The PARIS BY EMY 10 themes
What to Do in Paris – Do what speaks to your soul. Tell us among those themes below what you really what to do. We create a tailor-made trip according to your profile, centers of interest, and budget, with PARIS BY EMY local expertise.
- PARISIAN ICONS
- HISTORICAL PARIS
- FRENCH CUISINE
- ART & MUSEUMS
- SACRED PLACES
- LANDMARKS & SIGHTSEEING
- GREEN PARIS
- OUTSIDE PARIS
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What to Do in Paris via the 10 themes
Come up with Paris story by those who made it. Above, Gustave Eiffel portrait, a fabulous engineer with amazing forces. Did you know that many notable Parisians have decried the Eiffel Tower project ? Despite of it, the Eiffel Tower became the parisienne icon by Excellence.
Enjoy emblematic figures playing a key role in the construction of the social imaginary and collective identity of Paris. Parisian Icon can be a person, famous or anonymous, French or not, a woman or a man, a symbol, an institution, a monument, an atmosphere, a way of life.
To name a few of them : King Saint Louis, Louis XIV The Sun King, Queen Catherine de Médicis and Queen Anne d’Autriche, Queen Marie Antoinette and her husband King Louis XVI, Sainte Geneviève, Joséphine Baker, Edith Piaf, Sarah Bernhardt, George Sand, Colette, Victor Hugo, Balzac, Napoléon, Gertrude Stein, Hemingway, Emile Zola, Oscar Wilde, Verlaine, Rimbaud, Henri Bergson, Albert Camus, Jean-Paul Sartre and Simone de Beauvoir, Suzanne Valadon, Picasso, Renoir, Van Gogh, Rodin and Camille Claudel, Marcel Duchamp, Molière, Coco Chanel, Yves Saint Laurent, Karl Lagerfeld, Jean-Paul Gaultier, Georges-Eugène Haussmann, André Le Nôtre, Pierre and Marie Curie, Louis Pasteur, Auguste and Louis Lumière, André-Marie Ampère, Joseph-Louis Lagrange, Antoine Bequerel, La Fayette, Saint Simon, Auguste Comte, Voltaire, Olympe de Gouges, Danton, Robespierre, Louise Michel, Jean Jaurès, Charles de Gaulle, Simone Veil, Jean Moulin …
Discover the great people, artists, philosophers, politicians, kings and queens, scientifics, architects, religious… When reality often goes ahead fiction. Experience their story, their soul, their accomplishments. Find out where they used to live or have coffee where they used to sit and talk. Walk on their steps, feel their soul and relive historical events.
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Paris is a city with an amazing history starting from the third century B.C. From Roman-era ruins to post-World War II memorials, these famous sites in the City of Lights are offering keys to understanding the city’s evolution and at the same time are taking your breath away.
Learn historical facts and details of this crucial time of France’s history, Louis XVI, Marie Antoinette, Danton, Robespierre and the people of France during the biggest key Revolution worldwide.
Discover how Paris and its people manage to overcome the German Occupation during WWII. Get an unique perspective on the major facets of this worldwide historical conflict, the dark days of the Holocaust, and the heroic resistance for the Liberation.
One of Europe’s oldest and most esteemed universities, the Sorbonne was founded by Robert de Sorbon, confessor of King of France Saint-Louis. Emerging around 1150 as a corporation associated with the cathedral school of Notre Dame de Paris, the University is born in the XIII th century.
Where to have dinner in Paris with more than 13 000 restaurants ? Let’s discover famous brasseries parisiennes, gourmet restaurant, excellent unadvertised affordable restaurants, cafés art nouveau style. Have a gastronomic dining with French wine, Champagne, at least once during your trip. Taste typical French meals, pastry, delicatessen… Walk through Food markets and enjoy fresh food !
Indeed, French cuisine is amazing: it has evolved enormously, from the Middle Ages over the centuries. The first cookbooks appeared in the XIII century for the kingship, the aristocracy and the clergy. This impetus initiated by several great leaders is the consequence of the various social and political movements.
