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Discover the markets of Paris

Paris is known for being the capital of fashion and shopping is one of the things you should not miss while you’re here. But don’t forget that there is more than shops and malls. Have you ever thought about shopping on one the beautiful markets. You will certainly find what you’re looking for! Let’s discover our selection of market places in Paris.

Book market

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There is only one book market in Paris. Obviously, this is a place to go for lovers of old books since you will find a great deal of ancient and second-hand books.

  • Opening: All the year on Saturdays & Sundays from 9 AM to 6 PM.
  • Location: 8th district of Paris, metro stop Porte de Vanves metro station (line 14).

Stamp markets

In contrast to the urban legend, stamps are not in voice of disappear! People still collection them. Paris offers one stamp market for lovers of stamps.

  • Opening: All the year on Thursdays from 9 AM to 7.30 PM.
  • Location: 8th district of Paris, metro stop Champs-Élysées – Clemenceau metro station (lines 1 and 13).

Food markets

Food markets are an important part of French lifestyle since you can find the freshest food there. Basicly, you can find local food markets in every part of town but some of them are still special. Click here to learn more about the food markets of Paris such as Raspail or le Marché des Enfants Rouges.

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Flower market: Marché aux Fleurs – Reine Elizabeth II

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Created in 1808,  this flower market is the oldest flower market of Paris with a huge selection of seasonal and exotic flowers and plants. Its original name is Marché aux Fleurs, meaning Flower Market. In 2014, Queen Elizabeth II visited France for the 70th anniversary of D-Day. Therefore, the market was renamed.

  • Opening:  Every day from 8 AM to 7.00 PM except on Sundays.
  • Location: 4th district of Paris, metro stop Cité metro station (line 4).

Flea markets

Flea markets are the perfect occasion for those who are looking for second-handed and vintage things like clothes, books, furniture or other things.

The Saint-Ouen

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The Saint-Ouen flea market is one of the largest flea markets in the world. Spreading over 7 hectares, it is known for the huge amount of rare antiquities.

  • Opening: Mondays, Sundays and Saturday from 9 AM to 7.30 PM.
  • Location: 18th district of Paris, metro stop Porte de Clignancourt (Line 4) metro stations.

Porte de Vanves

The Porte de Vanves flea market is not the biggest one but its medium size allows vendors to exhibit an important amount of antique items. Moreover, you will be able to enjoy advice of professional antiques sellers.

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  • Opening: On weekends from 9 AM to 7.30 PM.
  • Location: 14th district of Paris, metro stop Porte de Vanves (Line 13) or Porte de Clignancourt (Line 4)

Note if you want to avoid the crowd, the morning is the best moment for you to go there (between 9 AM and 10 AM).

Montreuil

This market, which exists since 1860, has kept its traditional aspect. That means that most of the goods that are displayed there are ancient. So, it will be the perfect place if you are looking for retro and vintage stuff. Take note that this is not a very touristy place. Thus it enables you to discover a calm and authentic market.

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  • Opening: On Mondays until Saturdays from 7 AM to 7.30 PM.
  • Location: 20th district of Paris, metro stop Porte de Montreuil metro station (Line 9).

If you want further information about Paris markets Click here (French)

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Top 5 Festivals in France

Here is a Top 5 Festivals in France organized in different categories so that whoever you are, you will undoubtedly find the one that suits you.

Let’s begin this Top 5 Festivals in France with our first category: classical music.

1. Classical Music / Opera

festivals in franceThe first festival you shouldn’t miss is called “Les Chorégies d’Orange”. It happens every summer in the antique theatre of the city of Orange, and the beauty of the arena combined with the quality of the opera make it a must-see if you are fond of classical music.

There is also the “Festival de l’Opéra en plein air”, which happens in different places every year to perform one particular opera. Aimed towards making every generation discover classical music and promoting new lyrical artists, no doubt the “open air” frame is also part of its success…festivals in france

Finally, we advise you to attend the “International Piano Festival of the Roque d’Anthéron” which takes place every summer around Aix en Provence, in the French Riviera. Open air too, it is one of the most famous lyrical festival.

 

2. Pop Rock Musicfestivals in france

If you are fond of pop rock music and want to dance, you should go to the Vieilles Charrues Festival which takes places every July in Brittany. Gathering different types of music such as rock and electro, everybody can enjoy a great moment in one of the biggest European Festival.

Likewise, you shouldn’t miss the Solidays of Paris, organized every June and above festivals in franceall aimed at raising people’s awareness about sexual diseases (mostly AIDS). From electro to rock music, this festival is a great united meeting of young people.

If you want to discover French pop artists, head to the Francofolies in La Rochelle. The aim is to spread French current music, whatever generation you belong to.

 

3. Drama / Theatrefestivals in france

The more important drama festival of Europe is definitely the Festival d’Avignon, happening every summer. The most famous stage is located in the open air “Cour d’honneur du Palais des papes”, and although dramatic arts seem to reign, it offers other types such as dance or fine arts with artists from all over the world.

If you go to France in June to visitfestivals in france the castles of the Loire Valley, don’t miss the Festival d’Anjou. Many plays are staged in historical sites of the region, so that you will enjoy the beauty of the castles like the Plessis-Macé Castle along with dozens of drama shows.

In June again, Versailles organises the “Molière month” in its sumptuous place. The festival houses more than 300 open air shows, especially of theatre arts, but also living arts shows with dance or circus… And many entrances are for free !

 

4. Cinema

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The most famous festival of the world, the Festival de Cannes takes place in the French Riviera to reward the best movie, actor/actress, and filmmaker of the year. The ceremony of the “Red Carpet Walk” is watched all over the world to see the stars in their fancy outfits, and the surroundings offer outstanding views over the Mediterranean Sea, which gives the Festival a touch of fairy.

french riviera, festivals in franceThe Festival du film américain de Deauville, entirely dedicated to American movies, takes place in September. It has received very famous movie stars so far, from Robert de Niro to John Travolta. There is even a competition between independent movies so that you can enjoy every type of American cinematographic production.

Finally, and on a very different note, Gérardmer houses in the Vosges the International Festival of Fantastic Movies every winter, in which Fantastic has the place of honor in cinema as in other arts.

 

5. Carnival & Live artsfestivals in france

The last category of our Top 5 Festivals in France will make you party, especially in the Carnival of Dunkerque. Starting in January for three crazy months, it is one of the most famous in Europe because of the mass it gathers and the party atmosphere it spreads. From parades to balls, be sure you will have a very joyful, colourful and musical moment!

festivals in franceThe Carnival of Nice is, as for him, the biggest carnival of France. During the month of February, many floats decorated in the chosen theme of the year file in the streets of Nice, within a crazy party atmosphere.

To remain in this festive theme, we suggest you attend the Clécy Festival in Normandy. Different from carnivals, it remains a very joyful event which live arts will please every type of public with drama, music, and tale shows. This festival is the best compromise to get your fill of party atmosphere in less crowded places than carnivals.

 

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The romantic trip package in Paris is for those coming with their lover and who want to have nice time together, explore the city and possibly make a weeding proposal or celebrate an anniversary. Book one of our Paris vacation packages to fully discover the city within your time and budget constraints.

Top 10 Romantic Restaurants in Paris

For all lovebirds looking for a place to dine Paris holds some great restaurants for a romantic dinner for two. Discover our top 10 romantic restaurants in Paris in different price classes.

 High-class

1. Restaurant Lasserre

The restaurant Lasserre opened first in 1942 and has become a gastronomical institution in Paris. As one of the very high-class restaurants in the city of love they are specialized on couples and romantic dinners and can therefore not miss on the list of the top 10 romantic restaurants in Paris. Their service and quality has only received the highest ratings and they have been featured in the Guide Michelin since 1949.

To reserve click here. (site in French)

Restaurant Lasserre – 17 Avenue Franklin Delano Roosevelt, 75008 Paris

www.restaurant-lasserre.com

 2. Le Cinq

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Le Cinq is an elegant choice for a romantic dinner in a beautiful setting. The restaurant is situated in the Four Season Hotel Paris in the prestigious Avenue George V. The noble decor with the creative flower designs by Jeff Leatham and the artistic arrangement of food pair perfectly. With the maximum of three Michelin stars Le Cinq is definitely a top address in Paris.

Reserve a table here.

Le Cinq – Four Seasons Hôtel George V – 31 Avenue George V, 75008 Paris

www.fourseasons.com/paris/dining/restaurants/le_cinq/

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3. Lapérouse

Top 10 romantic restaurants in Paris

Treat your favorite person to a special romantic dinner in one of the private rooms at Lapérouse and enjoy the delightful French cuisine with international influences in an intimate setting. Located in a 18th century “hôtel paticulier” with an antique charm it poses as the perfect scenery for a romantic evening!

Book your table here.

Lapérouse – 51 Quai des Grands Augustin, 75006 Paris Tel.: 01 43 26 68 04

www.laperouse.com/

4. Les Ombres

Situated in the Parc de Musée du Quai Branly on a rooftop with a beautiful view on the Eiffel tower makes up the perfect scenery for a romantic dinner. Their menu offers a contemporary and worldly cuisine as well as delicious desserts.

Click here to reserve a table. (site in French)

Les Ombres- 27 quai Branly 75007 Paris, Tel.: 01 47 53 68 00

www.lesombres-restaurant.com (site in French)

5. Maison Blanche

Maison Blanche offers you a panoramic view on the city and the Eiffel tower. You can enjoy their two terraces Geroge V and Montaigne, both with a magnificent perspective on the romantic capital. After being spoiled with the creative creations of the awarded chef Fabrice Giraud the evening entertainment continues in the house-own club “Montaigne”.

Reserve here.

Restaurant Maison Blanche – 15 avenue Montaigne, 75008 Paris Tel.: 01 47 23 55 99

www.maison-blanche.fr

6. Cristal Room Baccarat

Have a romantic time at the Christal Room that has been entirely decorated in Cristal by the prestigious Maison Baccarat. Enjoy the luxurious ambience and the creative dishes which perfect the exclusive experience.

Reserve here.

Christal Room Baccarat – 11 Place des États-Unis, 75116 Paris  Tel.: 01 40 22 11 10

7. Monsieur Bleu

Located in the famous Palais Tokyo and with its spacious terrace with a great view on the Seine river and the Eiffel tower Monsieur Bleu is one of the top 10 romantic restaurants in Paris. Revel in the classical French cooking with variations by chef Benoit Dargere. 

Book your table here. (site in French)

Monsieur Bleu – Palais de Tokyo – 20 Avenue de New York, 75116 Paris Tel.: 01 47 20 90 47

www.monsieurbleu.com (site in French)

Moderate

8. Les Petites Ecuries

You want to have a romantic dinner but don’t want to spend a fortune? We have a great tip for you. The Restaurant Les Petites Ecuries does not only have top ratings online (tripadvisor etc.) but is also a unique place with its green plant wall and different natural elements like trees inside the restaurant. Lights hanging from the ceiling create an intimate setting. The cuisine is traditional French and the service is great.

Reserve here.

Les Petites Ecuries – 40 Rue des Petites Écuries, 75010 Paris Tel.: 01 48 24 02 90

www.lespetitesecuriesparis.com (site in French)

9.Le Procope

Top 10 Romantic Restaurants in Paris

Founded in 1686, Le Procope is the oldest existing Parisian café. The beautiful decor of the the French “Brasserie” reminds of the oldern days in classic red with wooden ornaments. Enjoy the typical French cuisine where philosophers like Voltaire, Molière, and Diderot have done so. Bon Appétit!

Reserve directly on their website.

Le Procope – 13 rue de l’Ancienne Comédie, 75006 Paris Tel.:01 40 46 79 00

www.procope.com

10. Bistrot des Victoires

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Le Bistrot des Victoires is really a treasure in the overpriced brasserie and café jungle of Paris. This gem can be found in the heart of Paris close by the Louvre. The cuisine is french and also has some great vegetarian options. If you are looking for an affordable restaurant with great food this is the one for you out of the top 10 romantic restaurants in Paris.

Bistrot Victoires – 6 Rue de la Vrillière, 75001 Paris Tel.: 01 42 61 43 78

www.paris-bistro.com/choisir/paris1/bistrot-des-victoires (site in French)

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The top 10 day trips from Paris by train

After a few exciting days in central Paris, it is time to discover treasures near by! France has so many historic and beautiful sights to offer that choosing is the most difficult part. Also, due to its central location in Europe many cities are close and easy to visit for a day trip. Our selection of the top 10 day trips from Paris by train include some of the most beautiful places in France.

1. Versailles

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Only 20 kilometers south of Paris you can find one of the most decadent and pompous palaces the world has to offer. Not just the palace but the whole estate is remarkable and so “over the top” that it definitely deserves a spot on the list of the top 10 day trips from Paris by train. Once you arrive there, don’t be intimidated by the size of the state but take a walk in the beautiful gardens and discover the smaller palaces Ménagerie royale, Grand Trianon, Petit Trianon, and the Pavillon de la Lanterne.

For more Information about Versailles click here.

2. Giverny

Giverny, Fondation Claude Monet, jardin d'eau, pont japonais

From March until the end of October a very special garden opens its doors for visitors. About 60 kilometers outside of the French capital lies a garden many of us have already admired in the Musée de l’Orangerie. Monet’s masterpieces feature his gardens in Giverny but only by seeing the place with your own eyes you can understand the beauty of the various types of flowers and the pond with its water lilies.

Learn more about Giverny and Monet’s gardens here.

3. Disneyland

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The magic world of Disney is right outside Paris and perfectly suited for a day trip from Paris by train. Especially for Kids it is a magical adventure to meet Mickey and all the other Disney characters. You can visit the two parks in one or two days or only visit the main park. Enjoy the whole world of Disney and have live your very own fairy tale.

Here you can find out more about Disneyland Paris.

4. Champagne

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The most luxurious drink in the world come from exactly one charming region in France: La champagne. Here is where the wine yards grow their precious grapes and experienced wine and champagne producers create the champagne with which we celebrate our most happy and successful moments in life. Discover this place as one of your day trips from Paris by train and enjoy the delicate champagne tasting.

Discover more about the local champagne producers here.

5. Loire Valley

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Discover a treasure from the UNESCO list of world heritage sights by train from Paris. The Loire Valley is famous due to its architecture of the more than 300 castles and chateaux in its area. Besides the beautiful sights the region offers wine from the famous areas of Muscat, Sancerre, and Pouilly-fumé as well as extensive fields of artichoke and asparagus which line the river banks.

Discover 4 original Loire Valley Châteaux here:

Villandry Castle

Chenonceau Castle

Chambord Castle

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6. Rouen

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This formerly very important European city is today the capital of the French region Normandy. Its most famous sight is the Notre-Dame Cathedral which has been subject to a serial of Paintings of the famous painter Monet which are exposed today in the Orsay Museum in Paris.

A city guide of Rouen you can find here.

7. London

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London calling? Just hop on the Eurostar which connects the two European capitals. In about two hours you can reach each center, in Paris at Gare du Nord and in London at Kings cross is where this amazing train connection will let you off. Discover everything London has to offer and stay just for one day trip or even longer.

How to get to London? Find out here.

8. Strasbourg

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Strasbourg lying in the middle of Europe in the region of Alsace has a great history being part of both France and Germany throughout history. Today you can still admire the Wilhelmian architecture but due to the damages from the World War II. you can find many different styles of architecture from the past 5 centuries. One of the sights you should not miss is the gothic Notre Dame Cathedral.

9. Deauville

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Spend a few hours by the beach in Normandy! Deauville is one of the most famous beach villages in France. For the past century Deauville hosted more than a few celebrities. Coco Chanel opened a store in Deauville in the summer of 1913 while she was residing there. Famous for the horse races, Deauville attracts many visitors and fans over the summer time.

 

10. Chantilly

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Chantilly in the north of Paris is a beautiful place for a day trip by train. For horse race fans it is a must to discover the old stables and the horse race sights. Besides horses, chantilly offers to visit the charming Chateau de Chantilly.

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Top 3 Souterrains in Paris

The Top 3 Souterrains in Paris

Paris offers as much to discover overground as it does underground and I am not talking about its famous Metro system, which by the way was the first subway system in the world. Today you can find 18 mysterious metro stations that are not being used anymore. Besides these underground attractions we are presenting to you the Top 3 Souterrains in Paris.

1. RéseTop 3 Souterrains in Paris rvoir de Montsouris

The first of our top 3 souterrains in Paris is the Réservoir de Montsouris in the 14th district of Paris was built in the years from 1868 to 1873 by the engineer Eugène Belgrand. As one of the 5 reservoirs of the Capitals it provides the water for about 20 % of all Parisians. Besides its practical use as storage for clean water it has also gained the nickname “Cathédrale d’eau” (Water Cathedral) due to its unique architecture and its majestic pillars. Up until 2001 anyone was able to visit the Réservoir de Montsouris but after new safety standards were required the reservoir had to close its doors to visitors. Only in 2014 during two days (journées de patrimoine) the “water cathedral” opened again for visits. The reservoir has two floors each sized 60 ooo square meters and fits a maximum of 202 000 cubic meters of water to secure the water supply of Parisian households. From the outside one can barely guess whats going on inside this water reservoir. It is covered by a large field of grass and flowers and all that is above ground are two small resembling buildings that really do not indicate the size and importance of the reservoir.

2. Les Catacombes

Catacombe, Top 3 Souterrains in ParisOne of the most visited attractions in the french capital can be found underground. The catacombs of Paris were created in the 18th century to relieve the overcrowded cemeteries within the City. Today, bones of more than 6 million people are buried in the ossuary. When visiting the catacombs at Denfert-Rochreau Station you will find these bones carefully piled on each other creating a sort of artistic appearance. Only after Louis-Étienne Héricart de Thury from the Paris Mine Inspection Service transformed the unorganized piles of bones  that it became a real mausoleum. Since then in 1810 the catacombs have been open for visits up until today with only a few short breaks. Today this one is one of the top 3 souterrains in Paris you can visit every day but make sure to buy your fast track ticket online to skip the queuing on site.

Reserve your tickets here. (site in French)

Les Catacombes de Paris – 1 Avenue du Colonel Henri Rol-Tanguy, 75014 Paris

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“The city below the city” This term comes from the use of actual street names and house numbers that were placed underground in the sewers. So, there is quite literally a second Paris underground. The first sewer system was established in Paris in 1370 under the “Rue Montmatre”. You can follow the history of the sewers and visit the sewer museum at the Pont de l’Alma. The accessible part extends to a 500 meter path underground where you can discover the historic water cycle of Paris and many machines of which some are still in use. As the oldest and still existing sewer system “Les Égouts” earn their place in the top 3 souterrains in Paris.

Les Égouts de Paris – Place de la Résistance, 75007 Paris

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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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Shopping in Paris, Paris Off-Beaten Paths

Shopping in Paris

Paris is well known for being the capital of fashion: the greatest French designers are based there, whether they have their headquarters or their many shops. Of course, fashion in Paris, it’s firstly fashion houses, those that attract enthusiasts worldwide: Louis Vuitton on the Champs Elysées, or the luxury boutiques installed along the Avenue Montaigne, in the Triangle d’or Parisien: Chanel, Christian Dior. Nearby, you can also find Yves Saint Laurent, Jean- Paul Gaultier , and Hermes boutiques. There are of course shopping malls and shopping streets where you can find what you’re looking for… Learn more shopping in Paris.

Department Stores

Galeries Lafayette

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Les Galeries Lafayette is a huge department store situated at the Haussmann boulevard in the 9th district of Paris. Since its creation in 1894, les Galeries Lafayette Haussmann has become a true Parisian icon and an essential place to visit in the city. The Art-Nouveau cupola overlooks the 65,000 meters of retail space devoted to fashion and is comprised of three buildings with more than 2500 brands from around the world ranging from accessible to luxury , and there are also 25 restaurants.

 

 Printemps Haussmann

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Le Printemps Haussmann is a huge store located at the 9th district of Paris(next to Les Galeries Lafayette). You can find the principal brands of fashion, luxury and beauty. They are divided by themes in the three buildings of the shop (25 floors and 44 000 square meter in total).

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For 6 weeks at the end of the year, enjoy the animated Christmas displays at the Printemps Haussmann and at the Galeries Lafayette which have been going on for 50 years.

Le Bon Marché

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Le Bon Marché is also a big store in the 7th district of Paris; it was the first ever department store to open its doors in 1852. This unique building, designed by architect Louis Charles Boileau and by engineer Gustave Eiffel, displays a façade that was both unique and innovative for its time. There is something there for everyone’s taste: men’s, women’s and children’s fashion, accessories, culinary art and design pieces.

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BHV

Le Bazar de l’Hôtel de ville or BHV, officially BHV Marais since 2013, is a big department store belonging to the Galeries Lafayette group. It is situated in the 4th district in front of the city hall. While it is more known for its fashion stores, you can also find a wide selection of tools and gadgets perfect for your DIY projects.

Shopping Malls

Beaugrenelle

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In the 16th district of Paris (and just a few steps from the Eiffel Tower), Beaugrenelle has only recently begun to attract the most prestigious of retail brands. After much effort to breath new life into a once dying shopping center, visitors can now enjoy an afternoon window shopping and treating themselves to all of the finer things in life. Here you will discover a wide array of shopping venues… From Guerlain and Baccarat to Silvera… you will never run out of beautiful clothes and things to gape at in wonderment.

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Les 4 Temps

Les Quatre Temps , Europe’s largest shopping center, opened in 1981 on the forecourt of Defense. Easily accessible and a mere 10 minutes from the city center, this bustling shopping center welcomes visitors from all over the world. Allow yourself plenty of time to thoroughly enjoy all that this world-class shopping venue has to offer!

Montparnasse Rive Gauche

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Situated at the foot of the famous Tour Montparnasse, in the 15th district of Paris, this shopping mall offers an unique view of the entire city! Not only you will find what you were looking for in the shops but you will also enjoy a beautiful panoramic view!

 

 

 

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Champs Elysées

Want to go shopping on the Champs -Elysees? You have more than enough shops to choose from! While known for its high-end brands (Louis Vuitton, Lancel, Chanel, Longchamps…), it has become more accessible to the general masses with the recent inclusion of more affordable retail options, such as Zara, H&M, and Célio.

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How to walk the walk like a Parisian

How to walk the walk like a Parisian

While accommodations and sights are a vital part of your Parisian vacation, there are a few other considerations that you need to keep in mind before your trip. The most important of these things is to walk the walk like a Parisian and not looking like an obvious tourist.  There are numerous ways to transition into the air of the Parisian persona.  We’re going to break it down into three categories for you: the look, the air, the food.

The Look

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Rule number one: leave your brightly colored, branded clothing at home. The French embrace the simplicity of neutral colors and don’t feel the need to advertise the brand of clothing they are wearing.  They let the clothing and its quality speak for itself.  There is no need to advertise the brand you are wearing.

You don’t have to bring your best pieces with you but dressing nicely is some of the best advice we can give you. Your clothing should be prepared to take a stroll through Jardin du Luxemburg, a visit to the Louvre or hold up to the street style of an outdoor café.

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Scarfs are the best accessory you can bring with you. They’re versatile and allow you to change up the same basic outfit. Make sure you bring broken-in, comfortable shoes for the day (you’ll be doing more walking than you thought) and save your heels for dinner. When it comes to your purse or bag, having a bag that zips up and isn’t easy to break is extremely important. It makes it ten times harder for you to be pick-pocketed when you bag is zipped up tight.

