Île-de-France Off The Beaten Path

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    Père Lachaise Cemetery, Paris, France
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Île-de-France Off The Beaten Path

  • Montmartre & Sacré Coeur

    Paris Off The Beaten Path

    The vinyards have been here long, once it was a flourishing wine trade supplying Paris and beyond. Then they were left in disrepair and desease came in, almost wiping out the entire vinyards; The city took charge and a committee of loyal citizens of the Butte or hill took command. In 1935 , they began in the second weekend of October do a feast to...

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  • Walking Around

    Paris Off The Beaten Path

    I don't much care for Pigalle etc. but I like the area south of it. Between Metro Pigalle & Blanche (it's actually in the upper 9th arr. as opposed to the Montmartre 18th) and south of Pigalle / Clichy madness is an area filled with older houses, some parks and pawnshops, mostly around rue de Douai / rue Victor Masse, rue du Fontaine, etc. It's a...

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  • Galleries & Passages

    Paris Off The Beaten Path

    With a large and rich history in glass manufacturing, Baccarat is a respected name. If you pass by the United States square, you may enter and see a couple of great pieces, well displayed in a beautiful palace. I must confess That I expected more, and took a morning expressly to go there. Somewhat disappointed, but I didn't regret the time. Why...

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  • Movies and Paris

    Paris Off The Beaten Path

    On the corner of rue des Trois Freres and rue Androuet is the well known ( in Montmartre) grocers, familiarly called "La Maison Collignon", now the "Marché de la Butte". This is the site of the grocers where "Amelie Poulain" did her shopping. Inside the shop is an incredible bric-a-brac where souvenirs of the film abound midst the usual fare of a...

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  • Père Lachaise Cemetery

    Paris Off The Beaten Path

    This large cemetery in the 20th arrondissement is popular with tourists because some famous people are buried here. If you go in at the main entrance you can get a map to help you find the graves of people like Gioacchino Rossini, Maria Callas, Édith Piaf, Oscar Wilde or Jim Morrison, and also to help you find your way out again. I think one of...

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  • The Statue of Liberty

    Paris Off The Beaten Path

    If you like to jog, picnic or just enjoy a quiet moment in Paris with great view of the Eiffel Tower, visit L’ile des Cygnes (The Swan Island). This green oasis right in the middle of the river Seine, host a small replica of the famous New York landmark, the statue of Liberty. In October 2012, the new sport facilities have been installed on the...

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  • Disneyland Paris

    Paris Off The Beaten Path

    At 25 kilometers of the city of Paris you will find Disneyland Paris. And ever since the opening of Space Mountain and the Rock 'n' Roller Coaster, Disneyland Paris has a variety of good fear-and-thrill rides. There are a much wider variety of things to do than at a funfair or ordinary theme park too, and many of the sets are incredibly detailed....

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  • Le Marais

    Paris Off The Beaten Path

    This is a “hôtel” in the old sense of the word, meaning mansion. It was built from 1475 to 1507 for the archbishops of Sens. From my favorite guidebook, the Michelin Guide Vert, I have learned that from 1689 to 1743 the Hôtel de Sens served as the arrival and departure point for the service of stage coaches (diligences) between Paris and Lyon....

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  • Moufftard/Arène de Lutèce/Mosque/IMA

    Paris Off The Beaten Path

    Rue Moufettard- has a night market and lots of restaurants in the Latin quarter. It is the hangout for students from the university of Paris. A great place to spend an evening and get a feel for real paris

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  • Street Art

    Paris Off The Beaten Path

    In February 2011, Jana & JS (Jana Balluch and Jean-Sébastien Philippe) were commissioned to make two large wall paintings on these new buildings at 110 rue Jeanne d’Arc in the 13th arrondissement of Paris. The paintings show the artists themselves, taking photos. On YouTube there is a nice time-lapse video showing how they made these...

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  • Versailles

    Paris Off The Beaten Path

    Adjacent to the big palace, a wing with the name of Grand Trianon was built in 1687 to replace the "Trianon de porcelaine" used by Louis XIV in his unofficial loving affairs. The building has an Italian look, and it is famous mainly for its gardens.

