Musée de la Publicité – A Paris Museum of Advertising

Les Arts Decoratif

UNUSUAL PARIS MUSEUMS AND GALLERIES – MUSEE DE LA PUBLICITE: If you’re into old advertising posters, the Musée de la Publicité has them in spades! In this museum of advertising history there are over 100,000 posters – about 50,000 French and foreign period posters covering a period from the mid 18th century to 1949, and […]

Musée Carnavalet – A Superb Paris History Museum

Musée Carnavalet

Unusual Paris Museums and Galleries: Musée Carnavalet The Eiffel Tower, the Louvre, the Arc de Triomphe, the Seine are some of the iconic attractions that most visitors head for when they arrive in Paris. However, if you want to get an appreciation of the history of Paris, from the beginning to the present time, the […]

Palais de Justice

Palace of Justice

THE PALACE OF JUSTICE – A PLACE OF TERROR DURING THE FRENCH REVOLUTION: At 4 boulevard du Palais, on Ile de la Cité, is the Palais de Justice, one of the most important official buildings in Paris. The “Palace of Justice” stands on a site that had been a place of government since Roman times […]

Place Dauphine – Named for the Dauphin of France

Paris Square

PLACE DAUPHINE WAS ANOTHER OF HENRI IV’S PUBLIC SQUARE PROJECTS: Place Dauphine, near the western end of the Île de la Cité, was another of his civic projects. The “Good King Henry” built the public square in 1607 and named it for his son Louis XIII, the Dauphin of France, a title for the heir […]

Square du Vert-Galant – Named after an Amorous King

Square du Vert-Galant

SQUARE DU VERT-GALANT IS AN ECOLOGICAL GREEN SPACE IN THE HEART OF PARIS: At the western tip of the Île de la Cité, at the Pont Neuf end, is a little green space called Square du Vert-Galant. The square was named after Henry IV whose nickname was “Vert-Galant” (“Green Gallant”). The old king had a […]

360° Paris Views from Montparnasse Tower

Tour Maine-Montparnasse

YOU CAN SEE ALL THE FAMOUS SIGHTS OF PARIS FROM MONTPARNASSE TOWER: When Tour Montparnasse was completed in 1973, it was the tallest skyscraper in France. The Montparnasse Tower is mainly occupied by offices but the Panoramic Floor on level 56 and the roof-terrace are open to the public. They claim that the terrace provides […]

Opéra Garnier – A Grand Paris Opera House

Palais Garnier, Paris

Palais Garnier is a Paris Opera House fit for an Emperor: You don’t have to be an opera buff to appreciate the Palais Garnier which is also known as the Opéra de Paris or the Opéra Garnier, or more commonly referred to as the Paris Opéra.  Located on the Place de l’Opéra in Paris’ 9th […]

Sainte-Chapelle – Famous for its Stunning Stained Glass

Sainte-Chapelle's stained glass windows

Sainte-Chapelle – A Royal Chapel Full of History and Famous for its Stained Glass: Long before we visited Sainte-Chapelle, I’d already seen many pictures of its exquisite stained glass windows. And, although it is said that a picture paints a thousand words, nothing quite prepares you for the stunning beauty of Sainte-Chapelle’s stained glass windows, […]

Pigalle – A District Famous for its Raunchy Nightlife

Paris Nightlife

The Pigalle District is Notorious for its Sex Shops, Adult Shows and Raunchy Nightlife: Except for a visit to the Moulin Rouge, the Pigalle district is not high on the list of many visitors’ must-visit Paris destinations, unless of course if you’re one of those visitors for whom the sex shops, adult entertainment, video stores, […]

Musée National du Moyen-Age: Thermes et Hôtel de Cluny

Courtyard and Tower

Unusual Paris Museums and Galleries: Museum of the Middle Ages: Small but eminently important, the Musée National du Moyen-Age (National Museum of the Middle Ages), has a range of medieval sculptures and artifacts dedicated to the everyday life, the art and history of France during the Middle Ages. Located right in the Latin Quarter, the […]