Tours and visites

Architecture and Design, General, Tours and visites, Travel, Travel with Kids, Un peu différent, Walking (tours and promenades)

Canal Saint Martin is a walk in the Park of Paris

Another little surprise, from Parc de Villette, rediscovering Canal St. Martin by walking from Parc de Villette to Bastille. The neighborhoods along the way are so lively, especially during the summer months, when Paris Plage is going on.  All of the activities here beat the Paris Plage by the Seine.   Canal St. Martin, is a 4.5 km long and connects…read more
Architecture and Design, Tours and visites, Un peu différent

Promenade Plantée vs. High Line

Ok.  I thought New York City's High Line was an original.  Then I discovered that idea of elevated linear parks built on old railroad tracks actually originated in Paris in 1988 with the design of the Promenade Plantée, a 2.8-mile-long series of gardens built atop an abandoned railway viaduct in the Right Bank’s 12th Arrondissement, anchored by the Opéra Bastille…read more
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Jardin du Luxumbourg named one of the 60 greatest places in the world

Image via Wikipedia I'm consistently awestruck every time we visit our 'Jardin.'  We're so lucky to have le Jardin du Luxumbourg as our backyard.   Even after more than a decade and a half of coming to this lovely city each year, I have always found this park and its gardens magical.  Lately, I've found myself reading more about the planning…read more
Tours and visites

Other off-the-beaten track tour ideas

This article is worth a look if you've already "done it all" and are looking for new ways to see parts of Paris you feel you're missing.    You've posed for a picture in front of the Eiffel Tower, checked out the Mona Lisa at the Louvre and walked to the top of the Arc de Triomphe. If you think you've done it all in Paris, don't worry, there are plenty of off-the-beaten-path adventures for your return. Away from landmarks, tourist crowds and flashing cameras, a few guides will take you on unusual tours behind the scenes, literally, in a movie tour, or to discover artists' havens in Belleville, fountains of famous gardens and eco-friendly initiatives around town.

Apartment neighborhood, Museums and Monuments, Tours and visites, Un peu différent

5 Off-beat Museums in Paris

Some days we don't leave the apartment at all, bathing in the Buddhistic calm that comes with knowing that it's all outside the door if were just to open that door. ... Here are five museums (including one X-rated) that we haven't been to, but will add to our "maybe today" list when we inevitably have to leave the apartment for coffee and orange juice at some point. ... Address : 4, rue de la Montagne Sainte-Geneviève 75005 Opening Times : 09:00 – 17:00 Monday to Friday, Saturday: 10:00 – 17:00; Closed on Sundays Price: Free Website: 4.

Culture, Tours and visites, Travel, Un peu différent, Where to stay

Paris Hotels are investing in their own bicycle fleet

Paris Hotels invest in their own branded bicycle fleet and picking models that reinforce the identity of the hotel. Le Meurice, the renowned hotel that occupies an 1835 palace across from the Tuileries, unveiled five retro-style bikes in the blue-green shade of the oxidized copper rooftops of the city, with matching helmets and front baskets emblazoned with the hotel’s gold logo. American and British guests in their 30s tend to be the most enthusiastic customers, according to the hotel; Le Meurice’s sister hotel, the Plaza Athénée, opted for zippy red bikes with panniers. lemeurice_bike.jpg

Buying an apartment in Paris, Tours and visites

Finding an apartment to buy in Paris – open houses this weekend

Boulet-Orquéra Immobilier 49 Quai des Grands Augustins 75006 PARIS Tel : 01 44 07 13 13Fax : 01 43 25 21 20 Email : Sur place Samedi 4 avril de 16h30 à 18h30 Studio – Quartier Buci – 213 000 * Investissement de qualité, situé près des commerces,transports et écoles. … Charmant appartement,grande cuisine, séjour et chambre avec balcon filant ouvrant sur les toits de Paris. 5, rue de Nesle 75006 Paris Sur place Vendredi 3 avril de 14h00à 16h00 et Samedi 4 avril de 9h30à 11h00 2 pièces –Quartier des Bouquinistes –410 000 * Dans bel immeuble sécurisé avec ascenseur, pied-à-terreidéal pour cet appartement au calme sur cour. … 13, Rue de Nesle 75006 Paris Sur place Samedi 4 avril de 14h00 à 16h00 3/4 pièces – Quartier Bon Marché – 748 000 * Sur grande cour arborée, dans belle copropriété, au 4ème étage avec ascenseur.

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ParisGreeter takes you on free tours of Paris with local guides

A Paris Greeter will make sure you discover the true Paris, the way Parisians live it and love it! ... All our volunteers are Paris lovers who like to share the art, tradition and culture of this fascinating city. At the end of the walk, we really want you to have the feeling that you have not only discovered the city but also had an insight into what we call the “Parisian way of life.”