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17 Rue Sainte-Croix de la Bretonnerie, 75004 Paris, France
5000 riders started the 2007 PBP. Plagued by bad weather on top of the customary challenges of distance and sleep deprivation, 1200 failed to finish. I finished the Paris Brest in just under the time limit. Another hallmark of randonneuring is...
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5 Route de Pégomas, 06130 Grasse, France
Grasse is a picture-perfect village nestled in the French Alps. It has been the perfume capital of the world since the eighteenth century. We visited Grasse while driving along the French Riviera. The village is only 20 kms away from Cannes and 40...
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132-140 Rue des Rosiers, 93400 Saint-Ouen, France
My favorite scarf cost 1 euro. I couldn't believe my luck when shopping at Les Puces de Saint-Ouen, the flea markets in Paris. Read more about how to visit the flea markets, wander the neighborhoods, eat very very well in two perfect days in Paris...
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35 Rue du Chevalier de la Barre, 75018 Paris, France
The white castle in the sky
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46 Rue du Bac, 75007 Paris, France
a favorite Paris activity is to just walk and walk and window shop. The Parisians have a flair with their window dressing that always makes for wonderful photographs - this is one of several posts of my favorites.
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Île Saint-Louis, 75004 Paris, France
When deciding where to stay on my first two week trip to Paris, I had some very stringent criteria. I wanted the local experience and felt that a flat was more likely to offer that. So I eagerly began my search for something in a very safe and...
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48 Rue de Courcelles, 75008 Paris, France
In the 8th arrondissement of Paris, just down the street from the Parc Monceau, is this unexpected piece of...China? On a corner of the Place du Pérou, this 'pagoda' has been a landmark in this part of the French capital for decades. Ching Tsai...
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17290 Chambon, France
Chambon is a tiny village near the mid-Atlantic coast in France. I stayed at the Tomlin's Guest House, a serene place to unwind and enjoy the slow pace of the French countryside. At the suggestion of the owner, we took a pleasant stroll outside of...
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Place du Tertre, 75018 Paris, France
Romance is everywhere in the City of Lights. During my two week stay in Paris I lost count of how many lovers I saw, who caught up in the city's magic, shared a passionate kiss. This Montmartre couple seemed different. Their embrace was so...
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Paris, France
I had to take a picture of this beautiful enclave in a small street in Paris.
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Champ de Mars, 5 Avenue Anatole France, 75007 Paris, France
Our last night in Paris we surprised our wives with a dinner on the Eiffel Tower. The scenic boat ride was part of the experience. I looked up saw this perfectly composed scene and was just able to capture the moment. One of our favorite of the...
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21000 Dijon, France
What an amazing impression the gargoyles of Notre Dame in Dijon make, leering down at you with grotesque stone faces. Added to the facade of this medieval church in the 19th century, the gargoyles serve no other function than to grimace and gape,...
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37 Rue de Grenelle, 75007 Paris, France
Paris,the City of Lights, is synonymous with food, fashion and fragrance. While exploring the 6th and 7th arrondissement visit Editions de Parfums Frederic Malle. This contemporary modern “haute parfum” boutique extends choice selections of...
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142 Rue Montmartre, 75002 Paris, France
The area around rue Montmartre pulses with activity after-hours - you'll have your pick in clubs and late-night bars but be sure to make a stop at Le Social Club. Thanks to owner Arnaud Frisch, the brainchild between Silencio and the new creative...
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11000 Carcassonne, France
Everyone goes to Carcassonne to visit the Cité Médiévale, and you shouldn't miss it, but when it starts to feel too touristy or a tad too contrived, head back to the "lower city" where the actual residents of Carcassonne live. There are some nice...
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84220 Gordes, France
In the early hours of a summer morning I visited the Cistercian Abbey of Sénanque in Provence near the crumbling hill town of Gordes. It was completely silent, with not a soul about. A purple swathe of lavender cut a dash as it graced the old...
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Père-Lachaise, 75020 Paris, France
Decades of kissing Oscar Wilde's grave are over. Recently, a plexiglass covering was put around the monument in an attempt to keep amorous fans away.
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82/4, WHS, Furniture Block, Furniture Block, Kirti Nagar Industrial Area, Kirti Nagar, New Delhi, Delhi 110015, India
I love the Egyptian Museum at the Louvre. In fact, no matter how many times I vow to see some of the many other galleries, I always end up here, surrounded by canopic jars and vividly-coloured shabti statues. The Louvre has such a fantastic...