The Air

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We’re not talking about the literal air of Paris her, but the persona that the Parisians have.  They’re confident, serious and they’re never lost.  While everyone hopes to obtain these attributes, it’s pretty easy to fake it until you make it. The way you hold yourself is a key aspect of looking like a Parisian, shoulders back, chin up, don’t slouch: any place you are this will immediately make you appear more confident.  Looking as if you are not lost even if you are, gives the air that you are not to be messed with or targeted.  The best advice for this category is to keep your head up.

The Food

The French take their food very seriously.  There are a couple of big no-no’s when it comes to food, dining and eating in Paris.  Time moves differently in Paris, there is still the hustle and bustle of big city life, but there is also the slow relax demeanor the French are famous for.  There is no need to eat on your way somewhere and to go coffee is only for transport.  Food is meant to be thoroughly enjoyed, thus you need to take time and care while enjoying your food.Le Loir Dans le Thièire salon de thé

Dining in Paris has its own etiquette. Forget what you know and embrace the change. Unlike those who were raised in the States, the French hold their fork in their left hand and their knife in their right hand. Resist the temptation of switching your fork to your right hand.  They say the knife should be held as an extension of your hand. Use the knife to push food onto you fork.

All that delicious bread served with you meal is meant to clean your plate when you have finished your meal. It’s also a great pre-dinner munch.  Make sure you break off just enough bread for a bite and then place the rest off to the left side of the plate on the table. There’s no need to rush while enjoying a meal in Paris, or anywhere in France really.

So, slowly sip your wine and embrace all there is about walking the walk like a Parisian.

Free Things to Do in Paris

Free Things to Do in Paris

Your trip to Paris doesn’t have to be expensive! If you know where to look, you can find plenty of free activities in the city. Check out our favorite free things to do in Paris!

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1) Stroll through a Parisian Park

Paris is home to some of the most spectacular parks in the world, and you can enjoy the majority of them for free! Popular green spaces include the Jardin du Luxembourg, the Champs de Mars, and the Tuileries where you can enjoy breathtaking views of some of Paris’s most iconic monuments. For the active individual, the Bois de Boulogne and Bois de Vincennes are enormous parks with plenty of running trails and gorgeous scenery. Here, you can find activities for the whole family, including a small farm at Bois de Vincennes and the botanical gardens of the Jardin des serres d’Auteil in the Bois de Boulogne.

 

2) Visit the Largest Cemetery in Paris

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Come visit the final resting place of international legends, including Jim Morrison, Edith Piaf, and Oscar Wilde amidst the gorgeous sculptures of Père Lachaise. Paris’s largest cemetery, Père Lachaise is larger than the Vatican, with over 1 million recorded burials having taken place on the grounds. While a cemetery may sound like an odd place to visit, Père Lachaise really shouldn’t be missed. With its artistic vibe and historical relevance of those buried here, a visit to Père Lachaise is well-worth it. Definitely one of our favorite free things to do in Paris!

 

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3) Enjoy a Free Church Concert

Paris offers a number of fantastic churches where you can enjoy a free performance. For the classical music lovers, you can experience the gorgeous acoustics of some of the most iconic churches at one of their free chamber music concerts. At Église de la Trinité, you can enjoy a free performance every Thursday followed by an informal meet-and-greet with the musicians. Every Sunday, experience a spectacular organ recital either at Notre Dame at 4:30pm or at Saint-Sulpice during the 10:30am mass.

 

4) Visit One of Paris’s Iconic Museums

Paris is home to over 300 museums and, on the first Sunday of the month, you can explore many of them for free! Crowd favorites such as the Louvre, Musée d’Orsay, and Centre Pompidou and lesser-known museums alike participate in this monthly event, so be sure to take advantage of it during your trip to Paris.

If your trip doesn’t happen to fall on the first Sunday of the month, don’t despair! Many museums are free or discounted all year round for visitors under 18, making a museum visit one of the best free things to do in Paris for families.

 

5) Become a Culinary Expert

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The Féderation Française de Cuisine has partnered with the Mairie de Paris to offer free cooking classes with some of Paris’s most renowned chefs and culinary experts. Each class is themed and begins at a neighborhood market, where you’ll learn how to select high-quality ingredients for your specific type of cuisine before learning the art of French cooking!

 

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6) Enjoy a Wine Tasting

If you happen to be in Paris on a Saturday, head over to La Dernière Goutte for a free wine tasting! Expert wine makers from all over France frequent the shop, sharing their knowledge and expertise with participants. Truly something that should not be missed when in Paris!

 

7) Experience Art at the Centquatre

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This relatively new public space allows visitors to experience the best of Parisian art and innovation. Hosting a number of artists, festivals, public talks, and presentations, there’s always something going on! One Saturday a month, the venue hosts its Bal Pop’, a free public dance featuring all genres of music and dancing. If you’re lucky enough to be in Paris during this event, be sure to check this out!

 

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8) Enjoy a Movie Under the Stars

Every summer, the Parc de la Villette transforms into a free outdoor cinema. Featuring a mix of classics and recent favorites that adhere to event’s annual theme, you’re sure to find a film that suits your tastes. Bring a blanket or rent a lawn chair and settle in for a night of cinematic moonlight magic!

 

9) Relax at the “Beach”

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Every summer from mid-July to mid-August, the banks of the Seine transform into the Paris Plages, a man-made beach complete with sand, lawn chairs, and outdoor concerts. The Paris Plages are spread out around 3 locations: Louvre/Pont de Sully, Port de la Gare, and Bassin de la Villette. At Bassin de la Villette, rent one of the number of free books available as you lounge by the water sports complex or mini pool. You can enjoy the Paris Plage every day of the week from 9am to midnight.

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If you’re looking for year-round activities, head over to the left bank where you’ll find the Berges de Seine. Stretching from the Pont de l’Alma to the Musée d’Orsay, this spectacular space features a number of free, fun activities perfect for the whole family. With plenty of relaxation space, playgrounds, sports areas, and restaurants centrally located in front of some of Paris’s most popular attractions, the Berges de Seine is a must-see when coming to Paris!

 

10) Dine for Free

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While it may seem impossible, there are actually plenty of places in Paris where you can eat for free! Several restaurants and bars offer free couscous or mussels with chips or fries if you purchase a drink. Check out the map below to find our favorite places offering this option. Eating for free is definitely one of our favorite free things to do in Paris!

 

 

 

 

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Paris Segway Tours

Paris Segway Tours

Paris, while it can feel surprisingly small at times, can be quite difficult to traverse on foot. Long walks can leave you feeling tired and drained… making you too exhausted to truly enjoy the entirety of your day… Looking for an easier way to get around Paris!? Well look no further. A Segway tour will make exploring the city of lights a breeze.

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The ParisByM team recently took the liberty of trying one of Paris’s segway tours for ourselves. We can truly tell you that we had an absolutely terrific time. Imagine being able to see all of Paris’s main monuments and attractions in the span of a mere few hours. Not only that… but you won’t break a sweat.

Riding a segway is one of those things that might make you feel a little bit like a silly tourist… but the fact of the matter is everyone should feel jealous of you. Not only can you go insanely quick on one of these beauties. But the simple mechanics of a segway will make you feel a little bit like a super hero flying around town.

How does a segway work?

A segway is simply a machine that is designed to keep itself balanced up right. The built in gyroscope ensures that you will not fall over when riding and allows you to control the direction of your movement simply by leaning your body in the direction you would like to go. The further forwards you lean your body… the faster you will go. The more backwards you lean the faster you will break or go in reverse. It’s really that easy! After a few moments practice with your tour guid you will be a Paris segway tours expert. Your guide will ensure that you are up to speed on all important safety information. Follow his instructions and you will have no problems!

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What’s to be seen

Paris segway tours will take you past many different iconic landmarks such as l’Hôtel des Invalides, the Louvre and even the Eiffel Tower! Your tour guide will explain the history of everything that your eyes alight upon ensuring that you are saturated in all of the culture found here in Paris. Segway tours are relatively inexpensive and depending how long you want your tour to be can go for around approximately 70 euros.

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Shopping on Sunday in Paris

Shopping on Sunday in Paris

Open or not open?! Sunday stores are not easy to find in Paris! Here you will find shops and shopping malls that may be the right thing for you.

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  • Avenue des Champs Elysées with Fnac, Marionnaud, Louis Vuitton, Zara, Adidas, Eric Bompard, H&M, Le 66, Guerlain
  • Le boulevard Saint-Germain in the Saint-Germain-des-Prés, between the Saint-Pères street and the Saint-Germain-des-Prés square.
  • Le Viaduc des arts in the 12th district with artisans workshops and fashion shops.
  • Montmartre, in the district of Abbesses and La Butte Montmartre: Several streets open their doors on Sunday, particularly the sector of Vieux Village in Montmartre, the Tertre square, the Place du Calvaire and the street of Mont Cenis. Clothing, design and decoration shops are open as Petit Bateau, Princesse Tam Tam or Sandro.Scenic, Paris, Sunday, champs elysees, Shopping on sunday in Paris
  • In the Marais district: the Vosges square and the street Francs-Bourgeois. Several clothing and accessory shops are open on Sunday. There are also roads which are closed for cars in the Sunday afternoons. You can find stores like Aubade, Zadig & Voltaire, L’Occitane, Home Autour du Monde, Bensimon…
  • Rue d’Arcole: Here you can find souvenir shops!
  • The business center of La Défense is also the place to go for buyers! In this shopping mall, Les 4 Temps, you will find stores like Mango, Celio, H&M, Zara Home, Apple Store, Comptoir des Cotonniers, Sephora, YellowKorner… A few steps further the Cnit shopping mall is also open on Sunday with Décathlon, Habitat, Monoprix, Marionnaud, Léonidas, Arteum entre autres…
  • Along the Canal Saint-Martin there are several stores to go shopping on Sunday in Paris like Antoine & Lili, Quai 71, Artazart, American, Apparel, Centre Commercial, Claudie Pierlot, Agnès B (some Sundays)…
  • Les Halles quarter: There are several brands such as H&M, Zara, New look, Calzedonia…
  • Since this summer 2016, Les Galeries Lafayettes, a huge department store in Boulevard Haussmann, has started opening its doors on Sundays!

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Steps away from the capital

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  • Situated close to Versailles, One Nation Paris is the biggest outlet shopping mall dedicated to fashion and luxury in France. Open also on Sundays from 10 am to 8pm it is accessible by shuttle from the center of Paris.
  • To get a good deal in the east of Paris, go to La Vallée Village Chic Outlet Shopping in Marne-la-Vallée. In a calm atmosphere near Disneyland Paris, this open-air shopping center offers renowned brands ( Jimmy Choo, Sonia Rykiel, Longchamp, Kenzo…) from last year’s collections at reduced prices! There are also shuttles from Paris.

 

 

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le mathusalem paris

Taste the difference at Le Mathusalem Paris

Want to go through the Parisian bistros during your visit of the capital? Do not hesitate to go and eat at le Mathusalem Paris, this restaurant offers a varied menu and a very French atmosphere, perfect to live your Parisian experience.

le mathusalem parisYou will be able to find, in this brasserie where you can feel the style of the 1930s, traditional French cuisine represented by delicious menus such as « magret de canard » (duck) or beef tartare (16 €). You can also taste the starters, equally delicious such as the camembert crumble or citrus quinoa (10 €). As for the desserts, you will find the famous macarons (with lime) and the French « moelleux au chocolat » (10 €). Thomas, the manager of the restaurant, is waiting for you with his team to serve you many more food choices, prepared by chef Cyril. The decor is set with tablecloths and a bar.

le mathusalem parisThe regular customers call it “le Mathu”. Le Mathusalem Paris is perfect to spend time with family or friends. Some will even find simply the pleasure of eating good French cuisine and they will keep a good memory …

The restaurant is located in the 16th district of Paris (south-west), just in front of the Garigliano bridge (Pont du Garigliano), near the Auteuil neighborhoods (Parc des Princes, Roland Garros …), and the Maison de la Radio. Nearby you will also find the Bois de Boulogne.

Do not miss the Le Mathusalem Paris experience and click here to find out more.

Open from monday to saturday, from 11:30am to 1:30am.

Access : 5 bis boulevard Exelmans, 75016 Paris. RER C Pont du Garigliano – Hôpital Européen Georges Pompidou (you will just have to cross the bridge), Metro 10 : Chardon Lagache, Metro 9 : Porte de Saint-Cloud.

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Top 10 Bars in Paris

Whether you are a lover of wine, jazz music, tapas, beer or any other things, these Top 10 bars in Paris will certainly meet your expectations! We sorted different themes so that you will find the best bars in each category. Ready, thirsty… Go!

1. Wine Bar: Chez Nous

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Our Top 10 bars in Paris start with this little wine lover paradise which offers many types of wine, be they white or red. Putting forward small producers and biological agriculture, it also offers refined meals to go with the wines, within a rustic but charming decoration!

 

Two other suggestions

  • The Frenchie, to discover vineyards from all over the world!
  • L’Ecluse, offering Bordeaux wines along with a delicious meal!

 

2. Playful Bar: Le Nid – Cocon Ludique

This 3rd arrondissement playful bar offers more than 500 board games, so that you will always have a good time! There is also a shop in which you can buy games that suit all ages, and some events are organised each week to assure a very joyful atmosphere!

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3. Cocktail Bar : Le Syndicat

If you are eager to taste original cocktails with rare types of alcohols and unexpected merges, here is the perfect bar for you. It remarkably manages to bring old and French alcohols up to date, and the atmosphere is always welcoming. So go to the 10th arrondissement right now!

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4. Tapas Bar/Planches: L’Atelier Saisonnier

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Located in the 9th, this bar is renowned for its delightful “palettes”, made of charcuterie and French cheese. Moreover, all the products are local or bio, so that enjoying some French tapas won’t make you feel guilty anymore! And don’t miss the chance to create your own salad or taste their homemade dishes.

Two other suggestions

  • Chez Mil’a, a very welcoming tapas bar!
  • The Sourire, for sophisticated French tapas!

 

5. Dance Bar/Club : The Cavern Club

If you want to party and taste great cheap cocktails at the same time, go to this 6th arrondissement bar. There is also a room downstairs in which there are concerts and DJs during the week-end !

Two other suggestions

  • The Café Oz, the place to be for DJ and concert nights!
  • Bar III, the perfect mix of cocktail & tapas bars and night clubs!

 

6. Unusual Bar : The Ice Kube Bar

This 18th arrondissement hotel bar will freeze you: you will have to put a warm coat on to endeavour into this ice bar which will delight you with its vodka cocktails! That is an experience you really should try out!

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7. Jazz Bar : Le Duc des Lombards

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One of the most famous Paris jazz clubs, this bar is in the core of the 1st arrondissement, full of other jazz clubs which will dive you into a very pleasant musical atmosphere. Jazz artists often play there and when they do their “boeufs”, you certainly don’t want to miss that!

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8. Beer Bar : La Fine Mousse

top 10 bars in parisLocated in the 11th, this bar is specialized in French and international handmade beers, and it sometimes organizes workshops to get acquainted with beer tasting. It is also a restaurant in which you will be taught how to match your beer with your meal!

 

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9. Terrace Bar : Brasserie d’Auteuil

A rooftop terrace bar, this “brasserie” is decorated in a vegetal and relaxing style, and its cocktail bar will undoubtedly make you feel comfy ! Located in the 16th, its Italian food won’t leave you unpleased either!

Two other suggestions

  • Le Perchoir Marais, at the top of the BHV store, with a view on the Marais!
  • La Sardine, a colorful terrace bar with many good tapas to taste!

 

10. If you feel homesick: The Moose Bar

This sports bar ends our Top 10 bars in Paris. Fitted with many screens to enable you to follow your sport matches while having a drink, its Canadian food will also delight your palate, and the joyful atmosphere will bring you back to North America!

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Top 10 Brunch Spots in Paris

Here is a Top 10 Brunch Spots in Paris presenting all the best types of brunches you can find. First you will discover typical French brunch spots; then if you feel homesick (and if you are American) we selected the worthiest American brunches. Finally, if you are as curious as greedy, you will find a suggestion of uncommon and international brunch spots. They will appeal to your food lover palates for sure!

Typical French Brunch Spots

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1. Les Mauvais Garçons – 4th arrondissement –25 €

Here is a very Frenchy Brunch: consisting of baguette toasts, jams and viennoiseries but also salty pies you really have to taste! For salt amateurs as for those with a sweet tooth, it will undoubtedly suit everyone’s palate!

2. Liberté Ménilmontant – 20th arrondissement – 27 €

The famous pastry chef Benoît Castel will house you every week-end in his bakery/cake shop for a self-serve brunch buffet. The choice is huge there, from classic viennoiseries and cakes to vegetables, quiches and pizzas!

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3. Le Quai – 7th arrondissement – 35 €

Located on a floating terrace, this is the best place to chill and have a delicious brunch. Viennoiseries, toasts, fruits, pancakes as well as salmon, eggs, ham and cold meats… Could you even ask for more?

 

4. Café Français – 4th arrondissement – 30 €

This restaurant turns into a brunch place for the weekends, and it won’t disappoint you! It offers a very Frenchy Brunch with viennoiseries, ham, eggs, bacon or salmon, a salad and a choice of desserts… All this on its pleasant terrace if you want!

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5. L’Atlas – 6th arrondissement – 27 €

Along with a delicious brunch made of French toasts and a very tasty ceasar salad among other delightful dishes, this place will also charm you because of its location in the very lively and pleasant street of Buci in Saint-Germain-des-Prés district!

 

 

 

Best American Brunch Spots

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6. Eggs and Co – 6th arrondissement – 22 €

Our Top 10 Brunch Spots in Paris continues with this American restaurant in which, as you probably understood, the egg is the shining star! You can eat it in various ways, so let your imagination go! The place is small but very cute and the massive pancakes are said to be delicious!

7. Marcel – 7th arrondissement – Variable price

This restaurant offers the typical American Brunch on weekends: with many different types of egg, pancakes and waffles, salads, avocado bagels and tasty deserts such as cheese cakes! How can you resist this?

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8. Holybelly – 10th arrondissement – Variable price

Create your own brunch among the huge choice offered in the menu: of course you will find granola, pancakes, eggs with various sides, homemade cakes and many different drinks! And there is a special dish every weekend…

9. Bob’s Bake Shop – 18th arrondissement – Variable price

Very famous and popular, this brunch spot offers a lot of bagels (with cream cheese, avocado, salmon, or even tomato…) but there are also irresistible desserts such as cheesecakes, fruits pies or cookies!

10. Breakfast in America – 4th arrondissement – 18 €brunch spots in paris

Here the menu is quite simple but made of various dishes: you have to pick one type of egg, one type of dessert and one drink. Also nicknamed the B.I.A, it is a famous meeting point for the Americans living here or those just having a good time in Paris!

 

 

International Brunch spots you shouldn’t miss

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Vino e Cucina – 2th arrondissement – 35 €

Now let’s go to Italy! The brunch in this charming restaurant will delight you. For the sweet tastes: panettone, toasts, cakes, tiramisu, granola and others… And for the salty dishes: eggs, cold meat, mozzarella, vegetables and salads!

 

Kinugawa – 1st arrondissement – from 37 € to 45 €

If you are more into Japanese food, here is something to please you! This restaurant offers a Bento Brunch every Sunday, with miso soup, rice, salad, meat and sushis. Don’t hesitate to taste their deserts… This original Brunch must meet your Asian food expectations.

We hope our Top 10 Brunch Spots in Paris helped you to make a choice… Or maybe you should try them all!

 

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Best Places to Go Jogging in Paris

Best Places to Go Jogging in Paris

When in Paris, trying the local cuisine is an absolute must. With an abundance of some of the world’s finest fare, you may be wondering how to enjoy the local delicacies without packing on the pounds. Thankfully, the culinary capital boasts a number of stunning parks and gardens perfect for getting your cardio fixed. The best part is they’re all FREE!  For your convenience, we’ve compiled a list of the  best places to go jogging in Paris. Enjoy!

Bois de Vincennes 

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Paris’ largest park offers miles of running trails amidst an abundance of sights and sounds sure to keep you entertained. For those looking for a bit of cross-training, you can rent a rowboat on one of the several local lakes, enjoy a quick ball game on the baseball field, or take a few swings at the golf course. Want to work out but don’t want to leave the kids? No problem! This kid-friendly park offers plenty for your little ones, including a playground, amusement park, and even a small farm allowing you to all stay active together. With so many activities to choose from, the Bois de Vincennes tops our list as one of the best places to go jogging in Paris.

Hours: Open 24/7

Metro: M1 (Château de Vincennes), M8 (Porte Dorée)

 

Bois de Boulogne 

Best Places to Go Jogging in Paris

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With over 2,000 acres of green space, the Bois de Boulogne is a local favorite among Parisian runners. Jog through the Jardin de Bagatelle with its vast array of floral arrangements or head toward the Lac Inférieur with its gently tumbling waterfalls. Much like the Bois de Vincennes, the Bois de Boulogne offers a variety of activities suitable for the whole family. The kids will enjoy the Jardin d’Acclimation, where they can find an amusement park, boat rides, and sports complexes.

Hours: Open 24/7

Metro: M1 (Porte Maillot)

 

Jardin du Luxembourg 

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This posh garden located in Paris’ St-Germain-des-Prés neighborhood is known for its breathtaking views. Joggers can circle the Grand Basin, a lovely pond where children can race small paper boats, or head toward one of the many tree-covered trails lining the park. With pony rides, puppet shows, and merry-go-rounds, the Jardin du Luxembourg is sure to please all ages.

Hours: Summer 7:30am-dusk, Winter 8:30am-dusk

Metro: M4 (Odéon, St-Germain-des-Prés), M10 (Odéon), RER B (Luxembourg-Sénat)

 

Jardin des Tuileries 

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Situated around the Louvre, the Jardin des Tuileries offers spacious paths through its French-style gardens and mesmerizing fountain. Join other joggers as you meander through the peaceful landscape of one of Paris’ most famous attractions. When you finish your run, head southwest to the Musée de l’Orangerie for a spectacular display of some of Monet’s finest works.

Hours: April-May 7am-9pm, June-August 7am-11pm, September-March 7:30am-7:30pm

Metro: M1 (Tuileries)

 

Champ-de-Mars

Best Places to Go Jogging in Paris

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If you’re looking for breathtaking views along your route, nothing beats the Champ-de-Mars. This vast expanse of green located directly behind the Eiffel Tower is a crowd favorite among Parisians and tourists alike, and the lively atmosphere of the area is sure to keep you energized. For the quintessential Parisian experience, the Champ-de-Mars is truly one of the best places to go jogging in Paris.

Hours: Open 24/7

Metro: M6 (Bir Hakeim), RER C (Champ-de-Mars-Tour-Eiffel), M6 (Trocadéro)

 

Parc Montsouris 

Best Places to Go Jogging in Paris

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Situated near Paris’ Cité Universitaire student residences, this quiet park is popular among younger crowds. Located along the southern border of the city, Parc Montsouris features a lake and meteorological observatory, and is home to a number of exotic birds and trees.

