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Skip-the-Line Louvre Ticket and Montmartre Art Walking Tour Double Feature
"Your guide (a local of Paris) meets you right outside Moulin Rouge - the cabaret that inspired Toulouse-Lautrec and that remains the standard bearer for can can fun.You then set off on your 1.5-hour walking tour around Paris' bohemian district. A weaving past must-see highlights like Le Clos Montmartre vineyard you will hear tales of the great artists who have called the area home. Focusing on Paris’ Impressionist painters your guide will talk you through the lives and works of Renoir Monet Van Gogh - and later Toulouse-Lautrec and Picasso.Besides the Moulin Rouge this tour will take you to the art studio where Picasso's Les Demoiselles d'Avignon launched Cubism
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Private Tour: Customize Your Perfect Day in Paris
"Your day in Paris is completely tailored to match your sightseeing desires. Before your tour your private guide will contact you to discuss the things you want to see so that your logistics and itinerary can be arranged in advance saving you time.On the day of your tour meet your guide at your preferred central location and then set off by whatever means of transport is needed. Taxi rides and public transport are included but all meals activities and entrance fees are payable at your own expense.So what to see? That's up to you! Perhaps visit must-see sights like the ever-inspiring Eiffel Tower -- Paris’s undisputed architectural icon -- or the Basilica of Sacré-Coeur for sweep focus on the more offbeat Paris attractions like the Père Lachaise Cemetery – the city’s hauntingly beautiful graveyard – or let your guide introduce you to private parks that tourist maps miss. Below is a sample itinerary."
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Montmartre Impressionist Art Walking Tour Including Skip-the-Line Musee d’Orsay Ticket
"Meet your knowledgeable local guide in Montmartre and set off on your 1.5-hour walking tour around the neighborhood. As you stroll through Montmartre’s romantic streets weaving past must-see highlights like Le Clos Montmartre vineyard hear tales of the legendary artists who have called the area home. Focusing on Paris’ Impressionist painters your guide will talk you through the lives and works of Renoir Monet Van Gogh and Cézanne – all incredible artists of their time.See the venues that influenced their art like the building where Van Gogh lived when he moved here from Holland. Van Gogh lovers believe it was here that he really found his personality as an artist
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Arrondissements - Sections of Paris Tips (50)

The 19th and 20th Arrondissements

Favorite thing There are several sites of interest to tourists among the working class neighborhoods in the 19th and 20th.

The Parc de la Villette in the 19th is a favourite of both adults and children, with diverse exhibits at rhe Cite des Sciences et de L'Industrie and the Cite de la Musique.
The Parc des Buttes-Chaumont has rolling hills, cliffs, a central lake, and a small classical temple.

The Pere-Lachaise Cemetary in the 20th is the most visited cemetary in Paris and permanent home to many historic figures; it provides an atmospheric stroll among romantic alleys, trees, mausoleums and sculptures.

Quartiers in the 19th and 20th include Rhin-et-Danube, Belleville (sometimes called the Brooklyn of Paris) with its Parc de Belleville, Bagnolet, Gambetta, Menilmonthant (the childhood home of Edith Piaf), and Charonne.

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The 18th Arrondissement

Favorite thing The 18th is a popular tourist destination full of contrasts. It's noted for the Neo-Byzantine Basilique du Sacre-Coeur sitting high on the "Butte" Monmartre overlooking the Paris landscape and village Monmarte to its west. The animated Place du Tertre is a virtual tourist trap unless you arrive early in the morning. Village Monmartre has winding cobblestone strets, vestiges of former windmills, and delightful green spaces. Here you'll find former haunts of the artists and writers who lived in the area at the turn of the century; the oldest and still operating cabaret; Au Lapin Agile, a functioning vineyard and several small museums.
Quartiers in the 18th include the Butte, Abbesses with its Art-Nouveau Metro entrance, the rather sleazy Pigalle, Barbes, La Chapelle, and La Goutte d'Or, a vibrant haven of primarily African and Arab immigrants.
Paris' largest flea market is at the northern edge of the 18th at the Porte de Clignancourt

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The 17th Arrondissement

Favorite thing The 17th is a mix of upscale and working class residential areas without major tourist attractions.

Those close to the Place Charles de Gaulle as well as the Monceau and Ternes neighborhoods west of the train tracks are the working class Epinettes and the lower-middle class Batignolles.

Historically a number of artists and writers had homes and studios in the 17th.

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The 16th Arrondissement

Favorite thing The tranquil 16th on the Right Bank is an area of chic, monied neighborhoods; Auteuil, Passy, Ranleigh, Trocadero, the Ave Foch, and the Ave Victor Hugo.
It has rich Art Nouvea (my favourite) and modern architecture with buildings by Hector Guimard, Mallet-Stevens, and Le Corbusier.

There is a host of small, worthy museums. Among the best are the Musée Marmottan, the Musée Guimet, and the Musée d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris in the Palais de Tokyo.

The Palais de Chaillot and Jardins du Trocadero provide spectacular views of the Tour Eiffel across the Seine. To the west is the Bois de Boulogne with its Jardin de Bagatelle, Pre-Catalan, and Jardin d'Acclimatation.

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The 15th Arrondissement

Favorite thing Unlike its neighbors to the east, the Latin Quarter and Montparnasse, the 15ème never gained a reputation as being either upstart or overly literary. Instead, it drew a working middle class within its borders.

