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What You Should Know More About Paris

  • Travel Advice

    • Always greet with “Bonjour” when meeting anyone. You can address men and women as “Monsieur” or “Madame.”

    • Learn a few basic French phrases to get by.

    • Gel with the locals and get to know the city through them.

    • French are not rude, but they like to mind their manners.

    • Most of the locals are not noisy even in public places, transportation, or restaurants. Do not speak loudly.

    • Pack good looking outfits and layer them well. This is a fashion capital, do not dress sloppily.

    • Always check the weather before you pack clothes.

    • Carry your scarf if you are visiting Paris in winter or fall.

    • Don’t buy bottled water at any of the restaurants. You might get a bubbly drink or a “carafe d’eau”. It is free and delish.

    • Cafe terrace are amazing places where you can drink or sip something and read a book or write your journal.

    • The outdoor fountains all over Paris have delicious drinking water. You can fill your water bottle from these fountains anytime in Paris.

    • Taste the carafe of wine for lunch.

    • Do not forget to taste the cuisine of French, be it for snacks or lunch.

    • Do not visit the McDonald’s in Paris. You could rather choose to visit a local burger joint and relish their junk food.

    • Head to the market to buy cheese, wine, and local snacks.

    • Tip at restaurants only when needed.

    • Explore eating joints beyond what are mentioned on most of the travel sites.

  • Drinking Law

    In Paris, you can drink wine and beer if you are 16 years and above. You can drink spirits and liquor if you are 18 years and above.

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    Historical landmarks

    Catacombs from the 14th century are a gothic site and store exhumed bones of millions of people. There are tunnels and mines underneath this city that could give you an eerie feeling. At a time only 200 people are allowed in these catacombs. Château de Versailles is the most exotic Chateau that lies in the outskirts of this city. It was once a home of Louis XVI. The Eiffel Tower is an iconic landmark that symbolizes the city. Notre Dame Cathedral from the 4th century is a Gothic cathedral and is an inspiration for Victor Hugo’s novel.

    Crypte archéologique du parvis Notre-Dame is a crypt with archaeological significance. This is a 18th century site built in the Roman era. Conciergerie is a vestige known for its architecture of 14th century. It has dungeons and memoirs of French Revolution. Fondation Louis Vuitton has collections in contemporary art. Château de Vincennes is a castle near Paris which is now used as a hunting lodge. Château de Maisons-Laffitte is a 17th century chateau and is built in the French architecture. Château de Rambouillet is a 14th century residence and visited by many notable personaliies like the Napoleon, Marie-Antoinette, and many more. Domaine de Chamarande is a historical heritage that holds contemporary art. You can also visit the botanical exhibitions conducted at this building.

    Domaine de Courson is a castle where its gardens are done artistically. It has a special park that gives a spectacular view. Château de Vaux-le-Vicomte is popular for its creative architecture and hosts many collections of artists and painters. Domaine de Chantilly has a large forest area within. It also has a museum with collections of paintings.

    Opera Garnier from the 9th century has a stunning architecture and was built by Charles Garnier. Pantheon from the 5th century is a burial of many great personalities like Voltaire, Marie Curie, and more. Père-Lachaise Cemetery is a cemetery built in the 20th century and has decorative grave stones. Here, you can see graves of Jim Morrison, Frederic Chopin, and many other prominent personalities. Sacré Coeur is an 18th century church located at the highest point in Paris. There is an artist’s area behind the church that offers stunning view of the city.

    Sainte Chapelle from the 1st century is a chapel made from glass and has a beautiful interior. Place de la République built in the 3rd century is now an open space for taking strolls.

    Museums and galleries

    All museums in Paris have no entry free if you visit them on Sundays. The Louvre from the 1st century depicts the history of Mona Lisa and has collections of arts from famous artists. Musée d'Orsay built in the 7th century has collections of artists from the 18th and 19th century. Rodin Museum built in the 7th century has collections of the same artist. His home and garden are converted into a museum. Picasso Museum from the 3rd century has the collections and works of the renowned artist, Picasso. Musée Marmottan-Monet from 16th to 18th century houses more than 300 paintings of Claude Monet. You will also find works of many other popular artists here.

    Musée de l'Orangerie from the 1st century has impressionist and post impressionist paintings of many artists.  Musée Delacroix is the home of the painter and artist, Eugene Delacroix, now converted into a museum that houses his works. Centre Georges Pompidou from the 4th century is the museum that houses modern art. Les Invalides from the 7th century is a museum that houses arms and armour from the middle ages till date and is also a tomb of Napoleon Bonaparte.

    Cluny from the 5th century is a medieval museum that houses revered tapisteries and exhibits from the Roman period. Le Musee des Arts Decoratifs from the 1st century showcases culture and social template of 8 centuries of France. Carnavalet from the 3rd century showcases the history of Paris.     Cité des Sciences et de l’Industrie from the 9th century is a science museum where kids can enjoy knowing facts. Mémorial de la Shoah from the 4th century is a holocaust museum of Paris.

    Jacquemart-Andre Museum from the 8th century has collections of French, Dutch, and Italian artists.     Musée du quai Branly from the 7th century has artistic pieces from Africa, Asia, America, and Oceania.

    Theatres and gardens

    The Opéra Garnier is an enormous opera theatre that can hold 2000 seats. The ceiling is decorated with chandeliers and has many architectural delights. Luxembourg Gardens were created in 1612. This is a picnic spot and offer nature beauty. There are fountains, colourful toy boats, where children can sail around the nearby ponds. Mogador Theater is built in English style. It hosts operas and plays. This is one of the most iconic Broadway theatres.

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    Sightseeing the city and artworks

    There are museums and many landmarks that have an interesting history since the medieval times. You can visit the museums and enjoy the local cuisine, wine, and drinks when in Paris. You can also take cruise tours to take a look around in the city. You can visit many historical monuments, like the Arc de Triomphe, which depicts the military victories of France. Jardin du Luxembourg is one of the popular public gardens and has monuments in the vicinity. Tourists visit this park for a picnic area.

    Montemartre is a home to many artists and gives a beautiful view of Paris. This is the only winery present within Paris. Cinema en Plein Air hosts cinema events outdoors. Locals bring food and wine and enjoy watching outdoor cinema here.

    Champagne and wine tasting

    Cellar visit and wine tasting are one of the most popular traditions of Paris. You can visit Martel cellars and view the harvesting, processing, bottling of champagne. Here you can taste three kinds of champagnes. You can also visit the Lighthouse of Verzenay that gives a spectacular view of the vineyards. The Hautvillers village is also a good stop over to watch the method of making champagne.

    Food and shopping

    This is undisputedly the haven for shopaholics. Those who love designer brands as well as love street shopping can visit this city. Food’s paradise, the French Cuisine and wine are a must try. Rheims city offers many restaurants to enable you to have lunch at your own pace and according to your needs, in particular on the wonderful Erlon place. If you wish, we can also book for you, as an option, our France Tourisme menu at the restaurant Côté Cuisine. It proposes a large variety of possibilities from the French familial restaurant to the gastronomically one.

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