Île-de-France Off The Beaten Path

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Île-de-France Off The Beaten Path

  • Walking Around

    Paris Off The Beaten Path

    The northern "border" of interesting Paris is dotted with a couple of arches with few differences except size. The biggest one, St Denis was built in 1672 and restored in 1988. Twenty five meters high, it has some bas reliefs, and sculpted elements. Side-by-side with St Martin they represent the line between the touristy area and... the...

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  • Montmartre & Sacré Coeur

    Paris Off The Beaten Path

    A wonderful old Church next to the more famous sacre cœur at 2 Rue du Mont Cenis, 75018 Paris;this is the Church of Saint Pierre or Peter. While writing about Saint Denis, the Passio Sancti Dionysii, written in 835AD, Hilduin of Saint-Denis called Montmartre the Mount of Martyrs and designates it as the decapitation of Saint Denis and his...

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  • Galleries & Passages

    Paris Off The Beaten Path

    These two passages are part of and attached to Passage des Panoramas and you can find them by snooping around a little in the little used corners. They represent very little interest to the tourist as they are mainly used as service corridors for Passage des Panoramas. There are also the galleries "Des Varietés" and " Montmartre" in this warren of...

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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 t

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Le Marais

    Paris Off The Beaten Path

    This house in the fourth arrondissment is where I lived for two months in October/November 1962, and again in October/November 1966. They have fixed the windows since then, and installed a number-coded lock on the front door, but otherwise it looks much the same now as it did four decades ago. But the street has been fixed up, and they have...

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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

    This huge painting of a detective, by Jean Le Gac (born 1936) is also on the wall of a building at Place Fréhel, Rue de Belleville. "Accustomed to the allusive style of the painter, the young detective understands that the message tells him to continue the chase along the street Julien Lacroix." This is the street that goes off to his right (our...

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  • Parc des Buttes Chaumont

    Paris Off The Beaten Path

    This is the third biggest park in Paris, after Tuileries and Villette, and it includes such unusual features as man-made cliffs (the only cliffs in Paris, as far as I know), a man-made lake, a man-made grotto and lots of exotic plants all labeled with their name and place of origin. For several centuries the Buttes-Chaumont area was the site of...

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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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  • Parc Monceau

    Paris Off The Beaten Path

    Parc Monceau is a pleasant and interesting public park. It can be found at the junction of Boulevard de Courcelles, Rue de Prony and Rue Georges Berger. The park was originally the brainchild of Phillippe d'Orléans, the Duke of Chartres. He was a staunch Anglophile and wanted to create an English garden complete with follies. The garden was...

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  • La Défense

    Paris Off The Beaten Path

    The trip to the "island" of La Defense is several kilometers long, and somewhat boring. The monotony is broken in Porte Maillot with an ugly but simultaneously appealing building. A simulated odd door brakes a blind and flat facade, giving some expression to the whole. After the long minutes browsing your guides to discover what the hell is...

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Notre Dame de la Médaille Miraculeuse

    Paris Off The Beaten Path

    We were staying near the Musée d'Orsay and the rue de Bac Metro station and one day decided to take one of the Paris Walks in that area. These are a box of cards and each card has a walk in a different part of Paris. Some are better than others, but all of them get you out into places you might not otherwise visit. On this one we walked down rue...

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Saint Eustache & Les Halles

    Paris Off The Beaten Path

    Jean-Baptiste Colbert (1619-1683) was one of the principal government ministers during the reign of King Louis XIV. Like Louvois, his colleague and rival, Colbert had the reputation of being an able administrator and a workaholic. But he was also tyrannical, unscrupulous and over-ambitious, and he amassed a large personal fortune while conducting...

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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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  • Passy

    Paris Off The Beaten Path

    As I mentioned on my Wildbad im Schwarzwald page, one of the mysteries of operatic history is why the composer Gioacchino Rossini (1792-1868) abruptly stopped composing in 1829 at the age of 37, when he was at the height of his powers and had just scored a huge success with his opera Wilhelm Tell. Since he was a prolific composer who churned out...

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Musée du Vin

    Paris Off The Beaten Path

    musee du vin in Paris have tastings for groups and individuals check it out the schedule, The Wine Museum is located in old quarries of the middle ages, that served as cellars 15C. The brothers of the couvent des Minimes (Passy) then produced a popular wine that King Louis XIII appreciated, from wine-growing crops of the flank of the hillsides...

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  • Saint Julien le Pauvre

    Paris Off The Beaten Path

    This is different as it is a Greek Catholic rite church since the 19C in the quaint square Rene Viviani. The name is from the hospitalier of Saint Julien in the middle ages. Construction started by 1160, and even the University of Paris had courses here as well as the general assemblies until 1525. After many turbulents times, the church closed...

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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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  • 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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  • Bois de Boulogne

    Paris Off The Beaten Path

    This is a wonderful nice, romantic ,superb site that everyone should come, I am happy to finally take pictures to show it here at VT. My kids used to play here going around and up , running, riding bikes, and just been kids. Now older they are more interested in the history and the water mist fun of the cascade. A must for families , many were...

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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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  • 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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  • Shakespeare & Company

    Paris Off The Beaten Path

    One of my adventurous searches was most difficult, but in time, I succeeded. As I planned my first 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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  • Viaduc des Arts

    Paris Off The Beaten Path

    There used to be an elevated train in the 12th 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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  • Bibliothèque Nationale Mitterand

    Paris Off The Beaten Path

    the national library of France is the recipient of all books printed in France as well as magazines, and documents. It is inmense and as in Paris richly decorated. It is located at Quai François Mauriac, 75013. Due to security there is no baggage luggage allowed inside. Many means of getting there such as metro lines 6 (Quai de la gare), 14 ,and...

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  • Musée Marmottan

    Paris Off The Beaten Path

    This is a very nice museum in my best quartier of Paris, and impressionists heavens. It must be long time by there as can't find photos. But need to tell you and encourage to visit it. It is at 2 Rue Louis Boilly, 75016 nearest metro is La Muette on line 9 near my fav resto La Gare and just past the nice tranquil garden or jardin du Ranelagh and...

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  • Palais Royal

    Paris Off The Beaten Path

    Le Palais Royal (Royal Palace) is in the city center, not far from Louvre, but I have put it on my off the beaten path section because it can only be visited during some special events! But here she is, the blue headed VT reporter ready to visit the unvisitable (uh, my English is getting worse!) for VTers. Le Palais Royal was built by Cardinal de...

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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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  • Parc de Belleville

    Paris Off The Beaten Path

    Belleville is a traditionally working- class district in the east of Paris. I think I first heard of Belleville from Puccini's opera Il tabarro (the first of the three short operas of Il trittico), in which the illicit lovers Giorgetta and Luigi discover that they both grew up in Belleville. This gives them something in common right from the...

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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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