Hours: Summer 7:00am-9:30pm, Winter 7:00am-8:00pm

Metro: M6 (Saint-Jacques), T3 (Montsouris, Cité Universitaire), RER B (Cité Universitaire)

 

Parc des Buttes-Chaumont

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For the more advanced runner, the Parc des Buttes-Chaumont is one of the best places to go jogging in Paris. Visitors can expect steeper inclines and a more challenging workout, but with over 3 miles of jogging trails, you won’t be disappointed.

Hours: Summer 7:00am-10:00pm, Winter 7:00am-8:00pm

Metro: M7bis (Buttes-Chaumont)

 

Les Berges de Seine

Best Places to Go Jogging in Paris

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The banks of the Seine offer one of the most magnificent views of Paris. As you stroll along the numerous quais, take in the multitude of sights dotting the banks, including the Eiffel Tower and the Louvre. From the Musée d’Orsay to Pont de l’Alma, you’ll find the Berges de Seine, a 1.2 miles space with plenty of activities for the whole family. After jogging along the over 300 ft track, get in a second workout with one of the area’s free fitness classes or relax in one of the many reclining chairs or restaurants along the bank.

Hours: Open 24/7

Metro: M8 & 13 (Invalides), RER C (Musée d’Orsay, Invalides, Pont de l’Alma)

 

Parc Monceau 

Best Places to Go Jogging in Paris

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Located in one of Paris’ trendiest neighborhoods, Parc Monceau offers a calm outdoor space amidst the hustle and bustle of the city and is a favorite among active couples and families. The park offers a rare peek into the lavish lifestyle of the Parisian elite, with its elegant design and close proximity to some of Paris’ most luxurious buildings.

Hours: Summer 7:00am-10:00pm, Winter 7:00am-8:00pm

Metro: M2 (Monceau)

 

Jardin des Plantes 

Best Places to Go Jogging in Paris

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For those who find running a bit tedious, the Jardin des Plantes may be the best place to go jogging in Paris. The garden, which is home to a lively zoo, the Grande Galerie de l’Evolution, and a variety of multicolored plants, may provide just the distraction you need to get you through your workout.

Hours: Summer 7:30am-8:00pm, Fall/Spring 8:00am-7:30pm, Winter 8:00am-5:30pm

Metro: M5,7,10 (Gare d’Austerlitz), RER C (Paris Austerlitz)

 

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Find the perfect thrift shop in Paris

If there is a city that does not lack of thrift shops, it is Paris. We have drawn up the list of the top 10 to help you find your ideal thrift shop, where prices vary, fashion also, but where we always find wonderful things from the 60’s, 70’s, 80’s, and even the 90’s !

10 – KILOSHOP – Weigh your clothes and pay your kilo!

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In these two second-hand stores located in the Marais district, prices are not fixed and mostly depend on color codes (red : 20 euros / kilo, green : 30 euros / kilo …), so, the price of your purchases will depend on the kilo of dresses, shirts, or t-shirts you will buy. The prices are very interesting, since t-shirts for example cost 5 euros per kilo, the kilo of skirts cost 6 euros …

Moreover, KiloShop is an eco-responsible store, since it collects clothes instead of buying new ones, to avoid for instance the surplus of water consumption that causes the manufacture of jeans.

 

9 – GUERRISOL – Where prices defy competition

This chain of thrift stores, which has 3 in Paris, one in the 12th district, one in the 17th, and one in the 18th, is probably one of the cheapest. You can find everything: accessories, t-shirts and dresses for 5 euros, shirts, shoes … However, clothes are not always in good condition, so you should check what you buy.

 

8 – LE COFFRE – The pearl of vintage shops

Le Coffre is probably the most recent in the thrift shop world, and houses a majority of second-hand clothing, but very clean, in good condition, sorted by color and style. This is what makes this place special. The price will be also fixed according to a color code, the articles classified in blue will cost 2 euros, in red 5 euros … Thus, it is easy to find beautiful pieces according to ones budget. Le Coffre has 2 shops, one in the 20th arrondissement, and one in the 17th.

7 – BY FLOWERS – Find your treasure

By Flowers is a shop in the district of Montmartre where you can really negociate a good business, provided that you make the effort to search because you can find very good items in the bottom of the clothes scattered, and go back there often, because the reassort is very regular. The prices are very correct, and you can in addition haggle with the seller, thing you can not do in another thrift shop.

 

6 – RAG AND VERTIGES – An alliance against competition

The Rag and Vertiges thrift shops are allied to make you benefit from a wider selection of items, which include pieces as interesting as the others, even vintage lingerie. At Rag, the success is due to boots because of their wide choice. You can clearly find everything, including designer clothes for which prices range from 5 euros to 400 euros! Located in the 4th district, they are close to the metro station “Les Halles”.
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5 – FREE’P’STAR – Quality, cheap, notoriety

In the Marais, after your shopping at KiloShop, you can go to the three Free’p’star shops, real caves of Ali Baba. Prices range from 5 to 60 euros. There is a lot of choice, and at your disposal a “1 euro tray”, where, as the name suggests, everything cost 1 euro. It is not unusual to find Levi’s 501 jeans for 10 euros! Free’p’star is not only a thrift shop, it also houses art events.

 

4 – ESPACE KILIWATCH – Big choice for bigger budgets

This shop in the 2nd district of Paris is a must-see for Parisian thrift shops, and offers a wide selection of second-hand clothes in 600m², plus a collection of new clothes. You will not really be able to make bargains in terms of price, as it is more like a vintage shop than a thrift shop, prices are much more expensive. But the items are made with very good quality and the choice is so wide !

 

3 – LA PETITE FRIPE – Not so small!

La Petite Fripe (11th district of Paris) is a real shoe box. Before being a special shoe shop, it was a thrift. Today, it offers a wide selection of vintage shoes, boots, platforms, pumps, ankle boots … Repackaged to the taste of the day.

 

2 – EPISODE – For maniacs

Episode is a thrift that does not have the characteristic of being a mess, like the others. It is well organized, tidy, it is all that maniacs among vintage clothing amateurs want. The prices are correct, especially for shoes. And thanks to the old stocks that have not been runned out, you can find at good price new pieces.

 

1 – HIPPY MARKET – The best for the end

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True den of the clothes fans of the 70s, Hippy Market does not hide its success: it has 12 shops in France, and one in Paris, rue du Temple (4th district). There are several tens of millions of tons of clothing that are collected every year, and cleanliness and authenticity are at the rendez-vous. Well-kept, the shop will make happy the most enthustiasts, although a little more expensive, you are sure to buy quality.

 

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Top 5 best brasseries in Paris

As you know, Paris is known for its brasseries and above all, its « terrasses », and you can not walk on a street without bumping into at least one brasserie. Here, at ParisByM, we have prepared a top 5 of the best brasseries in Paris. Don’t miss out those ones, which were (and are currently) famous for their history and menus (classification is neither increasing nor decreasing).

 

 
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1 – La Coupole

In the neighborhood of Montparnasse (14th district), the brasserie La Coupole is an emblematic and artistic place of Paris.
At la Coupole, you can enjoy breakfast, lunch, and dinner at prices varying from €11.90 to €59.00. What is better than eating well, feeling the artistic atmosphere of the place, in the heart of Paris? Founded in 1927, this brasserie has directly become a great success and personalities and artists such as Jean Cocteau, Man Ray, Georges Braque, Brassaï, Picasso, Edith Piaf, and even Ernest Hemingway, were regular customers.The artistic legacy of the place is also defined by the numerous interventions of artists who came to add color to the famous “pillars” of the restaurant and to paint. This brasserie is particularly frequented, especially by those who want to regain the atmosphere of the book “Paris est une fête” written by Hemingway .. You can click here for more information.

102 Bd du Montparnasse 75014 Paris

Access : Vavin (Metro line 4)

 

 

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2 – Bouillon Chartier

Classified as a historical monument, there is no doubt that Le Bouillon Chartier is a must among the best brasseries in Paris. Created in 1896, it has kept the same architecture of the XIXth century. It is a landmark in the history of Parisian brasseries. Everything has remained faithful, even the prices: the main course do not exceed €13,50 (from €8,50), the entries range from €1,80 to €6,80, and the desserts €2.20 to €4.00. Click here to check their website.

7 rue du Faubourg Montmartre 75009 Paris

Access : Grands Boulevards (Metro lines 8, 9)

 

 

3 – Le Bon Bock

Le Bon Bock is the oldest brasserie in the artistic and very parisian neighborhood of Montmartre. Also here, the greatest artistic figures such as Picasso or Apollinaire came to have a drink in this brasserie created in 1879. The prices are quite reasonable for a big parisian and historical brasserie, such as for example the starter Gratinée de Mamie à l’Oignon for 6,80 €. Find all the information here.

2 Rue Dancourt, 75018 Paris

Access : Abbesses (Metro lines 2, 12), Anvers (2), Pigalle (2, 12)

 

 

4 – Le Café du Commerce

This brasserie serving traditional food is leveled on three floors, in the middle of which you can admire a patio of plants, open sky over Paris. Le Café du Commerce was founded in 1921 and is one of the most trendy and best brasseries in Paris of the XXth century, just like the Bouillon Chartier. The formula Main course + Dessert + Coffee at 17.50 € largely worth it! Check the menus here.

51 rue du Commerce, 75015 Paris
Access : La Motte Piquet Grenelle (8, 10, 6), Avenue Emile Zola (10), Commerce (8)

 

 

5 – Polidor

This traditionnal brasserie located in the Latin Quarter (6th district) is a place full of history. Created in 1890, it welcomed street artists and very known writers, such as Paul Verlaine or Victor Hugo, the author of the Hunchback Of Notre Dame, who was a regular customer. The meetings of the Collège de Pataphysique were organized here in the 1950s. If you do not have to miss one of the best Parisian brasseries, this is THE one. There is something for every taste, from the classic « oeuf-mayo » (egg mayonnaise), to the blanquette de veau, or beautiful entrecôtes. More information on their website.

41, rue Monsieur Le Prince
75006 Paris

Access : Odéon (4)

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10 Things to Do in Paris

When visiting Paris choosing from the various attractions and beautiful sights is the biggest task of all. From all the Parisian gems and experiences we’ve chosen the 10 things to do in Paris you should not miss.

 

1. Visit the Musée de l’Orangerie

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A must-see: Monet’s water lilies in the Musée de l’Orangerie. Situated in the Jardins des Tuileries, it is one of the favorite museums of Parisians and visitors. Built in 1852 as a winter shelter for the orange trees in the Tuileries Garden, it accommodates today the masterpieces of Monet and many other works of impressionists like Cézanne and Gauguin. From the 20th century you’ll find 12 pieces by Pablo Picasso as well as 10 Matisse and many others. A great way to spend your afternoon in Paris!

Musée de l’Orangerie – Jardin Tuileries 75001 www.musee-orangerie.fr (site in French)

 

2. Have Falafel in Rue des Rosiers

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For all food lovers Paris holds many attractions but one particular can be found in the middle of the famous area Le Marais. The Rue des Rosiers in the 4th district holds the most famous Parisian Falafel joint: L’As. A tasty experience to try!

L’As – 34, Rue des Rosiers 75004 Tel.: 01 48 87 63 60 

 

3. Stroll through Shakespeare and Company

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The famous American bookshop in Paris is located on the left bank next to the river Seine and opposite of the Notre Dame Cathedral. Its great history originates from the gathering of famous expat writers of the 1920’s like Hemingway, Stein, and Fitzgerald. Today it still accommodates one of the largest English book collections in Paris and is itself an interesting place to visit.

Shakespeare and Co. – 37, Rue de la Bûcherie 75005 Tel.: 01 43 25 40 93 www.shakespeareandcompany.com

 

4. Enjoy an evening in Le Crazy Horse

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Besides the well-known Moulin Rouge a second cabaret has become all the rage: Le Crazy Horse. In 1951 the cabaret opened its doors at the prestigious 12 Avenue George V and has continued to dazzle visitor with their creative and glamorous shows up until today. You can enjoy the show with champagne or dinner before hand. In any case a fabulous evening entertainment is guaranteed!

Check out some more information about Le Crazy Horse here.

Le Crazy Horse – 12, Avenue George V 75008 Tel.: 01 47 23 32 32 www.lecrazyhorseparis.com (site in French)

 

5. Check out the Jazz clubs of Paris

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For all Jazz lovers Paris holds some precious gems. In the area of Saint-Germain-des-Prés you can still experience the ambience of the days of Dizzy Gillespie, Coleman Hawkins, and Kenny Clarke. Three of the major Parisian Jazz Clubs include Le Caveau de la Huchette, Le Duc de Lombards, and Le Sunset.

Le Caveau de la Huchette – 5, Rue de la Huchette 75005 Tel.: 01 43 26 65 05. www.caveaudelahuchette.fr (site in French)

Le Duc de Lombards – 42, Rue des Lombards 75001 Tel.: 01 42 33 22 88. www.ducdeslombards.com (site in French)

Le Sunset – 60, Rue des Lombards 75001 Tel.: 01 40 26 46 60. www.sunset-sunside.com (site in French)

 

6. Spend an afternoon in Montmartre

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The vibe of the artist “village” in the north of Paris still lies in the air. When visiting Montmartre you can check out the main touristic attractions like the all-white Basilica and the Place du Tertre with the caricaturists and the crêperies, but Montmartre also holds other beautiful corners like the Allée des Brouillards or the rue Lepic where you will pass by charming bars and cafés with the very special Parisian touch.

 

7. Sunday shopping spree in Le Marais

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A typical Parisian Sunday includes an after-brunch shopping spree in Le Marais. This area comes most alive on Sundays with all shops and cafés open and joyful Parisians and visitors walking the streets of the popular Jewish area. In this old part of the city you can discover romantic places like the Place de Vosges and all the small side streets with little shops and restaurants. Definitely a must on the list of 10 things to do in Paris!

 

8. Have a drink on one of the amazing rooftops of Paris

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To truly feel the Parisian vibes it is a good idea to look at the city from above. We have gathered for you the three of the most special rooftop experiences in the French capital. Georges in the Centre Pompidou offers a high-class restaurant in a modern setting with a beautiful view over the city. For a French “Aperó” we suggest Le Perchoir on top of the BHV mall in Le Marais. A less crowed rooftop with a Brooklyn-like vibe can be found on the 7th floor of the Terrass” Hotel in the 18th district.

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Georges – Palais Beaubourg, Place Georges Pompidou 75000 Paris Tel.: 01 44 78 47 99 www.restaurantgeorgesparis.com

Le Perchoir – 33, Rue de la Verrerie 75004 Tel.: 09 77 40 14 00 www.bhv.fr/actus/perchoir-du-bhv-marais/ (site in French)

Terrass” Hotel – 12-14, Rue Joseph de Maistre 75018 Tel.: 01 46 06 72 85 www.terrass-hotel.com (site in French)

 

9. Spend time at the Eiffel Tower

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The main Parisian landmark is always worth a visit but instead of the obvious viewpoint at place du Trocadero you can have more private views on the romantic Tower from places like the Rue Saint-Dominique in the 7th district, Pont de Bir-Hakeim connecting the 15th and the 16th district, or the rooftop of the Galleries Lafayette in the 8th district.

 

10. Have French Pastries

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Last but not least on the list of 10 things to do in Paris: have French pastries. If there is one thing you cannot leave Paris without then it is tasting the delightful pastries in one of the Parisian “Boulangeries”. The Pâtisserie Stroher exists since 1730 in the Rue Montorgeuil and won a price for best éclairs au chocolat. Who would like to taste the delicate macarons should try Ladurée on the Champs-Élysées or in Saint-Germain-des-Prés. A very special pastry shop is La Pâtisserie des Rêves (several in Paris, one in the 16th district). They have specialized in bringing childhood memories alive and making your (pastry) dreams come true.

Pâtisserie Stroher – 51, Rue Montorgeuil 75002 Tel.: 01 42 33 38 20 www.stroher.fr (site in French)

Ladurée – 75, AV. Des Champs-Élysées 75008 Tel.: 01 40 75 08 75 / 21, Rue Bonarparte Tel.: 01 44 07 64 87 www.laduree.com

La Pâtisserie des Rêves – 111, Rue de Longchamp 75016 Tel.: 01 47 04 00 24 www.lapatisseriedesreves.com (site in French)

 

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Chateau de Vincennes

Upon arriving to the Chateau de Vincennes, the most accessible Chateau from Paris, you will get to experience a medieval story that spans over six hundred years, like you are stepping into history.

 

History of the Castle

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From hunting lodge, to military fortress, to royal residence, to state prison, Chateau de Vincennes has stood through the majority of France’s rich history. Built in the 12th century, just before the Hundred Years War, having many different uses and residencies up until the second World War, Chateau de Vincennes is a castle that has changed as often as the country around it. When Chateau de Vincennes was constructed, it was initially built by Capetian monarchs as a medieval hunting fort in the middle of the forest of Vincennes. As the Middle Ages grew more brutal, the need for a strong military citadel was fulfilled, and the development of the tower began. It was during the sixteenthChateau de Vincennes and seventeenth centuries where the chateau began to grow, as a site for royal births, weddings, and deaths, the castle eventually housed the monarchs, up until the completion of the Chateau de Versailles. When Louis XIV decided to relocate the monarchy to Versailles, the Chateau de Vincennes, the castle was turned into a state prison. There are a few recognizable names that were imprisoned in the Chateau de Vincennes. One in particular is the Marquis de Sade, who spent some of his sentence in the Chateau de Vincennes, and in his cell you can even get to see some of his writings.

What to do at Chateau de Vincennes

Interior_of_Sainte_Chapelle,_Vincennes_140308_1As the Chateau began construction in the twelfth century, admission to this chateau will allow you to see archeology and history from the collections of epochs such as the Byzantine, Middle Ages, Gothic, Renaissance, and Baroque all within the classical architectural style of its commencement. A basic adult ticket gets you into the grounds: The King and Queen’s royal pavilions, the museum, chapel and chateau. Once you step onto the property, you will truly feel like you have stepped back in time as the fortress is surrounded by a moat, only accessible by bridge.

Vincennes castle, Chateau de VincennesThe Sainte-Chappelle de Vincennes, modeled after Paris’ famous Saint-Chapelle, was built in 1379 and took over 150 years to build, and with all of its beautiful architecture still intact, it’s a must see.  Across from the holy chapel, make sure to check out the donjon, the main tower, which at construction was the tallest fortified donjon in Europe, and it is the tallest still existing in France today! After a morning or afternoon full of exploring the grounds, feel free have a picnic on the pavilions surrounding the chateau, exactly where Louis XIV entertained his courts while staying in Vincennes, just before moving to Versailles. Recently opened are the preserved areas of the keep, so now you can get an “inside scoop” on what it was really like to live as a king, or even as a servant during this rich times in history.

 

Attractions at the Chateau de Vincennes

The basic ticket into the Chateau de Vincennes offers you a self guided tour around the manor, grounds, holy chapel and the lower floors of the keep.

Hours:

Donjon and Keep
May 21st-September 21st from 10:00-6:00 daily
September 22nd-May 20th from 10:00-5:00 daily

Chapel
May 21st-September 21st from 10:30-5:30 daily
September 22nd-May 20th from 10:30-4:30 daily
*Chapel is closed between 1:00 and 2:00 in the summer and between 1:00 and                                                             3:00 in the winter

Pricing:

€9 per adult, free admission for those up to age twenty-six from the European Union
Free on Mondays from November 1st-March 31st

Offers:

Self guided tours daily
Audio-guided tours are offered in English for €4.50 per individual, €6 for couples
Guided tours on Tuesdays and Fridays at 2:30 at €15 per person
Tours of the upper floors of the keep available upon booking at an additional €9.50

Accessibility:

Metro line 1 to Chateau de Vincennes
RER line A to Vincennes

 

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What to see in Le Marais?

Le Marais is one of the most emblematic neighborhoods of Paris and is located in the 3rd and the 4th districts. This is a place full of history which is divided in several parts with, in each one, different atmospheres. We no longer count what you could do in this quarter !

A little bit of history

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Le Marais is located over an old wide swampy area, hence its name (« Marais » means  « Marsh »). It was built in the Middle Ages, housing historical buildings such as the wall of Philippe Auguste, and religious buildings built around it, such as Saint-Paul-Saint-Louis Parish. In the 17th century, King Henri IV built the present Place des Vosges (formerly Place Royale), a perfect place for walks. Later, in the 19th century and even earlier, Ashkenazi jews persecuted in Eastern Europe settled in the neighborhood. Today, the Jewish quarter is a legacy.

Le Marais has become, today, a district both historical and trendy. This neighborhood is also known for being gay-friendly.

How to experience it?

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Philippe Auguste’s wall is located not far from the Saint-Paul gardens, and was built in the 12th century by this King of France who reigned at the same time. It is the oldest wall in Paris, and it served to delimit the boundary between Paris and the exterior.

You can also find the Hotel de Sens, which is a 15th century historical hotel which houses now a library, and which has its own gardens, the Jardins de l’Hôtel de Sens, in which you can enjoy the sun during the beautiful days.

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This area is not only full of history but also of arts. The Picasso Museum (Musée Picasso), inaugurated in 1985, exhibits the documents and works of the artist, as well as the House of Victor Hugo (Maison de Victor Hugo), located on the Place des Vosges (built by King Henri IV), where he lived from 1832 to 1848. You will also be able to visit a jewish art gallery, the Art 25, as well as the Museum of Art and History of Judaism (Musée d’Art et d’Histoire du Judaïsme).
The Carnavalet Museum (Musée Carnavalet), which traces the history of Paris, is also located in the district, where you can learn more about the history of Le Marais (check more information here).

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Le Marais includes a jewish quarter called Pletzl (Pletzl means “small place” in Yiddish), which begins in the rue des Rosiers, this cobbled street where you can taste delicious falafels at l’As du Falafel (pay attention to the length of the queuel because they are victim of their success!) or at Mi-Va-Mi. You can also find synagogues or kosher shops in this historical place, inhabited by the jewish community since the Middle Ages.

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The Holocaust Museum (Mémorial de la Shoah), not far away from the emblematic Pltetzl, is a must-see and is one of the most emotional places in the neighborhood. There are permanent exhibitions, with documents from the Second World War, including the Holocaust, during which the Jews of France and Europe were deported. There is a crypt containing the victims’ ashes, pictures, the names of the deportees, the names of the Justes (those who hid the Jews). As well as a bookstore that offers more than 3000 references on this topic.

Le Marais is probably the most gay-friendly neighborhood in the capital, where you can find many gay bars. You can also find thrift stores, such as Kilo Shop, one of the thrift shops in Paris where you can make really good deals.

Enjoy your walk in Le Marais !

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Paris Museums Which Match With Your Tastes

We all know the classics of the Paris Museums : the Musée du Louvre, the Musée d’Orsay, and the Musée du Quai Branly. The three general museums for those who are in a hurry and want to do a quick and unavoidable visit of Paris. And what if you want to be more specific? Here are some suggestions to discover unusual Paris Museums.

 

For literature lovers

House of Victor Hugo, Paris Museums

We obviously recommend the House of Victor Hugo (Maison de Victor Hugo), which the famous writer occupied at the Hôtel de Rohan-Guémenée, Place des Vosges, from 1832 to 1848. A place of life and a place of writing (« Les Misérables » was written here) which evokes his early youth, and offers a collection of objects redrawing his life, from the exile to the « after exile », exposing his drawings, family objects too, and manuscripts. Relive the life of the author of « The Huntchback of Notre Dame » by exploring his apartment from the antechamber to the Chinese salon at 6 place des Vosges 75004 Paris.

