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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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Private Tour: Explore Your Favorite Neighborhood in Paris
"Your morning or afternoon in Paris is completely tailored to match your interests. Your guide will contact you before your tour to discuss the things you want to see so that your logistics and itinerary can be arranged in advance. Choose one of seven nei Opéra/Louvre Montparnasse St-Germain-des-Prés Panthéon/Latin Quarter Montmartre or the Marais/Bastille. On the day of your tour your guide will meet you at your hotel or apartment in central Paris. Then
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Private 2-Day Tour: Customize Your Perfect Stay in Paris
"You will need to contact your guide ahead of time to help set up your itinerary based on what you want to do and see during your two days in Paris. On the first day of your tour meet your guide at your preferred central Paris location then head out together to explore the City of Lights. Public transport is included but all meals activities and entrance fees are at your own expense.Paris has a multitude of offerings for nearly every type of traveler. Want to hit all the top Paris attractions such as the Eiffel Tower and Notre Dame Cathedral? Are you an art buff seeking to tackle the Louvre? Or would you rather explore off-the-beaten path neighborhoods such as the bohemian Montmartre district? It's up to you. Below is a sample itinerary to spark some ideas."
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Parks, Gardens, & Squares Tips (60)

Art everywhere you look

Favorite thing During one of my many visits to Paris I decided to wander around and explore the Luxembourg Gardens. Just outside the main gates was a large photo exhibit with some really interesting and moving photos.

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Gypsystravels
Aug 05, 2015

The "Jardins du Luxembourg" are the nicest.

Favorite thing The Jardins du Luxembourg are my favored gardens in Paris because they combine with such a perfection of trees, flowers, water basins, statues, fountain and an elegant palace.
First there is an abundance of flowers. It's a private garden belonging to the French Senate, but open to the public and the French Senators apparently like flowers.

It's also children-friendly thanks to the sailing boats on hire at the central pond, about 50 m wide, called the Grand Bassin. It is student friendly as there are a lot of seats where students from the nearby Sorbonne can study. There is less sound of traffic than at the Tuileries gardens.

Amateurs of art and history are pleased to find here 106 statues representing French artists and personalities, allegories and mythology subjects, steles, monuments, animals.

The cherry on the cake is the Palace du Luxembourg a very beautiful architectural unit which owes its name to the mansion belonging to François of Luxembourg which occupied the site in the 16th century. The estate was bought by Marie de Medici, regent of France. She had a new palace build in 1625 by architect Salomon de Brosse drawing inspiration from the Pitti palace in Florence.
From her time dates the romantic Medici fountain. The fountain is in the shadow of trees so that the water of the basin is dark like a mercury mirror.

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breughel
Jan 11, 2015

Little parks and Gardens

Favorite thing One thing I noticed on this trip was how there seemed to be a little park or garden or square right in the vicinity of almost every major tourist attraction. Some are tiny, little peaceful spots away from the hustle and bustle of the city.

Some are more elaborate than others, most have a set of benches and a fountain. Others had play equipment for children. I remember seeing the little park next to the Musee de Cluny and was wondering how the museum could permit people to just lay out in their gardens enjoying the sunny day.

Take a break in these little parks, they are wonderful little places

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GentleSpirit
Oct 09, 2013

A most artistic garden.

Favorite thing The park in front and at the back of the Biron hotel -Musée Rodin is one of my preferred green places in Paris. I am not alone to feel so when I see Parisians installed for their midday pose on the comfortable seats located at the back of the ornamental pond.
It's quiet because the entry to the garden is not free (it costs 1 € but there exists a yearly subscription for 15€).

The garden, decorated with rose trees, between the Varenne street and the Biron Hotel, comprises three of the most known works of the sculptor Rodin.
On the side of the boulevard des Invalides stands the famous “Thinker-Penseur” besieged by all the photographers. It is the most prized souvenir's photo because here one finds the original of the twenty mouldings of the sculpture distributed in the museums of planet. Note that the "Thinker" presses his right elbow on his left knee. Nice for the photos is the background with the Tour Eiffel and the Dôme des Invalides.
Near the Varenne street stands the group of the “The Burghers of Calais - Bourgeois de Calais”; on the left stands that fantastic work called the “The Gates of Hell - Porte de l'Enfer".
Under the trees you will find 25 individual statues like this "Jacques de Wissant" from the “Burghers of Calais" group.

My favoured part of the garden is the pond with in the middle the remarkable sculpture of the count “Ugolin”. Remember your lecture of Dante's “Divine comedy” with Ugolin, walled up with his sons in the prison which will become their tomb, and who starving ends up eating his dead children.

With no transition, for those who might be hungry, I like to mention here the pleasant cafeteria in the garden. (re. my tip: Cafétéria le Jardin de Varenne
Garden open: Each day, closed on Monday.
1/04 - 30/09 from 9.30 till 18.45 h
1/10 - 31/03 from 10.00 till 17.45 h
Entry price garden: 1€

Musée Rodin - Jardin, 79 rue de Varenne, Paris 7e

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breughel
Mar 14, 2013
 
 
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Luxembourg Garden

Fondest memory Luxembourg Garden is a wonderful place for a romantic stroll and I couldn’t imagine, even in winter it was a reason of inspiration. Having a coffee and croissant, sitting and relaxing. It is one of the parks , where you can get hold of one of many chairs and watch the world go by. It is really a masterpiece.

