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Visit Paris

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 Musée 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 Hôtel 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-Élysées 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

Cosy's Residence Cadet

Location. Cosy's Residence Cadet is located in Paris's 9th Arrondissement neighborhood, close to Paris Museum of Freemasonry, Galeries Lafayette, and Paris Opera. Nearby points of interest also include Louvre Museum and Notre Dame Cathedral. Property Features. The residence serves buffet breakfasts (surcharges apply). Room service is available during limited hours. Cosy's Residence Cadet features multilingual staff, tour/ticket assistance, and concierge services. Wireless Internet access (surcharge) is available in public areas. Additional property amenities include self parking. Guest parking is available for a surcharge. The front desk is open 24 hours a day. Guestrooms. 20 air-conditioned guestrooms at Cosy's Residence Cadet feature coffee/tea makers and safes. All rooms include separate dining areas and desks. Kitchens include stovetops, refrigerators, cookware/dishes/utensils, and cooking facilities. Wireless Internet access is available for a surcharge. Guestrooms offer direct-dial phones. Flat-panel televisions have satellite channels and DVD players.
 

Appi Hotel

Location. Appi Hotel is located in Paris's 2nd Arrondissement neighborhood, close to Passage du Grand Cerf, Forum des Halles, and Museum Georges Pompidou. Nearby points of interest also include Louvre Museum and Notre Dame Cathedral. Hotel Features. The hotel serves continental breakfasts each morning in the breakfast room (surcharges apply). Appi Hotel features tour/ticket assistance. Complimentary wireless Internet access is available in public areas. The front desk is open during limited hours. This is a smoke-free property. Guestrooms. There are 19 guestrooms at Appi Hotel. Wireless Internet access is complimentary.
 

Gregoire Apartment

Gregoire Apartment offers accommodation in the area of Saint Germain-des-Pres - Luxembourg in Paris. There are a number of attractions nearby such as Notre Dame Cathedral, Louvre and Pont Neuf. Also close by are Sainte Chapelle and Sorbonne. Gregoire Apartment offers complimentary wireless Internet access.
 

Villa Pantheon

Location. Located in central Paris, Villa Pantheon is within walking distance of Musee National du Moyen Age, Notre Dame Cathedral, and Sorbonne University. Nearby points of interest also include Pantheon and Luxembourg Gardens. Property Features. The aparthotel serves buffet breakfasts each morning in the breakfast area (surcharges apply). A bar/lounge is open for drinks. Room service is available during limited hours. Villa Pantheon features multilingual staff, laundry facilities, and express check-out. Complimentary wireless Internet access is available in public areas. Additional property amenities include limo/town car service, complimentary newspapers in the lobby, and computer rentals. Concierge services and translation services are available. The front desk is open 24 hours a day. Guestrooms. 59 air-conditioned guestrooms at Villa Pantheon feature minibars and safes. Bathrooms feature bathrobes and hair dryers. Wireless Internet access is complimentary. In addition to desks and complimentary weekday newspapers, guestrooms offer phones. Televisions have satellite channels and pay movies. Rooms also include windows that open. Guests may request extra towels/bedding and wake-up calls. A nightly turndown service is offered and housekeeping is available daily. Guests have reduced-fee access to a fitness club with a swimming pool 3 blocks from the hotel. Luxembourg Gardens is a popular place to go jogging, and bikes and in-line skates can be rented just off Rue Mouffetard. The recreational activities listed below are available either on site or near the hotel; fees may apply.
 

Citadines Opéra-Grands Boulevards Paris

Location. Located in central Paris, Citadines Opéra-Grands Boulevards Paris is within walking distance of Opera Comique, Galeries Lafayette, and Paris Opera. Nearby points of interest also include Palais Royal and Louvre Museum. Property Features. Recreational amenities include a fitness facility. Those traveling on business have access to a business center at this residence. Complimentary wireless Internet access is available in public areas and the residence has an Internet point. The residence serves buffet breakfasts each morning in the breakfast room (surcharges apply). For a surcharge, the property offers a roundtrip airport shuttle (available on request). Guest parking is available for a surcharge. Additional property amenities include an arcade/game room, multilingual staff, and laundry facilities. Guestrooms. 76 air-conditioned guestrooms at Citadines Opéra-Grands Boulevards Paris feature coffee/tea makers and safes. Furnishings include double sofa beds and desks. Kitchenettes include stovetops, microwaves, refrigerators, and dishwashers. Bathrooms feature bathtubs with handheld showerheads. They also offer complimentary toiletries and hair dryers. Wired high-speed Internet access is complimentary. Guestrooms offer direct-dial phones. Flat-panel televisions have satellite channels. Rooms also include windows that open, electronic check-out, and irons/ironing boards. Housekeeping is offered weekly and guests may request wake-up calls. The recreational activities listed below are available either on site or near the hotel; fees may apply.
 

Top eats in Paris

Passy Mandarin - 16eme

This great Asian restaurant opened its doors in 1976 in the most select area of the 16th arrondissement of Paris. Enjoy a Far Eastern style menu in a beautiful dining room complete with carved wood, lovely paintings, sumptuous silks and lavishly dressed tables. Indulge in dishes such as shrimp rolls with mango, shark fin soup, crab ravioli, huge prawns, fillet of beef, pork spare ribs with laurel flowers, young pigeon sautéed with vegetables or Peking duck. A tasty Beignet of flambéed coconut ice cream, freshly steamed egg gateaux, coconut delights or Thai flan with coconut milk all feature on the dessert list.
 

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!
 

La Ferme Saint-Simon

The restaurant the Ferme Saint-Simon is a short distance from the Musée d'Orsay and the Boulevard Saint Germain in paris. This elegant eatery is a favourite among the politicians and civil servants working at the nearby national assembly. The décor is that of a Norman country establishment with pretty booths to separate the tables. The menu offers a selection of traditional French dishes using fresh produce from the market. Lagoustine on a crab pâté, king prawns dipped in paprika and served with a saffron risotto, filet of veal served with potatoes and the famous Poire Belle Hélène are just some of the dishes on offer.
 

Le Versance

Mentored by Georges Blanc, Samuel Cavagnis chose to open an elegant place with fine china and a bar for drinking champagne before dinner. The well-traveled Cavagnis opts to use spices and herbs, having also placed potted herbs on every table. He uses dill and pink peppercorns to flavour his salmon rillettes, which have been spooned into large pasta shells. Even dessert has a nice touch to it - Cavagnis adds pink almond praline, the French equivalent of Cracker Jacks, to his île flottante, a meringue in liquorice-spiked custard sauce. As good for a business meal as it is for a tête-à-tête, Le Versance will also make cigar smokers happy with its well-stocked fumoir. Coffee, a selection of rare teas and digestifs are served here after dinner.
 

Liza

Liza is a fantastic contempory Lebanese restaurant in the stock exchange area of Paris. Decorated in a modern and elegant eastern style, the restaurant is light and airy with neatly laid tables and a laid back atmosphere. The cooking is a mixture of traditional Lebanese and audacious and inventive dishes cooked up according to the mood of the chef and what's available at market. Try monkfish roasted with aubergines as well as an incredible assortment of Lebanese pastries that is constantly updated with the seasons.
 



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