by TravelMuse EuropeOnly have a few days in the City of Lights? Take in must-see sights like the Louvre, Eiffel Tower and Notre Dame, and stroll down the Champs Elysees to the Arc de Triomphe. Discover hidden treasures at the flea market (Puces de Clignancourt) and indulge your sense of the macabre in the Catacombes. And of course, when in Paris, don't forget to eat! Whether you're looking for a traditional bistro meal, nouveau French cuisine or a casual picnic along the canal, dining in Paris is sure to satisfy any appetite. More
Added Aug 06, 2009 by TravelMuse EuropeA rare gem set in a quiet street filled with art galleries, L'Hotel is a dramatic expression of Parisian panache with excitingly decadent decor, a Michelin-starred restaurant, a romantic small pool and sauna in the cellars, and original works of art by Jean Cocteau, set in the heart of St-Germain-des-Pres. An impressive spiral staircase leads to six floors of opulent individually-styled rooms and suites, each a cocoon of wonderfully lavish rich fabrics with original works of art and indulgent bathrooms. Once the home of an impoverished Oscar Wilde, who rented a room here, handwritten notes by the writer are displayed in the lobby lounge. Enjoy a leisurely breakfast on the restaurant terrace and then take the short walk to Boulevard St. Germain. Return after a day s shopping or sightseeing to dine at the hotel s piece de resistance, Le Restaurant, where superb French cuisine created by chef, Philippe Belissent, is enjoyed from deeply comfortable armchairs or sofas set around the tables. L'Hotel is a Small Luxury Hotels of the World property.
13 Rue Des Beaux Arts, 75006 Paris, France
Added Aug 06, 2009 by TravelMuse EuropeStretching for two kilometers (one mile) and lined with trees, les Champs-Élysées has become the center for festivities and official parades. It is a magnet for tourists and for the multitudes who enjoy evenings spent strolling along the broad and picturesque avenue. The many cinemas, cafés, and restaurants tempt visitors to rest their legs for a few hours, tired from walking by the designer boutiques, banks, and embassies also situated in this chic neighborhood. The avenue was originally created in 1667 by André Le Nôtre, Louis XIV's gardener, in order to improve the view from the Jardin des Tuileries. The avenue was lenghtened at the end of the 18th Century, to run from the Place de la Concorde to the Arc de Triomphe.
Avenue des Champs-Elysées, 75008 Paris, France
+33 8 9268 3000
Added Aug 07, 2009 by TravelMuse EuropeOriginally known as place Louis-XV, this square was created between 1755 and 1775 by the architect, Gabriel. Renamed Place de la Révolution in 1792, a guillotine was installed and 2800 executions took place including that of King Louis XVI. Louis-Philippe christened it Place de la Concorde in 1830. The Louqsor obelisk, a gift from the Viceroy of Egypt to King Charles X of France, has been standing in the center of the square since 1840. The eight statues representing France's largest cities and the two fountains were also added at this time. The square is home to one of Paris' most prestigious hotels, the Hôtel Crillon.
Avenue Gabriel, (rue Boissy D'anglas), 75008 Paris, France
Added Aug 06, 2009 by TravelMuse EuropeThe arch is a site of memories, current events and celebrations. The lists of the dead will move you. And the cars that drive around the monument will terrify you! Standing in a direct line between the Louvre and the Grande Arche de la Défense, the monument links the past with the present and offers amazing views. A truly impressive landmark, 50 meters (164 feet) high and 45 meters (147 feet) wide, Paris would not be Paris without it! Open daily from 10am.
