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Paris

Paris — the City of Light — has been a beacon of culture for centuries. As a world capital of art, fashion, food, literature, and ideas, it stands as a symbol of all the fine things human civilization can offer. Paris offers sweeping boulevards, chatty crêpe stands, chic boutiques, and world-class art galleries. Sip decaf with deconstructionists at a sidewalk café, then step into an Impressionist painting in a tree-lined park. Climb Notre-Dame and rub shoulders with the gargoyles. Cruise the Seine, zip to the top of the Eiffel Tower, and saunter down Avenue des Champs-Elysées. Master the Louvre and Orsay museums. Save some after-dark energy for one of the world's most romantic cities.

Places

At a Glance

▲▲▲ Notre-Dame Cathedral Paris' most beloved church, with towers and gargoyles.

▲▲▲ Sainte-Chapelle Gothic cathedral with peerless stained glass.

▲▲▲ Louvre Europe's oldest and greatest museum, starring Mona Lisa and Venus de Milo.

▲▲▲ Orsay Museum Nineteenth-century art, including Europe's greatest Impressionist collection.

▲▲▲ Eiffel Tower Paris' soaring exclamation point.

▲▲▲ Champs-Elysées Paris' grand boulevard.

▲▲▲ Versailles The ultimate royal palace (Château), with a Hall of Mirrors, vast gardens, a grand canal, plus a queen's playground (Trianon Palaces and Domaine de Marie-Antoinette).

▲▲ Orangerie Museum Monet's water lilies, plus works by Utrillo, Cézanne, Renoir, Matisse, and Picasso, in a lovely setting.

▲▲ Army Museum and Napoleon's Tomb The emperor's imposing tomb, flanked by museums of France's wars.

▲▲ Rodin Museum Works by the greatest sculptor since Michelangelo, with many statues in a peaceful garden.

▲▲ Marmottan Museum Untouristy art museum focusing on Monet.

▲▲ Cluny Museum Medieval art with unicorn tapestries.

▲▲ Arc de Triomphe Triumphal arch with viewpoint, marking start of Champs-Elysées.

▲▲ Jacquemart-André Museum Art-strewn mansion.

▲▲ Picasso Museum World's largest collection of Picasso's works.

▲▲ Pompidou Center Modern art in colorful building with city views.

▲▲ Sacré-Cœur and Montmartre White basilica atop Montmartre with spectacular views.

Panthéon Neoclassical monument celebrating the struggles of the French.

Opéra Garnier Grand belle époque theater with a modern ceiling by Chagall.

La Défense and La Grande Arche The city's own "little Manhattan" business district and its colossal modern arch.

Carnavalet Museum Paris' history wrapped up in a 16th-century mansion.

Jewish Art and History Museum Displays history of Judaism in Europe.

Père Lachaise Cemetery Final home of Paris' illustrious dead.

Giverny Home to Claude Monet's colorful gardens and house, which displays Monet's collection of Japanese prints.

Plan

Photos

  • Gals on bikes outside Notre Dame Cathedral, Paris, France
  • Park bench, Place des Voges, Marais, Paris, France
  • Champs-Elysees, Paris, France
  • Organist, St. Sulpice Church, Paris, France
  • Fromagerie, Paris, France
  • Cheese Shop, Paris, France
  • Arc du Triomphe, Paris, France
  • A boy in Paris
  • Hamlet, Versailles, France
  • Smart Car in Paris, France
  • Bike Tour, Champ de Mars, Paris, France
  • Rick Steves Audio Europe Travelers Outside Louvre Museum, Paris
  • Automated Toilet, Paris, France
  • The Louvre's pyramid at night
  • Eiffel Tower at Night, Paris, France
  • Holiday Interior, Galeries Lafayette, Paris, France
  • Wine Tasting Group, Paris, France
  • People Relaxing at Luxembourg Garden, Paris, France
  • Jim Morrison's Grave, Pere Lachaise Cemetery, Paris, France
  • Oscar Wilde's Grave, Pere Lachaise Cemetery, Paris, France
  • Palace from Gardens, Versailles, Paris, France
  • Waiting Line, Eiffel Tower, Paris, France
  • Cluny Museum Exterior, Paris, France
  • Rental Bikes, Paris, France
  • People at Luxembourg Gardens, Paris, France
  • iPad Users in Louvre Museum, Paris, France
  • Outdoor Market Shoppers, Rue Cler, Paris, France
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