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  • Claude Monet's Garden in Giverny

    Paris Off The Beaten Path

    If you are in Paris for more than a few days why not pay a day visit to one of the many wonderul Castles, Chateaux or Cathedrales located on the Paris outskirts? With some only from a short 40 min to an hour away. You can either take the metro, RER or join a tour. I would recommend trying to navigate your way on your own as you can go at your...

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  • Parc des Buttes Chaumont

    Paris Off The Beaten Path

    Le Parc des Buttes Chaumont is without a doubt my favourite Parisien park. No matter the season it’s always a lovely spot to escape to for a bit of nature and a break from city life. A lot of Paris’ other parks are either quite tiny in size or take on a more formal French garden style but Buttes Chaumont has nothing in common with other Paris...

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  • Literary Paris

    Paris Off The Beaten Path

    a new artistic center in paris, performers, expositions, walks on passarelle,conferences, concerts, and all this is the new Eléphant Paname. It is in the building done by the ambassasor of Russia in the 1920's and now renovated. It has a superb restaurant managed by a sommelier champion in 2004 Enrico Bernardo. 10 rue de Volney, 75002 tel resto...

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  • La Défense

    Paris Off The Beaten Path

    The Arch at La Defense is on a straight line with L'Arc du Triomphe and The Carrousel Arch in front of the Louvre. It is one of Francois Mitterand's "Grand Projets." Access is as simple as taking Metro Line 1 to either La Defense, or if you want the experience of walking towards the Arch, get off at Esplanade de La Defense. The name refers to the...

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  • Saint Eustache & Les Halles

    Paris Off The Beaten Path

    This sculpture of a VERY large head lies in a plaza between St. Eustache and one of the entrances to Les Halles shopping mall. It seems to serve many purposes in better weather -- children love to climb on it -- and graffiti "taggers" like to leave their mark also! It is titled l?Ecoute (?The Listener?) and is by the artist Henri de Miller . I've...

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  • Centre Georges Pompidou

    Paris Off The Beaten Path

    The Centre Georges Pompidou, AKA the Beaubourg, is one of the famous modern buildings of Paris. People tend to either love it or hate it but few are ambivalent. It is a bit jarring to see the stark modern building with its innards on the outside taking up 5 acres in the historic center of Paris, but it is also a very fun visit. The Center is named...

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  • Les Égouts

    Paris Off The Beaten Path

    This inconspicuous kiosk at the south end of Alma Bridge looks as though it might be the secret entrance to some underground world – which in fact it is, since it is the entrance to the Museum of the Sewers. From here you go down some steps (not wheelchair accessible) to some parts of the Paris sewers that have been fixed up as a museum. The cost...

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  • Les Puces

    Paris Off The Beaten Path

    These well-disguised flea markets are tucked away in courtyards along rue St Paul in the Marais area of the 4th arrond. The merchandise ranges from dumpster-ready trinkets to really fine antique furniture. They also offer tasty food for hungry visitors which is several cuts above the hot dogs found in flea markets back home. What is most amazing is...

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  • Cité des Sciences et de l'Industrie

    Paris Off The Beaten Path

    This is a huge park enclosing several places, day and night activities. Main entrance is at 211 Avenue Jean Jaurès, the easiest way to get here is by metro once in Paris.line 5 at Porte de Pantin (Grande Halle) on Bobigny and Place d'Italie OR line 7 Porte de la Villette on Villejuif-Louis Aragon / La Courneuve. by car, you have two parkings at...

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  • Basilique Saint Denis

    Paris Off The Beaten Path

    When I was researching what to see and do in Paris, I came across the Basilica of Saint Denis near Paris. I read it was the burial site of French monarchs, which makes it comparable to Westminster Abbey in England, and there was a collection of 70 sculpted recumbent statues - the only set of its kind in Europe, I was sold, I had to go there. So...

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  • Romance & The Erotic

    Paris Off The Beaten Path

    It should not be a surprise that Paris has a Musée de l'Erotisme ("Museum of the Erotic"). If this genre of art appeals to you, you will find this museum fascinating. The collection is extensive, multicultural, and spans all ages of humanity. Open daily, from 10 AM till 2 AM. There are four floors of exhibits, plus a museum shop. 72, boulevard...

