Paris Attractions & Monuments

Chantilly Tops Versailles

For quite a while I have felt misgivings about taking clients to see the interior of the Chateau in Versailles. That is not for any lack of marvelous sights to see there. The pace of re-acquisition of exquisite objects and art that were created for Versailles and sold-off after the French Revolution continues unabated. […]

Mona Lisa Moves, Meets Rubens

The line forms under the glass pyramid of the Louvre. It snakes up the escalator into the Richelieu wing,  and up two more escalators to the second floor,  and into the Salle Medicis. That is where Mona Lisa,  also known as Lisa Gherardini, resides until October,  when she will return to where she has […]

Skip-the-Summit of the Eiffel Tower

 

 

Visit Paris without mounting to the summit of the Eiffel Tower? Who would suggest something so unthinkable? I do. I urge it if you want to have an enjoyable visit with the Iron Lady. Do not fall for the skip-the-line tickets scam that so many websites tout for the tower. They often do not spare […]

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The Courtauld collection at the Vuitton Foundation

What a collection this is!!! Only to be seen until June 17th at the renowned Frank Gehry building of the Louis Vuitton Foundation in the Bois de Boulogne in western paris, this is one of the most staggering Impresionnist collections ever assembled, period. 110 pieces of art of international stature, among which one finds […]

Bridges of Paris: the Pont Neuf

Paris has 37 bridges, of which the Pont Neuf is the oldest actually standing. Ironically, Pont Neuf means the New Bridge, and it was the first stone bridge to be built in Paris. It connects both banks of the Seine river, as well as the tip of the Cité Island, which is the larger […]

The Pere Lachaise cemetery in Paris

Here is a short history of the most visited cemetery in the world, with more than 3 Million visits per year, as well as the most popular cemetery in France. It is especially known for the amount of great personalities of the art world who are buried there. It was one of the cemeteries […]

The Champs Elysées: a story of the most famous avenue in the world

Almost everybody has heard of the Champs Elysees avenue: its malls, cafés, cinema theaters. It is one of the busiest places in Paris. It is also one of most symbolic streets, and a gathering place on special events. For example, after France won the soccer world cups in 1998 and just recently in 2018, […]

Fashion neigbourhoods in Paris part 3: rue du Faubourg Saint Honoré

The Madeleine-Palais Royal district and more specifically the Saint Honore street probably comprise the most traditional Paris fashion neighbourhood… After having spoken of the prestigious fashion district located at avenue Montaigne, let us now talk about the place where Kings and Queens and later the Parisian bourgeoisie came to dress up. It is the […]

Fashion Neighborhoods of Paris part 2: the Avenue Montaigne and the Golden Triangle

Fashion and the city of Paris are two old friends. Ever since the royal courts of France took up residence in or near Paris, centuries ago, social codes and fashionable dressing developed. And as fashion thrived, so did the merchants and the businesses that plied the trade. Colbert, who was Minister of Finances under […]

Montmartre I

Almost everyone who visits Paris has heard of Montmartre, but few know that the butte is such a storied place. So many fantastic events, many gruesome, have taken place on it for so long, since the dawn of time, that most tourists have no clue of its amazing history. Not many visitors even know that […]

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