 

House of Balzac, Paris Museums

The House of Balzac (Maison de Balzac) is also a must-see for anyone in love with French writers. You can find the author’s famous “Cabinet de Travail” (Study), his personal effects and the table where he wrote many works such as “Une ténébreuse affaire”. A library is set up and is open to all, including original editions and bindings of the romantic era. Discover Balzac at 47 rue Raynouard 75016 Paris.

 

 

 

 

For scientific people…

Cité des Sciences et de l'Industrie, Paris Museums

Among the Paris museums, you can find everything. As proof, scientists will find fulfillment in the Cité des Sciences et de l’Industrie, located in the Parc de la Villette. You will be able to discover mathematical challenges, discover the mysteries of sound, light and brain, take a break in the space dedicated to the aquarium, and for astronomy lovers, you can visit the “Objectifs Terre” section dedicated to the revolution of satellites. Interesting temporary exhibitions are also held throughout the year. You can find it at 30 avenue Corentin Cariou 75019 Paris.

 

The Curie Museum, Paris Museums

The Curie Museum (Musée Curie) offers to discover the life of the physicist and chemist Marie Curie and her family who hold five Nobel Prizes. First woman to have received one, she discovered with her husband two new elements: polonium and radium. This museum houses her laboratory which has been preserved without any change, the garden she has herself arranged in the Radium Institute, and even her office. All the secrets of this famous scientific family can be found at 1 rue Pierre et Marie Curie, 75005 Paris.

 

If you are a fan of history…

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Come and discover the first steps of the humanity at the Museum of Natural History of Paris (Muséum d’Histoire Naturelle), in particular at the Grande Galerie de l’Evolution, in the rooms devoted to the evolution of life, mankind or even animal species, whether you are interested in the marine environment, the terrestrial environment, or both. A permanent exhibition describes how mankind has changed its environment, from Homo-Sapiens to nowadays, evoking the transformation of landscapes and pollution. Location : 36 Rue Geoffroy-Saint-Hilaire 75005 Paris.

 

Holocaust Museum, Paris Museum

The Holocaust Museum

We would also recommend the Holocaust Memorial (Mémorial de la Shoah), which relates the history of the genocide of the Jews during the Second World War. More than 5,000 square meters of exhibitions of pictures, original documents, and activities are available to permit the visitors to pay tribute to the memory of the deportees, but also of the « Justes », French people who helped to avoid several other deaths by hiding Jews in their houses. You can also find here a bookshop to increase your knowledge about this period, which offers more than 10,000 documents tackling the history of the Shoah. The museum is located at 17 rue Geoffroy l’Asnier, 75004 Paris.

You may be interested in the Invalides, which hosts the museum of War, of World Wars, the memorial Charles de Gaulles, and the tomb of Napoleon : check information here.

 

Modern/contemporary art lovers…

Picasso Museum, Paris Museums

The Picasso Museum (Musée Picasso) is for you. It contains a large collection of paintings and sculptures of the artist, representing the movement of cubism of the XXth century. The museum has various pictures and archives of the same century, by Picasso himself and artists of the time like Brassaï or Man Ray. 5 rue de Thorigny 75003 Paris.

 

Museum of Modern Art, Paris Museums

You will especially appreciate the Museum of Modern Art of the City of Paris (Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris), between the Champs-Elysées and the Eiffel Tower, which counts nearly 9,000 works belonging to different movements of the XXth century and especially the second half, where you will discover chronogically and thematically movements such as New Realism or Conceptual Art. So, artists, find yourself there : 11 avenue du Président Wilson 75016 Paris.

 

And for the gourmands…

Museum of Chocolate, Paris Museums

There is the Museum of Chocolate (Musée du Chocolat), where you can learn about the history of chocolate, meet chocolate makers, taste chocolates, or create your own! We are not telling you more. Go to 28 Boulevard de Bonne Nouvelle, 75010 Paris.

We hope you will enjoy the Paris museums as much as we do!

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The army museum : a History gem in the Invalides

Presentation of the Museum

Louis XIV decided to build The Hôtel des Invalides, in order to host and take care of the damaged soldiers. The aim was quite philanthropist : enabling them to enjoy the rest of their life the best possible in a place they would be taken care of. Then, two museums were created in the Hotel : the Artillery Museum (1796), exposing royal collections and other gifts, and the Historical Army Museum (1896). Only in 1905 did these two museums merge to become the army museum. Today, this almost 10 000m² museum holds about 500 000 pieces so that it is the 3rd global collection, which makes it very impressive and undoubtedly worthseeing !

What you can’t miss

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Since the army museum is divided into about 10 sections, we’ve decided to present you those you cannot miss. Let’s start with the most famous one : The Rounded Roof Church.

The Rounded Roof Church

This dome is the symbol of the Hotel, because of its architectural magnificence. Built in the end of the 17th century, this royal chapel pays tribute to its creator, Louis XIV through its decoration, but it also quickly became a sanctuary. In the 1800s, it began to house the tombstone of two renown Marshalls, Turenne, and Vauban (his heart at least). Recognizable from very far, it is mostly famous because it contains Napoléon 1er’s tombstone. The decoration style is quite stunning, with very few but fancy colours in noble stones (quartzite, granit and marble)… Thus, it has all the elements to amaze you !

The District of old armors and weapons (from the Middle Age to 1643)

There, you will discover the evolution of the weapons used in Europe in this period, in a chronological order. From medieval swords to more modern arms such as guns, you will be invited to approach the unfolding of many European wars, and even to learn about the Asian inheritage of the weapons.

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The Modern District, from Louis XIV (1643) to Napoleon III (1870).

More focused on the French History, you will be revealed the evolution of technologies and war strategies, but also the different political regimes France knew all over this period. You will be able to approach the soldiers’ daily life through their costumes, weapons, and you will also access Napoleon’s personal goods. Besides, the section is renown for the diversity of its collection, so that you will also find more unusual items such as musical instruments or decorations.

The Contemporary District and the Two World Wars

Turning points in the French, but also the World’s History, this district presents a very diversified collection of items showing what these wars were made of in terms of arms, and how they unfolded. You will note the contrast with the first District through the improvement of the weapons, and all the different rooms will make you feel like one of these soldiers. Moreover, there are personal documents such as letters or pictures which undoubtedly won’t leave you unmoved.

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The Charles de Gaulle Historial

Paying tribute to the 18th June Man, the one who liberated France from the Occupation, this district is quite different in shape and content from the others, because it is above all filled with multimedia archives. There are no items but many screens and an infra-red audioguide to dive you into the path and the achievements of Charles de Gaulle, a President of paramount importance in the French History, and who is still deeply rooted in its memory.

If you want more

We advise you to pass by the Cour d’Honneur, in which you will find other pieces of the French Artillery through 70 bronze cannons. You can also visit the Museum of Bas-Reliefs to discover plenty of cities and countrysides models. Finally, if you were pleased by the Charles de Gaulle Historial, you should visit the Museum of Order and Liberation, paying tribute to those who fought through the Resistance for the Liberation of France.

Practical Information

Click in the following link to learn about the cost of the tickets and the opening hours. Note that the audioguides are available in 8 languages. Moreover, if you want to eat, there is a restaurant called “le Carré des Invalides”. Enjoy your visit in the great army museum !

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Eiffel Tower, Paris, Eiffel Tower Prices, eiffel tower information

Eiffel Tower Information

Do you really know the Eiffel Tower? Here are some figures, which history lovers may already know, but it is good to remember the beauty of the Iron lady.

The construction of the Eiffel Tower began in January 28th 1887, for the World’s Fair of 1889 (inaugurated in March 31th 1889). It was constructed to show the world how France can be powerful and ambitious. The Mairie de Paris (Paris City Hall) is now owning the monument which attracts 7 million visitors per year.

Some Eiffel Tower information you should know…

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Among the Eiffel Tower information, the principal one is that the Eiffel Tower is nicknamed « La Dame de Fer » (The Iron Lady) in french : it’s composed of 18 038 pieces of iron ! Since 1991, the monument has been declared a world heritage site by Unesco. The Eiffel Tower is not only touristy, it houses several radio and television antennas. There are 7 elevators and 1,665 steps. Elevators carry more than 900 people per hour!
It measures 324 meters and there are three floors, and all are accessible to public. From all floors, you can admire Paris, all the emblematic places, the Seine…

 

Eiffel Tower Information

Access to the first and second floors can be done by stairs or by elevator. To climb to the third floor, you can only take the elevator. On this floor you will not only be able to admire the view of Paris, but also have a view up to 85km, therefore on the whole Ile-de-France region. You can also see the office of Gustave Eiffel, as well as the plaque commemorating the liberation of Paris and pictures dating from the end of the 19th century.

 

 

If the third floor is a historic place, the second floor houses a restaurant called “le Jules Vernes“, where dishes are served by a team of chefs of the famous Alain Ducasse, with a capacity of 95 covers. There are shops, and even a macaroon bar. But the most interesting is the view, because you have at your disposal telescopes in the galleries to allow you to admire the beautiful City of Light.

 

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The first floor also houses a gourmet restaurant, “le 58 Tour Eiffel“, where you can enjoy a panoramic view of the capital. A cinema room is available for visitors, which broadcasts a few images of the context in which the Eiffel Tower was built. There is also a wall of pictures and texts where you can see a screen displaying the digital version of the book « La tour de 300 mètres » (The 300 meters tower) that Mr.Eiffel wrote about the story of the construction of the tower, to its smallest details.

 

 

Practical information

The prices for climbing by stairs (1st and 2nd floors) are 7.00 euros for adults, 5.00 euros for young people, and special prices are 3.00 euros. For the elevator (1st and 2nd floors), 11,00 euros for adults, 8,50 euros for young people, and 4,00 euros for children.

For the 3rd floor, the price of the elevator for adults is 17,00 euros, for young people (12-24) 14,50 euros, and special prices 10,00 euros. It is better to buy them in advance on the official website (only for the elevators, you can’t buy a “stairs” ticket online).

The Eiffel Tower is open daily from 9 am to midnight from mid-June to early September, from 9:30 am to 11 pm the rest of the year. Open until midnight during certain public holidays. You can get there by subway, line 9 to Trocadéro station and line 6 to “Bir Hakeim” station and by RER C to “Champ-de-Mars – Tour Eiffel”.

For more Eiffel Tower information, check here.

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The Palace of Versailles

The Palace of Versailles represents the royalty and the majesty of French Kings: it is maybe the most important palace of French history. The French King Louis XIV installed the royal court in Versailles to be protected from civil movements and continued to embellish the palace up until the Revolution.

Paris in 2 days, versailles 1/2 day with transportation, palace of versaillesThe State and the Private Apartments of the Palace of Versailles contain over 2,300 rooms: here you can find the famous Hall of Mirrors, a 250-feet long room with a great number of luxury mirrors reflecting the light of the sun from the 17 windows letting in the breathtaking view of the gardens; the War Room, where Louis XIV’s victories are depicted as political propaganda; the Peace Room, with cupids who play with discarded cannons and violins. The King’s Apartments, which consist of seven rooms and contain Italian-style decorations: from there, anyone could see the royal family on their way to the chapel.

The king’s private domain contains the important bedchamber, the symbolic room where the ‘getting up’ and the ‘going to bed’ ceremonies used to be held. Symmetrical to the king’s apartments, the Queen’s Apartments were built to house the queen’s bedchamber, where she used to spend most of her time.

The Royal Chapel is another important room, designed with a vaulted ceiling and dedicated to Saint Louis: Louis XIV used to go there every morning at 10:00 with is family. The Palace also contains a Royal Opera House, built during the reign of Louis XV, and the Museum of History of France, inaugurated in the 19th century.

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The Centre Pompidou

Tired of ordinary museums and traditional works by the same old painters? The Centre Pompidou will offer you the largest variety of contemporary and modern pieces of art, right in the heart of Paris!

 

Best area to stay in Paris, the cente pompidou

The Centre Pompidou is a complex building situated in the Beaubourg area (4th arrondissement) which houses the National Museum of Modern Art, the Public Information Library and the IRCAM, a centre for music research.  It contains Europe’s leading collection of modern and contemporary art, with over 100.000 works of 20th and 21st centuries.  It opened in 1977 in a revolutionary six-floor building designed by Renzo Piano and Richard Rogers and, at the core of its mission, it has always tried to include contemporary artists and to open to any kind of art from all over the world.

You will find temporary exhibitions, which focus on new technologies, installations and contemporary art, along with permanent exhibitions. Around the building, you can also enjoy the atmosphere of the area called Beaubourg, within the Marais, full of cafés, small shops and people from all over the world.

There are several collections within the museum:

The Modern Collection (1905 – 1960’s)

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It contains major works by leading figures such as Matisse, Picasso and Braque, starting with the Fauve Revolution and joining the Surrealism, with the reconstruction of André Breton’s studio and some works by Duchamp. Here you can also find some pieces of Informal Art by Dubuffet and some major works by Kandinsky.

The Contemporary Collection (1960’s – 1990’s)

It contains paintings, photographs and sculptures by artists such as Bacon, Rothko, Klein, Johns and Beuys. You can also find some works of the most representative Pop Artist Andy Warhol.

The Contemporary and Progressive Creation (1990’s – Onwards)

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It consists of paintings, sculptures and installations by artists born after 1960. Most of the works are multidisciplinary and you can enjoy masterpieces by Orozco, Bartana, Koo Jeong A and Parreno.

The museum also houses Europe’s largest Collection of Photographs, with works by Man Ray, Brancusi and Surrealist artists, and the Design Collection, with a great variety of prototypes and unique pieces. You can also visit the Cinema and New Media Collection, with experimental movies and creations from Méliès to Donnelly, as well as several installations by iconic artists such as Dan Graham.

Finally, you can also enjoy the Graphic Art Collection, where the major collections of works on paper by Artaud, Chagall, Delaunay, Matisse or Kandinsky are exposed.

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Within the Centre Pompidou, you may take a look at the Kandinsky Library, specialised in the arts, where books, reviews, archives and audiovisual documents are presented. Later, you can visit the Atelier Brancusi, where the artist used to create his sculptures: you will have the opportunity to see how sculptures were created and disposed by Brancusi in order to establish a close relationship with space.

 

Family

Let your kids enjoy the museum thanks to special activities in the “Kids Gallery” and in the “Kids Studio”: an interactive and funny way to explore the world of the artists through observation and experimentation. There is also a space for teenagers called Studio 13/16, where they can enjoy free programmes, as well as interact with the creators.

How to get to the Centre:

Transportation in Paris, centre pompidou

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You can easily get to the Centre by Metro (Rambuteau, line 11; Hôtel de Ville, lines 1 and 11; Châtelet, lines 1, 4, 7, 11 and 14). Otherwise, you can take the RER (Châtelet-les Halles, lines A, B and D), or the Bus (29, 38, 47, 75). There are also several Velib stations (no. 4020, 3014 and 3010).

 

Opening times:

Centre Pompidou:  11:00 – 22:00 (exhibition areas close at 21:00) / Thursdays until 23:00 (exhibitions on level 6)

Atelier Brancusi: 14:00 – 18:00

Public Library:  Monday-Friday  12:00 – 22:00 / Saturday, Sunday and Holidays  11:00 – 22:00

Closed on Tuesdays and  1st of May

On the first Sunday of every month, the access to the museum is free for everyone!

Then, what are you waiting for? Discover contemporary and modern art at the Centre Pompidou and enjoy all the amazing collections!

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Amusement Parks in Paris

Do you want to have fun with your family once you are in Paris? Here you can find the best amusement parks in Paris and some others around the town: theme parks, seasonal parks and educational parks that will provide a unique experience for you and your kids.

 1. Disneyland Paris

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Disneyland Paris is probably the most famous among the amusement parks in Paris: a theme park which brings the magical atmosphere of Disney’s creations a few steps outside the city centre. The park includes entertainment, shopping and dining districts, as well as hotels and a golf course. You can easily go there using the RER (Line A) towards Marne la Vallée and you will get there in 40 minutes.

 

Let your kids experience  Buzz Lightyear’s Astro Blasters or the Big Thunder Mountain Railroard, they will never forget it!

For more information about the Studios and the Adventure Park click here and here.
Opening hours: 10:00 – 22:00
Tickets with access for both parks for 1 day and round trip transportation from Paris are available here.

2. Parc Astérix

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The Parc Astérix is situated in the north of Paris and it is based on the stories of the most popular among the Gauls. Although it may take some time to reach the park, the breath-taking roller coasters and the unique atmosphere will give you an experience you will never forget, bringing you back to the Roman Empire, to Ancient Greece and Egypt: there is no better way to enjoy history!

Opening Hours: 10:00 – 18:00
Official Website here

3. France Miniature

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France Miniature

France miniature is a miniature park in Élancourt (30 km from Paris) with scale models of the most famous French monuments and landmarks, such as the Eiffel Tower or the Louvre.

Opening hours: 10:00 – 18:00
Official Website here

 

 4. Cité des Sciences et de l’Industrie

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The Cité des Sciences et de l’Industrie is the biggest science museum in Europe and it is located in the centre of Paris (Parc de la Villette): thanks to the Planetarium, the Submarine and an IMAX Theatre, you and your kids will have the opportunity to improve your scientific knowledge while having fun!

 

Opening hours: from Tuesday to Saturday 10.00 am – 6.00 pm; Sunday 10.00 am – 7.00 pm (booking recommended)
Official Website here

 

SEASONAL AMUSEMENT PARKS

5. Jardin des Tuileries

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Best Places to Go Jogging in Paris: Jardin des Tuileries

The Jardin des Tuileries is a public garden, situated in the 1st arrondissement, close to the Louvre Museum, that in summertime becomes the perfect place for your kids: with the return of the funfair, you can find  attractions of any kind, such as bumper cars, trampolines and wooden carrousel horses.

 

 

6. Jardin d’Acclimatation

Especially designed for kids, the Jardin d’Acclimatation is an amusement park, situated in the Bois de Boulogne, that includes attractions such as miniature golf courses, pony ride, puppet theatres and museums. The park also includes the Exploradôme, an interactive science museum.

Official Website here

 

7. Foire du Trône

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From the end of March to the end of May, you can experience the Foire du trône, the oldest funfair in France. It is located in the 12th arrondissement (Bois de Vincennes) and mixes the atmosphere of springtime with attractions for kids and families. Do not forget to eat the typical street food on the Pelouse de Reilly!

Official Website here

 

 8. Fête des Loges

The Fête des Loges, one of the oldest fairs in Paris, is held in the forest of Saint-Germain-En-Laye (Yvelines): it is a traditional fair with a strong focus on typical and regional gastronomy.

Official Website here

 

9. Aquaboulevard

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The Aquaboulevard is a complex in the 15the arrondissement which consists of a huge waterpark, a sauna and a hammam, several cinemas, tennis courts and many other fitness and sport facilities.

Official Website here

 

 

OUTSIDE PARIS

10. Puy du Fou

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This historical theme park, situated in Les Epesses (Vendée Department) includes 26 shows, such as the Secret of the Lance, the Phantom Birds Dance and the Richelieue Muskeeter. The Puy du Fou park will let you experience the thrill of past centuries,  from the gladiatorial combats to the Vikings, from the Gauls to King Arthur.

Official Website here

 

11. Vulcania

Vulcania is the “European Park of Vulcanism”, both an educational and an amusement park. It is situated in Ours-Les-Roches, in Auvergne.

Official Website here

 

12. Futuroscope

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The Futuroscope is an amusement park which focuses on multimedia. It has several 3D and 4D cinemas and it is located in the north of Poitiers (Chasseneuil-du-Poitou and Jaunay-Clan).

Official Website here

So, what are you waiting for? Have fun with with your kids in one of these amusement parks in Paris!

 

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Seine River Discovery Cruise

Paris off the beaten path, discovery cruise, River SeineEmbark on a boat at the foot of the Eiffel Tower and experience Paris in a 1 hour discovery cruise on the River Seine. Admire the iconic monuments such as the Eiffel Tower, the Notre-Dame Cathedral, Orsay museum along with others breathtaking treasures of the capital. Relax on the boat and enjoy the view while eating your lunch (sandwich, drink and dessert included). 

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Surprise Dinner

A surprise dinner whose content will only be revealed when making the reservation… 

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Private Guided Tour

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Paris Food

Paris Food

Wondering where to buy good quality cheese in Paris? Questioning why Parisians carry a baguette with them everyday? Confusing the meaning of boulangerie and patisserie? Here is some vocabulary you need to know about Parisian food before coming to Paris.

Boulangerie

Boulangerie is an essential part of Parisian life; it is the heart and soul of Paris Food. Did you know that on average, 25 million baguettes are purchased and consumed by the French every day? Every second, 320 baguettes are consumed. So, where do all French people buy their “vitamins”? At the boulangerie! Boulangerie means bakery, and it is the most common thing you will see in Paris. At this Parisian’s “favorite place of business”, you can easily buy three meals per day. A buttery croissant or a sweet pain au raisin at breakfast, a ham and melted cheese sandwich for lunch, and a baguette as a side dish for dinner.

When searching for your perfect loaf, make sure you patronized an artisanal bakery (Boulangerie Artisanale) to ensure the bread is made on site from scratch.

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Pâtisserie

How sad would life be without little sweet treats? A patisserie will satisfy every sweet tooth! Want to know what kind of dessert you shouldn’t miss while in Paris? Read more about this facet of Paris food here. You can try some well-known brands like Pierre Hermé, Sadaharu Aoki and Jean-Paul Hévin, but you can also find pâtisseries in almost every bakery. You could even buy a sandwich and macarons to enjoy a picnic under the Eiffel tower!

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Nowadays you will always find a Boulangerie and a Pâtisserie in the same place, selling small desserts and bread together.

Fromagerie

If you understand how essential“Fromage” is in Parisian food, you understand the very core of food in Paris. The historical French love affair with cheese can be traced back as far as 8000 BC. Traditionally, there were 400 different types of French cheese – today there are close to 1,000 varieties. Can you imagine? Eating  1 different variety of cheese a day, that’s almost three years without eating the same cheese! Sounds like a good plan, doesn’t it? In France, cheese is usually consumed after the main course and before the dessert. Pair it with a good glass of wine to begin eating like a Parisian! And even though you can find cheese in every supermarket, a real “Fromagerie” is the first stop you should go to select the best quality cheese.

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There are some more traditional, specific kinds of stores you will find in Paris such as boucherie, charcuterie, or poissonnerie. People now can find all types of food in giant supermarkets, however French people enjoy the shopping at these traditional specialty stores for high quality products. They like to go to specific stores and searching for their ideal ingredients.

Boucherie

This is where to go if you are looking for meat to prepare your next meal. In a “Boucherie” you can buy raw legs of lamb, steaks, chicken breasts, veal cutlets, and many other types of meats.

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Charcuterie

You may ask what is the difference between a butcher’s (boucherie) and a charcuterie? In France, a charcuterie is more like a deli that specializes in pork. At a charcuterie, you can get pâté, sliced ham, sausages, rillettes or even pig’s feet.

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Nowadays, you can usually buy the 2 types of meat at the same place. On top of that, you will usually find Charcuterie-traiteur or Boucherie-traiteur on the names of these stores which stands for selling prepared dishes and small catering Paris food inside.