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  • La Seine and Its Bridges

    Paris Off The Beaten Path

    yes wonderful place as you already got the ile de france site here is the Paris tourist site for the promenade http://en.parisinfo.com/museum-monuments/1382/promenade-plantee?1 At the end you can stop by this place in the old rotonda water pump tower now an artsy ,entertainement place by the same owners of St Christopher hostel and Belushi bar,...

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  • Musee Nissim de Camondo

    Paris Off The Beaten Path

    While taking a walk during lunch, a few blocks from my office, I discovered the Musée Nissim de Camondo. I didn't know this place existed, but now I have to place it high on the list of my favorite Parisian museums. The museum was once a private home belonging to the Camondo family. Count Moise Camondo donated his Parisian home to the Musée des...

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  • Notre Dame de la Médaille Miraculeuse

    Paris Off The Beaten Path

    If you want to see a Saint, then go to the Hôtel de Châtillon. Saint Catherine Labouré lies in state at the Chapel of Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal) at 140 rue du Bac, Paris (Métro Sèvres - Babylone‎) Catherine Labouré was a twenty-four year old novice sister when she was privileged to see Mary late on the night of 18 July 1830. Mary told...

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  • Parc de Belleville

    Paris Off The Beaten Path

    The singer Edith Piaf (1915-1963) grew up in Belleville and sang in the local music halls before becoming world-famous with such songs as "Mon Légionnaire," "La Vie en Rose," "L'Hymne à l'Amour," "Milord," and "Non, Je Ne Regrette Rien". Second photo: Above the door of 72 rue de Belleville is this plaque which reads: "On the steps of this house...

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  • Parc Monceau

    Paris Off The Beaten Path

    200-300 kms is a long radius to travel and see gardens, there is a site that has them all ;its the offical committee site and have descriptions of thousands of toenjoy it, many in big towns too http://www.parcsetjardins.fr/ and this site list what they say are the most beautiful in France Versailles included ::)...

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  • Place de la Bastille

    Paris Off The Beaten Path

    The Column in the middle of the Place de la Bastille honors the Revolution of 1830, 3 glorious days that saw the fall of Charles X. The column is engraved with the names of Parisians who died during this revolution. At the top of the column (154 feet, 47 meters) is the "spirit of liberty"(Génie de la Liberté ) by August Dumont.

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  • Passy

    Paris Off The Beaten Path

    Here's another elegant cul-de-sac in Passy. This one is named after the composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791). Mozart never lived in Passy, which in fact it was really only a tiny village with six streets during his lifetime, but he did spend some time in Paris in the years 1763-64 -- when he was touring Europe giving concerts as an...

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  • Chinatown

    Paris Off The Beaten Path

    On my quest to satisfy my craving for Thai food, I took the advice of some Chowhound friends and went to both Chinatowns. This is Chinatown in Belleville. Unlike Chinatown in the 13th arrondissement, the buildings are old and the streets narrow. This Chinatown was settled in the 1980's in the heart of an artist colony which is evidenced by Rue de...

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  • Saint Julien le Pauvre

    Paris Off The Beaten Path

    This aptly-named church (Saint Julien the Poor) is within sight of Nôtre Dame, but is as poor and plain and the cathedral is rich and elaborate. They say this is the oldest church in Paris, dating from the 12th century. It was built on the site of an even older chapel dedicated to St. Julien, which was already in existence when the Bishop Grégoire...

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  • Viaduc des Arts

    Paris Off The Beaten Path

    There used to be an elevated train in the 11th arrondissement (district) of Paris. When the line was discontinued, they created an elevated walking path / garden. Underneath the supporting arches you will find all sorts of shops often featuring arts or artists. You can watch porcelin painting through the window, have a cello made to order, consult...

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  • Catacombes

    Paris Off The Beaten Path

    The Catacombes de Paris. Here, the bones of Parisiens taken from cementaries at the 18C found their place. It is made up of many galleries or ways, you can only visit some of them.The visit is done at daytime with a guide on the best maintained galleries. Part of the visit is done amongst human bones! Entrance is at 1 avenue du Colonel...

