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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 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

Mercure Paris Stendhal Place VendĂŽme

Location. Mercure Paris Stendhal Place VendĂŽme is located in Paris's Paris City Centre neighborhood, close to Place Vendome, Louvre Museum, and Paris Opera. Nearby points of interest also include Galeries Lafayette and Palais Royal. Hotel Features. Mercure Paris Stendhal Place VendĂŽme features multilingual staff, tour/ticket assistance, and coffee/tea in the lobby. Complimentary wireless Internet access is available in public areas. A bar/lounge is open for drinks. Room service is available during limited hours. Additional property amenities include complimentary newspapers in the lobby, a porter/bellhop, and concierge services. Guestrooms. 20 air-conditioned guestrooms at Mercure Paris Stendhal Place VendĂŽme feature minibars and windows that open. Bathrooms feature bathrobes, complimentary toiletries, and hair dryers. Wireless Internet access is complimentary. Guestrooms offer direct-dial phones. Rooms also include blackout drapes/curtains. Guests may request irons/ironing boards, extra towels/bedding, and wake-up calls. Housekeeping is available daily.
 

Melia Colbert Hotel

Located in a charming, quiet street facing Notre Dame Catheral, Melia Colbert Hotel Paris enjoys a central location close to the Latin Quarter and Saint Germain Boulevard. This hotel is exceptionally located in the heart of 'Saint Germain des PrĂ©s', only a few steps away from the river Seine, Luxembourg garden, the City Hall, Pont Neuf, Place des Vosges and the Marais district. On top of that, the hotel is 26 km from Charles De Gaulle International Airport, 16 km from Orly International Airport, and a direct connection to Gare du Nord Station is available. Melia Colbert Hotel Paris offers a surprising balance between French elegance and Spanish passion. Guests will discover a magnificent Mansion House of the 19th Century, decorated in an elegant style. Behind its wrought iron gate and its beautiful ‘jardin a la Française’ you will be encouraged to enter a charming reception area leading into a richly decorated lounge and bar room filled with soft blue and gold chairs and sofas arranged around a fireplace, combining luxury with an intimate ambiance. Hotel Melia Colbert offers 39 brand-new and renovated rooms, including 20 Premium rooms, 1 Junior Suite and 1 Grand Suite. The rooms are equipped with new Dreamax beds, a flat screen TV with international channels and pay TV, air-conditioning, an individual safe, mini-bar, free high-speed Internet access and hairdryers. Premium rooms offer more services such as free internet access, brand-new Flex beds by Dreamax, a bathrobe and slippers. The Grand Suite and a few selected hotel rooms also offer spectacular views overlooking the 'Notre-Dame' cathedral and Paris' rooftops.
 

Mercure Paris Monty Opéra

Location. Mercure Paris Monty Opéra is a business-friendly hotel located in Paris's 9th Arrondissement neighborhood, close to Folies Bergere, Place des Victoires, and Luxembourg Palace. Additional points of interest include Palais des Congres de Paris and Louvre Museum. Hotel Features. This 4-star property offers small meeting rooms and audiovisual equipment. Complimentary wireless Internet access is available in public areas and the hotel has an Internet point. This Paris property has 45 square meters of event space. A bar/lounge is open for drinks. The hotel serves hot and cold buffet breakfasts each morning in the breakfast room (surcharges apply). Room service is available during limited hours. Concierge services and tour/ticket assistance are available. Additional property amenities include multilingual staff, laundry facilities, and complimentary newspapers in the lobby. Guestrooms. 69 air-conditioned guestrooms at Mercure Paris Monty Opéra feature minibars and coffee/tea makers. Bathrooms feature shower/tub combinations and hair dryers. Wireless Internet access is complimentary. In addition to desks and complimentary newspapers, guestrooms offer phones. Flat-panel televisions have satellite channels. Rooms also include safes and windows that open. Guests may request irons/ironing boards and wake-up calls.
 