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(Traiteur↑)

Poissonnerie

Poisson means fish in French and a Poissonnerie is a smaller scaled seafood market. Here you can buy fresh fish, seafood or prepared dishes.

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Bistrot

The name “bistrot” derives from the Russian word meaning “fast.” During the Russians occupation of Paris (1814-1818), Russian soldiers were not allowed officially to drink wine, but who could resist some good French wine? They could not, and would shout “Bistro!” to the waiters in order not to be seen by their officers… The name then began to describe little restaurants where you can have a meal or drink a glass of wine in no time. Nowadays, bistrot can be small cafés or restaurants in modest settings.  In a bistrot, you can find moderately priced simple meals. It usually serves home-style Paris food.

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Brasserie 

In a similar setting to a bistrot is a brasserie. Unlike the neighborhood bistrot, brasserie’s  are usually larger and generally serve food all day. Brasserie ( translation of breweries) were traditionally where beer was served, and often dated from 19th or 20th centuries. These days you can still get a beer at brasseries but now they usually accompany food.

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Épicerie

Epicerie in France is similar to the notion of a convenience store or a small grocery store. As French people usually say: “La petite épicerie du coin” ( The small grocery store around the corner). There are also large épicerie stores like Monoprix or Carrefour which are the equivalent of a supermarket.

Below is a table we made for you so you can better compare all these Paris Food vocabularies and use these words when you are in Paris next time!

French English
Boulangerie Bakery
Pâtisserie Pastry shop
Fromagerie Cheese chop
Poissonnerie Fish shop
Charcuterie Deli
Boucherie Meat shop
Épicerie Convenience store
Bistrot Bistro

 

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Treasure Hunt

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Paris off the beaten path, jeu de pisteWith this new twist to sight-seeing tourists have the opportunity to tour the city in a whole new way. Through clues and games alike, this is a treasure hunt that you will never forget! The adventure begins just outside of Notre Dame. Adventure seekers are given their box and for the next 3 hours are taken on a journey that will take them through Paris. From the sixth arrondissement to the Louvre, to Luxembourg gardens this game is guaranteed to engage sight-seers in a way never done before. This new sight-seeing game is available in both French and English. A big adventure lies in one small box that includes a map, small postcards, clues, small gifts such as chocolates, tote bags, and a French flag for pictures. An exhilarating adventure through Paris awaits!

Paris off the beaten path

2 CV

Have you ever dreamed of touring Paris in an unconventional way? Discover the secrets of Paris in a traditional vintage Parisian town car to experience your Parisian dream.

Paris off the beaten path, 2CVTour through Paris in a vintage town car for an hour and a half. Cruise through the sights in this fantastic car. Your chauffeur will pick you up either at your hotel or in front of Opera Garnier to begin this lovely tour. Feel free to ask your chauffeur any questions you may have throughout the hour and a half long tour, as they will speak English and serve as your guides. These vintage iconic cars are the perfect way to experience Paris.

This original commentated visit will make you discover the best kept secrets of Paris, the anecdotes and unexpected stories that make it so endearing!

Disneyland Paris

Walt Disney Studios Park

It’s the park dedicated to cinema and entertainment. Most of the thrilling rides are in Walt Disney Studios. From Disney park you can hear people screaming especially those who are riding the tower.

Ratatouille

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This attraction offers an inside look to Remy the rat’s restaurant, based off Ratatouille the movie this ride “shrinks” the rider and shows the restaurant from a rat’s viewpoint. Ideal for any age and size this journey requires 3D glasses and movement that those prone to motion sickness ought to be aware of. Average waiting time for this attraction ranges from an hour to an hour and a half, FASTPASS is available on this ride.

 

Twilight Tower Zone Terror

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This eerie attraction allows visitors to travel into a hotel that is stuck in the twilight zone. Those who dare enter must be over 1.02m (3ft 3in), and those prone to claustrophobia or motion sickness should proceed with caution into this hotel. Average waiting time ranges from 30 minutes to an hour, FASTPASS is available on this ride.

 

Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster

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This roller coaster ride is inspired by Aero Smith. Those who enter must be over 1.2m (3ft 9in) and those who are prone to motion sickness should be warned of the turns, drops, and quickness of this ride. Average waiting time ranges from 10 to 30 minutes FASTPASS option is available on this ride.

 

Crush’s Coaster

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This small roller coaster ventures through Nemo’s sea. An ideal ride for all ages that are over the height of 1.07m (3 ft 5 in). Average waiting time of an hour to an hour and a half. FASTPASS is not available on this ride.

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Disneyland Park: Adventureland

Adventure Land is a great place to explore and experience the thrilling adventures of pirates and explorers, this land is perfect for the daring and courageous.

Indiana Jones et le Temple du Peril

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This attraction, based on Indiana Jones the Temple of Peril, offers a great thrill to all who dare embark on the journey. As the attraction is a roller coaster ride it is not ideal for those who are prone to motion sickness, only those who are 1.4m (4 feet 5 inches) or taller will be permitted. Average waiting time for this ride ranges from 10 to 50 minutes and a FASTPASS option is available.

Pirates of the Caribbean

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X marks the spot for this attraction, based off the Pirates of the Caribbean movies this ride is ideal for anyone searching for a glimpse into a pirate’s life. People who do not want to get wet or are afraid of the dark may want to stay away from this attraction. Average waiting time is 5 to 10 minutes and the FASTPASS option is not available on this ride.

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Disneyland Park: Discoveryland

Discovery land is a fantastic place for all those wanting to explore the final frontier, children of all ages will love the land dedicated to exploring Space.

Space Mountain

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This Disneyland classic is a roller coaster ride that takes you on an adventure through space. Those prone to motion sickness or claustrophobia should be weary of this ride. Space travelers under 1.32m (4 ft 3in) will not be allowed on the ride. Average waiting time to space ranges from 60 minutes to an hour and a half, FASTPASS option is available. (Note: From the spring 2017, Space Mountain: Mission 2 will be replaced by Star Wars Hyperspace Mountain. The exact date has yet to be confirmed).

 

Buzz Lightyear Laser Blast

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Help Buzz protect the world, in this attraction the player(s) are given the chance to fight to save the world. This attraction is suitable for all ages, however, those prone to motion sickness should heed caution as this ride spins. Average waiting time ranges from 30 minutes to an hour, FASTPASS option is available here.

 

Star Tours

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Journey into the world of Star Wars, this ride uses the Force to allow the rider to explore the galaxy. Those under 1.02 m (3ft 3 in) will not be allowed to enter the ride, additionally those prone to claustrophobia or motion sickness should be cautious about this ride. Average waiting time for this ride ranges from 10 to 30 minutes, FASTPASS option is available on this ride.

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Set off to explore the Wild West and its haunted mansion!

Big Thunder Mountain 

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It’s a mine train roller coaster. There is no looping and it doesn’t exceed the reasonable speed. It’s one of the famous rides in this land so you should consider at least more than 45 minutes wait in the queue or you can get a FASTPASS ticket. Guests must be 40 in (102 cm) or taller. 

 

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Phantom Manor

This attraction has offered a spooky time for visitors since the opening of Disneyland Paris. Although a classic, this haunted house may not be for younger children or anyone who feels claustrophobic. Average waiting time ranges from 10 to 30 minutes and the FASTPASS option is not available for this attraction.

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Disneyland Park: Fantasyland

Fantasyland is a great place for children to be fully immersed within classic Disney stories, use their imagination, and explore the happiest place on Earth.

‘‘it’s a small world’’

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This classic ride can be found in all of Disney’s amusement park and is ideal for all ages. Average waiting time is often less than 10 minutes, FASTPASS is not available on this ride.

 

Peter Pan’s flight

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Sore into Neverland on this ride modeled after Peter Pan’s journey. Ideal for any age but people prone to motion sickness should be weary. Average waiting time for this ride ranges from 50 minutes to an hour and a half and the FASTPASS option is available.

 

Mad Hatter’s Tea Cups

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This popular attraction features teacups modeled after the tea set that the Mad Hatter used in Alice in Wonderland. An attraction that is available for all those who wish to join in on the tea party, but is not ideal for those prone to motion sickness. Average waiting time for these tea cups ranges from 5 to 15 minutes, and no FASTPASS option is available.

 

Alice’s Curious Labyrinth

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It’s a hedge maze based on Alice in Wonderland. The goal is to reach the Queen of Hearts’s Castle to have a view of the Fantasyland. While walking through the maze, you will meet some of the famous characters and get sprayed with water.

Luxembourg Garden

Luxembourg Garden

What will you see?

Luxembourg GardenThe garden is divided in 2 sides: French and English side. It houses the French Senate. It is known for the Medici Fountain, its statues, flower beds (orchid…), ponds where children can play with wooden boat… There are tennis courts, ponies and others activities. 

How to experience it?

It is a family garden, you can take a stroll or sit on a bench (chill out, read a book …)

Practical Information

Hours: between 7:30 and 8:15 until between 16:30 and 21:30, depending on the season. More information here

Prices: Free entry

Access: Metro Odéon (lines 4 and 10), Mabillon (10), Saint-Germain-des-Prés (4) / RER B Luxembourg

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Tuileries Garden

Tuileries Garden

What will you see?

Tuileries GardenIt is a public garden located next to the Louvre Museum and the Concorde Square. It became a public park after the French Revolution. You will see a lot of statues and ponds. Between the Louvre Museum and the Tuileries you can find the Arc de Triomphe du Carrousel (an arch to commemorate Napoleon military’s victories).

How to experience it?

A place to do with either your friends or family. You can combine with your Louvre Museum visit, it is a peaceful place for a picnic or for a walk.

Tuileries GardenDuring summer (from mid-June to mid-August), the Tuileries Garden hosts its traditional funfair. Both Parisians and visitors of all ages come to enjoy the rides such as roller coaster, bumper car, Ferris wheel, carousel, ghost trains, fishing games, ring throwing games … You can also chill out by eating ice cream, cotton candy, churros, candy apple … For your information the entry is free but the rides are not (open around 11:00 to 00:00).

Practical Information

Hours: From 7:00 to 21:00 (until 23:00 in summer)

Prices: Free entry

Access: Metro Tuileries (line 1) – Concorde (lines 1, 8 and 12) – Palais-Royal (lines 1 and 7)

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Invalides

What will you see?

InvalidesA former hospital for the veterans of King Louis XIV’s wars, the National Residence of the Invalides is nowadays also a museum about the military history of France. There are many things to visit such as the Army Museum (which includes a beautiful artillerie collection), the tiny museum of military maps in 3D, the Museum of Contemporary History (about the 2 World Wars), the Memorial dedicated to Charles de Gaulle and of course the tomb of Napoleon Bonaparte located under the Golden Dome.

How to experience it?

It could take an entire day if you decide to visit everything!

For those who are short in time, you can focus on the tomb of Napoleon and the dome, which you can see in about half an hour only. But if you have more time, and especially if you are a history buff, do no hesitate to visit the rest, and especially the tiny museum of military maps which can be visited in only 15 to 30 minutes.

In summer time, you can enjoy a picnic on the lawns of the Esplanade des Invalides, located just in front. 

Practical Information

Invalides

Hours: Open every day, but hours change based on season. View hours here 

Prices: from 12€

Access: Metro Invalides (lines 8 and 13)

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Concorde Square

Concorde Square

What will you see?

Concorde SquareIt is the largest square of Paris. Until 1830, the square was renamed several times before being called ‘Place de la Concorde’. It is surrounded by prestigious hotels and is located next to Tuilerie Gardens and the Champs-Élysées. Next to the square you can find the Orangerie and the Jeu de Paume museums.

It is where, during the revolution, many famous people were beheaded such as Robespierre, King Louis XVI and Queen Marie Antoinette.

There is a high Egyptian obelisk standing at the center of the Concorde Square which is called ‘Luxor Obelisk’. It is the oldest monument in Paris. It was classified as a historical monument in 1936.

At each corner of the square, 8 statues represent the major cities of France. On each side of Luxor Obelisk, 2 fountains represent the Seas for the first one and the Rivers of France for the other one. 

At certain times of the year, a Ferry wheel called ‘La Grande Roue’ is installed on Concorde Square. This gives the visitors a chance to see Paris from a different view.

How to experience it?

Concorde SquareIt is a nice place to visit after taking a stroll along the avenue of Champs-Élysées. If you are going to take the sightseeing bus you will definitely pass by the square. 

A guided tour is available for those who are really interested in architecture history.

You can enjoy a beautiful view over several Parisian monuments all at once from there, especially when they are illuminated at night.

Practical Information

Access: Metro station Concorde (lines 1, 8 and 12)

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What to do during your Paris Breaks?

You’ve decided to spend a relaxing break in Paris but you have no idea how to plan your trip? Don’t worry we have prepared a list of ideas in order to give you a perfect break during your time in Paris.

Short Paris Breaks (2 or 3 days)

If you’ve planned to take a short break in Paris (2 or 3 days), you should divide between 1 or 2 days for visiting monuments and 1 day free time for walks (to serve as buffer time).

Must see places:

Eiffel TowerArc de Triomphe, Avenue des Champs-Élysées, Louvre Museum, Orsay Museum, Notre-Dame Cathedral, Concorde Square, Invalides, Montmartre, Sacred Heart Basilica, Tuileries Garden, Luxembourg Garden, Palace of Versailles

Louvre museum, Paris BreaksIf you want to visit as many monuments as possible, you will not have time to climb or enter in each of them. Therefore you can either choose 1 or 2 monuments to do absolutely, or get a city tour bus or a river cruise which will take you to all the famous places.

Also, don’t forget to consider transportation time from one place to the other.

We advised you to have a day with no plan in order for you to have enough time to relax and enjoy the view of Paris by taking a stroll along the Seine or shopping around. A last chance to capture your last day in Paris before going back home.   

Check out our packages design for short breaks in Paris. 

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1 Week Breaks

If you are coming for approximately 1 week you can include in your Paris breaks tour, a tour in another region of France such as Champagne, the Loire Valley, Mont Saint Michel or Normandy (D-Day tour).

Paris BreaksFor example, if you are coming 7 days, you can spend 3 or 4 days in Paris, 2 days in day trips, and keep one day as buffer time.

Don’t forget that you can combine several day trips together to save time. For example: you can go to the D-Day sites in Normandy and the Mont Saint Michel in 2 days.

Check out our packages design to explore France from Paris. 

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More Than 1 Week

Loire Valley day tour, Paris BreaksIf you stay for more than 1 week, we definitively advise you to visit other places beside Paris such as the Loire Valley, Mont Saint Michel or Normandy (D-Day tour).

For example, if you decided to come for around one month in summer, what we propose you is to divide your time in 3: 1 week in Paris, 1 week for tours in other regions and finally 1 week or more near the beach, in the south of France.

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If you prepared your Paris Breaks for a specific occasion, make sure to check what is organized in France for this occasion before coming. Here is a list of some events in Paris that you might be interested in:

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    • End of January and mid-February, the Asian community celebrates the Chinese New Year with colorful parades and Dragon dances.
    • On 21st June, to celebrate the Fête de la Musique (known as Music Day), free concerts are organized and both amateur and professional musicians take over the city’s streets to perform.
    • On 14th July, from morning to night, France celebrates Bastille Day. There is a military parade on the Avenue des Champs-Élysées in the morning. Don’t miss the legendary fireworks which is the highlight of the day. Booking to secure great seats in specific places should be made well in advance (on a boat, in a restaurant with a view…).
    • From mid-July to end-August, you can access artificial beaches on the banks of the Seine (Paris Plage). You can enjoy beach volley, ‘pétanque’ fields (traditional French game) or just lay in the sun on the sand.
    • On winter holiday you can have a spectacular view of the Christmas lights and also enjoy the Christmas markets (Marché de Noël). The most famous Christmas markets are in the north east of France (Strasbourg, Colmar) and you should book well in advance. Also there are many ski resorts in the south or east of France for those who want to ski.

 

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How to spend 1 day in Paris?

Coming to France and you only have 1 day in Paris to visit?  Here is a list of must see places to help you make the most of the few hours you have.

Eiffel Tower 

paris eiffel tower, 1 day in ParisYou won’t be able to spend 1 day in Paris without seeing it since it can be seen from everywhere in Paris! If you don’t have much time, don’t bother climbing in the tower as the line can be very long, unless you bought skip the line tickets in advance. But you can take very nice pictures of it from the Trocadéro or the Champ de Mars. Consider 90 minutes for the visit, and around one or two hours of line depending on the season. More information here

The Arc de Triomphe 

Another must see monument. When visiting the Arc de Triomphe, you will have a view of the Champs-Élysées right beside you. If you want to have a spectacular view over Paris from the top of it, do it during the day if the weather is nice, or on the contrary do it at night to have an awesome view of the lights on the city. Consider one hour to 90 minutes (line+visit). More information here

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The Avenue des Champs-Élysées

It is located at the foot of the Arc the Triomphe, you can combine the two visits. This great and most beautiful avenue represents the luxury and the prestige of Paris thanks to its numerous luxury shops. If you love to take a stroll do not hesitate to walk along the avenue and enjoy its vibe. Duration up to you! More information here

Notre-Dame Cathedral

Paris in 2 days, 1 day in ParisOne of the oldest monuments of Paris. You can enter for free the cathedral to visit it and admire its beautiful glass windows. Consider a line of approximatively 30 minutes and around 30 minutes to enjoy your visit. More information here.

 

Louvre Museum

Biggest museum in the world, the Louvre Museum hosts more than 300 000 pieces, from the Antiquity to the 18th century, including master pieces like the Mona Lisa or the Venus of Milo. 

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If you only have 1 day in Paris, you could spend your whole day in the museum! The Glass Pyramid at the entrance is nowadays the symbol of the museum and the square in front of it offers a great perspective for pictures. If you want to visit it, you should consider at least 2 hours for the visit and the same for lining up (unless you’ve got skip the line tickets). More information here

Orsay Museum

orsay museum, 1 day in ParisA nice alternative can be the Musée d’Orsay, second most visited museum in Paris after the Louvre. Specialized on the impressionism period, you will see there paintings, sculptures, photographes, graphic arts and architecture from the 19th and 20th centuries. Consider 2 hours to visit entirely and around 1 hour for the line. More information here

 

So many things to see in 1 day in Paris in such a short time. A solution to have a global overview of all the must see places in no time is to get a city tour in bus which will take you to all the famous monuments listed above and much more (the Concorde Square, Invalids, Montmartre, Sacred Heart Basilica…). You can also choose a river cruise: the most emblematic monuments of Paris being located on the banks of the river, you will see them under a mesmerizing angle in only one hour.

Paris Bus Tour, 1 day in ParisDon’t forget when planning your 1 day in Paris to consider transportation time to one place to the other. If you want to avoid losing your time in the transport you might want to book a private driver to drive you around for the day. 

 

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Saint Germain des Prés

Saint Germain des Prés

Saint Germain des Prés is a neighborhood located next to the Seine river, in the very heart of Paris. It’s one of the most historical districts of the city, famous for being the center of the intellectual world in the 40’s-60’s with the existentialist movement. It also hosts the National School of Fine Arts, deeply linked with artists like Monet, Delacroix or Moreau.

WHAT TO VISIT?

More than a place juste to visit, Saint Germain des Prés is a place to experience! You could spend several days wandering in Saint Germain to discover it…

Saint Germain des Prés

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The neighborhood takes its names from the St. Germain des Prés church, at the center of the district. One of the oldest churches in Paris, it dates back from the 6th century. After the Vikings burnt it in the 9th century, the church was rebuilt a second time in 1014 and still stands nowadays. It’s public and open to visits.

What really gives its atmosphere to the district are the numerous cafés and restaurants, some of them with funny names such as “L’Enfance de Lard” (which is a pun in French), where you can sit at the terrace in summer to watch the lively district, or take a hot meal in winter to contemplate the night falling on the Parisian streets. In the 40’s-50’s, there were also a lot of jazz clubs in Saint Germain des Prés, but most of them closed in the 60’s when jazz began to be replaced by rock n’ roll.

Saint Germain des Prés is also home to numerous art galleries and fashion designer stores. Wandering in the streets, you will also discover a lot of trendy and upscale shops for food (the famous macarons brand Ladurée among others), and for fashion and jewelry (Louis Vuitton, Christian Louboutin…).

You can also visit the Saint Sulpice church, second largest church of Paris after Notre Dame cathedral. This church became worldwide famous following the publication of the Da Vinci Code novel, in which some of the clues to follow the treasure hunt are supposedly hidden in this church. The book was such a hit that after its publication, the diocese had to display a note in the church to explain to tourists that the novel was a fiction and that they should stop asking the priests about the fictional pagan origin of the church and other literary inventions of the author!

Saint Germain des Prés

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If the weather allows, do not miss a visit to the beautiful Luxembourg Garden (Jardin du Luxembourg) that fixes the limit of the district. This park covers 23 hectares and includes a pond where children can have wooden boats floating, tennis courts, ponies and the marvelous Medicis fountain… Statues are all over the place, as in an open-air museum, and a small version of the Statue of Liberty even used to stand there before it was transferred to the Orsay museum for greater protection. And for those who remember their reading of Les Misérables by Victor Hugo, you might just feel like Marius and Cosette, who met and fell in love for the first time in this park…

Lastly, if you like to experience the Parisian gastronomy, don’t miss a walk in the St. Germain market, where you will find gourmet and specialty shops.

HOW TO EXPERIENCE IT?

Saint Germain des Prés

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As mentioned, a visit to the St. Germain church is really worth paying to begin your visit, as it’s part of the Parisian history. Since the district was one of the world’s main literary centers around the 50’s, with the existentialist movement, cafés like “Les deux Magots“, “Café de Flore”, “Le Procope” or the “Brasserie Lipp” are among the most popular places to go get a drink as many writers and intellectuals like Jean-Paul Sartre, Simone de Beauvoir, Hemingway or Picasso used to go there.

Saint Germain des Prés

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But keep in mind that when taking a coffee or a tea there, you will not only pay for your drink, but also for the fame of the place… Some less known brasseries and cafés might just be as nice options.

Walking guided tours of the neighborhood are available in order not to miss any detail. But keep in mind that it will tell you about the history of the district and what used to be, so don’t expect to take thousands of pictures as most of the places nowadays do not show anything from the outside. That’s why we recommend you just relax and take time to feel the energy of the streets.

PRACTICAL INFORMATION:

  • Hours: Lively during day and night
  • Price: Free
  • Access: Metro line 10, “Mabillon” station, metro line 4 “Saint Germain des Prés” station. Various busses.

 

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Quartier Latin

Located on the left bank of the Seine River, the Quartier Latin is the students’ area. This quarter has this name because the universities taught in Latin up until the 17th c. Nowadays, this old, but lively district still is frequented by many students who attend the famous universities nearby.

Wine in Paris, Quartier LatinWHAT TO VISIT?

Historically, the Latin Quarter has been the university area of Paris. The Sorbonne University is located there, which is one of the oldest universities in Europe, founded in 1253. The district became a students neighborhood after the foundation of this university.

In addition, the youth lifestyle of the students living in the district creates a unique ambience. Bookshops, bars and cafés can be found in almost every corner of this neighborhood!

