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Paris is a glittering world city with an unparalleled number of historic buildings and important museums. Two of Paris's best known sights are an absolute must: both the Louvre and the Centre Pompidou have collections of outstanding quality.



Tourist favorites in Paris

Musée Rodin

The MusĂ©e Rodin, opened in 1919, is dedicated to the works of the French sculptor Auguste Rodin and is one of the most visited museums in Paris. It has two sites, at the HĂŽtel Biron and surrounding grounds in central Paris, and just outside Paris at Rodin's old home, the Villa des Brillants at Meudon (Hauts-de-Seine). The collection includes 6.600 sculptures, 8.000 drawings, 8.000 old photographs and 7.000 objets d’art. The museum receives 700,000 visitors annually.
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Palais Garnier

The Palais Garnier is a 1,979-seat opera house, which was built from 1861 to 1875 for the Paris Opera. It was originally called the Salle des Capucines because of its location on the Boulevard des Capucines in the 9th arrondissement, but soon became known as the Palais Garnier in recognition of its opulence and its architect, Charles Garnier. The theatre is also often referred to as the Opéra Garnier, and historically was known as the Opéra de Paris or simply the Opéra, as it was the primary home of the Paris Opera and its associated Paris Opera Ballet until 1989, when the Opéra Bastille opened at the Place de la Bastille.
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Pont Alexandre III (Paris)

The Pont Alexandre III, widely considered as the most ornate and extravagant bridge in "the City of Love", is a deck arch bridge over the River Seine, connecting the Champs-ÉlysĂ©es quarter and the Invalides and Eiffel Tower quarter. The Pont Alexandre III in Beaux-Arts style bridge is also a French Monument historique, which features Art Nouveau lamps, cherubs, nymphs and winged horses. Constructed between 1896 and 1900 by the architects Joseph Cassien-Bernard and Gaston Cousin, the bridge is named in honor of Tsar Alexander III, who had concluded the Franco-Russian Alliance in 1892, and is regarded as a marvel of 19th century engineering, consisting of a 6 m high single span steel arch.
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Musée d'Orsay

The Musée d'Orsay is housed in the former Gare d'Orsay, an impressive Beaux-Arts railway station built between 1898 and 1900. The museum is home to many sculptures and impressionist paintings and holds mainly French art dating from 1848 to 1915, including paintings, sculptures, furniture, and photography. Formed from the national collections and opened to the public in 1986, the gallery is probably best known for its extensive collection of impressionist and post-impressionist masterpieces. Place de la Concord is the most monumental square in Paris located just about 0.4 miles away from the d'Orsay museum.
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Jardin du Luxembourg

The Jardin du Luxembourg, or the Luxembourg Gardens, is the second largest public park in Paris, and one of top must visit attractions in Paris. The park is the garden of the French Senate, which is itself housed in the Luxembourg Palace. In 1611, Marie de Medicis, the widow of Henry IV and the regent for the King Louis XIII decided to build a palace in imitation of the Pitti Palace in her native Florence.
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Great hotels in Paris

HÎtel du Panthéon

The Hotel du Panthéon enjoys an outstanding location in the very heart of Paris city center, in Saint-Germain des Prés area, just opposite the Panthéon and a stone's throw away from the Sorbonne and Luxembourg Gardens. Housed in a beautiful 18th century building completely renovated in 2001, this charming hotel boasts the ideal atmosphere for a romantic break in Paris. Entirely non-smoking, it offers comfortable rooms with all modern comforts, free Wi-Fi Internet access in the lobby, as well as a lounge bar, the perfect place for a business meeting or a quiet drink. The friendly staff of the Hotel du Panthéon will be pleased to welcome you in Saint-Germain des Prés and will stay at your disposal to ensure you an unforgettable holiday in Paris.
 

Astra Opera

Hotel Astra Opera Paris is located a short walk from the Opéra Garnier, Grands Magasins, Place VendÎme and rue de la Paix at the heart of the theatre and Business Centre district. This hotel, with its elegant facade, offers you a sumptuous, glass-roofed lobby decorated with works of modern art. Astra Opera Paris also provides a business centre. For your meetings, seminars or business breakfasts, the Hotel Astra Opéra has a room that may hold up to 15 people.This "Business" area, is fully air conditioned and sound proof. The hotel's 82 air-conditioned rooms provide you with comfort and refined decoration in a contemporary style. Wifi, wireless broadband Internet access, is available at the hotel.
 

Agora Saint Germain

HÎtel Agora Saint Germain Paris enjoys a central location between the Notre Dame cathedral and the Pantheon. Located on the left bank, the hotel is situated in the heart of artistic and historic Paris, close to the Ile Saint Louis. The Agora Saint Germain Hotel gives you a warm welcome in a charming ambiance. This elegantly decorated hotel has a 24-hour reception desk with an attentive team that will assist you with all your enquiries, ensuring a pleasant stay. Hotel Agora Saint Germain Paris offers 39 comfortable rooms with a modern design. The rooms are soundproofed to ensure a good night's sleep and feature air-conditioning for your comfort. The rooms at the hotel are fully equipped with modern room facilities such as a mini-bar, direct dial phone, safe, a flat screen TV with international channels, Wi-Fi Internet connection and an en-suite bathroom with a hairdryer.
 