Place Charles-de-Gaulle-Étoile, 75008 Paris, France
+33 1 55 37 73 77
Added Aug 06, 2009 by TravelMuse EuropeOnly a few people know that the third largest museum worldwide used to be the main residence of French kings and emperors for six centuries. The Old Fortress was erected in 1190 under the reign of King Philippe Auguste to protect the kingdom from the invasion of northern tribes (the Vikings). During the 14th Century, the palace was extended under Charles V and became from time to time a royal residence. The greatest changes in the original palace were made under King François I. The medieval Grosse Tour was destroyed and replaced by a sumptuous palace, still considered a masterpiece of Renaissance architecture. In 1594, Henri IV decided to build a passage between the Tuileries Palace and Louvre Palace, still known as the "Great Gallery." The "Cour Carrée" was part of a vast program conducted under Louis XIII and Louis XIV to embellish the king's residence and is a symbol of the classical period. After Louis XIV moved to Versailles, the Louvre knew a static period. The most recent construction is the Glass Pyramid erected by Leoh Ming Pei under French President Mitterrand, which is now the main entrance to the museum. With 35,000 pieces and a surface of about 68,746 square meters (740,000 square feet), the Louvre cannot be taken in in one day. -Aurélie Pichard
34 Quai du Louvre, 75001 Paris, France
+33 1 4020 5824
Added Aug 08, 2009 by TravelMuse EuropeClimbing the 387 steps to the top of this masterpiece is well worth the effort for the spectacular view. Construction of the first great Gothic cathedral began in 1163 and was largely completed by 1212. The rebuilding of the two transept gates in 1270 marked its completion. The west face is adorned with three richly decorated doorways and crowned with two 69-meter (226-foot) towers. The cathedral is busy at the best of times; especially on Sundays, when much of the building is closed to visitors.
6 Parvis Notre-Dame, Place Jean-Paul II , 75004 Paris, France
+33 1 4234 5610
Added Aug 08, 2009 by TravelMuse EuropeThis restaurant was opened by a husband and wife team, who had a tiny, well-loved restaurant called Le Temps au Temps that I had enjoyed years ago. Their new place is in the Latin Quarter and received a positive write up in the New York Times earlier this year.
Added Aug 08, 2009 by TravelMuse EuropeThe Latin Quarter adopted its name from the early Latin speaking students that lived there and has been inhabited since the early Middle Ages. You will generally find artists, intellectuals, and others who have adopted a Bohemian lifestyle. This area include various Paris landmarks like the Musée de Cluny, the Institut du Monde Arabe, the Muséum National d'histoire Naturelle, and the Jardin des Plantes. At the heart of Latin Quarter, as its symbol, stands famous University La Sorbonne . It's a vibrant neighborhood with both historical buildings and fine shops. At night, enjoy the smoky pubs and jazz clubs.
Cinquième et Sixième Arrondissement, Angle du Boulevard-Saint-Germain, 75005 Paris, France
Added Aug 07, 2009 by TravelMuse EuropeThere is nothing more wonderful than walking down Parisian streets and discovering new places. The Marche aux Puces which literally means, "Market of the fleas" is not just one market but twelve that have been incorporated into one long stretch of shopping haven. Browse through a selection of 3000 stalls that sell antiques to funky junk. If you don't speak French, make sure you take someone who does; for the best possible bargain.
Avenue de la Porte de Clignancourt, 75018 Paris, France
Added Aug 07, 2009 by TravelMuse EuropeThis restaurant is in located in the flea market so it’s very convenient when you get hungry while shopping/browsing. The food is decent but you really go for the atmosphere—there is usually live music in the form of singers accompanied by an accordion and performing tunes by Edith Piaf and the like.
Added Aug 07, 2009 by TravelMuse EuropeIf Paris, in your mind, is a series of winding streets, small squares and quaint shops perched on a slope overlooking the city then you should go to Montmartre. Heavily touristy near the Sacré Coeur, rue des Abbesses is slightly less so. Montmartre has all of Paris’ charm, without all of Paris’ hassle.
Added Aug 07, 2009 by TravelMuse EuropeThis Romano-Byzantine basilica overlooks Montmartre, one of Paris's most picturesque districts. Its distinctive dome rising up over the rooftops, the basilica offers the perfect vantage point from which to survey the city. Inside, the mosaic of Christ and the crypt are of particular interest. Commissioned by the Catholic Church, construction began in 1875 under the watchful eye of architect Paul Abadie, and was finally completed in 1914.
