An aesthetic and ancient world filled with sculptures of millennia, objects of Antiquity and ceremonial jewellery
awaits inside the walls of the Galerie Samarcande. For the past 40 years this Left Bank gallery has been devoted to the quest of objects from classical archaeology including Roman, Greek and Egyptian art. Founded by the art merchant and collector Joseph Uzan, today it is his daughter Sabrina Uzan-Kaminski who is at the helm of the gallery, which is hosting a show entitled Archaeological Objects, in the Feminine, devoted to women and the daily life of women in Antiquity. Among
the rare pieces on display are portrayals of female divinities, clothing, protective amulets and even cooking utensils. A statuette of a Greco-Etruscan dancer from the 5th century BC is astoundingly detailed while a statue of the mother goddess on horseback from the Quetta Valley in Baluchistan has survived for thousands of years. A “modern” piece in the show is a luxurious ceremonial
necklace from 19th century Morocco.
The triumphal arch commissioned by Napoleon and finished in 1836 stands in the centre of the Place Charles de Gaulle and boasts a fabulous view of the Champs-Elysées and includes the tomb of the Unknown Soldier. Visit the interactive exhibit on the history surrounding the Arch. Open daily 10am-10:30pm, times may vary, last admission 45 minutes before closing, Adults 9.50€, Children under 18 and EU citizens under 26: Free. Place Charles de Gaulle (8th), 01.55.37.73.77. M° Charles- de-Gaulle-Etoile Built as a temporary exhibit for the 1889 World’s Fair, the iron structure now symbolises Paris the world over. The tower sparkles with twinkling lights every hour on the hour from twilight to 2am. From Jun 15 through Sept 1 9am-12:45am (stairs and lifts, last admission stairs, last lift midnight). From Sept 2 through Jun 14 lift open daily 9:30am-11:45pm, From Sept 2 through Jun 14 stairs open daily 9:30am-6:30pm. Last entries 45 minutes before closing. Entry fee (5-15.50€ for adults) depends on how high you go. There is a glass floor on the first floor 57 metres above Paris and a champagne bar is on the top of the tower, open from noon to 10pm. www.tour- eiffel.fr. Ave Gustave Eiffel (7th), 01.44.11.23.23. M° Trocadéro Constructed between 1163 and 1345, it is a Gothic masterpiece. Free guided tours in English Wed and Thurs at 2pm & Sat at 2:30pm. Through Dec 31 Paris disparu, Paris restitué, looks at the history of Paris through the vestiges from Lutèce to the 19th century (in the crypt). www.crypte.paris.fr. Experience Quasimodo’s view of Paris from the towers Jul-Aug 10am-5:45pm weekdays, 10am-10:15pm Sat-Sun; Apr 1-Sep 30: 10am-5:45pm; Oct 1-Mar 31: 10am-4:45pm. 8.50€. 6 Parvis Notre- Dame (4th), 01.42.34.56.10. M° Cité A medieval royal residence with Gothic halls, used as a prison in the Revolution. Daily 9:30 am-6pm, times may vary, last tickets, 30 minutes before closing time. Adults 8.50€, Children under 18 and EU citizens under 26, free. 2 blvd du Palais (1st), 01 53 40 60 97. M° Cité Designed by architect Charles Garnier, and a brilliant example of Second Empire architecture. Daily visits on your own,10am-4:30pm (adults 10€, students and under 25, 6€) information: