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The Ultimate Guide To Paris

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My favorite city in the world, it changes every day, there is so much to see and do, even if you have lived there your whole life!
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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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75003 Paris, France
Manicured hedges in a hidden garden off of Rue Francs-Bourgeois in the Marais district
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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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Pont Alexandre III, 75008 Paris, France
An arch bridge that spans the Seine, connecting the Champs-Élysées quarter and the Invalides and Eiffel Tower quarter.
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17 Rue Montorgueil, 75001 Paris, France
So, you think you know Paris? There are hundreds of memorable streets and boulevards in the City of Lights. But, for my money, Rue Montorgueil is the best. It is compact, only three blocks long, with a metro stop at each end. In between, you have...
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2 Impasse Lebouis, 75014 Paris, France
This tiny museum of Henri Cartier Bresson is a real gem for photography lovers in general and for Henri Cartier Bresson's fans in particular. The foundation is located in Montparnasse (it's not in a central place) and was founded by Cartier's...
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80 Quai de l'Hôtel de ville, 75004 Paris, France
Who doesn't want to know how to cook French cuisine? Even I, lacking any sense of cooking, would love to learn how to make a delicious chocolate mousse, for myself and my guests. For this matter, Paris is filled with cooking schools that offer...
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116 Boulevard Haussmann, 75008 Paris, France
Paris wine shops routinely host free tastings, often led by the growers who make the wine. Paris by Mouth publishes a calendar of tastings, but two shops can be depended upon to have something interesting on the weekends: Les Caves Augé and La...
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134 Rue de Turenne, 75003 Paris, France
Tasting the city's best baguettes is one thing, but wouldn't it also be great to learn how to make them? Award-winning baker Benjamin Turquier, shown, runs the bakery 134 RdT and placed in the top 10 in this year's annual Best Baguette in Paris...
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Rue Denoyez, 75020 Paris, France
The rue Denoyez in the 20th arrondisement, just a block from the Belleville metro station is a haven for street art. Photo : Sylvia Sabes The city supports street art here, so the walls are full of graffiti and store fronts serve as graffiti...
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10 Place de l'Opéra, 75009 Paris, France
You don't need to understand French to understand opera and, anyway, these days most of the performances at the Opera Garnier are dance. Everything from the contemporary Jerome Robbins to the classic Nureyev, the sublime Pina Bausch to the...
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The Canal Saint Martin has evolved tremendously since its beginnings as a vehicle for supplying fresh water to the city, as ordered by Napoleon in the early 19th century. Today, it attracts young tastemakers in food, fashion and design who set up...
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6 Rue Victor Cousin, 75005 Paris, France
Context Travel offers history, architecture and culinary tours in various European cities. I went on the " foodie" tour that began on a beautiful fall Paris morning in the toney neighborhood of St. Germain- de- Pres by meeting our friendly English...
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211 Avenue Jean Jaurès, 75019 Paris, France
Even though Parc de la Vilette is home to the largest science museum in Europe, Cité des Sciences et de l'Industrie, it's the perfect spot to capture the first signs of springtime in Paris. On a chilly March day, these beautiful magnolias in bloom...
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2 Galerie de Montpensier, 75001 Paris, France
There's the picture-perfect Luxembourg Gardens, the vast Tuileries, the intimate Place des Vosges and the Buttes Chaumont, a local hangout. But for a majestic stroll through history, head to the Palais Royal gardens, a quick walk from the Louvre...
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La Défense, France
On the western edge of Paris, at the end of the grand 'axe historique' that runs from the Louvre down the Champs Élysées and on past the Arc de Triomphe, rises the futuristic skyscraper business district known as "La Défense." Its centerpiece is...
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95 Quai de Valmy, 75010 Paris, France
After many trips to Paris we wanted to explore areas off the beaten path that we hadn't seen in previous visits. The Canal St. Martin neighborhood was a wonderful surprise. It's not filled with tourists and it's a pleasant and relaxing place to...
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Place d'Estienne d'Orves, 75009 Paris, France
Portico of the magnificent Église de la Sainte-Trinité at the perfect blue hour. In January, 2011, their creche of the Holy Family at Christmas was amazing.
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99 Rue des Rosiers, 93400 Paris, France
Cannot get enough of these old typers. This one was in one of the flea markets in Paris. Wonder what prose was written on this baby?!
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102 Rue de Provence, 75009 Paris, France
One of my favorite Parisian vistas, from the rooftop-terrace of the historic Printemps ("Spring") Department Store. Other skyline views require payment--the Eiffel Tower, the Arc de Triomphe, the bell-tower of Notre-Dame...but from here, the 'roof...
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Belleville, 75020 Paris, France
In the Belleville neighborhood of Paris, this wall that would otherwise be nondescript brick is covered in unlikely art, with the caveat: "beware of words." A bit of artistic 3-D in the 20th arrondissement, by the artist Benjamin Vautier. (To see...