Rue du Chevalier-de-la-Barre 35, 75018 Paris, France
+33 1 5341 8900
Added Aug 06, 2009 by TravelMuse EuropeStretching from the Square Frédérick Lemaître, near the Place de la République, to the Rue Lafayette and the charming pool of the Parc de la Villette, this canal enables boats to take a shortcut through the 10th arrondissement past a long loop of the Seine. Since its creation in 1825, the canal has been made famous by artists and film directors. It was notably featured in Jeunet's Amélie. Today, tourists in Paris love to walk along the banks to watch the barges float by and navigate the nine locks along the length of the canal. You could also grab a hot cuppa at the Hotel du Nord, and reminisce about the fascinating day spent along the canal.
Rue Lafayette, (rue du Faubourg du Temple), 75010 Paris, France
Added Aug 07, 2009 by TravelMuse EuropeOrder a pizza from this restaurant and have it delivered to you on the canal. The Pink Flamingo is a French-American-run pizza place (67 rue Bichat, metro Goncourt) a short walk from the canal. They fire up creative pizza combinations and offer canal delivery—they give you a pink balloon, you go to the canal, and they bring your pizza.
Added Aug 06, 2009 by TravelMuse EuropeThe Montparnasse cemetery stretches over 18 hectares (45 acres) and houses the tombs of several famous French people. Situated on the land of former farms, the site was chosen by Napoléon and the cemetery was created in 1824 (after Père-Lachaise and Montmartre). It is divided up by straight walkways, two of which demarcate the Grand and the Petit cimetière. People laid to rest here include Alfred Dreyfus (of the Dreyfus Affair), the author Guy de Maupassant, Jean Seberg (the actress who starred in À Bout de Souffle ((Breathless)) among others), the poet Baudelaire, the literary couple Sartre and de Beauvoir, Samuel Beckett and Serge Gainsbourg.
3 Boulevard Edgar Quinet, 75014 Paris, France
+33 (0)1 4410 8650
Added Aug 06, 2009 by TravelMuse EuropeIn 1810, the Montrouge stone quarries became catacombs. Because of a lack of space in the graveyards of Paris, it is here, 20 meters (65 feet) underground, that the remains of six million Parisians are exhibited. These ossuaries, illustrated by texts, create a chilling atmosphere and describe some of the events in the history of Paris, giving visitors substance for meditation. During World War II, this network of galleries was used as a hideaway for the Résistance movement; its vastness and the discretion of its entrances were great assets indeed.
1, avenue du Colonel Henri Rol-Tanguy, 75014 Paris, France
+33 1 4322 4763
Added Aug 06, 2009 by TravelMuse EuropeNearly 2.5 million visitors each year come to see the largest collection in the world of impressionist artwork, found in the splendid Musée d'Orsay. The building itself, called the Gare d'Orsay, was built for the World's Fair of 1900. During World War II, it was used to welcome freed prisoners. Once the train station (the Gare) fell into disuse and the adjacent hotel closed down in 1973, the building was threatened with demolition. However, it was decided to instead transform the building's function to house a collection of art from the second half of the 19th Century. It was inaugurated in 1986 under the governance of François Mitterand. The principal gallery of the ground floor, 138 meters long (453 feet) and 32 meters tall (105 feet), is a reminder of the building's history. Among the masterpieces in this gallery are the scandalous Enterrement à Ornans by Gustave Courbet and the Glaneuses by Jean-François Millet. Fans of impressionism should head directly up to the fifth floor, where works by the greatest masters of this genre are hung in galleries 29 to 48. In order of appearance, these include La Classe de danse by Degas, Still Lifes by Manet such as L'Asperge, Le Bal du Moulin de la Galette by Renoir, and La Gare Saint-Lazare, La Cathédrale de Rouen or the Nymphéas by Claude Monet. Works by Van Gogh in gallery 35 and Cézanne in 36 follow, the small galleries 37 and 38 contain pastels by Degas, and galleries 43-44 are devoted to Gauguin's paintings of Tahiti. Decorative arts are located a few flights down, worth visiting notably for the impressive collection of Art Nouveau. While on this floor, don't miss the terrasse Rodin, where L'Homme qui marche is located, and worth taking the time to appreciate. For a short rest to help absorb this astonishing collection, visit! the Café des Hauteurs on the third floor or the restaurant on the sixth floor. Also don't forget to check out the beautiful Hotel Le BelleChasse, which is walking distance from here. -Aurélie Pichard.
