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Guidebook for Paris

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Guidebook for Paris

Food Scene
One of Paris most famous squares, is lined with cafés where famous names in literature once found inspiration. You will love the lively atmosphere, full of restaurants, coffees and all kind of shops.
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place de la Contrescarpe
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One of Paris most famous squares, is lined with cafés where famous names in literature once found inspiration. You will love the lively atmosphere, full of restaurants, coffees and all kind of shops.
Historical and charming "Les Deux Magots" in Saint-Germain des Prés... have a coffee where Picasso, Hemingway, Sartre and many more came to write and create their masterpieces.
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Les Deux Magots
6 Place Saint-Germain des Prés
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Historical and charming "Les Deux Magots" in Saint-Germain des Prés... have a coffee where Picasso, Hemingway, Sartre and many more came to write and create their masterpieces.
Legendary Fouquet’s... offers Michelin-starred cuisine. Always excellent !
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Fouquet's
99 Avenue des Champs-Elysées
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Legendary Fouquet’s... offers Michelin-starred cuisine. Always excellent !
Everything Else
From the 13th century, it is one of the first universities in the world... dedicated to Literature, Languages, Civilizations, Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences... Worldwide known.
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Paris-Sorbonne University
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From the 13th century, it is one of the first universities in the world... dedicated to Literature, Languages, Civilizations, Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences... Worldwide known.
Sightseeing
For literature lovers it would be nice to know that the famous Ernest Hemingway lived and wrote in the streets of our neighborhood, nearly one century ago. You can see his apartment, directly from our balcony !. This Nobel Prize, lived just across the street from us...
74 Rue du Cardinal Lemoine
74 Rue du Cardinal Lemoine
For literature lovers it would be nice to know that the famous Ernest Hemingway lived and wrote in the streets of our neighborhood, nearly one century ago. You can see his apartment, directly from our balcony !. This Nobel Prize, lived just across the street from us...
With a nice open market that has been running since the 1920s !... It is on Wednesdays, Fridays & Sundays, from 7:00h to 14:30h. There you can buy fresh & quality products around the pretty fountain in Place Monge: bread, meat, fish, fruit, organic products, cheeses, honey, wines, flowers... lovely Parisian experience !
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Place Monge
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With a nice open market that has been running since the 1920s !... It is on Wednesdays, Fridays & Sundays, from 7:00h to 14:30h. There you can buy fresh & quality products around the pretty fountain in Place Monge: bread, meat, fish, fruit, organic products, cheeses, honey, wines, flowers... lovely Parisian experience !
Few steps from the apartment is perhaps the most famous, historic and colorful street market in all of Paris. The upper half is full with restaurants and bars; the lower half is the setting of a lively morning outdoor market...
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Rue Mouffetard
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Few steps from the apartment is perhaps the most famous, historic and colorful street market in all of Paris. The upper half is full with restaurants and bars; the lower half is the setting of a lively morning outdoor market...
The Arc de Triomphe is perhaps the most iconic of all French monuments. Situated at the Place de l’Etoile, overlooking the Champs-Elysées, the Arc de Triomphe is the biggest arch in the world. It was commissioned by Napoleon in 1806 to celebrate his victory at Austerlitz.
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L'Arc de Triomphe de l'Etoile
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The Arc de Triomphe is perhaps the most iconic of all French monuments. Situated at the Place de l’Etoile, overlooking the Champs-Elysées, the Arc de Triomphe is the biggest arch in the world. It was commissioned by Napoleon in 1806 to celebrate his victory at Austerlitz.
The iconic Parisian landmark has loomed over the city since 1889.
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Eiffelturninn
5 Avenue Anatole France
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The iconic Parisian landmark has loomed over the city since 1889.
Is the largest square in Paris, between the Tuileries Gardens and the Champs Elysées. Today it is famous for the Luxor Obelisk, the surrounding prestigious hotels, and the two monumental fountains.
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Place de la Concorde
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Is the largest square in Paris, between the Tuileries Gardens and the Champs Elysées. Today it is famous for the Luxor Obelisk, the surrounding prestigious hotels, and the two monumental fountains.
A neoclassical masterpiece... is a mausoleum that holds the tombs of France's most prominent citizens. Among the famous names are the authors Victor Hugo and Emile Zola, as well as the philosophers Voltaire and Rousseau.
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Panthéon
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A neoclassical masterpiece... is a mausoleum that holds the tombs of France's most prominent citizens. Among the famous names are the authors Victor Hugo and Emile Zola, as well as the philosophers Voltaire and Rousseau.