While going for a walk around the district, you will be able to find the Lutetia Arenas, which was a place designed for gladiator fights and the Thermal Baths of Cluny, which were Roman baths founded in the 2nd century. You can also find the Fountain Saint Michel, which is often the students’ meeting point, and the Panthéon, which was the first big monument built in the city.

As the Roman Empire occupied these lands for a long period of time, you will be able to easily find  Roman ruins and parks.

HOW TO EXPERIENCE IT?

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Saint Michel Fountain. Photo credit: ParisByM

You can go for a walking tour by yourself but be sure not to fall in the tourist traps around the pedestrian streets: bad quality restaurants, tacky souvenir shops… During your tour of the streets you will be able to discover the main historical sights (Panthéon, Thermal Baths of Cluny, Fountain Saint Michel…).

If you like museums, you cannot miss the Cluny Museum, the museum of the Middle Ages.

If you are a history buff, you can also take a guided walking tour of the Quartier Latin, which will allow you to discover more anecdotes about this district.

After the tour, do not hesitate to take a well deserved snack or a café (a coffee) inside one of the most lively neighborhoods of the Paris.

PRACTICAL INFORMATION:

  • Hours: Lively all day and night long!
  • Price: Free
  • Access: Metro- “Saint-Michel” station, line 4
    RER- “Saint-Michel – Notre-Dame” station, lines B and C.

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Champs Élysées

Champs Elysées in Greek mythology means “the place where the heroes stay afterdeath”. Do you want to know why?

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Champs Élysées have become the main avenue of Paris. Finished for the first time in 1724, the avenue was promoted to connect directly the Place de l’Étoile (now named Etoile-Charles de Gaulle) with the Concorde square. Back to our era, in 1994 the Champs Elysées suffered a deep modification, reaching now the incredible length of 1910 meters and, with the Avenue of the Grand Armée which kind of extend the Champs Elysées beside the Arc of Triumph, they both reach a total length of 7 kilometers, connecting in this way, the center of Paris with the financial district of La Défense. At the end of the avenue you can find one of the major monuments of Paris, the Arc de Triomphe. You can visit the roundabout of the Charles de Gaulle square as well as climb up the monument, from where you will discover an amazing view of the city.

The Champs Elysées are nowadays a worldwide reference, as the Champs (as the Parisians call them) welcome shops from the most famous brands, engaged in a deep competition to gain access to this trendy location and expose their products or services along the historic avenue. It is a special place to go shopping while relaxing and enjoying a great time wandering in the street.

Last but no least, the Champs Elysées are the place where all major parades are taking place: not only does the French Army parade on it for Bastille Day, but it’s also where the Tour de France, most important cycling race in the world, has its finish line. The Paris Marathon usually also passes by this magnificient avenue.

Champs Elysees

HOW TO EXPERIENCE IT?

If you wish to walk along the whole avenue, prepare to walk almost 2 kilometers. Wear comfortable shoes!

With a few exceptions, the shops of the Champs Elysées avenue are opened all week long, usually from 10 am to 8 pm, while the Arc de Triomphe is opened until late at 10 pm.

If you are interested in upscale shopping at the best world brands, no doubts, come to the Champs Elysées! From Louis Vuitton, Guerlain, Cartier, to Zara, H&M, Sephora, the Disney store, not forgetting of course the store of the football club PSG, you are sure find what you are looking for.

Champs Elysees

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But that’s not all: you will also find there art museums (Grand Palais and Petit Palais) in the middle of the avenue, close to the roundabout Franklin Roosevelt; green spaces where to relax and maybe grab a snack; and of course great architecture and monuments to admire, along the avenue and at the Concorde Square. And if the weather is not with you and you wish to relax at the cinema, the Champs Elysées also have 4 movie theatres where you can see a movie in English with subtitles in French (choose the ones with the indication “VOST”). Last: you call also find several clubs on or close to the avenue, the Queen being one of the most famous ones.

If you are more interested in wandering and relaxing, keep in mind that a lot of hidden gems are also located

in the side streets, and it would be a pity to reduce your discovery of the neighborhood to the only Champs Elysées. At ParisByM, we have designed a discovery itinerary to help you make the most of your time there which is included in most of our packages.

Last but not least: keep in mind that being a very touristic place, the Champs Elysées also draw a lot of pickpockets and beggars. Without being paranoid, make sure nevertheless that your purse and bags are well closed…

PRACTICAL INFORMATION

  • Hours: shops usually open 10am-8pm // movie theatre approx. 2pm-12am // Arc de Triomphe 10am-10pm // the avenue itself is always busy…
  • Price: free
  • Access: “Champs Élysées-Clemenceau”  metro line 1 and 13. “Franklin D. Roosevelt” line 1 and 9 “Charles de Gaulle- Étoile” line 1, 2 and 6. “Concorde” line 1 and 12.

 

Additional sightseeings in Paris

Versailles Castle

Self-Guided Walking Tours in Paris

Notre Dame Cathedral

 

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Montmartre Tour

Located in the northern part of Paris, the Montmartre neighborhood is famous for its bohemian streets, its historical night life, and its main and most significant monument, the Sacré-Cœur, which is located on the top of a 130 meters hill.

Apartments for rent Paris, montmartre tourWHAT TO VISIT?

The Montmartre neighborhood is famous for being home to the pioneers of the avant-garde movements during the 20th century. Artists like Van Gogh, Picasso, and Amedeo Modigliani lived in this iconic district of Paris. A guided Montmartre tour will not only show you the lively streets and the cultural environment, but it will also give you hints about what is hidden behind the close doors…  You will for instance pass by the house in which Picasso lived and painted his famous masterpiece: Les Demoiselles d’Avignon (1907).

In addition, Montmartre has one of the most important monuments in the city – the Sacré-Cœur Basilica. Located at the top of a 130 meters tall hill, the basilica offers you the second highest view point over Paris, after the Eiffel Tower. From this point, you can observe almost all of the city: the Eiffel Tower, the Arc de Triomphe, the Montparnasse Tower, the Panthéon, La Défense…and so much more.

Montmartre Tour

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HOW TO EXPERIENCE IT?

You can wander in the streets all by yourself to feel the atmosphere, but do not fall in the trap of only going to the basilica and to the place du Tertre, the famous square where painters sell their artworks and offer to draw your portrait. There is much more to see! At ParisByM, we include a self-guided walking itinerary in our packages so that you are sure not to miss what is worth seeing. Check our packages here.

With its bohemian atmosphere, Montmartre is also the place of birth of the first and most famous cabaret in the world: The Moulin Rouge. Even though it may seem pretty touristy nowadays, we still highly recommend that you spend an evening there as the show is definitely a must-see of Paris.

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A sunny day at one of our city’s many markets.

If you prefer a guided tour, the most interesting one we recommend is the 2-hour tour, available in various languages, and divided into small groups.
If you love art and music, this is your place!  Should you really want not to miss a single bite, you could also take a 7-hour tour in Montmartre, but we only recommend that for experts… You will have the chance of learning every single detail of this curious “village” and its neighborhood lifestyle.

In addition, the basilica offers many different activities during the day. You can take a look into the chart of services here.

PRACTICAL INFORMATION

  • Hours: Sacré Cœur opens every day from 6 am to 10.30 pm.
  • Prices: Private tour prices round from 37€ up to 260€ per person

 

Additional sightseeings in Paris

Notre Dame Cathedral

Arc de Triomphe

Orsay Museum

 

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Notre Dame Cathedral

One of the world’s most well known books, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, was written centered around this cathedral. Built between 1163 and 1345, the Notre Dame Cathedral has become one of the most visited religious buildings in the world: it has more that 13 million visitors per year!

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Let Notre Dame Cathedral conquer your heart! Located in the very center of the city, Notre Dame Cathedral has had various architects who introduced new and different innovative architecture during its building until 1345. You will be able to appreciate the evolution of the architecture when you visit.

Its famous gargoyles can be appreciated from the top of the towers, where you will be able to enjoy a privileged view of Paris, including the Eiffel Tower.

Notre-Dame Cathedral is also home to one of the world’s largest organs, and several huge church bells. The bell in the south tower is named Emmanuel and weighs 13 tons, one of the biggest of the world!

In addition, Notre Dame offers various religious activities, especially on weekends, such as the Gregorian masses, international masses and different religious services among other cultural activities. You can check them here.

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The Famous Gargoyles

HOW TO EXPERIENCE IT?

Located by the Seine River, the Notre-Dame Cathedral was built on an island located in the middle of the river.

You can visit Notre-Dame cathedral for free.  But if you are
considering to climb the famous towers, you will need to buy a specific ticket.

There is almost always a line at the entrance of the cathedral on the square, but since it’s only a security check and you don’t need to buy tickets there, don’t be afraid, the line goes pretty fast and you should not wait much longer than 30 minutes approximately. As for the towers, it’s another story…. Since there is a maximum number of people allowed in the towers at the same time, the line goes very slowly, and there is no possibility to bypass it! The doors open at 10am, but it’s not rare to see people beginning to line up from 8am, just to be among the first ones when the door open. Take patience, and do not be disappointed as you will only be allowed to stay a few minutes at the top of the towers…

Time to visit the cathedral is included in most of ParisByM packages. You can check them in our website.

PRACTICAL INFORMATION

  • Hours: opened every day of the year from 8:00 am to 6:45 pm. Late opening on Saturdays and Sundays until 7:45pm
  • Price: Cathedral entry: free. Entrance for the towers: 8 €, free under 18 or under 26 being EU resident
  • Access: Metro station: “Cité”. RER B and C “Notre Dame Saint Michel” station. Bus: lines 21, 38, 47, 85 and 96
  • IMPORTANT: the staircase of the towers are narrow and count 422 stairs, without lift nor toilets. It’s therefore not recommended for pregnant women, people in overweight or with a bad leg, and for young children.

 

Additional sightseeings in Paris

Self-Guided Walking Tours in Paris

Champs Élysées

Montmartre Tour

 

WANT TO SEE MORE?

Paris Bus Tour

City Bus Tour

Only in Paris for a few days? Then a bus tour around Paris is a great, effortless option to see a lot in no time at all. More than 10 different languages are spoken on board and you will have the opportunity to get pictures of famous landmarks and monuments during this unforgettable visit of the City of Lights!

Paris Eiffel tower, Paris Bus Tour, City Bus TourWHAT WILL YOU SEE?

All of the city! You will be able to have a quick tour around the most important buildings and monuments in Paris: the Eiffel Tower, the Champs Elysées, Notre-Dame Cathedral, Montmartre neighborhood, and so much more.
Thanks to headphones you are provided with, bus tours provide you with all of fun facts about these places while you are passing by each one.

HOW TO EXPERIENCE IT?

Several companies operate in this activity. While the cheapest ones might obviously be of lower quality, the 2 or 3 most commonly used are pretty much equivalent in terms of quality and prices.

The main difference is that some companies offer various circuits, which allow you to switch from one loop to another and back, depending on the time you have available and on your interest for discovering less touristy neighbourhoods.

Another difference is about the top deck, which can be fully covered with some companies and not with others… Watch out on those rainy days! Lastly, the audio comments are really fascinating with some companies, while they are just interesting with others…

Looking for a Tour Company in Paris?If you are in a hurry, you should consider doing the standard bus tour without stopping which takes approximately 2 hours. But if you have more time, we recommend the Hop On/Off option. You can take the bus at more than 50 bus stations in Paris. When entering the bus, the driver will check your bus pass. Once on board you will be able to admire the most important sights of Paris. Once you are on, you can “hop off” the bus whenever you like.

Last but not least: if you want to do all of the loops and check every single neighbourhood of Paris, you have the option to get a ticket valid for 2 or 3 days.

Check out more information here!

PRACTICAL INFORMATION

  • Hours: Every 10 to 30 minutes from 9 am until late in the evening (depends on company)
  • Prices: Depends on the company, from 20€ up to 60€, with discounted prices for children

 

Additional sightseeings in Paris

Louvre Museum

Seine River Cruise

Versailles Castle

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Seine River Cruise

While visiting Paris do not miss a Seine River Cruise! Relax on board, admire the City of Lights from a new angle with the Discovery Cruise, or taste French gastronomy on a lunch or dinner cruise in Paris!

WHAT WILL YOU SEE?

Seine river cruise, eiffel tower

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You will be able to see Paris from a different point of view. Since most of famous monuments in Paris are located by the Seine River, don’t miss the opportunity to relax on board while contemplating Paris’ beautiful landscapes.

Among other famous places, your Seine river cruise will allow you to see the Eiffel Tower, the magnificent bridge Alexandre III, the Notre-Dame cathedral, and the square of La Concorde.

HOW TO EXPERIENCE IT?

Several companies operate on the Seine and the embarking point will depend on which company you take. However the main embarking points to begin your Seine river cruise are at the Eiffel Tower or Notre-Dame Cathedral. The cruise will always come back to your starting point.

The Discovery Cruise takes around 1 hour, but a lunch or dinner cruise will be longer. For example, it will take up to 2h30 for dinner on board.

Dinner cruises in Paris, Seine river cruiseDuring the Discovery Cruise, information about the monuments you pass by will be given either through a speakerphone in various languages, or through personal headphones that you will be provided with (you can select your language).

Although it’s more expensive than the lunch, a dinner cruise is a great experience we highly recommend. Depending on the period of the year when you are in Paris, you might be able to admire the Paris sunset and the lighting up of the monuments as you enjoy a your Parisian meal.

Seine river cruises are available in most of our packages.

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PRACTICAL INFORMATION

  • Hours: Everyday, from approximately 10 am until late at night.
  • Prices: Depends on the company: from 13€ per person for a discovery cruise up to 400€ per person for dinner with VIP experience.

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Additional sightseeings in Paris

Louvre Museum

City Bus Tour

Versailles Castle

 

paris in the rain

Things to do in Paris in the Rain

Although Paris is a beautiful city the weather can be a little unpredictable. Rainstorms, or les orages, are a common occurrence here in the City of Lights. Don’t worry, with your umbrella and this hand list of things to in Paris in the rain, you will see that not even thunderstorms can rain on your perfect day in Paris.

1. Shopping

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Everyone knows that Paris is a center of fashion and shopping, which is always an option on those rainy days. The Champs Élysées is famous for its high class shopping areas, sporting stores like Chloé, Dior, Prada, and so much more. However things can tend to be a little more expensive unless you go to less pricy stores like H&M and Zara.

If you are interested in all inclusive tours of the Champs Élysées check out our website.

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Remember, this is a very touristy location and it is notorious for having pickpockets, so be sure to keep a careful watch on your things.
If you are looking to have a less touristy, less expensive, and classically “French” shopping trip in Paris, we highly recommend visiting the famous Passages Couverts. These inside markets are chalk full of antique shops, little French boutiques, and gorgeous cafes to drink an espresso or café au lait. If you are interested in the Passages Couverts, you can read more about them here.

2.  See a Show

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Paris is chalk full of intense and wonderful Cabaret shows like The Moulin Rouge, The Lido, The Crazy Horse, and many others. These places are the perfect place to take refuge when it’s raining in Paris, especially as they have afternoon performances. While expensive, these shows are a spectacle that you will not forget before long.

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 If you want to learn more about the shows that are available in Paris check out our post: The Best Cabaret Shows in Paris. You can book your tickets right on our website.

Paris also has a plethora of cinemas full of foreign, American, and domestic films. Most of the movies are in VOST (Original version with subtitles in French), be sure to select these ones and not the VF ones (version dubbed in French).

For theater lovers, you can even attend a live performance of a play in French with English surtitles. But be sure to book your tickets in advance as the plays that benefit from this technology are not very numerous and are usually fully booked at least a week in advance. More information here.

3.  Go to a Museum

Musée Grévin Paris museum GrevinParis is filled with museums of every variety so you simply have to pick the one that peaks your interest. Whether it’s the Louvre, the Musée D’Orsay, Musée Rodin or any of the others that are sprinkled across Paris, you will be sure to think of you day spent as a day not wasted. If you need some ideas of museums to visit in Paris, check out our post all about museums. Post.

4.  Go to the Aquarium

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The Paris Aquarium, located at Trocadéro, is a great place to spend any day, even if it isn’t raining. More active than art museums and perfect if you have children, the Paris Aquarium is the perfect place to spend your time, get out of the rain, and learn something new. The Paris Aquarium has many theatrical performances, films, workshops, and expositions for people of all ages, so this hidden gem is definitely a worthwhile trip.

5.  Treat yourself to a spa

If you are looking to treat yourself in Paris in the rain, Shagri-la Spa in Paris and the Peninsula Hotel and Spa are two of the most highly recommended spas in Paris (but not the only ones). With their beautiful indoor facilities and luxurious spa treatments, you’ll wish every day was rainy.

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Transportation in Paris

Transportation in Paris

When in any big city, it’s important to know how to get around. Paris is no exception! However, with a vast array of transportation options, finding your way around the City of Light can easily become quite daunting. We recognize just how difficult this process can be and have created this guide to public transportation in Paris. Enjoy!

Transportation in Paris

RATP

The RATP is the source of information for all public transportation in Paris. Check out their interactive map where you can view all the Paris transportation maps and routes (metro, tramway, RER, bus, night bus) and find the best routes to and from any two points. You can search routes in real time by entering your starting point and final destination on their Plan Your Journey page. You can also download two of the RATP’s mobile apps: Next Stop Paris and RATP to help you map out your route on the go.

Metro

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Easily the most iconic form of transportation in Paris, the metro is an interconnected underground network linking the city.  At first glance, the system of 14 subway lines can seem extremely complex to those new to Paris. However, it’s actually not as bad as it seems.

The lines are all color-coded with a corresponding number. You can locate the numbers by looking at the end of the line (the part the farthest from the center of Paris). Once you have located the number, you will need to determine which direction you need to take. Once again, you can find this information by looking at the end of the line the farthest from Paris center. The direction will be the name right next to the number and is the furthest metro stop in either direction.

For example, if you locate the metro station Châtelet towards the center of the metro map and follow the dark purple line south, you will see the metro line 14 and the name “Bibliothèque François Mitterand.” So, if you want to go anywhere south of Châtelet on metro line 14, you will take the metro towards Bibliothèque François Mitterand (the final stop on this line in this direction).

Keep in mind that only the RATP-issued maps are accurately color-coded, so be sure to look for the official RATP versions.

The metro closes at 12:30 pm weekday nights and at 1:30pm on weekend nights. It starts again at 5am.

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RER

The RER system is similar to the metro, but is faster and extends past the Paris city limits. This is the transportation system you will take to get to locations outside of Paris like Versailles and Disneyland. The 5 main RER lines: RER A (red), RER B (blue), RER C (yellow), RER D (green), RER E (pink) can be found on the metro map (the four thicker lines on the map). As with the metro, the names and directions of these lines can be found at the ends of each line. However, as the trains extend past Paris, the metro map may not show all stops in between Paris and the last stop on the line.

With the RER, you really have to pay attention, as the ticket prices depend on which zones you are traveling to. These fast trains cover 5 zones as shown on the metro/RER map and tickets typically cover only 1 or 2 zones (whereas the passes cover all five zones) so if you venture outside of your covered zones, you will have to pay extra to get back into the city.

Popular destinations using the RER system include: 

Disneyland Paris – RER A (direction Marne-la-Vallée)

Charles de Gaulle Airport – RER B (direction Aéroport Charles de Gaulle)

Orly Airport – RER B (direction Saint-Rémy Iès-Chevreuse)

Versailles – RER C (direction Versailles-Château)

Transportation in Paris

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Tramway

The tramway system is a means of transportation in Paris that tourists don’t typically think about. Unlike the metro or RER, the tramway is completely above-ground, offering spectacular views of some of Paris’s many bustling streets. Typically located along the outer border of Paris, the tramway features 9 lines that service several important entry points (known as ports) into the city.

Bus

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The bus system in Paris is a bit more complex than the metro or RER. Bus stops are typically located around metro stations and each have a specific number and color. Figuring out which bus goes where can be kind of tricky, especially since the bus numbers are 2- and 3-digits long. However, maps and routes are located at each of the stops, so you will be able to determine if the bus is heading in the right direction.

You’ll get to see more of the city, as the buses travel along Paris’s many beautiful streets. A large screen displays upcoming stops so you’ll always be able to get off at the right stop. Before your stop, be sure to press one of the red buttons located next to your seat. This will signal an “arret demande” (stop requested) so that the bus driver knows to let you off at your stop.

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Noctilien (Night Bus)

If you find yourself in Paris after the metro has stopped running, no need to panic! The Noctilien, or night bus, is a form of transportation in Paris operating between the hours of 12:30am and 5:30am. This bus line is not the best option if you are trying to get home during these hours. We recommend taking a taxi or Uber.

Taxis

While Paris is home to numerous public transportation options, taking a taxi is still a popular choice. You can locate a taxi at one of the numerous taxi stations located all over Paris (click here for a map – in French only) operated by Paris Taxi. You can download the Paris Taxi app to see which taxis are available nearest you. Through the app, you’ll be able to specify number of passengers and bags to help facilitate your experience. There are two versions available: Paris Taxi (Apple Store) or Paris Taxi (Google Play).

Worried about the language barrier with your taxi driver? You may want to check out Taxi G7. They offer English-speaking taxi drivers and accept credit card payments, which most Parisian taxis don’t accept. You can download their app Taxi G7 (Apple) or Taxi G7 (Google Play) and can check out their fares here.

The French taxi system is highly regulated, so, as long as you’re taking a legitimate taxi, this form of transportation is very safe. If you ever have any problems, be sure to ask the taxi driver for their ticket which they are required to provide you with. This document has the contact information of both the taxi company and the driver, allowing you to report any sketchy activity. On a more positive note, you can ask for a ticket if you had an enjoyable transportation experience and want to request the driver for your next ride.

*Important* When taking a taxi from the airport (CDG or Orly) make sure to get in line for the legitimate taxis  OR to book your airport transfer in advance (this will help you skip the line). Otherwise the people who try and get you to take their “taxi” might charge you much more than normal. Don’t fall into this trap.

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Romantic Restaurants

Romantic Restaurants In Paris

With thousand’s of restaurants in Paris, it can be very confusing to look for the perfect place for date night or a special occasion. We’ve rounded up the best Romantic Restaurants in Paris to have the perfect evening with that special someone.

1. Lapérouse

Lapérouse is located in an 18th c. mansion on the banks of the Seine in Paris. It is one of the best Romantic Restaurants in Paris. With a very rich history, its easy to imagine taking your date here.

This restaurant was founded in 1766 by Lefèvre, beverage manufacturer to the King. Earlier a wine establishment, since then it has achieved notoriety for the quality of its food. The restaurant was frequented by merchants from the market who had access to private rooms to do their business. Now these former petit-salons are available to dine in.

Try the sweetbreads or the lobster you won’t be disappointed!

Lapérouse
€€€€
51 Quai des Grands Augustins, 75006 Paris

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2. Le Coupe-Chou

Here you’ll find some Louis XIII charm with round tables, stone chimney chamber, and a stone cobbled floor. This restaurant was started by 3 comedians for actors and spectators who wanted to dine after the evening shows. Read more history here. Order food while sipping an aperitif and having warm, savory pastries. You then come to the Barber’s Room – hexagonal floor tiles, fireplace, beams adorn the scenario. Just in case you and your date fancy like books, there is a  library, where places have been laid for dinner.