Hotel B Square

Enjoying a privileged location in the prestigious 17th arrondissement, Hotel B Square Paris is set between the Arc de Triomphe and the SacrĂ©-CƓur church and near many attractions. In the hotel’s vicinity you will find the Eglise de la Madeleine, as well as the department stores Galeries Lafayette and Printemps. Furthermore, Montmartre, Parc de Monceau and the famous Moulin Rouge are all within 15 minutes walk from the hotel. On top of that, the nearby metro stop ‘Rome’, at 250 meters allows you to easily reach any other part of the city. A welcoming property run by the BĂ©ry family, B Square Hotel was entirely renovated in the spring of 2012 and now benefits from modern conveniences and an attentive multilingual staff who will be happy to assist you. Amenities include a safe deposit box at the 24 hour front desk, laundry and fax services as well as a concierge. There is luggage storage and complimentary wireless Internet is accessible throughout the building. On top of that, the nearest car park is located 50 meters away. All 31 bright bedrooms at Hotel B Square Paris feature an en-suite bathroom and double-glazed windows. Furthermore, each of these charming air conditioned rooms is fully equipped with modern conveniences such as a flat screen television, mini-bar, direct dial phone, trouser press and safe. Maid service and facilities for guests with reduced mobility are also available.
 

Ascot Opéra

The Ascot Opéra Hotel is a cosy, fully air conditioned property lying in the very heart of Paris, close to the most important attractions and exceptionally linked to the rest of the city by a most efficient transport network. The hotel's lively area offers an array of dining, shopping ad entertainment facilites and you will hardly get bored! Among the hotel facilities guests will appreciate the Internet Point in the lobby, a bar, a private car park, in-room Wi-Fi Internet connection, a baby sitter service on request and a reception desk, open on a 24/7 basis, at your complete disposal for useful information on what is on in Paris.
 

Top eats in Paris

Maison Prunier

The Maison Prunier in Paris' 16th district is both a restaurant and a venue with rooms for private hire. It has a magnificent and unique Art Deco interior. Seafood loves will find happiness here with many types of fish and seafood on the menu. It was originally opened in 1925 but has rediscovered its success of bygone years with its new menu giving a vast choice of salmon dishes. The fixed price menus make the prices reasonable and give a good choice.
 

Les Truffes Folies

The Les Truffes Folies restaurants is a warm and inviting space and can be found in Paris' 7th arrondissement, just steps away from the Invalides L'Esplanade. As the name suggests, the restaurant specialises in the truffle, all of which have been chosen with care and passion. Indulge in dishes such as vegetable terrine with tomato and truffle concasse; black truffle omelette with crispy rocket or Lyon sausage with truffles and pistachios. The “Black Diamond” is omnipresent and even features on the dessert menu in dishes such as crĂšme brulĂ©e with truffles or Quemada of Panna Cotta with truffles.
 

Nodaiwa

In this pleasant and authentic restaurant, you will find a rare speciality of Japanese cuisine prepared in the most traditional style - Unagi (grilled eel). Carefully handed down from one generation to another, this eel recipe is the basis of very intriguing and delicious tasteful variations. After the expert preparation, the eel is server tender, grilled and almost caramelised. Before tasting it, it is suggested that one sprinkles the dish with a special spice called sanshĂŽ, which is very aromatic and resembles lemon grass. The chef who has created these dishes was trained in Japan by the founder of Nodaiwa, whose trio of restaurants in Tokyo have been considered as the greatest stars of Japanese cuisine for five generations since the Edo period.
 

Le Speakeasy

Just steps from the Place de L'Etoile, Le Speakeasy is reminiscent of Chicago's clandestine jazz bars of the 1920s and is open until 1am.

Decked out in red velour with huge leather sofas, you are transported to another era. Enjoy Blues and Soul each day by the pianist/singer and the resident DJ each Friday and Saturday night from 11pm until late.

Head Chef Baptiste Pialot offers a refined and authentic cuisine using the very finest ingredients. Accompany with a fine wine, the house boasts an excellent selection of wines form its own wine cellar.

Smokers can enjoy the special English smoking lounge. Le Speakeasy is an absolute must in Paris!
 

Blue Elephant - Paris

Blue Elephant is a little bit of Thailand in central Paris. Located on the busy Place de la Bastille, you'll soon forget the hustle and bustle of Paris amongst this vast expanse of leafy plants, water features and Thai decoration. The menu has traditional Thai dishes such as the Pla Samrod, a filet of fried fish covered with an onion and pepper sauce. For wine lovers, the wine list has been selected with great care to go with the food. Blue Elephant is not the cheapest of Parisian restaurants but the excellent service, ambiance and food make it worthwhile.
 



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