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96 Quai de Jemmapes, 75010 Paris, France
Since you're already planning on hanging out by the Canal St. Martin during your trip to Paris (yes, you are!), take the extra step and sleep in the neighborhood too. Le Citizen boutique hotel blends minimalist design, modular furniture, and cozy...
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11 Rue des Gravilliers, 75003 Paris, France
Months before it welcomed its first guest, the Jules et Jim Hotel (whose name is a nod to the 1962 Truffaut film) had already positioned itself as a right-bank destination for night owls. Amid the mess of the hotel's construction, locals were...
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40 Rue Pierre Fontaine, 75009 Paris, France
Near Montmartre this carousel has been enjoyed for generations. The ticket taker to me was an important part of the scene and I seemed to catch him and the carousel at just the right moment.
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8 Rue de Verneuil, 75007 Paris, France
A few meters from Serge Gainsbourg's former residence in the heart of Saint-Germain sits this charming boutique hotel housed in a 17th century building. Aside from a stunning location only a few blocks from the Seine and flanked by shopping and...
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75003 Paris, France
Manicured hedges in a hidden garden off of Rue Francs-Bourgeois in the Marais district
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4th arrondissement, 75004 Paris, France
Wandering among the Renaissance buildings in the Marais district in Paris, this courtyard in the 15th-c. Hôtel de Sens gave me one of my favorite visual memories of the city--this corner balcony. You just have to love the irreverance of the...
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6 Rue de la Grange Batelière, 75009 Paris, France
Passages were designed in the 19th century to give Parisians protection from muddy streets and horse-drawn vehicles. Some 20 of these covered walkways remain today, including the Passage Verdeau; they are an excellent way to journey back into...
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75001 Paris, France
Stand on the the quais beneath the Pont Neuf bridge—the city's oldest crossing of the Seine—and look up. Staring down at you are mascarons, stone faces that resemble gargoyles, but without bodies. No two of these grotesque visages are the same....
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7 Rue Drevet, 75018 Paris, France
There are so many little outdoors cafes in Paris, and it might be a bit overwhelming to choose your pick. I always prefer an outdoor one than an indoor, as long as weather permits. Because Coffee in Paris is not just about coffee. It is also about...
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75004 Paris, France
Metro station on Line 4.
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Boulevard Jourdan, 75014 Paris, France
Each morning I wake up at 5.30 from jetlag and since I don't need to leave for class till 8.45 i always make time for a walk to the shops in Montparnasse. There is a great bakery, a few restaurants and I particularly like the little newsstands -...
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151bis Rue de Rennes, 75006 Paris, France
If small, intimate boutique hotels with a strong personality are right up your alley, then there is no doubt that this little jewel of the 6e arrondissement will be a good fit for your next stay in Paris. Less than 40 rooms, a cozy lobby, a...
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Place Charles de Gaulle, 75008 Paris, France
I know it is cliche but I love Paris! It is the one destination I never mind revisiting. Although the entire city is beautiful, I think l'Arc de Triomphe is my favorite :)
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20 Rue Berthollet, 75005 Paris, France
Imagine the scene - dark walls, a gigantic black tub encrusted with Swarovski crystals, a shower big enough to host a party, a bed that will make you want to sleep through the day, and the latest technological goodies you longingly examined on...
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Passage des Panoramas, 93260 Les Lilas, France
Passages were designed in the 19th century to give Parisians protection from mud and horse-drawn vehicles. Located between the Montmartre Boulevard to the North and Saint-Marc Street, Passage des Panoramas is one of the very first covered, airy...
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7 Rue Drevet, 75018 Paris, France
Just by chance. Their faces were not supposed to be part of the composition. Anyway, I like it.
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39 Rue Descartes, 75005 Paris, France
Walking through Paris is joy but, on the last trip I did my best to walk the steps of Hemingway, Fitzgerald and others of the "Lost Generation". La Maison de Verlaine is now an upscale eatery in the Latin Quarter but just above is Paul Verlaine's...
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8 Boulevard du Palais, 75001 Paris, France
This exquisite jewel box of a chapel is located on Ile de la Cite in the middle of the Seine. Seek it out. If you come to Notre Dame, you are steps away. It is tiny and well hidden, but worth the effort to find. There are actually two chapels: one...
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1 Rue de la Légion d'Honneur, 75007 Paris, France
In the Musée D'Orsay there is a delicious (but a bit pricey) restaurant on one of the top floors in line with the grandiose clock visible outside the building. Great atmosphere, service, and decor with the natural light piercing through the...
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72 Rue de la Paroisse, 78000 Versailles, France
Tobacco and dogs in restaurants--what could be more Gallic? A few blocks away from the gilded history of the château, this street-corner sign in Versailles caught my eye. "Au chien qui fume" has been around since 1839.
