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This is the Paris city guide you have been waiting for! Whether you’re there for a weekend or a week, choosing how to spend time in Paris can seem pretty overwhelming. But don’t worry, we are here today to take you through the city of love and fill you with inspiration. Get ready to take off with us to Paris in September while Maison et Objet is happening!
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1st- Eiffel Tower
Sounds clichê, but you can’t leave the city without visiting the Eiffel Tower. The most famous edifice in the world, the was originally erected as a temporary exhibit for a World Fair. It provides heart-stopping views over Paris and is visible from most vantage points across the city. Apart from the new glass floor installed in 2014, there’s also a panoramic champagne bar on the third floor, a brasserie, and the Michelin-starred Jules Verne restaurant. At night, the Eiffel’s girders sparkle like fairy lights on a Christmas tree.
2nd- Cimetière du Père-Lachaise
Père-Lachaise is the celebrity cemetery – it has almost anyone French, talented and dead that you care to mention. Not even French, for that matter. Creed and nationality have never prevented entry: you just had to have lived or died in Paris or have an allotted space in a family tomb. From Balzac to Chopin to Oscar Wilde (the tomb worn away by the kisses of visiting admirers), the talent-spotting is endless. There are several tours to take you around this famous but calm Paris attraction.
3rd- Musée d’Orsay
The old Belle Époque Orsay train station was converted into the Musée d’Orsay in 1986 to house one of the world’s largest collections of Impressionist and Post-impressionist contemporary art. Aside from works by Monet, Renoir, Van Gogh and Toulouse-Lautrec, you’ll find a dapper collection of decorative arts from the Art Nouveau era and a wide range of 19th-century sculpture. Digest it over coffee in the café behind the museum’s giant transparent clock.
4th- Arc de Triomphe
Give your legs a workout and climb the 284 steps to the top of the Arc de Triomphe. Lighting stores team truly advises you to visit this monument and feel inspired to redecorate your house design. The views sweep in geometric splendor between the arc of La Defense and the Louvre. It’s also a plum spot for observing Parisian driving techniques: the unmarked traffic island creates speedy anarchy – in fact, have an accident here and it’s automatically 50/50 on the insurance claim, no matter whose fault it is.
5th- The Louvre
A behemoth of a museum, the Louvre has galleries and wings so vast you could easily spend a day feasting your eyes on treasures like the Mona Lisa, the Venus de Milo, and Egyptian mummies – not to mention on the building itself, which sports sumptuous architecture erected and remodelled over the centuries by the rulers of France. When cultural overload sets in, take a breather in the Café Mollien at the top of the grand Mollien staircase. This is one Paris attraction you need to do at least once.
6th- Musée National Rodin
Canoodling opportunities abound in the gardens of the Musée Rodin, without doubt, one of Paris’ most romantic green bits, strewn with Rodin’s greatest statues, including The Thinker, The Gates of Hell and Balzac. Inside the hotel design of Hôtel Biron, where Rodin worked until the end of his life, you’ll find oodles of his works, including The Kiss, but also a touching selection by his tortured lover, Camille Claudel. On a sunny day, grab an ice cream in the garden and eat it on your way to the marble gallery, where Rodin’s most fragile, exquisite statues are displayed behind glass.
7th- Le Crazy Horse
A change of artistic direction and limelight brought in by Dita Von Teese (who performed here for a while) has breathed welcome new life into the Crazy Horse. Yes, it’s erotic, and yes, you watch pert-breasted girls slink across the stage dressed in nothing but light, but there is nothing remotely seedy about the experience. In fact, it’s all rather avant-garde. One note of caution – unlike Paris’s other cabarets, the Crazy Horse doesn’t have a restaurant.
8th- Au Pied de Cochon
Au Pied de Cochon is a veritable foodie attraction, whose neon lights haven’t been switched off since 1947: it serves every part of the pig you can think of, around the clock. Favourite haunt of hungry late-night drinkers, there’s something fortifying in the old-style brasserie decor as well as the hearty dishes. Here, you push a gilt pig’s foot to get to the toilets, and dunk a pink meringue piglet in your coffee – and eat stuffed trotters, head cassoulet, smoked belly, tail, ear and brawn… hardly a light supper, but a genuine thrill for fans of eating ‘nose to tail’.
Devout King Louis IX (St Louis, 1226-70) had a hobby of accumulating holy relics. In the 1240s, he bought what was advertised as the Crown of Thorns, and ordered Pierre de Montreuil to design a shrine. The result was Sainte-Chapelle. With 15m (49ft) windows, the upper level appears to consist almost entirely of stained glass. The windows depict hundreds of scenes from the Old and New Testaments, culminating with the Apocalypse in the rose window. Enjoy the most beautiful interior design in the city.
10th- La Conciergerie
Behind its allure as a fairytale castle, the turreted Conciergerie hides a bloody past: during the Revolution, it served as a prison for those condemned to the guillotine, including Queen Marie-Antoinette. Remnants of its revolutionary history are still visible in mock prison cells, but the Conciergerie’s main draw nowadays is its stunning medieval architecture.
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