Le Coupe-Chou
€€€
11 rue de Lanneau, 75005 Paris
Quartier Latin

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3. Terminus Nord

Sautéed veal sweetbreads with morels, avocado tartar with pan-fried prawns, gorgeous Dover sole, astounding sauerkraut with sausages… yummy food. Quintessential French food with originality & tradition. Under the high ceilings of Terminus Nord, turn back to time in the beginning of 20th century. The Art Déco and Art Nouveau impacts are visible in the dancing frescos, posters, chandeliers, and wall lights, which make this dining room a great option for a romantic meal.

Terminus Nord
€€€
23 rue de Dunkerque, 75010 Paris
Gare du Nord

4. Gallopin

Duck Consommé, toast with truffles, sweetbreads braised with green asparagus are the delectable treats you’d get to eat in an establishment which was made in a single precious wood “Mahogany of Cuba” in 1875. This was one of the earliest American bars in Europe and arguably the first of the Capital. It’s traditional french food at its finest.

Gallopin
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40 rue Notre-Dame des Victoires, 75002 Paris

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5. Cristal Room

Cristal Room Baccarat is located on the first floor of the Baccarat Museum, which is about a 10 minute walk from the Champs-Elysees. The food is sumptuous. Walk through the Baccarat show room and shop, which are absolutely stunning by themselves. Take your date up the grand staircase where a phenomenal Baccarat chandelier will lead you the way to this phenomenal dining room.

Cristal Room
€€€
11 Place des Etats-Unis, 75016 Paris

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6. Les Ombres

Let your date swoon with joy when they look upon a full view of the Eiffel Tower as it sparkles, and who can resist the romantic power of the Eiffel Tower? Enjoy the unique panoramic view of the City of Lights, which reflect beautifully on the metallic tablecloths. This restaurant is located in the Museum du Quai Branly, which features the indigenous art of Africa, Asia, Americas, and Oceania.

Les Ombres
€€€€
27 Quai Branly, 75007 Paris
Eiffel Tower/Invalides

7. Goumard

One of the most famous seafood restaurants in Paris, offers a refined cuisine in an historical place beautifully renovated place. Aristocratic sculptures of Mina Feingold are unique and are usually women marked by intense strength and grace. Having a dining experience here with your special one wouldn’t let you down!

Goumard
€€€€
9 rue Duphot, 75001 Paris
Louvre/Palais-Royal

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8. Chez Toinette

This small, quiet restaurant located in Montmartre’s narrowing, winding streets will mesmerize your date, adding fragrance and color to your evening. Another one of the fabulous romantic restaurants in Paris. The atmosphere is cheerful, friendly, warm. Taste the seared duck with honey or venison with foie gras. Even though it’s in the middle of touristy region, Chez Toinette knows how to steal the show and is true to the tradition of old Montmartre with its simplicity and culinary sophistication.

Chez Toinette
€€
20 Rue Germain Pilon, 75018 Paris
Montmartre

9. Le Dôme

Le Dôme is a restaurant in Montparnasse, Paris. A top fish restaurant with old, quaint decor. Since 1898 this restaurant was known as “the Anglo-American café.” It was frequented by the famous painters, sculptors, authors, poets,  art connoisseurs and dealers. It became a center of interest for artists residing in Paris’s Left Bank. A true French brasserie where you can experience some delightful food.

Le Dôme
€€
108 boulevard du Montparnasse, 75014 Paris
Montparnasse

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10. La Cigalle Recamier

With walls lined walls lined with books and fancy a candle-lit dinner, this is great for those who love a cozy ambiance! It will have you and your date feeling as if you’re already in a French movie. A very famous place for Soufflés. We might recommend the soufflé with artichokes and chorizo sauce.  The soufflés are light and airy but creamy and full of flavor – the ones that melt in the mouth.  Delight your date with these delectable soufflés and incredible decor!

La Cigalle Recamier
€€€
4 rue Recamier, 75007 Paris
Saint-Germain-des-Pres

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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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Is it safe to go to Paris?

A global fear emerged due to terrorist attacks in Western countries. As a consequence some people are afraid to go to France. The 2015 and 2016 terror attacks, along with the recent shooting on the Champs-Elysées, have reinforced this feeling of panic towards European countries.

The November 2015 attacks affected the entire wold and the last attack on the Champs Elysées brought back some old fears. Some people contacted us asking us “Is it safe to go Paris?”. After some discussions about the attacks and the growing fears on Europe with friends and people living abroad, something held our attention: the information they had did not reflect the reality.

What happened in Paris?

is it safe to go to paris, cheamps elyseesApril 20th, 2017, during a shooting on the Avenue des Champs Elysées (VIII arrondissement), a gunman killed a police officer and left another one wounded. The gunman was killed immediately and the area was on lockdown for a few hours, while a full investigation was carried out in order to understand the reasons for the attack. However, this seems to have be an isolated event; besides, like during other previous attacks, the investigation is showing that  the attacker is not part of a broader plan. Nevertheless, the safety measures, which are impressively strong, are even strengthened in view of the presidential elections.

Safety measures in France

After January and November 2015 terror attacks, the French government reinforced security. It decided to implement the highest security level in France called the state of emergency. The state of emergency is a crisis state in which the head of the state (the President) decides to set up special measures to strengthen security. The objective of these measures is to protect citizens’ rights and liberties.

Is Paris Safe

Soldiers in a station – Credit: Wikipedia

It means that security forces like the army, the police… are ensuring security in almost every public places (airports, borders, stations).

Moreover, your belongings are automatically searched by shopping guards when you enter in a mall or a shopping center. It indicates that everyone’s bag and belongings are checked. Security has been reinforced as well in airports, borders

Click here if you want to access further information about what the state of emergency means in France.

The huge security presence probably means that Paris is as safe as it can be, though there may be delays at airports and on trains because of this extra security. Border control checks have also been implemented at all entry points into France. The only thing you can do is to be vigilant in public places and to follow the advice of local authorities!

Don’t worry, be happy!

Is Paris Safe

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Even if Paris is facing some problems, France remains a safe country. The reinforcement of security and the many international events show that there is no reason to be afraid of visiting France. Do you think the French government would organised these big events if France was not safe enough? Obviously, not! So, have a breath and do not panic!

Safety Paris

Peaceful street of Paris – Credit: ParisByM

Furthermore, whether you are in Europe or not, terrorist attacks can happened anywhere in the world. Actually, even with terror attacks, there are less people killed or injured each year in France that in the US for instance. That’s food for thought….

So, the best advice we can give you is not to panic, don’t change your plans, just keep in mind that with everyone vigilance and goodwill, terrorists just can’t act….

And as the song goes, well, don’t worry… be happy!

 

 

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Sunday Fun-Day In Paris

How To Spend Sunday Fun-Day In Paris

Paris is exciting enough on any day of the week, but the city holds an especially quaint charm on a calm Sunday afternoon. Here are our favorite ways to make the most of your Sunday fun-day in Paris. While many shops will often close their doors for business, you will never find yourself without something to do. Below you will discover what our favorite things to do are when the city of lights and romance slows down at the end of the week.

1. Enjoy One Of Paris’s Many Street Markets

Sunday Fun-Day In Paris

A local baked goods stand
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Paris is teaming with street markets, most of which are open several days out of the week, including Sundays! Here you can find, depending on the market, anything from fresh fruits and vegetables, clothing, antiques, art and much more.

Take a late morning stroll gazing at all the colorful market stalls on the Rue Mouffetard, or maybe, sit down after a long morning of shopping for fresh fruits and vegetables on the Marche Edgar Quinet, and enjoy a delicious crêpe with some friends. The possibilities are truly endless.

MARKET INFORMATION

Rue Mouffetard Market

Open: Tuesday-Saturday (9am-4pm)

Reduced Hours: Sunday (9am-12pm)

Closed: Monday

Marche Edgar Quinet

Open: Wednesday (7am-2:30pm)

Extended Hours: Saturday (7am-3pm)

Closed: All other days

 For more information on Paris’s many market places… click here!

 

2. Discover One Of Paris’s Many World Famous Museums

Sunday Fun-day Paris

Explore Paris’s Louvre! Photo Credit: ParisByM

Paris, a city as old as the artwork it houses, is teaming with a plethora of cultural treasures. Naturally, this is a great way to spend your Sunday Fun-Day in Paris. Check them out at one of Paris’s many museums. Entrance is often free on the first Sunday of each month during the winter time, making it a perfect day to immerse yourself in some of France’s most popular attractions. But arrive early… lines can be long.

The Louvre is, of course, Paris’s most famous museum, and for a good reason! Even if you are caught in line… the outside of the Louvre is a wonder to behold in and of itself. One could easily spend hours and hours exploring its vast collection. Check out the Winged Victory of  Samothrace or catch a glimpse of Da Vinci’s masterpiece, the Mona Lisa. Make sure you don’t limit yourself to just the Louvre; the Musée d’Orsay and Centre Pompidou are just two more of Paris’s limitless list of fantastic museums!

MUSEUM INFORMATION

Louvre 

Open: Daily (9am-6pm)
Extended Hours: Wednesday and Friday (9am-10pm)
Closed: Tuesday 

Open: Tuesday-Sunday (9:30am-6:30pm)
Extended Hours: Thursday (9:30am-9:45pm)
Closed: Monday

 

3. Have A Picnic In One Of Paris’s Many Scenic Green Spaces

Sunday Fun-Day In Paris

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Paris and its many scenic parks will never leave you wanting for more. Of course, no day in the park is complete without a picnic blanket, a baguette, a bottle of wine, and a few of your closest friends. Unwind, after a full day exploring the city, by kicking back in one of Paris’s many idyllic gardens that are open any day of the week, even Sunday! The Champs de Mars, the Jardin du Luxembourg and Jardin des Tuileries are just three of your many options. Does Sunday fun-day in Paris even get better than this?

PARK INFORMATION

Champs de Mars

 

Jardin du Luxembourg

 

Jardin de Tuileries

 

 

4. Visit A Mass At The World Famous Notre Dame

Sunday Fun-Day Paris

Notre Dame Photo Credit: ParisByM

Notre Dame, while not the largest Catholic cathedral in the world, is arguably one of the most beautiful. Nestled in the heart of the Île de la Cité, alongside the banks of the river Seine, Notre Dame has been attracting spectators for a very long time, and there is no expectation of this changing any time soon.

This famous French cathedral holds services every day of the week. But the Sunday service is particularly special. Services start, in accordance with old biblical practices, the Saturday night before and continue on throughout the following day. Catholic or not, the magnificence of Notre Dame is not to be missed!

 

 

5. Shopping Spree On The Champs-Élysées

Sunday Fun-Day Paris

Shopping Spree! Photo Credit: ParisByM

Need We Say More? There is no street more iconic in Paris, perhaps even in all of France, than the Champs-Élysées. With shops open every single day of the week as of only recently, this is the perfect place to spend a Sunday afternoon. You’ll even have an amazing view of the Arc de Triomph!

Treat yourself and splurge on a chic, trendy, new outfit, or indulge yourself and buy the latest stiletto by Vuitton. After all, when’s the next time you will be in Paris? Why not splurge and go all out!? At least this one time. When you get back home, all of your friends and family members will be jealous of your stylish new wardrobe.

6. Stroll Alongside The Seine River On The Berges de Seine!

Sunday Fun-Day In Paris

Berges de Seine  Photo Credit: ParisByM

For a lively, exciting atmosphere, head on over to the Berges de Seine, located on the left bank of Paris’s 7th district! Here you will find five floating gardens, play grounds, public exhibitions and several cafés to be enjoyed. You can even do like the French and ride your bike or roller blade here!

This exciting, relatively new addition to Paris, will not slow down on Sunday’s ensuring that you will leave this picturesque city with many exciting stories to tell. So kick back, relax with a glass of wine and take in the sights, sounds and smells of Paris on the Berges de Seine… It won’t disappoint.

 

 

7. Finally… Just Get Out There And Explore

Sunday Fun-Day In Paris

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Paris is truly an ancient and magnificent city. The city is dripping with culture and jaw-dropping sights. No matter the day of the week, sometimes the best thing to do here is just pick a direction and walk. You never know what you might stumble upon.

One could easily spend a week here in our beautiful city and still you would only have scratched the surface. Sometimes the best way to spend your time in Paris is to just go with the flow and allow the city’s charms to do the rest. Who knows what will happen? In a city as vast, alive, and beautiful as this one… anything is possible!

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I Love You in Paris

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In love? Finding love is the hard part, but how to tell someone “I love you” the right way can be just as tricky. Fortunately, we have some ideas. In the City of Light and Love, there are plenty of romantic options to show that special someone that your truly care. Here are just a few ideas to help you out.

Step 1: Set the Scene

Picking your ideal location is essential to romance. If you are wondering how to say I love you, picking the right ambiance if the first thing to do. While nearly every place in Paris is romantic, there are some places that are famous for their romantic feel.

A quick list of romantic places to say I love you in Paris are:

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  1. Montmartre
  2. Seine River Dinner Cruises
  3. Notre Dame
  4.  Visit some castles near Paris
  5. The Eiffel Tour
  6.  Buttes Chaumont
  7.  Bois de Boulogne

If you need some more romantic inspiration, when wondering how to say I love you while in Paris, feel free to check out our other posts: Places to Say I love You in Paris. We have plenty of recommendations for you in this post.

I love you

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I love you

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Step 2: Choose Your Activity.

When being romantic, sometimes it’s the little things that make all the difference. Buying a bouquet of flowers is a simple way to say I love you. Over even just making a reservation at a romantic restaurant shows the other person you care.

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Other romantic activities can include walking along the Seine, finding a street musician to play you music, having a picnic in the park, the Great Ferris Wheel of Paris, renting a rowboat in the Bois de Boulogne

Don’t forget, it’s not expensive gifts that say “I love you”; real romance comes from the heart. Everything doesn’t have to be perfect; it’s the thought that counts.

Step 3: Just Say It!

Saying ‘I love you’ in any language is nerve racking enough, but we are here to help you say it in French! How to say “I love you” in French is “je t’aime”, although it can be hard to pronounce. For all you English speakers out there, phonetic pronunciation is  /juh/ t-ehm. Be sure to practice, be confident, and good luck!

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Hotel Banke

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Located in a cultural heart of Paris, the Hotel Banke is just steps off of the esteemed Haussmann Boulevard in the Opera neighborhood. Working its way up from a four-star hotel to five-star hotel in September of 2014.  The Hotel Banke now holds the prestigious five-star rating in Paris.

The renovation from bank to hotel has given the Hotel Banke a unique atmosphere and look. When you first arrive the hotel’s history is written in stone, quite literally. There are still remnants of the hotels banking past on the exterior of the building. Stepping further into the hotel enhances and welcomes you into the exotic world of the Banke Hotel.

Hotel Banke, paris

Photo Credit: Hotel Banke

Drawing upon Asian inspired interior design, the Hotel Banke  has put a modern twist on the accent design concepts. While the interior is bathed in luxury, as many hotels in Paris are, there is a feeling of comfort and ease that allows you to enjoy the Josefin restaurant. At the Josefin restaurant (accessible for both clients of the hotel and non clients of the hotel for both lunch and dinner) Chef Romain Roland has created a wondrous Mediterranean menu, available on week days and only for lunch, price from 39€ for 2 courses or 45€ for 3 courses.

If you’re not looking for a full meal definitely head over to the Lolabar. The Lolabar boast a selection of over 100 gin and tonics, signature drinks, and tapas from 7€ .

Hotel Banke, paris

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When booking your stay at  Hotel Banke you have the options of five different room styles to choose from: the Single to suite, prices ranging from 210€ – 450€ on average. Each room is equipped with free Wi-Fi (also available in all of the areas of the hotel), Bluetooth connectivity, a LCD flat screen television, and even a Nespresso machine in some rooms. The  Hotel Banke also has a wellness area including fitness, hamam and sauna.

Hotel Banke, paris

Photo Credit: Hotel Banke

Hotel Banke also boasts its ability to host gatherings and meetings. The Salon Eiffel can hold up to 50 people and the Salon La Fayette has the ability to hold up to 75 people, and connected together, all of the -1 level rooms can accommodate up to 185 people in cocktail style. These rooms are great for hosting gatherings, meetings, or small parties.

The  Hotel Banke is definitely the place to stay if you want to be close to the Galeries Lafayette for shopping or if you are a couple looking for a romantic stay in central Paris.  Hotel Bankes welcoming and sophisticated atmosphere will give you a time in Paris you won’t soon forget.

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Central Paris Hotel, Edouard 7 - 3 places to stay in Paris

Edouard 7, A Central Paris Hotel

History

Central Paris Hotel , Edouard 7

Edouard 7 Lobby Photo Credit: ParisByM

Emulating luxury and history throughout the later half of the 19th century, the Hotel Edouard 7 continues this rich tradition that the Prince of Wales has set. Named after the black sheep of Queen Victoria’s children, Albert Edward (ruling under the name of Edward VII during his rein of the British Monarchy) fell in love with Paris, even making this central Paris hotel his place of residence while in the city. With a defying persona of sophistication and an eye for fashion, Edward commanded the streets of Paris with great seduction. Hotel Edouard 7 portrays this persona of audacity, seduction, character, and theatricality throughout the hotel today. After a great deal of renovation the standard has been set high for the hotel, setting the stage for a unique guest experience. Stepping into the hotel you are instantly transported into a modern twist on the Victorian Era. The prestigious hotel is located centrally on the 39 avenue de l’Opéra, in the second section of Paris.

Rooms

Central Paris Hotel , Edouard 7

Standard Room Photo Credit: ParisByM

Bathed in a luxuriously intimate feel, each room is designed to utilize natural light and the view of central Paris. Decorated in blacks, purples, and reds the color scheme aligns with the Victorian Era set out by the hotels namesake. With sleek furniture, natural woods, and Victorian inspired wallpaper all bathed in natural light, each room truly embodies the essence of Edouard.   Each suit, whether it is a junior or a full suit, has a balcony that gives a spectacular view of the Opéra Garnier, Sacré Coeur/Montmartre, or the Louvre. These suits are equipped with the latest technology such as, televisions, iPod stations, and Nespresso machines.

Central Paris Hotel , Edouard 7

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Rooms all have access to complementary Wi-Fi, air-conditioning, and heat. Rooms are in four different categories and range in price from 280€ to 770€ per night.

Restaurant

Central Paris Hotel , Edouard 7

La Cuisine de l’E7 Photo Credit: ParisByM

Central Paris Hotel , Edouard 7

Photo Credit: ParisByM

Keeping in the continuous theme of this central Paris hotel, the restaurant La Cuisine de l’E7 utilizes the modern Victorian décor that runs throughout the hotel adding to the feel of luxury. La Cuisine de l’E7 also follows the theme of comfort that embodies the hotel, strategically designed to give the feel of your own kitchen. La Cuisine de l’E7 is open for lunch, Monday – Friday, noon to 2 pm, and for supper, Monday – Friday, 7 pm to 10 pm, lunch starts at 39€, dinner at 49€. The menu is made up of only fresh, local produce. Executive Chef Rémy Fourmeaux creates inventive and subtle cuisine for each diner. Each week the menu reflects dishes from the country of the month. Rémy Fourmeaux also creates menus to highlight different cuisine from different countries. Countries that have been highlighted, thus far, include: Japan, Italy, Morocco Brazil, China, Sweden, and Spain. The E7 bar is a prime meeting place for tailored made drinks, designed to awaken the senses. Open Monday – Friday 11 am to 12 pm, and weekends 11 am – 11 pm.

Meeting Rooms

Hotel Edouard 7 is home to two meeting rooms, Salon Marigny and Salon Mogador. The Salon Marigny hold up to 60 people and the Salon Magador can hold up to 45 people.

How to Get to Edouard 7

Central Paris Hotel, Edouard 7

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This central Paris hotel is perfectly located between the Opéra and the Louvre, a seven minute walk in either direction.  While the avenue is busy, the double pained windows prevents the noise from breaking the atmosphere of the Edouard 7.

 

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Paris Nightlife

Signature Bar by Grant’s

If you are interested in Paris nightlife, but looking for something other than discotheques and nightclubs, than Signature Bar by Grant’s is the place for you. With its stylish decor and casual feel, Signature Bar by Grant’s creates a perfect balance between fan and fancy.

The Ambiance

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photo credit: Signature Bar by Grant’s

The entry way is large and reminiscent of the days when horse-drawn carriages were the primary mode of transportation. As soon as you enter the building, you walk into a large room, decorated like a classic French garden.

The sheer size of the venue is not evident before entry, but in fact it included two floors, multiple different rooms, terraces, and even an area for live music.

This central “French garden” room is open to smokers, yet didn’t feel suffocating like usual French “smoking rooms”, due to the fact that there was no ceiling, much like an atrium.

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credit: Paris By M

The Decor

When we arrived on the day of the opening the decor was extremely stylish, with 5 artistic themes that were place in various rooms throughout the building. These themes included “On the Road” which was illustrated by the motorcycles, side cars, and even workers placed around to take the customers pictures.

Another theme that was evident in Signature Bar by Grant’s was called “L S’tnarg”, and was represented by the tables and chairs that were glued to the ceiling. It was as if you could have walked up the walls and sat upside-down, they were so casually assembled.

The Location

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credit: Google Maps

Upon entering Signature Bar by Grant’s in Paris, it is clear why it was necessary for us to make a reservation ahead of time. This place is definitely one cool bar to visit in Paris.

Located not far from the Gare-du-Nord, at 159 Quai de Valmy 75010 Paris. It’s right next to the Seine River, making it easy to get to using public transportation.

After arriving at 8 p.m. , the bar and building was already filled with people looking to enjoy the live music and sublime ambiance.

Things to Keep in Mind

Signature Bar by Grant's

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  •  The lines to go upstairs, however, were extremely long and to avoid exceeding maximum capacity on the balconies. So get there early before the crowds start rolling in.
  • The security was very affective, but there was no evident place to check your jacket or coat. If you have one, be sure to keep it with you, as pickpockets are everywhere in Paris.
  • There is a cover fee, and reservations are sometimes required. Be sure to call ahead of time to make sure, it would be a shame to be turned away from this awesome bar.

 

 

 

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Flights to Paris: Flying From The United States

Planning a trip from the United States to Paris might seem overwhelming. Here have compiled a comprehensive list of different flights options that you have. With the hundreds of airlines that are boasting about their low rates, unbeatable service, or their stellar reputation, a vacation in Paris can seem awfully far away. Even buying flight to Paris from the United States can be quite the daunting task. Here, you will find a list of ways you can begin planning your trip to Paris and to help find the flight that is right for you.

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Finding your Flight

Flights are always less expensive if you buy them in advance. Therefore, one of the first things you want to purchase is your flight to Paris. Websites such as ExpediaOrbitz, TripAdvisor and Kayak can help you find the cheapest flights. Keep in mind that the cheapest flights might take the longest or have layovers and transfers. If you don’t find what you like on those sites, check out specific airlines online.

Some of the major airlines that offer flights to Paris are Air FranceAmerican Airlines, British Airways, and United airlines to name a few. Smaller airlines to mention are Aer Lingus, Delta, and Iberia.

Prices for flights out of the United States will start at $500 at the lowest and can go up to $2,000 per way. Of course this depends on the flight, airline company, and class choice. Prices tend to fluctuate as the seasons change, so be mindful of when you plan to travel and how that will affect the cost of your flight.

