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‘Paris Landmarks and Museums’

 

Batobus


Beyond the excellent Metro subway and RER light rail, eleven months a year you can get around Paris by boat. That's right, along the Seine from February through December, the Batobus stops near 8 major Paris landmarks. In low season the boat stops running at 4:30 at night, ...more...

Catacombs of Paris


Underneath Paris are the bones and stories of many centuries of history. In the 1700's the cemeteries of Paris were literally packed to the gills and making nearby neighbors sick when the city moved the remains underground. You will literally see piled-up bones in mind-boggling stacks, and ...more...

Centre Georges Pompidou


Sometimes described as a giant see-through exoskeleton, this Right Bank fixture is a cultural center featuring the National Museum of Modern Art, the fancy restaurant Georges, live performers and public library, among many things worth seeing. LG Address: Centre Georges Pompidou Map it! Place Georges Pompidou Metro: Les Halles, Line 4; Rambuteau or ...more...

Eurodisney – Disneyland Paris


Families from all over Europe, Africa, India, Asia, and, of course, the USA, come to this ultimate Disney theme park. The planners have learned from every prior park and really deliver an exceptional experience. Hotel and ticket packages are very cheap compared to Paris prices, because of ...more...

La Conciergerie


The Conciergerie was part of the first palace of the kings of France. In 1391 it became the first prison in Paris. Located on the Cite island, near both Notre Dame cathedral and Sainte Chapelle, the Conciergerie became infamous during the French revolution. In 1793 and 1794 over ...more...

La Madeleine Church


Around the corner from the Opera Garnier is another Roman-esque edifice.  It looks like a court building or  a library, but indeed it is a church.  It's meant to evoke the Pantheon, and in fact nearly became a library or a train station, before it was consecrated in 1842. The ...more...

Les Puces de Saint-Ouen


Try to visit a Paris flea market if your trip permits. This one is Saturday, Sunday and Monday. Everything from junk to antiques, plus vintage clothes. More expensive than others, perhaps because it's closer in. Take the metro to Clingancourt and you'll see it. ...more...

Luxembourg Gardens


The Luxembourg Gardens (in French Jardins de Luxembourg) is one of Paris's most relaxing places. Get off at either of three Metro stops: Saint-Sulpice, Rennes, or Saint-Placide. Follow the street signs for Jardins de Luxembourg. Luxembourg Gardens Map it! more...

Montmartre Vineyards


Even frequent visitors don't know grapes grow in Paris. Lest you think it dates back to the kings, it is in fact from 1932. Not a "grand cru", but a bottle makes a nice memento. The Montmartre vineyards make one side the famed Montmartre hill look ...more...

Musee Carnavalet


This covers the history of Paris, especially focusing on the art and furnishings pre and post Revolution. It's in a grand Napoleonic townhouse in a lovely part of Paris for dining, as well. It might not be at the top of the list on a short first ...more...

Musee d L’Orangerie


Behind the Louvre are the Tuileries Gardens, and there you'll find this museum which focuses on Monet, a love-hate artist for many. The museum was constructed to his specification in 1922, after he donated 8 paintings to the French state. Extensive renovations uncovered the remains of ...more...

Musee de La Poupee


At the edge of the Marais and half a block from the Pompidou Center is the little-known Paris doll (poupee) museum.   With 300 dolls, some dating from the 1850's, the museum features rotating exhibits, a doll shop and ...more...

Musee Marmottan


On the east side of the Bois du Boulogne, you'll find an Impressionist painting collection second only to the Musee d'Orsay, with much less crowded viewing. The standard museum pass is not accepted, but you can buy admission, of course. Monet's "Water Lilies", anyone? LG Address: Musee Marmottan Map it! 2 ...more...

Pere-Lachaise Cemetery


Jim Morrison, Oscar Wild, Max Ernst, Maria Callas, Edith Piaf and many others are at eternal rest here. There are holocaust monuments you should not skip. You can buy a map at the entrance and should plan for the fact that this is a big place with those hard-to-walk-on cobblestone ...more...

Place Vendome


To get to Place Vendome follow the Rues de Castiglione and de la Paix.  At the end of your journey you will find one of the most famous squares in Paris. Intricately linked with the history of France this architectural jewel was commissioned by King Louis XIV and designed by Jules-Hardouin ...more...

Rodin Museum


At the Louvre you see the Mona Lisa and Venus de Milo, here you see the iconic "The Kiss"  and "The Thinker", among many other works.  Rodin was also an art collector, so you'll see works of his contemporaries, like Van Gogh and Monet, as well.   The setting for the ...more...

Sacre Coeur


One of the most recent churches in Paris, this was built atop a Montmartre hill the end of the 19th century.  Forget Gothic; this looks more like a Taj Mahal-esque wedding cake.  No way up but a steep hill, which deters few pilgrims or tourists.  You get a fantastic view ...more...

Sainte Chappelle


This 13th century church is absolutely gorgeous, especially when the sun is out and the stained glass is illuminated.  But don't skip it even if your whole trip is rainy.  It may or may not have been designed by the same designer as Notre Dame.  Count on it being open ...more...

The Pantheon


This is a neoclassical church located in the Latin Quarter near both le Palais de Luxembourg and theSorbonne. Built as a church dedicated to St. Genevieve, now a mausoleum, It's on the Montagne Saint Genevieve. Foucault's Pendulum is located here, as are the tombs of Voltaire, ...more...

Tuileries Garden


The 63 acre Tuileries Garden is bordered on 4 sides by the Louvre, the Seine river, the Place de La Concorde and the Rue de Rivoli. Walking from the Louvre to the Arc de Triomphe through the Tuileries is one of the great walks of Paris. ...more...