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24 Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré, 75008 Paris, France
Twice a year Paris goes on Sale, with bargains to be had in almost every store in the City. Some of the luxury boutiques, like Louis Vuitton, don't participate at all, while others just keep it discreet, placing the sales items in a back room....
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Enfants-Rouges, Paris, France
Sunday in Paris. Neighborhood: La Marais Destination: Le Marche des Enfants Rouges for good food and neighborhood market. We found all that plus the nice surprise of a large food and flea market taking over the streets nearby. Make sure you visit...
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2 Rue de Buci, 75006 Paris, France
I love the old book stores in Paris such as Shakespeare & Company but one that is on the top 5 list is Taschen. The company is based in Cologne, Germany and is known for its art books. They have stores in some large European cities as well as some...
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Quai Saint Michel, 75005 Paris, France
Just get lost. There's no better way to experience all that is Paris. Wear comfortable walking shoes (the only un-Parisian element of this intentionally-vague itinerary) and spend hours making your way in and out of the metro, up and down from...
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28 Rue du Sommerard, 75005 Paris, France
This very old building (among the oldest in Paris) was a great structure in its day. They have a collection of artifacts dating back as far as 12th century. The one photographed here is not that old but it was my favorite.
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14 Rue de la Rochefoucauld, 75009 Paris, France
The Gustave Moreau museum stands in a beautiful house previously owned by the artist that became a gallery for his work once he passed away. His art is showcased on every wall of the house, a quiet space to sit in the upstairs area allows for...
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Place de l'Hôtel de Ville, 75004 Paris, France
Paris haute couture, the art of handmade clothes, is being celebrated at the Hotel de Ville.Curator Olivier Saillard, has has hand picked 100 garments from the extensive collection from the Galliera Museum. The collection, shown in chronological...
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16 Avenue Rapp, 75007 Paris, France
we had just finished a fabulous meal at the Clos des Gourmets at 16 Avenue Rapp in Paris. The service had been top notch. Each and every course had been perfectly executed- a rarity even at the most high end of restaurants. We were headed down the...
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Jardin Tuileries, 75001 Paris, France
I arrived in Paris at 6:00 a.m. after a restless, overnight flight from Washington DC with the knowledge that it was still too early to check-in to my hotel room. Weary and fatigued, I left my baggage with the concierge and headed to the...
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Estació de Muntanya Vall de Núria, 17534 Queralbs, Girona, Spain
If nature is a religion then Vall de Núria is mecca. Situated in a small valley with a lake in the heart of the Pyrenees mountains, not far from the border of Spain and France in Catalunya - it is best known as a ski resort but delights visitors...
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24200 Sarlat-la-Canéda, France
Sarlat is a picturesque medieval town located in the heart of France, and although it is one of the most beautifully restored and preserved towns representative of 14th century France, or Europe for that matter, due to its isolated location, it...
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51130 Vertus, France
I fell in love with Vertus during our weekend spent there. It's small and quaint and it has a champagne house at every corner. It was amazing to see this tiny village with so much stuff to do and visit. And did I mention that it's surrounded with...
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44 Boulevard Richard Lenoir, 75011 Paris, France
Chef Flora Mikula just opened Auberge Flora near the Bastille Market (which runs Thursdays and Sundays). Three themes—vegetables, nature, and bohemia—define the decor, which complements Mikula’s Provencal cooking.
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20th arrondissement, 75020 Paris, France
The 20eme has a great bohemian vibe about it, new cafés have sprung in the vicinity and plenty of beautiful street art.
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31 Avenue George V, 75008 Paris, France
After spending the day running from the Eiffel Tower to the Louvre to the Arc de Triomphe to Sacré-Cœur, you will be in dire need of some serious rest and relaxation. May I present to you, the Four Seasons George V in Paris. The spa...
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75009 Paris, France
For a cheap lunch with spectacular panorams of Paris, grab a sandwich-to-go from Cojean on Blvd Haussman and enjoy it atop the roof of Galeries Lafeyette. I was on top of the world with limitless views of the city's skyline that included the...
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46 Rue des Martyrs, 75009 Paris, France
Haven't you been told to eat only at restaurants that have lots of cars in their parking lots? I discovered a valuable variation of this aphorism. I had a long layover at Charles de Gaulle Airport--long enough to take the train from CDG into the...
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Étretat, France
Visiting Upper Normandy was simply amazing. Étretat was one of the places in France I dreamed of seeing, for a long time. When I got to the top of the cliffs and got to see this breathtaking view I was speechless. Like a kid who really wanted...