Classified as “Remarkable Garden” by the French Ministry of Culture. Bordered by the Palais-Royal and the adjacent arcaded galleries, the garden is a peaceful haven in the French capital
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Palais Royal
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Classified as “Remarkable Garden” by the French Ministry of Culture. Bordered by the Palais-Royal and the adjacent arcaded galleries, the garden is a peaceful haven in the French capital
Impressive royal chapel with Gothic style, built by Louis IX, king of France.
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Sainte-Chapelle
8 Boulevard du Palais
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Impressive royal chapel with Gothic style, built by Louis IX, king of France.
An ideal summer picnic spot, facing the Eiffel Tower !
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Champ de Mars
2 Allée Adrienne Lecouvreur
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An ideal summer picnic spot, facing the Eiffel Tower !
Frequently described as 'the world's most beautiful avenue'... is a Paris must-see.
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Champs-Élysées
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Frequently described as 'the world's most beautiful avenue'... is a Paris must-see.
Be sure to catch a glimpse of Les Invalides at night, as the lighting of the building and dome is amazing. In summer, I recommend walking down the front gardens towards the Seine River and enjoy a picnic on the grass areas or a drink under beautiful Alexandre III bridge. A visit to Les Invalides is definitely a must-do for its beauty... and have the opportunity to visit the impressive Tomb of Napoleon that lies underneath the stunning golden dome... is also home to 3 interesting museums, all related to warfare.
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Invalides
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Be sure to catch a glimpse of Les Invalides at night, as the lighting of the building and dome is amazing. In summer, I recommend walking down the front gardens towards the Seine River and enjoy a picnic on the grass areas or a drink under beautiful Alexandre III bridge. A visit to Les Invalides is definitely a must-do for its beauty... and have the opportunity to visit the impressive Tomb of Napoleon that lies underneath the stunning golden dome... is also home to 3 interesting museums, all related to warfare.
Our apartment is in this vibrant, artsy, and charming neighborhood, one of the most historical and colorful areas of Paris. During the Middle Ages, the Sorbonne University attracted scholars from all over Europe who learned and spoke Latin, explaining the quarter's name. There are still many higher education institutions in this historic academic quarter, including La Sorbonne and the Collège de France. Most of the Latin Quarter is a medieval maze of winding narrow streets and cobblestone alleyways, with a few quiet hidden squares. Peek into the ancient churches, dine aboard a boat docked on the Seine River, and discover the ruins of a Roman amphitheater. The Latin Quarter also has a lively feel with many restaurants, bars, cinemas and theaters...
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Latin Quarter
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Our apartment is in this vibrant, artsy, and charming neighborhood, one of the most historical and colorful areas of Paris. During the Middle Ages, the Sorbonne University attracted scholars from all over Europe who learned and spoke Latin, explaining the quarter's name. There are still many higher education institutions in this historic academic quarter, including La Sorbonne and the Collège de France. Most of the Latin Quarter is a medieval maze of winding narrow streets and cobblestone alleyways, with a few quiet hidden squares. Peek into the ancient churches, dine aboard a boat docked on the Seine River, and discover the ruins of a Roman amphitheater. The Latin Quarter also has a lively feel with many restaurants, bars, cinemas and theaters...
The contemporary pyramid architecture forms a baroque contrast with the old museum’s outline... it is complemented by three smaller pyramids as well as sparkly pools with beautiful fountains... day or night, the glass cladding gives a vivid view of the outside.
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Louvre Pyramid
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The contemporary pyramid architecture forms a baroque contrast with the old museum’s outline... it is complemented by three smaller pyramids as well as sparkly pools with beautiful fountains... day or night, the glass cladding gives a vivid view of the outside.
Entertainment & Activities
Huge and beautiful gardens in the heart of the city. There is also a small zoo ... free entrance, opens every day. Excellent place to relax, and a good kids friendly option.
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Jardin des Plantes
57 Rue Cuvier
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Huge and beautiful gardens in the heart of the city. There is also a small zoo ... free entrance, opens every day. Excellent place to relax, and a good kids friendly option.
Arts & Culture
The world's most visited museum... full of masterpieces, as the world-famous Mona Lisa, Delacroix's Liberty Leading the People and Venus de Milo ... don't miss this historic monument.
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Louvre
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The world's most visited museum... full of masterpieces, as the world-famous Mona Lisa, Delacroix's Liberty Leading the People and Venus de Milo ... don't miss this historic monument.
