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 … [Read more...]

Les Catacombes de Paris – “An Empire of Death”

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Unusual Paris Museums and Galleries: Catacombes In spite of the somewhat forbidding sign over a stone portal to the ossuary which warns: “Arrête! C’est ici l’empire de la mort” (“Stop! This is the empire of death”), the Catacombes is one of the very popular attractions in Paris. Each year … [Read more...]

Maison de Victor Hugo – Home of Victor Hugo

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 … [Read more...]

Arc de Triomphe – Napoleon’s Triumphal Arch

"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 … [Read more...]