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balatoni
Aug 13, 2012

Beautiful Luxembourg Gardens

Favorite thing The main picture of this tip is VERY old, but the gardens still look pretty much the same as you may see in the subsequent pictures (taken in 2011).

This is one of my favorite parks in Paris, even though you have to go a bit off the beaten path to visit it. It's located a bit south from the Quartier Latin area, but if you want to spend a nice relaxing time and take advantage of the nice weather (which we didn't have much of, so we wanted to make the most out of it), this is a nice place to spend a while reading, listening to music or just watching the flowers, birds and people around. There are usually free chairs to sit and relax (as you aren't supposed to lie on the grass) or you can also walk around for a while. There's a part of the park which isn't so nice where some people gather to play chess. But the nicest area is the one near the fountain.

Fondest memory I came here for the first time with my family, and this time I thought I had to show this nice place to my hubby. He liked it very much too.

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Laura_Mexico
Jul 09, 2012

All the wonderful must-sees in Paris

Favorite thing If you consider, how many sightseeing you should visit, then there is no wonder, tourism is the city's biggest industry, with more than 25 million visitors annually.
To the north is Montmartre and the church of Sacré Coeur contrasted with the exotic area of Pigalle red light district.
To the south is Montparnasse, home to many artistic movements of the last couple of centuries.
To the west is the Bois de Boulogne offering romantic views of waterfalls, majestic trees, an open-air Shakespeare theater and zoo.
To the east, the Bois de Vincennes - Paris' Lungs
In the very center are all the wonderful must-sees: the Louvre and D'Orsay museums; the Eiffel Tower; Notre Dame Cathedral; Place des Vosges; Place Vendôme; Place de la Concorde; the view up the Champs-Elysées to the Arc de Triomphe; the Jardin des Tuileries, the Jardin du Luxembourg.

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csordila
Dec 17, 2008

Green Paris

Favorite thing My fondest memory from the trip to Paris was the breathtaking beauty of the greenery around. Perhaps I was just in the right time of the year there or perhaps that's so typical of the beautiful city. All around there were parks, gardens and trees and I loved to be there.

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Sep 29, 2008
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"My Paris: not only operas and bicycles . . ."
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"Perambulations in Paris!"
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"London is a riddle. Paris is an explanation."
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Place des Vosges

Favorite thing As you see, it is loved by parisians. This picture is taked around 5PM on a weekend day...

Fondest memory I liked the contrast of the buildings surrounding the square and the grass...It is almost possible to imagine, how quiet the square during old times. It was designed by Henry IV and completed in 1612.

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aquatic
Aug 08, 2008

Place Vendôme

Favorite thing The Place Vendôme has been famous for its fashionable and deluxe hotels: The Hôtel Ritz Paris, which is the Ritz, the Park Hyatt Vendôme, and the Bristol , which Edward VII preferred, now called the Vendôme. Many famous dress designers have had their salons in the square as well as the street the leads to it from The Opera. Since 1718, the Ministry of Justice, also known as the "Chancellerie", is located at the Hotel de Bourvallais located at numbers 11 and 13. Right on the other side of the Place, number 14 houses the Paris office of JP Morgan, the investment bank.
Originally the Place was accessible by a single street and was quiet.

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Aug 08, 2008

Place des Vosges - A Peaceful Spot to Rest

Favorite thing It was a typical first day in Europe for us...flew all night, slept practically not at all, it's 8:00 am here but our bodies insist it's 3:00 am and...way too early. Of course, our room won't be ready until the afternoon so the best we can do is drop off our luggage, find some coffee and see what is nearby. Happily we were staying in le Marais and very close to Place des Vosges.

We had walked around the square and its immediate alleys and adjoining streets for as long as we could physically endure. Finally, we just needed to sit and rest. We (most particularly me) trudged to the center of the square, walked through the sand walkways and turned our shoes into dust. We found our way to an available and, as it turns out, ubiquitous Paris bench. While probably the most uncomfortable bench I had ever encountered, it felt perfect.

Fondest memory Intro Photo: The young woman in the photo seemed equally satisfied to have the cast iron support in the middle of her bare back and her duffel bag in the dust.

Photo 2: At this moment, a more idyllic stop would have been difficult to imagine. With it's shady lanes lined with precisely spaced and pruned trees, many local Parisians take a break while teenagers hurry back to school.

Photo 3: At another corner of the square carefree children playing under the close supervision of their nannies. It seemed an entirely safe and comfortable place.

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tpal
May 03, 2008

Luxembourg Gardens - Beautiful Park

Favorite thing These gardens are considered the best in central Paris, located close to the Latin Quarter and within walking distance of Ile de la Cite and very close to the Pantheon. I recommend you make time to visit and possibly have lunch at the cafe within the gardens.

The gardens cover 60 acres and the landscaping takes in all aspects, including fountains, lakes, terraces, treed parklands etc. The magnificent 17th century Fontaine de Medicis is not to be missed. The gardens are very popular with the local residents who can be seen sunbathing or enjoying lunch on the lawns.

For those travelling by train alight at Notre Dame des Champs, for those walking follow Boulevard Saint Michel from the river.

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Aug 25, 2007

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