Good option for families travelling with kids... beautiful galleries with taxidermied animals, fossils, dinosaur skeleton, meteorites and crystals. You can also visit the "Gallerie des enfants" a permanent exposition for kids between 6 and 12 years old... guaranteed fun and culture for the little ones !
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National Museum of Natural History
57 Rue Cuvier
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Good option for families travelling with kids... beautiful galleries with taxidermied animals, fossils, dinosaur skeleton, meteorites and crystals. You can also visit the "Gallerie des enfants" a permanent exposition for kids between 6 and 12 years old... guaranteed fun and culture for the little ones !
The fortress-like Medieval Museum of Cluny was built in the 15th century and displays mostly ancient statues and tapestries of the middle ages.
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Cluny Museum - National Museum of the Middle Ages
28 Rue du Sommerard
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The fortress-like Medieval Museum of Cluny was built in the 15th century and displays mostly ancient statues and tapestries of the middle ages.
This impressive theater is the home of the Comédie-Française, a theater company that performs classic French theater such as comedies by Molière and drama by Victor Hugo.
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Odéon
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This impressive theater is the home of the Comédie-Française, a theater company that performs classic French theater such as comedies by Molière and drama by Victor Hugo.
Travel back in time with the unique experience in this tiny parisian "salle de spectacle". Mostly comedies, concerts and also shows for kids. All performances are in french.
Theatre Contrescarpe
5 Rue Blainville
Travel back in time with the unique experience in this tiny parisian "salle de spectacle". Mostly comedies, concerts and also shows for kids. All performances are in french.
The home of France’s national collection from the impressionist, postimpressionist and art nouveau movements ... some of its highlights are Manet’s On The Beach and Woman With Fans, Monet’s gardens at Giverny, Cézanne’s card players and still lifes, Renoir’s Ball at the Moulin de la Galette and Young Girls at the Piano, Degas’ ballerinas, Toulouse-Lautrec’s cabaret dancers, Pissarro’s The Harvest, Sisley’s View of the Canal St-Martin, and Van Gogh’s self-portraits. There are also some magnificent decorative arts, graphic arts and sculptures.
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Gare Musée d'Orsay
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The home of France’s national collection from the impressionist, postimpressionist and art nouveau movements ... some of its highlights are Manet’s On The Beach and Woman With Fans, Monet’s gardens at Giverny, Cézanne’s card players and still lifes, Renoir’s Ball at the Moulin de la Galette and Young Girls at the Piano, Degas’ ballerinas, Toulouse-Lautrec’s cabaret dancers, Pissarro’s The Harvest, Sisley’s View of the Canal St-Martin, and Van Gogh’s self-portraits. There are also some magnificent decorative arts, graphic arts and sculptures.
Outstanding collection of modern art , the largest in Europe.
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The Centre Pompidou
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Outstanding collection of modern art , the largest in Europe.
One of Paris’ most beloved art collections devoted to the eccentric Spanish artist, Pablo Picasso, who spent much of his life living and working in Paris... You can end your visit with a coffee in the rooftop cafe, eye to eye with an ancient stone sphinx...
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Musée National Picasso-Paris
5 Rue de Thorigny
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One of Paris’ most beloved art collections devoted to the eccentric Spanish artist, Pablo Picasso, who spent much of his life living and working in Paris... You can end your visit with a coffee in the rooftop cafe, eye to eye with an ancient stone sphinx...
Dedicated to the works of the wonderful French sculptor Auguste Rodin... The collection includes sculptures, drawings, old photographs and art objects.
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Rodin Museum
77 Rue de Varenne
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Dedicated to the works of the wonderful French sculptor Auguste Rodin... The collection includes sculptures, drawings, old photographs and art objects.
Where visitors can admire masterpieces by Monet, Jean Walter and Paul Guillaume collections which are dedicated to the great names of the 20th century like Renoir, Cezanne, Matisse, Picasso, Soutine ...
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Musée de l'Orangerie
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Where visitors can admire masterpieces by Monet, Jean Walter and Paul Guillaume collections which are dedicated to the great names of the 20th century like Renoir, Cezanne, Matisse, Picasso, Soutine ...
Is a modern opera house, that became the main facility of the Paris National Opera, France's principal opera company... wonderful performances all year long.
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Opéra Bastille
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Is a modern opera house, that became the main facility of the Paris National Opera, France's principal opera company... wonderful performances all year long.
The Opéra de Paris is also known as Palais Garnier , is a masterpiece of neo-Classical architecture... A historical monument open to visitors during the day staging opera and ballet.... admire the ceiling painted by Chagall in the main auditorium.
