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  • Cour De Rohan / Secret Spots
    I had no idea what a pas de mule looked like. I was told that there might be only one left in all of Paris and I was determined to find it at the Cour de Rohan. ....

  • Place Dauphine / Secret Spots
    The best reason for visiting the Place Dauphine, is because you can. ....

  • Square Rene Viviani And The Oldest Tree In Paris / Secret Spots
    On the Left Bank, just across the Seine from Notre Dame de Paris, a garden named after France’s first Minister of Labor was dedicated in 1928. In the garden is a tree, so old that it needs support.....

  • Musee Jacquemart - Andre / Small Museums With Huge Appeal
    In 1852, Napoleon III put Georges-Eugene Haussmann in charge of the modernization of Paris. Baron Haussmann’s sweeping changes destroyed a good deal of Medieval Paris, while creating a new city with....

  • Musee De Cluny Aka Musee National Du Moyen Age / Small Museums With Huge Appeal
    Gallo-Roman ruins including the baths, built in 200 AD, are visible reminders here at the Musee de Cluny, of what lies buried beneath Paris, its Roman heritage. ....

  • Musee Carnavalet / Small Museums With Huge Appeal
    Musee Carnavalet is the museum of the history of Paris. ....

  • St- Pierre De Montmartre / Churches Of Paris
    The hill of Montmartre, as passed down through historians, is the place where the first Bishop of Paris, Saint Denis, and two of his companions, were put to death by the Roman Emperor. According to l....

  • Eglise St- Germain L' Auxerrois / Churches Of Paris
    On August 23, 1572 with the sounding of the bell at this church, thousands of Protestant Huguenots were murdered by Catholics in what is now known as the Saint Bartholomew’s Day Massacre. ....

  • Basilique De St - Denis / Churches Of Paris
    The Kings of France chose this Gothic Church as their burial place. ....

  • Eglise Saint- Sulpice / Churches Of Paris
    The charming neighborhood of the 6th arrondisement harbors many delights and hidden surprises. The first time I meandered into the Eglise Saint-Sulpice, I discovered one of them. ....

  • Eglise St - Germain - Des - Pres / Churches Of Paris
    Have you ever sat on the terrace of the Café Les Deux Magots and wondered about the significance of the church across the cobblestoned plaza? Founded in the 6th century by King Childebert, son of Cl....

  • Sainte- Chapelle / Churches Of Paris
    King Louis IX was a deeply religious man. In 1241 he paid a frightfully large sum of money to the Emperor of Constantinople in order to obtain certain relics. The milk of the Virgin Mary, a part of ....

  • Best Tomb For A Picnic
    Pere Lachaise could be the most visited cemetery in the world. ....

  • Notre- Dame De Lorette: Church Of Kept Women
    A contest was held, and the design of the church was awarded to architect, Hippolyte Lebas, who began construction in 1823, and completed it in 1836. ....

  • Paris Street Signs
    Look up. At every street corner there is a sign on the building. ....

  • Pablo Picasso And His Life In Montmartre
    Picasso! Every student of art, or collector of art knows his name, the periods of his work, from the grim, depressed Blue Period, to Cubism and beyond. ....

  • Chateau De Malmaison And Mrs. Bonaparte’s Green Thumb
    The lady was quite a missus. Born into a family which owned a sugar plantation on the little island of Martinique, she was, in 1804, crowned Empress of France, and her name was Josephine. ....

  • Chartres Cathedral: By Train From Paris
    In 1194, after a fire which destroyed the cathedral formerly occupying this site, building of the current structure began, and was completed in 1260. ....

  • French Inventions
    Invention is the mother of necessity. I know it's supposed to be the other way around, and frequently it is, but the French have definitely come up with a few items that humans have glommed onto with....

  • Architects Of Paris
    The rulers of France, historically a frugal lot, are remembered for having sacrificed their fortunes for the betterment of their people. Have I got your attention yet? Sounds pretty, but actually thi....