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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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Discovering Jardín des Tuileries, Paris

Jardin des Tuileries – Paris - France A beautiful sunny day at Tuileries Garden during spring, The Jardin de Tuileries is a public garden located between the Louvre Museum and Place de la Concorde. We couldn't have planned it better.  A perfect activity on a sunny day, is to grab some lunch/picnic and found a nice spot on the grass to eat. After fuelling up and relaxing, we made our way north-west through the garden and toward the Arc de Triomphe.  Along the way, we took the advantage of the sunny day to sit and relax around a nice fountain.  It felt great to bask in the sun, we actually both fell asleep ! Alas, the garden is a great

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Discovering les Jardin du Luxembourg, Paris

The “Jardin du Luxembourg” is a beautiful place to visit in Paris. According to Wikipedia the gardens were created in 1612 by Marie de’ Medici the widow of King Henry IV of France. We entered the garden at the most southern point, at the "Fontaine de l'Observatoire".  What was cool about this perspective, is that we were passing through from one end to the other.  At the very extremity was the Palace, where you may recall seeing miniature sail boats in the Medici Fountain.  A really fun activity for the kids ! Furthermore, walking through the garden from south to north, brought a pleasant feeling and sense of labyrinth as we walked down the green rows.  We noticed lots of

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Discovering L’île de la Cité, Paris

Ile de la Cité is easily accessible through Notre Dame cathedral or Pont des Arts where you will find the Square du vert-calant and the famous “love-lock”.  You know that famous place where locals and tourists attach a “lock” to make a wish or demonstrate their love forever … or something like that! We first noticed l'île de la Cité on the Bateaux-Mouches tour.  Passing in front, the island gave us this peaceful impression and we instantly wanted to visit.  We saw people sitting on the edge of the concrete basking in the sun and imagined ourselves there.  After a long day of sightseeing around Paris, our opportunity struck and we accepted.  We consider ourselves fortunate for the experience since

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Discovering Sacre-Coeur, Paris

We visited the Sacre Coeur Basilica on Easter Sunday of 2017.  The church is located in the top of the butte Montmartre, which appears to be the highest point in Paris.  Fear not, it's not so steep of a hike and besides, you can take a funicular on the way up if you like.  So to recap, you can make your way up via streets or take the steep 300 steps hurdle to the top powered by your legs.  Alternatively, you can take the Funicular up for the price of a metro ticket (roughly). Which is really not expensive.  Unfortunately (or not) we found out about the funicular on the way down.  It was really cool and we recommend it

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Discovering Arc de Triomphe, Paris

A really cool way to access the Arc de Triomphe is passing through les Champs Elysées avenue. This way you can visit multiple major landmarks in one day as you walk up the avenue. The Arc is located in the centre of Place Charles de Gaulle roundabout.  The 'best' way to access for a closer view is by taking the underground tunnel.  The underground passage allows to cross the two extremities of the roundabout. To our surprise, we noticed people trying to cross the roundabout by foot and recommend that you don’t try the same. Once you arrive, you have two options; you can go around and take some pictures for Free (which is what we did) or can pay

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