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Opéra
10 Place de l'Opéra
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The Opéra de Paris is also known as Palais Garnier , is a masterpiece of neo-Classical architecture... A historical monument open to visitors during the day staging opera and ballet.... admire the ceiling painted by Chagall in the main auditorium.
The newly-renovated Grevin Wax Museum has settings from 19th and 20th century France... the theatre, artist studios, the brasserie... as well as major events depicted with more than 300 wax figures. Many are positioned so you can pose for photos with them. See the likes of Louis XIV, Mimie Mathy, Jean de la Fontaine and Lorie, as well as modern celebrities. After a tour of this famous Paris wax museum, don't miss a chance to learn how all the wax figures are made ! Fun for families and kids...
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Grévin Museum
10 Boulevard Montmartre
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The newly-renovated Grevin Wax Museum has settings from 19th and 20th century France... the theatre, artist studios, the brasserie... as well as major events depicted with more than 300 wax figures. Many are positioned so you can pose for photos with them. See the likes of Louis XIV, Mimie Mathy, Jean de la Fontaine and Lorie, as well as modern celebrities. After a tour of this famous Paris wax museum, don't miss a chance to learn how all the wax figures are made ! Fun for families and kids...
Dedicated to invention, science and technology through the ages. This is where you will find, pristinely preserved and beautifully displayed: Pascal’s original calculating machine (1642), James Watt’s steam engine (1780), Edison’s phonographs, Film camera prototypes by the Lumière brothers (1895), A paper-making machine circa 1830, The Avion Blériot (1909) the first plane to cross the English Channel, The Hispano Suiza (1935), Chinese Abacus from the 19th century, The original Ford Model T (1908), Vintage bicycles, Clément Ader’s Avion III, the aeroplane inspired by the design of a bat and test-flown 13 years before the Wright Brothers. And many more... after you visit, you can stop at the Café des Arts et Métiers where they have an excellent duck confit, just for mentioning one of the good options...
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Metiers Art Museum
60 Rue Réaumur
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Dedicated to invention, science and technology through the ages. This is where you will find, pristinely preserved and beautifully displayed: Pascal’s original calculating machine (1642), James Watt’s steam engine (1780), Edison’s phonographs, Film camera prototypes by the Lumière brothers (1895), A paper-making machine circa 1830, The Avion Blériot (1909) the first plane to cross the English Channel, The Hispano Suiza (1935), Chinese Abacus from the 19th century, The original Ford Model T (1908), Vintage bicycles, Clément Ader’s Avion III, the aeroplane inspired by the design of a bat and test-flown 13 years before the Wright Brothers. And many more... after you visit, you can stop at the Café des Arts et Métiers where they have an excellent duck confit, just for mentioning one of the good options...
For cinema lovers !... you can enjoy the fabulous and exciting history of this rare and unique collection, entirely devoted to cinema... you'll find some of the greatest treasures in the history of cinema like: 17th century optical boxes, the camera that once belonged to the LUMIÈRES brothers, but also legendary costumes worn by Hollywood greats (Vivien Leigh, Greta Garbo, Elisabeth Taylor, Louise Brooks), original posters, studio scenery, and cult objects like the female robot from the film 'Metropolis' by Fritz Lang, or the head of Mrs Bates in 'Psycho' by Alfred Hitchcock, the WHEELS in Chaplin’s Modern Times, etc.
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Cinémathèque Française
51 Rue de Bercy
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For cinema lovers !... you can enjoy the fabulous and exciting history of this rare and unique collection, entirely devoted to cinema... you'll find some of the greatest treasures in the history of cinema like: 17th century optical boxes, the camera that once belonged to the LUMIÈRES brothers, but also legendary costumes worn by Hollywood greats (Vivien Leigh, Greta Garbo, Elisabeth Taylor, Louise Brooks), original posters, studio scenery, and cult objects like the female robot from the film 'Metropolis' by Fritz Lang, or the head of Mrs Bates in 'Psycho' by Alfred Hitchcock, the WHEELS in Chaplin’s Modern Times, etc.
A unique venue, with an outstanding programme, make of the Grand Palais one of the most popular exhibition places in Paris... whether contemporary or classical, the works on show are by internationally renowned artists...admire as well, its splendid steel-framed glass roof...
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Grand Palais
3 Avenue du Général Eisenhower
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A unique venue, with an outstanding programme, make of the Grand Palais one of the most popular exhibition places in Paris... whether contemporary or classical, the works on show are by internationally renowned artists...admire as well, its splendid steel-framed glass roof...
An architectural masterpiece, official residence of the President of the French Republic, which can only be visited on European Heritage Days...
