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Category: France

Discovering Marché Aligre, Paris

Where : Marche d'Aligre.  Paris, France We would like to visit Marche Aligre and could do that after exploring La coulée verte.  Call us lucky but we just made it before the cut off time.  It looks like they celebrate la siesta, so be sure to visit between 9-1pm or 4pm til close.  We recommend you checking the hours online before visiting. It’s a nice place to buy fruits, local products, find some patisseries, cheeses etc.  There's also a nice Flea market with well priced unique goods, vintage items, pieces of arts and hidden treasures from the past.  As any other place in Paris, there are many restaurants, cafes for a lunch or just a break.  We didn’t stop because

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Discovering Bateaux-Mouches, Paris

Where : Bateaux-Mouches Seine River.  Paris, France A couple of friends who travel usually tell us they like to spend the first day in a new city on a tour bus or boat.  We decided to take that approach in Paris by taking a ride on the Bateaux-Mouches.  The boat rides on Seine River and we encourage you to do the same.  This is how we "discovered" l'Île de la Cité. It's a comfortable ride, and we were blessed with a sunny and beautiful day - which made the experience even better. It’s affordable, priced at $27,00 Euros for both of us.  It may appear expensive, but you will spend more than one hour going around the Seine River and

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Discovering Mouffetard Market, Paris

Where : Mouffetard Market-  Paris - France The Mouffetard Market was our first destination in Paris ! We arrived in Paris in the late afternoon, after a 6 hour layover in Zurich.  We took a taxi from Charles de Gaule airport to our friend's apartment, located in the 13th arrondissement. Our friend Gilles highly recommended the Mouffetard Market.  Too tired to go out for dinner, we decided to explore the area and buy some light groceries for dinner. The Mouffetard market is located on a beautifully decorated small street.  However, you'll will find all the necessities, tasty local cheese, the famous and delicious French baguettes, fruits, wine, etc.  The quality of the food is great, but it wasn't cheap.  

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Discovering Montmartre, Paris

Where : Montmartre, Paris Montmartre is a “Must” while you are in Paris!  This district is full of history, on a hill located in Paris’s 18th arrondissement.  The main attraction is beautiful Basilica of the Sacré-Coeur which is located at the very top of the hill.  There are lots of cafes and restaurants around, the cute 'Wall of Love' or 'Mur des je t'aimes' in French.  The streets are full of artists attempting to sell their drawings and caricatures. Historic notables: Visit the Musée d’Art Naif Max Fourny in the square Many notable artists lived and worked in Montmartre during the “Belle époque” (1872 and 1914).  Back in the day, the rents were low and the atmosphere congenital.  Big names

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Discovering Pont Alexandre III, Paris

Where : Pont Alexandre III-  Paris - France We just wanted to give a quick shoutout, because we thought it was one of the most beautiful Bridges we saw in Paris and in Europe.  But surely the architect, residents of Paris and the millions of tourists already know that ! After visiting the Eiffel Tower, we walked along the Seine river and stumbled upon the bridge. According to Wikipedia, Pont Alexandre III is one of the most extravagant bridges from Paris and it’s a French Monument historique since 1975 .  We agreed and highly recommend to walk through from either side.  You will get amazing pictures of the many statues on the structure - exuberant Art Nouveau as we remember

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Discovering Montparnasse Cemetery, Paris

Where : Montparnasse Cemetery.  Paris, France You might think it's creepy to visit a cemetery, especially if you're from a different city or country right !?  Believe it or not, as we researched Paris prior to our trip, the cemetery came up a couple of times.   Paris (and Prague to give another example) have way more tombstones with lots of history dating back to WW1 & WW2.   It demonstrates the tragedies that a war can cause. At the Montparnasse cemetery, you can pick up a “Map” at the entrance, which lists where famous were buried.  This is where  French singer Serge Gainsbourg's remains lie.  You might remember him from his song "Bonnie and Clyde" with Brigitte Bardot.  You

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Discovering Les Catacombes de Paris

Disclosure: This page might contain affiliate links, meaning We receive a commission if you decide to purchase using our links mentioned in this page, however at no additional cost to you. Review from Les Catacombes de Paris, France We were fortunate to know someone with an apartment in Paris.  While they were out of the country the allowed us to stay in their place.  It was located 15 minutes walking from the “Catacombs of Paris”.   Our friends said it was worth to visit and many online reviews concurred.  Many reviews talked about long line ups and we witnessed just that.  Our first encounter was on a Saturday afternoon, it wasn't peek season yet we quickly understood that we should

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