Lives in Paris, France
Since Jun 2011
35-49 year old female
I am an American mom of 4 boys. We currently live in Paris France. We are trying to travel and experience Europe while we live overseas. We have made it to Greece, Switzerland, Italy, Morocco, The United Kingdom, Germany, Sweden, Portugal, and Austria. We have more trips planned. For our adventures, here are links to my blogs. http://lifewithmy5guysinfrance.com/ https://fabulousfindsinparis.wordpress.com http://lifewithmy5guys.blogspot.co.uk/
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Ancient Ruins, Historic Sites, Points of Interest & Landmarks
This is a nice little Italian restaurant located near the Eiffel Tower. If you are looking for some where to dine, this is located a nice location. Head to rue Cler when you are finished to see a quaint little market street.
If you are a Monet lover, this museum is a hidden gem in Paris. Monet’s son Michael donated all the paintings he had from his father to this museum. Included also are drawings of funny figures that Monet drew before he started painting. This museum holds the largest collection of Monet’s paintings. It also has a variety of other interesting collections as well.
This is a cute little tea house in the Galleries Vivianne. They always have delicious food and service has always been friendly.
This is a shabby chic little restaurant can be hard to get into as it can be very busy, reserve a table if you can. They have a lovely dessert trolly that includes delicious crumbles and tarts made from fruits that are in season. This little restaurant has a such a cozy feel to it with small little tables and a beautiful antique sideboard that is also used to display some of their dessert offerings.
If you are looking for a place with history, this is the place for you. This literary coffee house was opened in 1686. They lay claim to the title of the oldest cafe in Paris and famous people though the ages have all dined here. They have the memorabilia to prove it. Counting among the people are Victor Hugo, Voltaire, Benjamin Franklin and Napoleon. It is a lovely place to soak up the history. It is located across from the ‘old’ comedy theater in Paris (the building has been repurposed) and you can see a plaque on the building stating what it used to be. Not only is this a lovely place to soak up some history, they also have delicious food and lovely service.
This little garden is tucked between buildings and unless you are looking for it it is easily missed. It is located close to the Louvre. The arcade around the garden contains shopping with some of the big name fashion stores having shops here. It also has some really neat little shops, in particular a shop that researches genealogy and family crests and a shop that offers some fashions from the past, including 'old' Chanel suits and dresses. If you are looking for history, you can find it here as well, the Le Grand Véfour was used in the movie Midnight in Paris and Napoleon and Josephine ate here when he was courting her. The garden is a nice little place to sit and enjoy the sun if you just need a little time to enjoy the lovely weather and if you are so inclined, stick around into the evening, you might catch Tango lessons in process if the season is right!
The Pont Alexandre III bridge is a very ornate bridge. It is dedicated to the Tsar Alexander III, and his son Nicholas II laid the cornerstone to the bridge in 1896. It is decorated with many statues by many different sculptures. The statues and sculptures themselves deserve a write up their own.
The museum used to be one of the Roman baths in Paris. Then it was an abby, now this old historic building is a museum that holds pieces from the middle ages. They have a nice stained glass collection and stop and see the Woman and the Unicorn tapestries. If you are a Harry Potter fan, you might remember reproductions were used in the Gryffindor common room!
This a quirky bookstore located close to Notre Dame. It is the second bookstore with the name, the first one closed before World War II. Before it closed, it was a famous literary meeting place for people like Ezra Pound, Ernest Hemingway, James Joyce and Ford Madox Ford. It has also been featured in the movie Midnight in Paris.
This little museum is a must for Monet fans. The building was built to house the orange trees and tropical plants in the winter that were part of the Jardin Tulleries. It is now a museum that not only contains that the 8 water lily murals by Monet but also has a very nice collection from works by Paul Cézanne, Henri Matisse, Amedeo Modigliani, Pablo Picasso, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Henri Rousseau, Alfred Sisley, Chaim Soutine, and Maurice Utrillo, among others.
Paris has three Statues of Liberty. This one is located in the 15th on a little Island in the Seine. You can visit the island on a nice day and if you fancy a work out, there is an urban work out area that is free to use. If you are looking for lunch, there are restaurants close by in Beaugrenelle along with some shopping in a modern mall.
This is a newly renovated museum that has been highly anticipated in Paris. The museum is currently very busy, buying tickets online is advisable. Be sure to listen to the audio guide.
The canal was directed to be built by Napoleon in 1802 to bring drinking water to Paris from the Ourcq river. Interestingly enough, it was funded by a wine tax. The canal was almost filled in and paved over in the 1960’s. With the restaurants and bars nearby, it is now a popular place for students, Parisians and tourists to come and watch the barges navigate the locks.
This museum was such a pleasant surprise for me. The sculptures and the art are lovely. In particular, I love how the statues have smiles on their faces in the Cambodian section. This museum has the one of the largest collections of Asian art outside of Asia. In particular the art from Afghanistan is interesting because you can see the Roman influences.
This little restaurant is tucked away, close to the Louvre and shopping but a little way off the main path. If you are looking for a delicious lunch that is traditional French, this is a elegant restaurant to enjoy your lunch or dinner.
The Liberty Flame has become a memorial to the people’s princess, Princess Diana. It was donated to France from the US in 1986. There are many messages written to the beautiful Princess as she touched many lives and continues too.
The covered Galleries in Paris were popular during the 1800’s as shopping areas. Then in the 1850’s the French invented the department store and the galleries fell into disuse. The Galleries have been experiencing some revival in the last few decades and Gallerie Vivianne is a wonderful one to visit with all the pretty mosaic tiles on the floors. They were done by Giandomenico Facchina and Mazzioli that also did work in the Garnier Opera. Browse the cute little shops while you are there.
The church St-Germain des Pres, literally translates to church of the field. This side of the Seine used to be prone to flooding and it took awhile to be settled and incorporated into the city. The abby was founded in 588 and eventually become the areas richest but was also open to being invaded because it remained outside the city walls. The church served as a church until the revolution, when it was disbanded. During the revolution, saltpeter was stored in it and in buildings close by, the church sustained damage from an explosion from a nearby building. After the revolution the church was in such a state that it was almost torn down. It was saved from destruction, reportedly with the help of Victor Hugo.
Paris is all about art and not just the Impressionists or from the many museums. This is a great chance to see the modern, the hip, and what urban art is all about.
This amphitheater was built toward the end of the first century A.D. on the slopes of the Montagne Sainte-Geneviève. Arènes were used as a theater, circus, and sporting arena. The style of construction is relatively rare for an amphitheater of its period, different from the round or classical oval style. When it was found in the 1800’s there was talk about destroying or keeping the structure. Victor Hugo made a passionate plea to keep it, so now it is around for us to enjoy.