd. You may get squeezed a couple of times, but to be quite honest, Mona is quite underwhelming to see. Just my opinion…

After that, I visited Notre Dame, and I have to say that it is really something you CANNOT MISS when in Paris. I have a hard time describing the feeling you get, when you enter the cathedral. The line may seem long, but it goes fast. And btw, it is completely free. If you can miss 5 euros per person to enter the rooms with all of the treasures. It was amazing. Whoa.

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Notre Dame cathedral, Bondarisilviuphotography

I strolled down the avenue afterwards to taste macaroons from the famous bakery Paul, which is located a few steps from Arc de Triomphe, and right down the Champs-Elysees avenue.

In the evening, I booked a trip to the Seine River – well, actually a sightseeing-boat, whereas you can capture all of the highlights of Paris. It was very romantic and nice. Dinner was eaten at one of the restaurants nearby Notre Dame. There is so many authentic, cozy restaurants and shops to be found there. Very Parisian.

The very last day, I ate le brekky at Le George V (café) on Champs-Elysees. There you can get a complete brunch which consists of croissants, fresh juice, omelette, coffee and toasts with jam and butter for like 5 euros… And at the same time, you can observe the people walking up and down the avenue – very inspiring!

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I had some magical 3 days in Paris, and this trip actually gave me to lust to be a part of the ParisByM team, and provide fantastic trips to people all over the world, who got the same wanderlust.

I hope you enjoyed looking back at my Paris trip with me, and got some inspiration on the way in order to create your own program.

Oh well, there is really no cure for Paris – at least I know by now.

Did you like this trip testimonial on a 3 day trip to Paris?

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The Wonderful City of Paris

Are you visiting the most beautiful city in the world but only have 2 days to explore? If so, here are the 5 things that you absolutely cannot afford to miss during your 2 day trip to Paris.

1.  Eiffel Tower

La Tour Eiffel is undoubtably the most iconic symbol of Paris, and one of the most famous attractions in the world.  The best thing to do at the Eiffel Tower is to take the escalator up to the top to get a magnificent view of the entire city! The waiting time for the escalator is usually up to 2 hours so be sure to get a Fast Track Ticket (tickets here).

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Eiffel Tower

2. Louvre

Le Musée du Louvre is the most famous museum in the world. It holds 35,000 masterpieces from all ages, most notably Leonardo De Vinci’s Mona Lisa. One can spend days exploring the Louvre, so make sure to spare a couple of hours in this wonderful museum (Fast Track Ticket here).

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Louvre

3. River Cruise along La Seine

The best way to enjoy Paris’ most beautiful monuments is to take a river cruise along La Seine.  And for all you lovebirds out there, this is one of the most romantic activities you can do with your partner (more info on romance in Paris here). Here are the tickets to the cruise.

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La Seine

4. Montmartre

My personal favorite area of Paris is Montmartre, the city’s 18th arrondissement.  Here you will find the grandiose Sacré-Coeur, as well as charming cobblestone streets and beautiful antique buildings that inspired the works of Pablo Picasso and Salvador Dali.

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Montmartre

5. Notre Dame de Paris 

La Cathédrale Notre Dame de Paris is Paris’ most iconic and alluring cathedral and an absolute can’t-miss attraction during your 2 day trip to Paris. If you have the time, climb up the 387 steps for an incredible view of Paris.

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Notre Dame

Have a wonderful 2 day trip to Paris!