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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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29 Rue de Poitou, 75003 Paris, France
The area around the rue de Bretagne in the north part of the Marais continues to be a big draw with locals and visitors for a number of reasons: the Marché des Enfants Rouges covered market with food stalls, the wincingly bobo-chic Café Charlot...
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Rue de Rivoli, 75001 Paris, France
In the Louvre my wife was standing near this antique work of art and I suggested she pose near it, a top moment of our trip.
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34 Rue Yves Toudic, 75010 Paris, France
My friend, who lives in Paris, told me about this Boulangerie, Du Pain et des Idees, so in my latest visit to Paris in June, I had to go there and try it for myself. We bought cheese in a local outdoor market and then got some bread and cakes and...
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107 Rue de Rivoli, 75001 Paris, France
We spent half a day at this wonderful museum, near the Louvre off Rue de Rivoli. This was part of an exhibit all about chairs. These look like models but are full size, viewed from above. (Cafe at the museum is especially good.)
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The Palace of Versailles was the official residence of the Kings of France from 1682 until 1790.
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102 Boulevard du Montparnasse, 75014 Paris, France
In its heyday, La Couple was one of the most important gathering spots of the Roaring Twenties. Set in the Montparnasse district, where American jazz flourished, the Art Deco hotspot attracted the likes of Josephine Baker, as well as famous...
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3 Boulevard Edgar Quinet, 75014 Paris, France
Forget the Eiffel Tower, the city's modern eyesore - the Montparnasse Tower - offers the most unobstructed view of every Paris landmark of interest. Go straight up to the top viewing deck or stop in to the newly renovated Ciel de Paris restaurant...
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37 Rue de Verneuil, 75007 Paris, France
Around every bend in Paris it seems as though there's another picturesque specialty shop to be explored. When planning the trip I had envisioned wandering past quaint little store-fronts, each with their own antique charm, and of course found what...
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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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53 Quai des Grands Augustins, 75006 Paris, France
If you've ever walked along the banks of the river Seine, you've probably seen long green boxes and their vendors plying souvenirs, postcards and a variety of other knick-knacks. But did you know that these Bouquinistes - all 240+ of them - are...
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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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95700 Roissy-en-France, France
Such a treat to find this gorgeous shop in Terminal 2F Delicious and beautiful!
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Rue Saint-Dominique, 75007 Paris, France
if you like to enjoy Paris at its best, try to visit this city during the Thanksgiving weekend. November in Paris is amazing and the spirit of the holidays is all around the city. Keep exploring...
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6 Parvis Notre-Dame - Pl. Jean-Paul II, 75004 Paris, France
On top of the famous cathedral our one rainy day gave just right amount of gravitas to the day. I love the feel of the photo as so many people recognize this place but no one has yet told me they got a better shot of it.
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Place Vendôme, 75001 Paris, France
Since 1907 the Peking to Paris race take place between, well, Peking and Paris. A group of loyal fans follow the route every year in their vintage cars and it culminates in the Place Vendôme in Paris. If you catch it just right you can spend the...
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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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37 Rue de la Bûcherie, 75005 Paris, France
What traveller or aspiring travel writer has ever been to Paris and NOT stopped by George Whitman's Shakesepeare & Company, located just a stone's throw (if you have a good arm!) from the Notre Dame Cathedral? I cannot count the amount of...
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10 Rue de Passy, 75016 Paris, France
Paris can always be such a magical place to explore, but on a recent trip last fall I think one of the highlights of my trips was stumbling across the beautifully lighted and colored carousels around Paris. Watching the city spin by dizzily with...
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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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1 Coulée verte René-Dumont, 75012 Paris, France
The Parisian alternative for the New York high line is La Promenade Plantée, in the 12th arrondissement. The promenade was the idea of Philippe Mathieux and Jacques Vergely, who turned over the former railway track which connected the Place de la...
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82 Boulevard de Clichy, 75018 Paris, France
One of the most famous night spots in Paris is the Moulin Rouge cabaret. During its heyday, it was the place to go and is still very popular today, although more of a tourist curiousity.
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75008 Paris, France
Over 20 acres of beautiful square is the Place de la Concorde, which has beautiful fountains, an Egyptian obelisk and excellent views and architecture in every direction.
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Avenue Winston Churchill, 75008 Paris, France
Built for the 1900 Exhibition, the Petit Palais was designated a city museum two years later to celebrate Paris' decorative arts and sculptures. Later ancient art, classical art, photography and graphic arts were added to the collection. This...
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12 Rue Daru, 75008 Paris, France
This is a Russian Orthodox church located in the 8th arrondissement, one of the 'posh' arrondissement in Paris. The church was built on 1861 and became the first Russian Orthodox church in France The church is influenced by the Byzantine style and...
