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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.

▲ La Défense and La Grande Arche The city’s own “little Manhattan” business district and its colossal modern arch.

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

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

▲ Jewish Art and History Museum 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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