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Élysée Palace
55 Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré
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An architectural masterpiece, official residence of the President of the French Republic, which can only be visited on European Heritage Days...
Fine Art Museum is the perfect place for those who want to see world class art in one easy stop... ancient and medieval collections are displayed alongside works from the French and Italian Renaissance and Flemish and Dutch paintings. Visitors can discover a collection of paintings from major French artists of the 19th century like: Delacroix, Monet, Sisley, Renoir, Toulouse-Lautrec, Courbet, etc. The inner courtyard and garden of the Petit Palais is a peaceful haven, excellent to relax in after visiting the museum... Good to know that the permanent collection is free.
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Petit Palais
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Fine Art Museum is the perfect place for those who want to see world class art in one easy stop... ancient and medieval collections are displayed alongside works from the French and Italian Renaissance and Flemish and Dutch paintings. Visitors can discover a collection of paintings from major French artists of the 19th century like: Delacroix, Monet, Sisley, Renoir, Toulouse-Lautrec, Courbet, etc. The inner courtyard and garden of the Petit Palais is a peaceful haven, excellent to relax in after visiting the museum... Good to know that the permanent collection is free.
For fashion lovers, the Palais Galliera now houses the Musée de la Mode de Paris. The collections of clothing and accessories, are among the richest in the world and reflect the fashion trends and habits of France from the 18th century until modern day. The Musée Galliera follows exclusive temporary exhibitions held two or three times a year. The site has a library and resource centre that is accessible by appointment only...
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Palais Galliera
10 Avenue Pierre 1er de Serbie
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For fashion lovers, the Palais Galliera now houses the Musée de la Mode de Paris. The collections of clothing and accessories, are among the richest in the world and reflect the fashion trends and habits of France from the 18th century until modern day. The Musée Galliera follows exclusive temporary exhibitions held two or three times a year. The site has a library and resource centre that is accessible by appointment only...
Situated just a few metres from the Eiffel Tower, the Musée du quai Branly greenwall is one of Blanc's most famous vertical gardens, and one of the most highly photographed in the world. Facing the River Seine with a park and small streets in between, the micro-climate creates a good environment for a large variety of plants. Also called the "Musée d'Arts et de Civilisations" houses outstanding collections, 3,500 works of art from Africa, Asia, Oceania and the Americas...
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Quai Branly Museum
37 Quai Branly
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Situated just a few metres from the Eiffel Tower, the Musée du quai Branly greenwall is one of Blanc's most famous vertical gardens, and one of the most highly photographed in the world. Facing the River Seine with a park and small streets in between, the micro-climate creates a good environment for a large variety of plants. Also called the "Musée d'Arts et de Civilisations" houses outstanding collections, 3,500 works of art from Africa, Asia, Oceania and the Americas...
Parks & Nature
Spread with statues, fountains and flowers... one of the most romantic park in Paris. A 25 hectares oasis with many attractions for children: ponys, merry-go-round, puppet shows (see web site). The Luxembourg Museum on the edge of the Gardens stages some of the most interesting art exhibitions in Paris.
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Luxembourg Gardens
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Spread with statues, fountains and flowers... one of the most romantic park in Paris. A 25 hectares oasis with many attractions for children: ponys, merry-go-round, puppet shows (see web site). The Luxembourg Museum on the edge of the Gardens stages some of the most interesting art exhibitions in Paris.
Splendid French style gardens and a beautiful view on the historical alignment of the Champs-Elysées Avenue, the Louvre and the Arc de Triomphe... a cultural walking place for Parisians and tourists where Maillol statues stand alongside those of Rodin or Giacometti...
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Tuileries Garden
113 Rue de Rivoli
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Splendid French style gardens and a beautiful view on the historical alignment of the Champs-Elysées Avenue, the Louvre and the Arc de Triomphe... a cultural walking place for Parisians and tourists where Maillol statues stand alongside those of Rodin or Giacometti...
Getting Around
Vélib' station n° 5016, is few steps away, at Rue Thouin, less than 1 minute walking!... definitely a fun and practical way to discover the city. You could take a bike right by the apartment, and park it back there or in any of the other 1,800 stations that are all around Paris (this service is available 24/7 all year long, and the stations are located every 300 meters (see website for more info).
Rue Thouin
Vélib' station n° 5016, is few steps away, at Rue Thouin, less than 1 minute walking!... definitely a fun and practical way to discover the city. You could take a bike right by the apartment, and park it back there or in any of the other 1,800 stations that are all around Paris (this service is available 24/7 all year long, and the stations are located every 300 meters (see website for more info).