Must See in Paris : Those sites are historically very powerful, full of great stories, events, men who built the entire country, sometimes with blood on their hands, sometimes with majestic ideas and gigantic forces. Go off the beaten path.
You must see what speaks to your heart in Paris
You must See in Paris, magnificent forests, little villages & castles around Paris. You must taste typical French patisseries. French Cuisine is amazing. You must see Paris local spots, districts, cafés, walking tours, great Parisian institutions not so popular.
You may go shopping Made in Paris as well, into boutiques, owned by French Creator, walking into the streets full of Luxury stores. You may go into Parisian art galleries. Ask for a walking private tour guide with a private car driver in option.
Must See in Paris from PARIS BY EMY
- LE BOIS DE VINCENNES
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The Bois de Vincennes, a total area of 995 hectares (2,459 acres) East of Paris, is the largest ‘green lung’ of the city. It is all about wood, wildlife, arboretum, zoo, lakes, boat ride, biking, picnic, castle, concerts, horse racing, museums, restaurants… It was created between 1855 and 1866 by the Emperor Napoleon III. This park is 3 times bigger than Central Park, great to explore and a marvelous place to relax in a big city like Paris.
- LES INVALIDES
The Invalides holds together several museums, including the Army Museum, the tomb of Napoleon I, the Saint-Louis cathedral hosting masses and concerts. The Army Museum is one of the biggest museums of military art and history in the world. Discover the uniforms, weapons, drawings, paintings, everyday objects, which illustrate the history of France, from Prehistory to nowadays. There are also spaces/museums dedicated to Napoléon Bonaparte, Charles de Gaulle and World War II.
- LA SAINTE-CHAPELLE
Be dazzled by the 1,113 stained glass windows. The Sainte-Chapelle is a royal chapel in the Gothic style, within the medieval Palais de la Cité, the residence of the Kings of France until the 14th century. The Sainte Chapelle was intended to house precious Christian relics, including Christ’s crown of thorns, acquired by King Saint Louis, the only canonized king of France. Now those relics are hold by Notre Dame de Paris.
- LA CONCIERGERIE
If you visit the Sainte Chapelle, you should visit la conciergerie at the same time. They are next to each other. This used to be a royal residence from the 6th century and then a prison. During the French revolution, it became a place for custody and a court where the most famous prisoner was Queen Marie-Antoinette herself, the last queen of France.
- LA PLACE DE LA BASTILLE
The Place de la Bastille is a square in Paris where the Bastille prison stood until the storming of the Bastille. It is the result of its subsequent physical destruction between 14 July 1789 and 14 July 1790 during the French Revolution. Around, you have the modern Bastille opéra, the famous rue de Lappe for a festive night or a bar shopping. The lovely Arsenal Harbor used to be a freight port but it has become since 1983 a marina. Perfect place to have a cup of coffee or a picnic by the Seine River.
- LE PANTHÉON
The Panthéon is a building in the Latin Quarter, next Saint Germain district. It was originally built as a church dedicated to St. Genevieve the Sainte Patronne of Paris, under Clovis, King of France, V century. After many changes such as the revolution, now functions as a secular mausoleum containing the remains of distinguished French citizens, men and women.
- LA MAISON DE VICTOR HUGO
Victor Hugo (1802 – 1885) was one of the most talented French poet, novelist, and dramatist of the Romantic movement. Outside of France, his most famous works are the novels Les Misérables, 1862, and The Hunchback of Notre-Dame (French: Le bossu de Notre-Dame), 1831. He lived place des Vosges in the Marais district, an amazing district of Paris, adored by the Parisians.
- LA DÉFENSE BUSINESS DISTRICT CENTER
La Défense is a major business district located 3 kilometers west of Paris. La Défense is Europe’s largest purpose-built business district with 560 hectares (1,400 acres), 72 glass and steel buildings, 180,000 daily workers, and 3,500,000 square meters (38,000,000 sq ft) of office space. La Défense contains Les Quatre Temps, a large shopping mall with 220 stores, 48 restaurants and a 24-screen movie theatre. Have a coffee early in the morning to experience the Parisian business life and go shopping.
- LES TOURS DE LA CATHÉDRALE NOTRE-DAME DE PARIS
422 steps for a breathtaking view over the cathedral and the heart of Paris. A quintessential Gothic cathedral, building started in 1163 and lasted over 170 years. Until the building of Amiens Cathedral in the 13th century, it was the largest religious building in the West. After the fire of April 2019 and under renovation, only a walking tour around the cathedral is possible. The forecourt and crypt of the Notre-Dame cathedral are expected to re-open to the public in March 2020 after an extensive lead pollution clean-up. The renovation should take 5 years.
- LA FONDATION LOUIS VUITTON
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The Louis Vuitton Foundation is an amazing art museum and cultural center in the 16th arrondissement of Paris, with large art exhibitions sponsored by the group LVMH. The building architecture is magnificent, designed by the architect Frank Gehry. LVMH is a French multinational luxury goods conglomerate headquartered in Paris (France). The owner Bernard Arnault made a donation of 200 million euros for Notre Dame cathedral’s renovation as well as François Pinault.
- LA FONDATION BOURSE DE COMMERCE – PINAULT COLLECTION
The Paris Stock Exchange is a circular building surmounted by a dome located rue de Viarmes, in the Halles district of the 1st arrondissement of Paris. On April 27, 2016, François Pinault and the town hall of Paris announced in this building contemporary art collections of the businessman François Pinault (10,000 works), managed by the Pinault Collection. The Bourse de Commerce — Pinault Collection offers a point of view on contemporary works that Mr Pinault has brought together for more than 50 years, through a program of exhibitions and events.
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