First Class

Interested in First Class? Many airlines offer First Class as an option when flying to Paris. First class options tend to provide direct routes to Paris without the layovers and transfers and offer more amenities, including meals, full menus, and most importantly: more legroom.

Flights to Paris

First Class seating in SWISS airlines. (credit: wikipedia.com)

Don’t forget, this will cost more than an Economy seat! Air France, British Airways, SWISS and American Airlines all offer first class options. Typically, first class seats start at $1,500 and get higher from there.

Economy and Cheap Seating

For those of us who aren’t made of money, economy seating is the way to go. Economy seating generally tends to have the lowest fares attached to them. While these flights offer less legroom and fewer dining options, they will help your flight to Paris, and your Paris vacation do less damage to your wallet. Most airlines offer economy, or “coach” seating as an option. Airlines like Air FranceWOW Air, Iberia and Delta offer first class as well as economy options, and are frequently boasting their affordable prices.

Economy seating can start as low as $250 one way, but on average cheap flights to Paris cost around $500. These flights may include long layover and transfers. Overnight flights to Paris also can help reduce the cost, as they are often purchased less, and are in lower demand.

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Checking your luggage

Checking luggage onto the plane will cost extra, especially if the luggage is over a certain weight limit (usually around 50lbs or 22.6 kilos). Generally this fee is around $25-40 depending on your airline’s regulations. Carry-on luggage is generally less expensive, however, airlines are strict about the size of the carry-on and will not allow the luggage to be carried onto the plane. Be sure to budget adequately for the amount of luggage you are planning on bringing.

Again, the sooner you purchase your flight, the cheaper the flight will be. So plan early and book now!

Recent data, articles and studies show that the optimal time to book your flight is between 112 and and 21 days before you are planning on taking your flight. This is when the prices have been statistically their lowest. Studies show that those who wait until the last minute, between 13-0 days, before booking their tickets pay on average $200 more. All the more reason to start planning your trip to Paris today.

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Credit: YouTube

Most travel agencies recognize the seasonal “travel deadzones”, where people generally are not traveling as much as other times of there year. These “deadzones” are generally within the first weeks of December (before Christmas), the first few weeks of January (after the New Year), and the middle of spring and fall seasons.

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The Catacombs of Paris: History and Rumors

Catacombes of Paris

“Stop! Here Begins the Empire of Death…”

The Catacombs of Paris are an interesting site to see, but beware, this place might not be for everyone. Even though this site contains a great deal of information and questions about Paris’ history and geography, there are many bones and skulls lined up all throughout the passage. Therefore, if you do not have a tolerance for skulls and bones or are claustrophobic, I would definitely not recommend this place. However, if what I just said does not change your opinion or even peaks your interest, then here’s some background behind the tunnels used for mining and as the burial grounds for approximately 6 million people (at least from the parts of the catacombs that have been discovered so far).

History

Catacombes of Paris

During the 17th century, there were two main problems and the French government decided to solve both these problems together. The first problem was an overflow of bodies in the cemeteries, specifically Saint Innocents. The initial solution was to exhume bodies and store them within the walls of the cemetery, but the cemeteries were still running out of space, due to the high amount of people dying from problems such as famine and disease.

Simultaneously, in some of parts of Paris, the ground had started to cave in. As a result, many tunnels used for mining had been discovered. There was a huge chain of tunnels that still to this day have not been completely discovered. These tunnels were primarily used for mining limestone, a material utilized in the construction of roads, bridges and buildings all over Paris. However, the tunnels had been abandoned and forgotten during the 13th century. Due to these problems, the two problems were combined into a solution where all the bodies were transferred to the tunnels beneath the city.

Tours

Catacombes of ParisPublic visits to the Catacombs began as early as the 1800’s; however, only the higher classes could afford to visit the mines with the permission of a mines inspector. For a short period of time, the catacombs were even closed to the public for about 17 years, due to the church’s disapproval towards exposing human bones to the public, before being reopened. After increasing demand over the years, the opening hours gradually grew from 4 visits per year to daily visits.

The entrance to the Catacombs of Paris is located in the 14th arrondissement (Denfert-Rochereau Metro Station) and costs $12, excluding the audio guide. The public only has access to a small part of the tunnels, but the walk through the tunnels still takes a good 45 minutes, covering a distance of 2 km (~1.25 miles). The tunnels are rumored to be approximately 170 miles (280 km) long, laying directly underneath the city. There is only one entry point to the public, a spiral staircase of 130 steps. Before going downstairs into the tunnels, there is a small exhibit that explains Paris’ geological history. Within the tunnels themselves, the bones have been organized by the cemeteries they were transferred from, including the year. Since the tunnels are underground, the temperature is lower than it is outside, so it would be a good idea to bring a sweater with you, even if you are visiting during the summer.

Secret Passages

Catacombes of Paris

Starting in the 1970’s, the Catacombs of Paris developed many followers, better known as Cataphiles, who enjoy discovering the mines underground illegally. These explorers find and create new passages to different parts of the carrières de Paris (quarries of Paris). It is believed that you can enter the Catacombs through the sewers, metro and other man-made holes. Because there are electrical wires, pipes and other elements that can make it difficult to explore the Catacombs, accessing the catacombs unofficially is heavily fined. The Cataphiles have been mainly associated with artistic movements, particularly when in September 2004, an underground movie theater was discovered by the police. Since there are other official entrances for employees and excavators, there are some people who carry the key and might use it for illegal access. To this day, there are many Cataphiles who still go underground to either explore and add to their maps, photograph, paint murals or even dig more tunnels.

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Five photos that capture the spirit of the city of Paris

It is often said that a picture is worth a thousand words. By that sound logic, five pictures are worth five thousand words. Maybe even that is not enough words to do the city of Paris justice. In any case, here is an attempt to capture what may well be the soul of Paris in a few photos.

 

The Christmas markets

It’s December, and even if you haven’t noticed, Paris has. There’s no better way to understand the city in wintertime better than to stroll through the arrays of tents offering all kinds of wonders. Hot wine, sausages, cheeses, chocolates––essential holiday shopping!

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Christmas market (Wikimedia Commons)

 

The cafés

Paris is Paris because of the coffeeshops. The wicker chairs, the pleasingly neglectful waiters, and the cigarette smoke wafting over from either side reminds you what Paris, city of cafés, is all about. Want to “do” Paris right? Spend at least a few hours chatting, sipping, and/or nibbling at a place like this.

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Les Deux Magots (Wikimedia Commons)

 

The Seine

Most big cities have a river, and that river colors the personality of the city. How a metropolis integrates and interacts with its water is important for its character even beyond the quay. The Seine is magnificent, as is the way Paris is built around and over it. But again, let the image do the talking:

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The Seine (Wikimedia Commons)

 

Louvre

This world-famous museum gets plenty of coverage basically everywhere–and for good reason. Its contents aside, just soaking in the exterior is a profoundly Parisian experience. Here is the quintessence of Parisian culture, accompanied by a shocking juxtaposition of new and old.

Le musée du Louvre

 

The Skyline

Of course it’s hard to talk about the spirit of a city without considering it in its wholeness. Arguably, the beauty of Paris lies somewhere in its entirety. The best a photograph can do then, is expose the skyline of the city of lights, alight.

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Paris at night (Wikimedia Commons)

Paris guided tours

What tourists enjoy in Paris guided tours?

Discover our selection of Paris guided tours

If you’re traveling to Paris and don’t know what to do or if you find yourself overwhelmed by all of the enticing options – the best and most enjoyable solution is to take a Paris guided tour . Here’s why:

Paris guided tours

Boat tour on the Seine

1. A nice sample

If you choose a Paris guided tour through ParisByM, you get to see a good range and sample of The City of Lights’ most mesmerizing sights, attractions and culture. If you see something you like – you can always make a note of it and head back there later. And if you’re only in Paris for a short period of time – then a tour is the surest way to take advantage.

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Bus tour of the main attractions

2. A true Parisian point of view

A guide can make or break a tour. That’s why ParisByM has selected only the best guides and Paris guided tours. They take you to their favorite spots and hidden gems around the city and as a result, you start feeling like less of a tourist and more like a resident. They also give you an interesting history lesson along the way – so no need to keep your head buried in your travel guide! You can also ask your guide for advice on what to do for the rest of your trip – they always know the best places to eat, drink and be merry!

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In the midst of a group guided tour

3. Meeting fellow travelers

Going on a Paris guided tour is one of the best ways to meet new people while traveling. You can make new friends or even encounter a new travel buddy. And – if you’re traveling solo or a bit of an introvert, this is a good opportunity to be social!

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Meeting friends along the way

4. Group or private tours

Guided tours in Paris come in all different shapes and sizes. If you’re a social butterfly or prefer to be alone – no worries, there’s a tour in Paris for that! ParisByM can set you up on a tour that suits your needs and preferences.

Paris guided tours

Classic car tour

5. Getting around

There are so many different ways of seeing the sights in Paris. You can take a boat tour on the Seine, see the city from above on the roof of a bus or tour in style in a classic car. If you would rather go at a slower pace, to really soak everything in, take a bike or traditional walking tour. And if you’re looking for something a little different and fun, ride around the city on a Segway – helmets included!

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One of the best views during a Segway tour

6. Themed tours

There are a lot of guided tours in Paris where you see the main attractions, but there is also a large selection of themed tours. If you’re a foodie – you can go on a gastronomic tour and taste some of the best food the city has to offer. And since you are in one of the best city’s for wine – why not take advantage and go wine tasting with an expert sommelier.

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Having fun while wine tasting. Credit: flickr.com

These are just a few of the many reasons to take a Paris guided tour – and ParisByM can help you book one before or after your flight.

Take the stress and out of your travel planning and book a tour that you won’t forget.

Happy touring!

top 10 attractions in paris

Top 10 des attractions à Paris

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Lors d’une première visite de Paris, il est difficile de savoir ce qu’il ne faut absolument pas rater tant la ville regorge de lieux intéressants à visiter. Pour vous donner un coup de pouce dans votre choix, voici notre top 10 des attractions les plus prisées dans la Ville Lumière .

1) La Tour Eiffel

 

top 10 attractions in paris Monument le plus emblématique de la ville, la Tour Eiffel n’a pas toujours été très appréciée. Construite par Gustave Eiffel pour l’Exposition Universelle de 1889, elle fit l’objet d’une cabale et échappa de peu à la destruction après la fin de l’Exposition, les ingénieurs lui découvrant une nouvelle utilisation en tant qu’antenne pour une toute récente invention : la radio. Plus de 100 ans plus tard, la Dame de Fer comme la surnomment affectueusement les Parisiens a attiré plus de 250 millions de visiteurs depuis son ouverture au public, devenant ainsi le symbole de Paris. La nuit, la Tour s’illumine et si vous êtes à proximité à ce moment-là, vous aurez même la chance de la voir scintiller pendant 5 minutes au début de chaque heure.

top 10 attractions in parisLe conseil de ParisByM: Si vous souhaitez grimper sur la tour ou profiter d’un déjeuner ou d’une dîner avec vue imprenable, pensez à réserver vos billets plusieurs mois à l’avance, sans quoi vous pourrez passer plus de temps à faire la queue qu’à profiter de la visite. Toutefois, si vous n’avez pas pu obtenir de billet à l’avance, sachez que l’Arc de Triomphe offre également une très jolie vue sur la ville et vous pouvez y bénéficier de billet coupe-file… (voir plus bas). Pour réserver vos billets pour la Tour Eiffel, contacter nous ici.

 

2) Musée du Louvre

 top 10 attractions in paris Ancienne résidence royale des rois de France, le Palais du Louvre est à present le plus grand (et sans aucun doute l’un des plus beaux) musée du monde. N’hésitez pas à vous prendre en photo devant la fameuse pyramide de Pei ou à flâner dans les allées du musée à la découverte de chefs d’œuvre, comme la Joconde, la Vénus de Milo et la Victoire de Samothrace entre autres. Avec une collection de 300 000 œuvres d’art, dont 35 000 exposés simultanément, vous êtes sûr de faire de nouvelles découvertes à chacune de vos visites.

top 10 attractions in paris Le conseil de ParisByM: Vous pouvez découvrir le musée par vous-mêmes (pensez à vous procurer vos billets coupe-file auprès de nous) ou suivre l’une des visites guidées proposées par le musée ou une agence spécialisée. Etant donné la taille du musée, nous vous recommandons de prévoir un minimum de 2 heures pour un simple tour des chefs d’œuvre, ou beaucoup plus si vous voulez en découvrir davantage. Pensez à nous contacter pour vos billets coupe-file ici.

 

3) Arc de Triomphe

top 10 attractions in paris Situé en haut de la célèbre avenue des Champs Elysées, l’Arc de Tromphe est un incontournable. Commandité par Napoléon en 1806, l’Arc commémore les victoires de la Grande Armée napoléonienne. Il abrite depuis la 1e guerre mondiale la tombe du Soldat Inconnu, où brûle une flamme éternelle en souvenir de tous les soldats tombés au combat. Chaque soir, la flamme est rallumée lors d’une courte cérémonie à laquelle chacun est libre d’assister entre 18h et 18h30,

A l’intérieur vous découvrirez la richesse et la dimension historique de l’Arc, et vous pourrez gravir ses Arc de Triomphe234 marches jusqu’au sommet pour admirer à 50m de hauteur l’une des vues les plus spectaculaires sur Paris.

Le conseil de ParisByM: Attention, il n’y a ni ascenseur ni escalator au sein de l’Arc de Triomphe. La visite n’est donc pas accessible si vous avez des difficultés à gravir des escaliers ou que vous êtes avec de jeunes enfants. Vous pouvez réserver vos billets coupe-file en nous contactant ici.

 

4) Notre-Dame de Paris

top 10 attractions in paris Sans doute l’église la plus reconnaissable du monde, la Cathédrale Notre Dame est un exemple impressionnant de l’architecture gothique française du Moyen-Age. Construite au cours du 12° siècle, la cathédrale est mondialement connue pour avoir été le lieu du couronnement de Napoléon, mais aussi pour être le cadre du roman de Victor Hugo Notre Dame de Paris. Si la visite de l’intérieur de la cathédrale est gratuite, vous ne pourrez toutefois pas échapper à la file d’attente sur le parvis, qui représente une attente d’environ 30 minutes en temps normal.

Si le coeur vous en dit, vous pouvez également grimpez les 422 marches pour accéder au sommet des tours, où vous découvrirez une vue magnifique ainsi que les fameuses gargouilles et les cloches, notamment Emmanuel, bourdon de 13 tonnes. En raison de l’étroitesse des escaliers et pour préserver les tours, une politique de quota a été adoptée et vous ne pourrez pas commencer l’ascension avant qu’un certain nombre de touristes ne soit déjà ressorti. Il vous faudra donc vous armer de patience pour cette visite, indépendante de celle de la cathédrale. La visite n’est par ailleurs pas accessible aux personnes à mobilité réduite.

Famous gargoyles of Notre Dame overlooking Paris (compos)Le conseil de ParisByM: N’hésitez pas à arrive tôt avant l’ouverture des portes pour réduire votre temps d’attente. Si vous vous y prenez à l’avance, vous pouvez également réserver une visite guidée en dehors des horaires traditionnels, ce qui vous fera gagner beaucoup de temps !

 

5) Le Sacré-Cœur de Montmartre

paris_sacre_coeurConsacrée en 1909, la basilique du Sacré-Cœur surplombe l’un des quartiers les plus artistiques de Paris : la Butte Montmarte. C’est là que se trouve la célèbre Place du Tertre si prisée des touristes où vous pourrez vous faire dessiner votre portrait par l’un des nombreux artistes de rue présents sur la place.

Pour accéder à la basilique, située en haut de la butte, vous pouvez choisir de gravir les 222 marches des jardins ou opter pour le funiculaire. A l’intérieur, vous serez récompensé de vos efforts en découvrant (entrée libre) un monde d’opulence où les mosaïques or, rouge et bleues offrent une magnifique illustration de l’art figuratif religieux.

top 10 attractions in paris Le conseil de ParisByM: Montmartre ne se résume pas à la basilique et à la place du Tertre ! Prenez le temps de flâner dans le quartier pour en découvrir les recoins et les trésors cachés, dont les vignes, le cimetière, la place Dalida….

 

6) Croisière sur la Seine

 

top 10 attractions in paris L’un des “must” de Paris, et à juste titre ! Plusieurs companies proposent une croisière découverte d’une heure qui permet de découvrir les grands monuments de Paris avec une vue originale depuis le fleuve,  la Tour Eiffel, Notre Dame ou encore le musée d’Orsay entre autres.  

top 10 attractions in paris Le conseil de ParisByM: La croisière découverte d’une heure peut être avantageusement remplacée pour une occasion spéciale par un dîner ou un déjeuner croisière. Un moment magique ! N’hésitez pas à lire notre revue à ce sujet ici et à nous contacter pour vos réservations ici.

 

7) Château de Versailles

top 10 attractions in paris A ne pas manquer si vous avez au minimum 4 jours devant vous à Paris. L’un des plus opulents et impressionnants château qui existent au monde, il fut résidence officielle des rois de France de Louis XIV à la Révolution. Le château est constitué de plus de 700 pièces, dont certaines seulement se visitent, et notamment la fameuse Galerie des Glaces. Les jardins à la française, de plus de 250 hectares, sont les plus vastes d’Europe et abritent des pelouses soigneusement entretenues, des fontaines et des statues de marbres

top 10 attractions in paris Siué en dehors de Paris, Versailles est accessible en RER, en navette ou en transport privé. Pour profiter pleinement de votre visite depuis Paris, prévoyez au minimum une demi-journée pour la visite du château uniquement, plus si vous souhaitez visiter les jardins et le reste du domaine.

Le conseil de ParisByMLes billets de visite du Château, des jardins, du petit palais du Trianon et du domaine de Marie-Antoinette sont indépendants. Pensez à les réserver à l’avance pour éviter les files d’attentes. Contacter nous pour cela ici.

 

8) Centre Pompidou

top 10 attractions in paris Présentant une extraordinaire collection d’oeuvres d’art moderne et contemporain du 20° siècle, le musée affiche clairement sa thématique dès l’extérieur, avec sa construction moderne faite d’entrelacs de cheminées, de tuyaux et d’ascenseurs, le tout visible de l’extérieur. Inauguré en 1977, ce bâtiment éclectique abrite plusieurs salles d’exposition, le studio Brancusi,  une bibliothèque, 2 cinémas, un théâtre et même un restaurant en sur les toits.  En tant que visiteur, vous pouvez accéder aux collections permanentes du Musée National d’Art Moderne, vous restaurer au café situé au niveau de la mezzanine ou au restaurant, ou encore profitez d’une exposition temporaire pour découvrir le centre.

Le conseil de ParisByM: Si vous n’êtes pas particulièrement attiré par l’Art Moderne, vous pouvez cependant quand même accéder aux toits du centre (il existe des billets spéciaux à 5€ pour cela) pour aller prendre un café en terrasse avec vue sur tout Paris.

 

9) Le Jardin du Luxembourg

top 10 attractions in paris A l’origine propriété du duc du Luxembourg, le domaine fut racheté par Marie de Médicis, veuve du roi Henri IV, en 1612. Native de la ville de Florence, la reine s’inspira du palais de son enfance, le Palais Pitti, et des jardins Boboli pour en redessiner les plans. A la Révolution, les jardins furent agrandis et prirent la frme de vrais jardins à la française. La Palais lui-même, fuit par les nobles, devint temporairement une prison, avant de devenir le siège du Sénat Français.

Le jardin est devenu un lieu de promenade prisé des touristes comme des Parisiens. Au centre du parc, le Grand Bassin octogonal est le rendez-vous des enfants qui peuvent louer de petits bateaux à faire naviguer sur le basson. Vous y trouverez également plusieurs autres activités dédiées aux enfants, une aire de jeux, un manège, des poneys et même un spectacle de marionnettes. Les adultes peuvent quant à eux profiter de terrains de tennis, d’un pavillon de musique et d’une orangerie.

 

top 10 attractions in paris Le conseil de ParisByM: Ne manquez pas l’occasion d’aller admirer la splendide fontaine Médicis à côté du Grand Bassin dans les jardins. Le Palais du Luxembourg abrite également un musée qui présente de très intéressantes expositions temporaires : pensez à vous renseigner sur la programmation avant d’y aller.

 

10) Cimetière du Père Lachaise

top 10 attractions in paris Le Père Lachaise est sans conteste le cimetière de France le plus connu et le plus populaire, mais ce ne fut pas toujours le cas. Ouvert en 1804 sous le règne de Napoléon, le cimetière fut initialement délaissé par les Parisiens qui refusaient de se faire enterrer si loin (à l’époque, il était situé à l’extérieur des limites de la ville). Ce n’est qu’après le transfert des restes de Molière et de La Fontaine en grande pompe que la popularité du cimetière s’améliora, chacun voulant être enterré près des célébrités… Belle opération marketing pour l’époque ! Aujourd’hui, le cimetière abrite de nombreuses tombes très variées, de la plus simple à la plus décorée. Et de nombreuses autres célébrités sont venues rejoindre Molière et La Fontaine, artistes, musiciens, légendes de la littérature, hommes d’Etat, parmi lesquelles Edith PiafJim MorrisonGertrude Stein, Choppin ou encore Oscar Wilde.

 top 10 attractions in paris Le conseil de ParisByMLe cimetière couvre la même surface que la cité du Vatican à Rome ! Prévoyez donc suffisamment de temps pour pouvoir vous promener tranquillement à la recherche des tombes célèbres. Nous vous proposons par ailleurs une balade à la découverte des tombes les plus célèbres, n’hésitez pas à nous contacter à ce sujet ici.

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Guerlain parent shop on the Avenue des Champs Elysées in Paris, scene of the beauty class

The Beauty Class, by Guerlain

Paris is synonymous with luxury and refinement. The real “Parisienne” is necessarily a perfect woman, who always looks rested and with a glowing complexion. Well, great news for everyone else: it’s false! Yes, we Parisians women also have dark circles under the eyes after too festive an evening, and the passing of time does not spare us more than it does for the others … But we have a secret weapon: the Guerlain Beauty Class.

In the magnificent setting of the historic boutique on the Champs Elysees, the famous House offers indeed to learn different techniques and beauty care gestures and makeup, that are easy to replicate at home afterwards. As master of ceremonies, Maxime Poulain, make-up artist of the House, teaches the basics of beauty. Assisted by his lovely demonstrators, Maxime explains to us the difference between a tonic and a lotion, and when to use one or the other. He explains how to choose a blush (which you always need to coordinate with your lipstick), or how to apply it (always on top of the cheekbone). He explains why products like the oil Abeille Royale or the products from the Terracotta line meet such a success for so many years now, and how to use them well. In short, in one hour only, Maxime shows us how to wear make-up and feel perfect in 2 minutes flat.

 These beauty classes, in small groups of about 10 to 15 people, offer a first approach to the French beauty. To go further, Guerlain also offers customized individual consultations. A true moment of relaxation that makes you feel beautiful and radiant. It is no doubt what we call the “French touch”!

For who: for women who want to feel beautiful.
How Much: from 40€
Duration: count 1 hour for a Beauty Class in group.
Tip: Guerlain offers various customization services, from your makeup ritual to the design of your bottle of perfume, do not hesitate to ask.