Here's a view from the top of the Montparnasse Tower, looking northwest towards the competition.
I'm not a big fan of standing in lines, so for aerial views I much prefer paying EUR 8.70 (whoops, it... more
Being part a family that are very in touch with their digestive tracts (was there ever a nation more fixated on their bowel functions than the Germans?), I would argue that I have a greater than... more
In division 97, on the North-East corner of the cemetery, stand a number of monuments to the victims "déportés" of the concentration and extermination camps.
Various concentration camps have their... more
If you understand French, you should have no trouble finding a guided walking tour of one of the districts of Paris on any day of the year. These are listed, for example, in a section called VISITES... more
There was already a Grande Roue de Paris at the universal exhibition of Paris in 1900, not at the Jardin des Tuileries but near the Champ de Mars. That Ferris wheel had a diameter of 100 m and was... more
Last visit June 2013
We were staying right around the corner from the Musee de Cluny and as we had Museum Passes I figured we would stop to see the highlight of the museum, the Lady and the Unicorn... more
The only way to have a look at the backstage areas of the Opéra Bastille (unless you have business there) is to take a guided tour. These begin at 5.00 pm on some afternoons. The dates are not listed... more
Place des Vosges in the Marias area is quite a pleasant square to enjoy. Arched, covered walkways line the inside of the buildings (allowing one to stroll even in inclement weather). The green park... more
This little park at the western (downstream) tip of the Île de la Cité was named after the French King Henri IV (1553-1610), who was nicknamed “Le Vert-Galant” because of his many mistresses that he... more
The opera I saw at the Théâtre du Châtelet in 2006 was a concert performance of Le Chateau de Barbe-Blue (Bluebeard's Castle) by Bela Bartok (1881-1945), which I remembered from a staged production in... more
This statue is a miniature replica of her famous big sister in New York Harbour, it was a gift from the American Community in 1885 to celebrate the 100th Anniversary of the French Revolution. The... more
Taking a cruise down the Seine on a bateau mouche is a well established fixture on the tourist Paris landscape, but taking a cruise down Canal St Martin brings a new perspective on things.
For one... more
With bits and pieces from the 6th century through the 20th, this is Paris' oldest church. It is named after a canonized bishop who is thought to have been entombed in 576 in an abbey chapel which once... more
For many years this was just called the Zoology Building, but in 1994 they did a complete re-launch and changed the name to La Grande Galerie de l’Évolution, which is appropriate because it really is... more
One of the unmistakables churches of Paris, a must when in town, first the usual ,schedules
open Mondays to Fridays from 9h30 to 19h, Saturdays from 10h to 19h15 and Sundays from 9h15 to 19h15 for... more
Oh dear, I really don't like this church. It is the second largest church in Paris - second only to Notre Dame - but the contrast between the architectural mongrel that is St Sulphice and the serene... more
There are two departments in this museum on paintings of the 19-20th c:
On the ground floor, in two oval rooms, are on display the eight panels of Monet's "Nympheas". The painter, when living in... more
Once upon a time the best department store free view was from the top of La Samarataine but as they have closed and do not appear to be reopening, the next best free view from on top of a department... more
"The Trocadero" is an area of Paris, in the 16th arrondissement, across the Seine from the Eiffel Tower. The hill of the Trocadéro is the hill of Chaillot, a former village.
One of the most visited... more
The smaller of the two river islands, but still easily reached by connecting bridges from both the Seine's left and right banks, most people access Ile Saint Louis via the small bridge immediately... more
I'm not usually a fan of passes but this one was an exception as (a) we were there long enough to put it to good use, and (b) it allowed multiple visits to museums that simply can't be seen in one... more
The Seine is a 482 mile long river and an important commercial waterway that flows through the centre of Paris, within the city there are 37 bridges including the Pont Louis-Philippe and the Pont... more
Home to the Louvre, Paris to the Eiffel Tower, Paris, Paris is filled with some of the most famous sights in the world so there is no shortage of things to do. It's a wonderful place for all types of people, including those who want to soak up art, culture, and history in Paris' musuems, view the marvelous architecture of old buildings, or slurge in fine dining and shopping. Even if your time in Paris is limited, don't forget that Paris is also the most romantic city in the world. So make sure to take some time to just relax with a cup of café au lait at a Parisean sidewalk cafe and soak in the atmosphere.
This page used to be called "Operas and cycling in Paris", but after adding my latest batches of tips I counted through and found that now only seven percent of my Paris tips are about operas or opera...
The nearness of Paris with Brussels (1.20 h by the Thalys train) the community of language, the frequent professional or cultural visits, the follow-up of the French current events by newspapers or......
Sept. 2012: Most recent visit to the City of Lights was during a heat wave. It was very humid and hot, but at the same time Paris seemed extremely beautiful under sunny and blue skies. We traveled as...