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  • Musée Rodin

    Paris Off The Beaten Path

    I would not have stopped off at the rodin museum were it not for a call of nature! it is only 1 euro to gain entry to the garden (i didn't go into the museum itself) but it really is beautiful. the statues are so pretty and there is a lovely little cafe there as well. it was definitely worth the 1 euro!!!

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  • Shakespeare & Company

    Paris Off The Beaten Path

    One of my adventurous searches was most difficult, but in time, I succeeded. As I planned my frist trip to Paris, I came across the name of an interesting bookstore, Shakespeare and Company. In the middle of Paris this bookstore sold books written in the English language and it had an interesting history. Evidently, the bookstore, originally...

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  • La Tour Montparnasse

    Paris Off The Beaten Path

    Everyone wants to climb the Eiffel Tower for views of Paris. My problem with this is you can't see the most iconic sight in Paris from the Eiffel Tower because you are standing on it. What you see instead is the boring, unattractive Montparnasse Tower. Solution . . . go up the Montparnasse Tower and you'll have a wonderful view of all Paris and a...

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  • Musée du Vin

    Paris Off The Beaten Path

    musee du vin in Paris have tastings for groups and individuals check it out the schedule, then Chateaux O have groups in Paris doing it regularly http://www.museeduvinparis.com/ http://www.o-chateau.com/ hope it helps

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  • Parc de Bercy

    Paris Off The Beaten Path

    I will put this in the beaten path because even if popular it is often not mentioned when folks ask for things to do in Paris. I am talking of Bercy Village This is a wonderful place of shops, restos ,bars,and UGC cinema with an adjacent park that is fantastic to spend preferably a night with family. It is safe. Been there several times and one of...

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  • Métro

    Paris Off The Beaten Path

    Not all of the Metro stations you saw looked the same. Trocadero, for example had these hideous orange tiles. Some stations have theme decorations, which can be worth stopping to take a photo if you have time. (sorry mine aren't well focused.) Louvre Rivoli (line 1)- has examples of some of the treasures at the Louvre. Taking pictures in metro...

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  • Rue Chanoinesse

    Paris Off The Beaten Path

    This street is quite well known to tourists being just behind Notre Dame, but it holds a couple of treasures behind doors that are there asking to be opened, although luck does have a hand. At no 12 is this superb medieval courtyard with its original well, seen when someone opened the main door and held it for me to walk through!!!!! So I...

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  • La Butte aux Cailles

    Paris Off The Beaten Path

    The Butte-aux-Cailles is a small neighborhood on a small hill (the word butte means ‘small hill’) with relatively small houses and lots of friendly little pubs and restaurants full of arty-looking people. The word caille means ‘quail’ in French, but that’s not where the name comes from. A man named Pierre Caille bought the hill in 1543 to grow...

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  • Saint Severin

    Paris Off The Beaten Path

    St Severin is probably a church you will pass if you are staying in the Latin Quarter. I found it interesting that historically it is such an important church. a church has been on that site since the 5th century, though with time it has grown and changed from its original Romanesque origins. It remains one of the oldest churches in Paris. I...

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  • Saint Augustin

    Paris Off The Beaten Path

    St. Augustin is a lovely and unique church that tends to get overlooked by tourists in Paris. This is one of the many reasons you should visit this wonderful building... no crowds! Emperor Napoleon III ordered the construction of St. Augustin in the the late 1800s. Its architect, Victor Baltard was known for constructing buildings from iron (most...

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  • Luxembourg Gardens

    Paris Off The Beaten Path

    The Luxembourg palace was constructed by Maria Medici after death of her husband Henry the Fourth. She could not get used to an atmosphere of the Louvre and replaced it with an atmosphere of native Florence which she recreated in a palace and in a garden. You can watch my 5 min 09 sec Video Paris Jardin du Luxembourg out of my Youtube channel.

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  • Saint Serge de Radonège

    Paris Off The Beaten Path

    Tucked away down an alley at 93 rue de Crimée in the 19th is the St. Serge Russian Orthodox church not far from the Buttes Chaumont park. Built around 1850 this was a German lutherian church, but was confiscated at the beginning of WWI. Following the influx of refugees in France after the 1917 revolution, there was not enough room in the Alexander...

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