Over the years, different names have been given to the French cooking styles that have been codified by different Master Chefs. Throughout their lives, these leaders have been held in high esteem for their contributions to the country’s culture. The French cuisine was mainly developed in the city of Paris with the Royal Chefs, but it finally spread to the whole country and across the seas.
ART & MUSEUMS
There are more than 200 museums, plus foundations, institutions, about sciences, history, “visual arts” such as painting, sculpture, drawing. Moreover, Sacred art is amazing in Paris Sacred places. Indeed, we have true masterpieces and Holy treasures.
Enjoy architecture, design, fashion, music, cinema, movie, media arts, and photography institutions. Let me know what is your favorite art or artist and I will show you the best of it in Paris. Go visit prestigious art galleries of impressionism, modern art, contemporary art, street art… We can reserve exhibitions, skip the line entrance’s tickets for you, for priority access, just tell us about your aspirations and needs. If you want to, you can ask for a certified guide, a guide conférencier, to give you a very precise lecture in art history during your museums visit. Museums offer audio guides in every language as well. Come & say hello to Mona Lisa !
Paris is a Catholic stronghold with its 160 churches, the cathedral of Notre Dame, Saint Denis Basilica… Furthermore, you have more than a hundred houses of worship to discover in every district of Paris, from all religions– conservative, reformist, liberal…– such as Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Buddhism, Hinduism, for all communities — African, American, Arabic, Asian, European, Indian, Latino/Hispanic, Maghreb/Middle-East, Russian…
Indeed, I would be more than happy to present you the Sacred places of Paris and share a celebration with you. You have the possibility, for churches, to have private tours by parishioners, guides and volunteers. It is a great source of admiration, true exchanges and spiritual meditation. Every single church of Paris has its very own story, architecture, arts, and Saints. The Cathedral of Notre Dame de Paris is the most visited place in the entire Europe. It’s about 14 millions of visitors every year.
LANDMARKS & SIGHTSEEING
What to do in Paris within its 20 districts ? Paris has 20 districts, called in French arrondissements. In every district, you have something to see, the architecture, the non-tourist zone, Paris la Rebelle, by night, the hip, the glamorous, the chic, the mythic, the popular, the artistic, the romantic, etc. In addition, there are the suburbs of Paris with very interesting sightseeing and activities : Versailles for example and many other castles as beautiful as Versailles. Ask for a private driver.
What to Do in Paris with more than 2 200 landmarks ? If it is your first time in Paris, you may want to see the big classics such as the Eiffel Tower, les Champs-Elysées, la Basilique du Sacré Coeur, the pyramide du Louvre, la Seine, Montmartre, le château de Versailles… Likewise, you may want to experience unusual tings to do in Paris, the secret places. Just let us know what your aspirations are.
Ask for a ballade into Paris and its districts according to your aspirations with a Private Tour Guide with or without private chauffeur.
Paris is the perfect place for shoppers, sustainable shopping, chic shopping, arts and crafts, clothing, accessories, paintings, object of decoration, jewelry. Appreciate fashion, elegance and luxury. There is shopping for foodies such as delicatessen, chocolate & sweets, wines & spirits. Furthermore, there is shopping for Parisian services like getting a tattoo, a relooking, a new haircut, wellness activities… In fact, I can recommend you a personal shopper if you want to have a Parisian specialist for stylistic approach to enhance YOUR exception. Else, you have lots of shopping malls centers, department stores, concept stores, outlets, second hand stores and petites boutiques parisiennes, the Made in Paris.
There must be something that you would like to buy, for souvenir, for a gift or because you enjoy this thing in particular and you would like to have it Made in Paris, Made in France, to bring back home. Let’s have a walk into the most famous luxury districts, such as Saint Germain Rive Gauche, Le Marais, Le Faubourg Saint Honoré, rue Saint Honoré, Place Vendôme, Avenue Montaigne. You may look as well for Parisian well-being services such as Spa in Parisian palaces.