Mercure Paris Gare de l'Est Magenta

Location. Mercure Paris Gare de l'Est Magenta is a business-friendly hotel located in Paris's 10th Arrondissement neighborhood, close to Porte Saint-Denis, Luxembourg Palace, and Louvre Museum. Additional points of interest include Notre Dame Cathedral and Arc de Triomphe. Hotel Features. The hotel serves hot and cold buffet breakfasts each morning in the breakfast room (surcharges apply). A bar/lounge is open for drinks. Room service is available during limited hours. Mercure Paris Gare de l'Est Magenta features multilingual staff, complimentary newspapers in the lobby, and dry cleaning/laundry services. Complimentary wireless Internet access is available in public areas. Additional property amenities include an elevator (lift), a television in the lobby, and tour assistance. The front desk is open 24 hours a day. A total renovation of this property was completed in July 2010. Guestrooms. 45 air-conditioned guestrooms at Mercure Paris Gare de l'Est Magenta feature coffee/tea makers and safes. Beds come with signature bedding. Bathrooms feature bathtubs or showers, complimentary toiletries, and hair dryers. Wireless Internet access is complimentary. In addition to desks and complimentary newspapers, guestrooms offer phones. Flat-panel televisions have premium cable channels. Also included are windows that open and blackout drapes/curtains. Guests may request irons/ironing boards and wake-up calls. Housekeeping is available daily.
 

Le Marceau Bastille

Location. Le Marceau Bastille is located in Paris's Paris City Centre neighborhood, close to Pont d'Austerlitz, Opera Bastille, and Place des Vosges. Nearby points of interest also include Notre Dame Cathedral and Louvre Museum. Hotel Features. Recreational amenities include a fitness facility. This 4-star property has a business center and offers a meeting/conference room and limo/town car service. Complimentary wireless Internet access is available in public areas. A bar/lounge is open for drinks. Room service is available during limited hours. The hotel serves breakfast in the lounge (surcharges apply). Concierge services and tour/ticket assistance are available. Additional property amenities include a library, multilingual staff, and laundry facilities. Guestrooms. 55 air-conditioned guestrooms at Le Marceau Bastille feature minibars and safes. Bathrooms feature hair dryers. Wireless Internet access is complimentary. In addition to desks and complimentary newspapers, guestrooms offer direct-dial phones. Flat-panel televisions have satellite channels and DVD players. Guests may request in-room massages, irons/ironing boards, and wake-up calls.
 

Top eats 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 pùté, king prawns dipped in paprika and served with a saffron risotto, filet of veal served with potatoes and the famous Poire Belle HélÚne are just some of the dishes on offer.
 

Cafe Marais

Located in the heart of the historic and trendy area of the French capital, Café Marais is at the crossroads between a Parisian bistro and a trendy New York bar.
This restaurant is truly festive and relaxed, this is a favourite haunt of Parisian
boho where people come to eat and drink in a friendly atmosphere.
The atmosphere of the neighbourhood will delight you ... During the day and the evening, the Marais is continually crowded, and there is always something to do whether it's a walk, go shopping or enjoy the spectacle of the street or sitting on a terrace.
In the kitchen, there is a simple international cuisine and cheap. For example you can try the spring rolls goat mint or wok fried chicken. Food lovers will enjoy in the heart flowing chocolate dessert, a marvel!
Café Marais also organizes your events such as cocktail parties, birthdays or corporate dinners.
Young, old, Parisian and foreign, all universes meet. It is a real pleasure....
 

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 Petit Centre du Monde

Le Petit Centre du Monde offers a very rich menu with a wide range of drinks and high quality wines of French and Italian origin.
This restaurant specialises in tasty food created from Vietnamese and French fusion cuisine in a calm and cosy atmosphere. Set in a charming building with original décor, the staff are really friendly and helpful.
Close to metro Franklin D Roosevelt, the restaurant is a world away from the hustle & bustle of the nearby Champs Elysees. It's a hidden little gem of a restaurant.
Visit this restaurant for a late dinner with friends or at noon for a business lunch. It's a perfect location in the centre, lots of places to go after a good meal, with the extra bonus of a great atmosphere and lovely service.
Le Petit Centre du Monde is the perfect spot for dinner before going out on Champs-ÉlysĂ©es!
 

Chez la MĂšre Catherine

One of Paris' most historic restaurants, founded in 1793 by Catherine Lemoine, the decor of Chez la Mere Catherine respects its past, retaining features such as traditional antiques, chairs and a bar. Spread throughout large rustic rooms, this is the original 'bistro' overlooking the city, with a peaceful garden and a blooming flowery terrace for wonderful summer dining. Although the menu has certainly changed over the years to meet the wishes of the clientele, the changes are not so radical as to stray from the typical cuisine of France. Offerings on the menu include Honey Confit of Suckling Pig, Ginger Grilled Frog's Legs and Seabream with Mango Coulis, amongst other delights. Entertaining you with performances of yesteryear, cabaret singers put on a show every night, whilst you enjoy your dinner in the romantic atmosphere of the village of Montmarte.
 



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