The Seine River – An Inspiration to Many Artists

Seine River, Paris

The Seine – A River that Divides Paris: The Seine River divides Paris into two distinct areas, the Rive Gauche (Left Bank) and Rive Droite (Right Bank) – the Left Bank on the south side and the Right Bank on the north side of the Seine.  But more than just dividing the capital into two, […]

Maison de Victor Hugo – Home of Victor Hugo

Victor Hugo's Bedroom © Atout France/Roger-Viollet

Once the Residence of Victor Hugo, the Site is now a Museum: Maison de Victor Hugo, situated at no. 6 Place des Vosges (originally known as Place Royale), was the home of Victor Hugo. Although the word ‘maison’ is French for ‘house’, the site is no simple domicile. These sprawling apartments were the home of […]

Bastille Day in Paris

Fete Nationale, 14th July

What is Bastille Day or Fête Nationale or Quatorze Juillet: Bastille Day is a National holiday in France which commemorates the Fête de la Fédération held on July 14th, 1790. On the first anniversary of the storming of the Bastille on July 14, 1789 and the start of the French Revolution, a huge feast was held […]

Eiffel Tower – A Symbol of Paris and France

La Tour Eiffel

From an Eyesore to One of the most Famous Paris Landmarks: Originally intended as a structure to commemorate the centenary celebration of the French Revolution, who could’ve guessed that 100 years later the Eiffel Tower would become the symbol of Paris itself? After all, when the the tower was built, it was highly criticized by […]

Pompidou Centre – A Museum of Modern Art

Centre Georges Pompidou

Pompidou’s Modern Art Collections Rival the Best in New York or London: The Pompidou Centre is known to Parisians simply as Beaubourg (after the neighbourhood).  Even for the French, ‘Beauboug’ is much easier than trying to use its full name, The The Centre National d’Art et de Culture Georges Pompidou.  This cultural institution in the […]

Sacré-Coeur – A Basilica on the "Mount of Martyrs"

Sacre-Coeur © Atout France/Michel Angot

A Basilica Dedicated to the Sacred-Heart of Christ on Montmartre: The site of the Basilique du Sacré Coeur on the hill of Montmartre has long been an attraction for religious figures and groups. Many saints have come to this “mount of martyrs” (Montmartre), including Saint Germain, Saint Bernard, Saint Joan of Arc and Saint Vincent […]

Chartres Cathedral – Famous for its Stained Glass

Chartres Cathedral - Main Facade

Chartres Cathedral is The Greatest Gothic Cathedral in Europe: Chartres Cathedral (Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Chartres) has long been the main reason that many people visit the town of Chartres. This superb Gothic cathedral has many outstanding features, but it is the collection of 2,600 m² of stained glass windows that is absolutely unique and precious, […]

Lascaux and its Famous Prehistoric Cave Paintings

Lascaux Cave Paintings - Périgord Noir

The Cave of Lascaux has the Périgord’s Most Famous Cave Paintings: Set near the village of Montignac-sur-Vézère in the heart of the Périgord Noir (Black Périgord) is Lascaux, the finest of the prehistoric caves with its famous cave paintings. The Périgord Noir region is home to more than 60 prehistoric sites and has one of […]

Champs-Elysées – Avenue of the Elysian Fields

Champs-Elysées from Place de la Concorde

The Most Beautiful Avenue in the World and Resting Place for Heroes: Not merely a boulevard, the Champs-Elysées has justly earned its name. In Greek mythology, the Elysian Fields was the resting place of heroes who dwelt in perfect happiness. Fortunately, visitors don’t have to die to reach it. Though you may think so after […]

Arc de Triomphe – Napoleon’s Triumphal Arch

Arc de Triomphe, Paris

“Go Home Beneath Triumphal Arch” – A Promise by Napoleon to his Men: Though less artistic than its older cousin of Porte Saint-Denis, the Arc de Triomphe is the more famous and far larger. Set on Place de Charles de Gaulle-Etoile, atop the hill of Chaillot, it forms the centre from which radiates a dozen […]