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35 Boulevard de Courcelles, 75008 Paris, France
After three months in Paris, this was my favorite spot, not just for running in the early morning as the city slowly awoke, but for simply being.
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Paris, France
The Pantheon is not only one of the most beautiful structures in Paris, it also houses France's most famous dead. Voltaire, Victor Hugo, Alexandre Dumas... It's a literature enthusiast's heaven. It's an art lover's paradise, too; the intricate,...
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2 Impasse Saint-Eustache, 75001 Paris, France
Walking through a Sunday market down Rue Monmarte, it's important to look up and around you or you'll miss Paris' best show; it's peek-a-boo architecture show.
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113 Rue de Rivoli, 75001 Paris, France
birdwatching in Paris at a beautiful November morning...
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69 Rue de Lyon, 75012 Paris, France
Paris boasts an unusual elevated park, La Promenade Plantée, built atop an abandoned elevated railway viaduct in the 12th arrondissement. It starts a block east of the Place de la Bastille and stretches for 2.9 elevated miles. Landscape architect...
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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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261 Boulevard Raspail, 75014 Paris, France
Little needs to be said about Paris's peerless art scene and the iconic museums that greet throngs of visitors each day but we hear very little about spaces like the non profit Fondation Cartier for Contemporary Art nestled in the 1'4th...
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Sorbonne, Paris, France
The best point from which to view Notre Dame might actually be across the river. On the Island of Saint-Louis, there's an embankment off Quai d'Orleans where I love to hang out with the locals, maybe enjoy a bottle of wine, and watch the sun set...
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8-10 Square du Dr Blanche, 75016 Paris, France
A visit to Auteuil offers a visually exhilarating tour of Modernist and Art Nouveau architecture starting with Maison La Roche by Le Corbusier and Pierre Jeanneret. Maison La Roche is the headquarters of the Fondation Le Corbusier and the...
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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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48 Rue Saint-Antoine, 75004 Paris, France
The Marias- and the Place de Vosges in particular- is my favorite place to get lost in Paris. Due to the sporadic curves or lengths of the small streets in this neighborhood, you need to just let the city take you in and know that you'll be wowed...
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Place Georges-Pompidou, 75004 Paris, France
The fountain at the Pompidou Center is a great place to rest your tired feet when exploring Paris. Nearby Marais offers falafel and middle eastern fare for reasonable prices. For a more traditional Parisian cafe meal head to the Place des Vosges...
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19 Quai Voltaire, 75007 Paris, France
Paris is at its most magical at night. I highly recommend booking a late-night tour with Cedric's Paris Tours if you're looking for a "Midnight In Paris" experience. Cedric is a smokin' hot fireman by day and a brilliant and knowledgeable tour...
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1 Avenue du Colonel Henri Rol-Tanguy, 75014 Paris, France
In the 14th district of Paris are the Catacombs, also known as the underground ossuary (or l'Ossuaire Municipal) where 6 million skeletons are stacked in an orderly fashion and date back several centuries ago. This was done because Paris...
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144bis Rue Cardinet, 75017 Paris, France
Where Paris's parks have the tendency to be vast and manicured, this unique space is an oasis of green with the vegetative versatility and fullness of English garden. It's the perfect place to come and get your bit of quiet, away from the streets,...
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1 Rue Mouffetard, 75005 Paris, France
Yes Paris is magnificent and boasts the most breath taking "To Do" list for tourists in Europe but to experience the more gritty, exciting and creative flavors away from the Champs Elysee, hang out in the Latin Quarter. Filled with great coffee...
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35 Rue du Chevalier de la Barre, 75018 Paris, France
The white castle in the sky
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Champs-Élysées, Paris, France
Very patriotic display of French Air Force jets flying over the Champs Elysees on 14 juillet. (Luckily it did not start to rain until about 30 minutes after this!)
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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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3 Avenue de la Porte d'Auteuil, 75016 Paris, France
The Jardin des Serres d'Auteuil is a splendid botanical garden in the 16th arrondissement (within the Bois de Boulogne) and was first developed under Louis XV in 1761. It was later abandoned and reacquired by the city of Paris and became a...
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22 Rue de Savoie, 75006 Paris, France
Get a lesson on sparkling wine at Dilettantes, a top-notch store that specializes in lesser-known Champagne producers. Enjoy a tasting in their romantic cellar--the perfect start to a couples evening on the town. The best part about Dilettantes,...
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13-15 Quai André Citroën, 75015 Paris, France
On my last trip to Paris, I went to two cooking demonstrations at Le Cordon Bleu. The first one was an evening class on food and wine pairing featuring red varietal wines, and the second was an afternoon class highlighting fresh foods from the...
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15 Rue Debelleyme, 75003 Paris, France
Sylvie Ganter and Christophe Cervasel may have founded L'Atelier Cologne in New York, where the duo met, but their successful fragrance company is 100% French. Their mutual passion for eau de cologne translates beautifully into a sweet edit of...