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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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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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