62 rue de Lille, 75343 Paris, France
+33 1 4049 4814
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This place is popularly called the intellectual and new fashion district. This neighborhood is filled with art galleries, antique stores, cafés and restaurants. Saint-Germain-des-Prés also has popular places like the Deux Magotscafé, Café de Flore and Brasserie Lipp. And not to forget the Église Saint-Germain-des-Prés (Church of Saint Germain des Prés), built back in the 6th Century. The area has the money, style and sophistication, as well as a mix of the very best in the arts, philosophy and politics.
Boulevard St Germain, 75006 Paris, France
+33 8 9268 3000(Tourist Information)
Added Aug 07, 2009 by TravelMuse EuropeThis is a neighborhood restaurant with simple, sophisticated and delicious food. It made Conde Nast Traveller’s “It List” in 2008 so it’s now frequented by quite a cosmopolitan clientele—you’ll want to make reservations well in advance. The chef changes the menu daily based on what’s available at the market. Make sure you order dessert!
Added Aug 06, 2009 by TravelMuse EuropeParis just wouldn't be Paris without the Eiffel Tower. Designed by Gustave Eiffel for the 1889 World Fair, at 300 meters (984 feet) it was then the world's tallest building. Not everyone was happy when it was first built; many considered it an eyesore and wanted it pulled down, but today it is one of the world's most visited monuments. The first and second floors can be reached using the stairs, and elevators take visitors to the magnificent view at the top.
5 avenue Anatole France, Champ de Mars, 75007 Paris, France
+33 1 4411 2323
Added Aug 06, 2009 by TravelMuse EuropeCheck out these top Paris museums and art attractions on your next Paris vacation. Our local expert gives tips to maximum Parisian art viewing, whether at the Louvre, Musee D’Orsay or gallery hopping.
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Added Aug 06, 2009 by TravelMuse Europe
Take a trip to the beautiful gardens of Tuileries, where the Orangerie Museum is. The museum stocks a host of famous and fabulous artists such as Cezanne, Matisse, Picasso and Henri Rousseau. All the artwork in the museum was handed over by Jean Walter and Paul Guillaume, two art fanatics who have insured that all these works are exhibited together, so that the public can appreciate them in all their glory. There is a surprise in the basement, the Oval Room - some of Monet's Water-Lily paintings, which are on permanent display. Another surprise awaiting you is the La Galerie Nationale du Jeu de Paume (La), which is a twin tower of the Orangerie.
Rue de Rivoli, Jardin des Tuileries , 75001 Paris, France
+33 1 4477 8007
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Paris is the cosmopolitan capital of France and - with 2.2 million people living in zone 1 (Central Paris) and another 9.9 million people in the suburbs (la banlieue) - is one of the largest cities in Europe. Located in the north of the country on the river Seine, Paris has the reputation of being the most beautiful and romantic of all cities, brimming with historical associations and remaining vastly influential in the realms of culture, art, fashion, food and design. Dubbed the City of Light, it is among the most popular tourist destinations in the world.
Central Paris is officially divided into 20 districts called arrondissements, numbered from 1 to 20 in a clockwise spiral from the centre of town. Each arrondissement has its own unique character and selection of attractions for the traveler.
One of the best value and most convenient ways to see the sights of Paris is with the Paris Museum Pass (previously known as Carte Musées et Monuments), a pre-paid entry card that allows entry into over 70 museums and monuments around Paris. Those there are too many to list, highlights include: Notre Dame Cathedral, the Eiffel Tower, Père-Lachaise Cemetery, the Louvre, Musée d'Orsay and the Picasso Museum.
Added Aug 06, 2009 by TravelMuse EuropeTop Paris Attractions. Read our local expert’s picks on the best things to do in Paris, including top Paris museums, cool neighborhoods and best places for Parisian shopping.
Added Aug 06, 2009 by TravelMuse EuropeIf you need a break from combing the countless museums on your Paris vacation, plan a picnic at one of Paris’ premiere picnic locations.
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