Today, the 15ème is the most populous arrondissement, and still middling in incomes and politics.
The expansive Parc André Citroën attracts families on weekends.
Aside from that, the 15ème doesn't have sights to speak of.
Hotels scramble for guests in the summer, and tourists can sometimes bargain for rates.
Locals have their favorites among the grocers on r. du Commerce, the cafés at the corner of r. de la Convention and r. de Vaugirard, and the specialty shops along av. Emile Zola.

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The 14th Arrondissement

Favorite thing Next door to the west is the 14th.
Its southern portion includes the beautiful, lush Parc de Montsouris, the charming neighborhoods around it, and the Cité Universitaire.

Further north is Alesia with its discount clothing shops, Denfert-Rochereau with its entrance to the catacombs, Pernety, and Plaisance with reminders of a village past.

The best-known part of the 14th is Montparnasse (where I caught my TGV at the Montparnasse Station to South-West France).

Extending into the 6th and 15th, its cafés bring to mind the literary and artisitic atmosphere of Bohemian Paris of the 1920's.

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The 13th Arrondissement

Favorite thing Crossing the Seine, you are once again on the Left Bank, now in the 13th.

The new Bibliotheque (library) Nationale de France at the riverbank is part of the planned Seine Rive Gauche of the future. While characterless high-rise apartments built after WWII fill much of the 13th, there are areas of considerable neighborhood charm.

The village-like Buttes aux Cailles quartier escaped the postwar construction boom, and the Cite Florale and "la petite Alsace" of rue Daviel are small, delightful enclaves.

The 13th also contains the Gobelins area near the 5th with its tapestry workshops, the Choisy Triangle; Paris' Chinatown, and evolving neighborhoods such as Austerlitz, Tolbiac, and Massena.

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The 11th and 12th Arrondissements

Favorite thing The continuing gentrification of the 11th and 12th during recent years has created... thriving areas with an energetic cafe and nightlife in the trendy Bastille and Faubourg St. Antoine neighborhoods.

The somewhat controversial Opera de la Bastille opened in 1989, the bicentennial of the French Revolution.

The Viaduc des Arts, once a railroad viaduct, now contains artisans' workshops and boutiques; the elevated Promenade Plantee overhead offers strollers and joggers a green space above the fumes of daily traffic.
Development in the 12th resulted in the Parc de Bercy.

Other neighborhoods in the 11th and 12th include Charonne (also in the 20th), Reuilly Diderot, and Nations, and beyond the Blvd. Peripherique lies the Bois de Vincennes with its Chateau and lakes.

I will be renting an apartment in this arrondissement next spring so I will offer much more information about this area (and, of course, Paris in general) later....so, stay tuned.

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The 10th Arrondissement

Favorite thing Most of the 10th is... fairly uninspiring, particularly the areas around two of Paris' train stations.

Shoppers looking for crystal, porcelain, and faience, however, may head to the rue de Paradis where the Musee de Cristal de Baccarat is also found.

Perhaps the most interesting neighborhood in the 10th is the eastern portion by the Canal St. Martin built during the time of Napolean I. The quais along the canal are very charming

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The 9th Arrondissement

Favorite thing The 9th is... an interesting mix of neighborhoods, grand boulevards, and large department stores (Printemps and Galeries Lafayette).

It is also home to the opulent Opera Garnier, now more frequently a venue for ballet and concerts than opera.

Across the street from the Opera Garnier, first-time Paris visitors will find Paristoric, an excellent multimedia overview of city history and its monuments.

Neighborhoods in the 9th include Chaussee d'Antin, Grands Boulevards, l'Opera, la Nouvelle Athenes, and Saint George.

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The 8th Arrondissement

Favorite thing Back on the Right Bank, the 8th offers... the Avenue des Champs-Elysees, often described as the most beautiful avenue in the world and the symbolic centre of France.

There are magnificent views along the axis from the Arc du Carrousel by the Louvre in the 1st through the Arc du Triomphe at the juncture of 8th, 16th, and 17th, to the Grande Arche de la Defense west of the Peripherique.

The main branch of the Paris Tourist Bureau is here, near the Arc du Triomphe.

Other attractions in the 8th include the Grand and Petit Palais, the Place de la Concorde, La Madeleine, an abundance of haute couture houses, and the lovely Parc Monceau on the northwestern edge.
Neighborhoods include Etoile, Monceau, Faubourg Honore, and L'Europe (also in the 9th).

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The 7th Arrondissment

Favorite thing West of the 6th is the 7th arrondissement... with its major monuments, government buildings, embassies, upscale antique dealers, and elegant hotel particuliers.

Quieter at night than the 5th and 6th, its "quartiers" include Faubourg St. Germain, Invalides, Ecole Militaire, and Gros Caillou.
A food lover's delight, the 7th has excellent restaurants, abundant food shops, and the rue Cler food market, regarded by some as the best in Paris.

The 7th is also high on the tourist list: the Eiffel Tower, Champs de Mars, the Musee d'Orsay, Hotel des Invalides, Napolean's Tomb, Musee Rodin, and Ecole Militaire are all in this area of Paris.

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Saint Roch Church - Eglise

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Palais Royal

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River Seine Cruises

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La Comédie Française

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Galerie Vivienne

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Tuileries - Jardin des Tuileries

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