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  • What's An Arrondissement?
    There are 20 arrondissements (pronounced ahr-run-deese-mont) in Paris and they refer to the individual geographic districts within the city. In the late 1790s, Paris was composed of only twelve. ....

  • Square Du Vert - Galant
    The Ile de la Cite is an island in the middle of the River Seine. At the Eastern end of the island, the Cathedral of Notre-Dame is one of the most visited attractions in the world. ....

  • Au Lapin Agile: Picasso's Favorite Cabaret
    Pablo Picasso’s 1905 painting, "At The Lapin Agile", now hangs in the New York Metropolitan Museum of Art. ....

  • Le Train Bleu: Historic Cafes And Brasseries Of Paris
    Le Train Bleu was the name of the train that transported passengers from the City of Light, to the sunny climes of the French Riviera. In 1900, this train-station restaurant was decorated in Belle Ep....

  • Brasserie Lipp: Historic Cafes And Brasseries Of Paris
    Leonard Lipp fled Alsace during the Franco-Prussian War and opened his brasserie in 1880. ....

  • Cafe De La Paix: Historic Cafes And Brasseries Of Paris
    Designed by Charles Garnier, architect of the Paris Opera House, this is a grand old cafe which offers an impressive vantage point for sipping hot chocolate and watching the world walk by. ....

  • Les Deux Magots: Historic Cafes And Brasseries Of Paris
    Consider the bustling location. Situated on one side of a lovely square, across from the oldest surviving abbey church in Paris, Les Deux Magots offers the perfect vantage point for contemplating the....

  • Ma Bourgogne: Historic Cafes And Brasseries Of Paris
    In 1604 King Henry IV erected a royal pavilion at the south end of this square, and miraculously, the brick and stone, slate-roofed apartments begun four centuries ago, still make up the perimeter of ....

  • Le Procope: Historic Cafes And Brasseries Of Paris
    In 1664 Louis XIV first tasted coffee and in 1686 Francesco Procopio opened the first coffee house in Paris called Café Procope. ....

  • The Marais : History Preserved In Paris
    The neighborhood of the Marais was originally a marshland. By the 1600s, it was the flourishing center of Court life, revolving around what is today, the Place des Vosges. ....

  • Square Lamartine : Spring Water In Paris
    The neighborhood of Passy, in the 16th arrondisement, has long been known for its underground springs, containing water with great mineral healing properties. ....

  • The Paris Metro : Function Intersects Art
    Paris lays claim to one of the best rapid transit rail systems in the world. The company which developed the network was called Compagnie du Chemin de Fer Metropolitain de Paris, which has been affe....

  • The Great World War I Taxi Story
    Can taxi drivers be heroes? I think this story proves they can. ....

  • Le Procope : The Oldest Cafe In Paris
    When the Comedie Francaise installed itself across the street from Le Procope in 1689, the café’s success was guaranteed. Founded in 1686, by a very entrepreneurial Sicilian named Francesco Procopi....

  • The Eiffel Tower: A French Affair
    La Tour Eiffel is the beloved symbol of the capital of France. Its presence is felt even when it cannot be seen. ....

  • The Way To Drink Coffee In Paris
    According to “The Legend of the Dancing Goats”, a goatsherd named Kaldi, who lived in the highlands of Ethiopia, had come to notice that his goats always seemed to be very high-spirited, frolicki....

  • Place De La Bastille : A Prison, A Revolution And A Bicentennial
    The Bastion de Sainte-Antoine was built in the 1300’s as a fortress, protecting the city of Paris from invasion, but its conversion into a prison, sealed its fate. The Bastille, as it was renamed,....

  • Arc De Triomphe / Best Scenic Viewpoint
    No pain…no gain. The gain at this site is in altitude. The pain refers to the 284 steps which get you to the top of the Arc De Triomphe. ....

  • Le Chateau De Chantilly: Parties And Suicide
    Le Grand Conde was born in 1621 and died in 1686. He was born Louis II de Bourbon, Prince de Conde, and inherited a castle in Chantilly from his mother, Charlotte-Marguerite de Montmorency, which had ....

  • Pont Neuf ( New Bridge )
    The city of Paris derives its charm from many sources, both natural and man-made, but certainly Mother Nature did her part to secure our affections, by giving us the River Seine. The Pont Neuf is one ....