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Everyone can have fun, kids, adults, elderly. In fact, one of the famous entertainment places is Disneyland Paris for kids and adults. Museums offer activities for kids. Enjoy cruises on the Seine, thematic excursions. Experience nightlife, clubbing, dancing tango, salsa. Indeed, Paris proposes many different way to have fun with music hall, opera, ballet, concert, jazz music, blues, classical music, rock. Experience the French touch with electronic music. Spend one night in one of the most prestigious cabarets of Paris, Le Moulin Rouge, le Lido, le Crazy Horse, le Paradis Latin.
With all the social events of the City of lights, all year long, you always find something that fit in your profile such as festivals, sport events, celebrations, fun fairs, exceptional art exhibitions. Paris by night is fabulous… Enjoy a Chauffeur driven Rolls Royce tours in Paris with champagne and a photographer stopping at iconic places to capture memories of a lifetime!
The City of Paris is engaged in a process of developing an “urban resilience strategy”. It aims to strengthen its efforts to become more resilient to the social, environmental and economic shocks and challenges it faces. The mayor of Paris invites you to enjoy this strategy with the urban greening, the revegetation, walks, bicycle. With the Vélib, ride and feel the air, the sun on your face, we offer a historical-packed itinerary along the River Seine and its canals. From the center of Paris as far as the suburbs far East or West, enjoy a journey with our great partners by bikes. Discover the city, whether by traditional or electric Vélib’ !
Furthermore, forests, parks, gardens, such as le Jardin du Luxembourg, le Bois de Vincennes with its castel, botanical garden and zoo, are soothing places in the city of lights. Those places give you peace you need while being in a big city. Opt for a discovery bike route along the Seine, a hike in the woods of Ile de France or a mountain bike tour, a river trip or canoe kayak on the Marne. Appreciate a true Parisian picnic in one of our beautiful parks !
We can recommend the local actors involved in the ecological transition in and around Paris: food & agriculture, education & training, mobility with biking, outings & culture, fashion & beauty … You can find organic stores, small local producers, thrift stores, craftsmen, designers, entrepreneurs and a whole bunch of environmentally friendly initiatives with great products and services in a logic of sustainable development.
Discover our magnificent castles outside Paris such as the Palace of Versailles but also les châteaux de la Loire, Giverny, Auvers sur Oise, little villages with their local products and their landscapes, the region of Champagne to taste the King of wines. Discover the châteaux and their estates, as well as the small villages around Paris in a bucolic atmosphere. The regions of Seine et Marne with Crécy La Chapelle, the villages and countryside of the impressionists where they painted on the banks of the Marne. Visit the Cathedral of Reims to feel Joan of Arc spirit there, Hautvillers with the monk Dom Pérignon who invented the champagne. Moreover, discover Normandy, The D-Day Landing Beaches, World War II museums and memorials, Deauville, Honfleur… for 1 or 2 days with a private chauffeur and a guide. it is also very convenient to travel from Paris, across France and Europe by train and by plane.
What to Do in Paris made just for you
Custom-made trip while seeing Paris off the beaten path
Let’s take time together to focus on what to Do in Paris, and of course on your aspirations to plan the perfect tour. With our help and expertise, you obtain your top things to do. Your trip is a unique and a bountiful experience of joy and enchantment, an educational and knowledgeable trip with fun to open our souls.
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Paris Cosmopolitan regarding your roots
The City of Light is also a cosmopolitan city where you can find in all these districts, all the continents, all the cultures of the world. You can discover Tango and Salsa lessons in famous places or on the banks of the Seine, Asian quarters, the House of Culture of Japan, the Swedish Institute, Indian quarters, the Ganesh temple, English and Irish pubs, African restaurants, the Jewish quarter, the Institut du Monde Arabe, the American Church in Paris, the Russian Orthodox Cathedral and many other places from all continents.
Follow the steps of great people who lived in Paris such as Catherine de Médicis, Josephine Baker, Thomas Jefferson, Hemingway, Marie Curie, Chopin, Charles Aznavour, Dalida, Serge Gainsbourg, Karl Lagerfeld, Picasso, Oscar Wilde…, So what to do in Paris? Thus, you also have the opportunity to discover a Cosmopolitan Paris, in a social harmony, within your roots.
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