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Paris Flea Mar­ket Also known as the Puces de Saint-Ouen or Clig­nan­court from its lo­ca­tion north of Mont­martre, this is the city’s largest and most fa­mous flea mar­ket, of­fer­ing ev­ery­thing from used books and leather jack­ets to pre­cious an­tique jew­ellery and Louis XVI fur­ni­ture, in a se­ries of dif­fer­ent mar­kets. Don’t be put off by the rows of tacky stands un­der the over­pass; the real Flea Mar­ket lies be­yond them. Sat-Mon 9:30 am-6:30pm. 142 rue des Rosiers, St-Ouen (10-minute walk from Porte de Clig­nan­court) Carré Rive Gauche This group of an­tique deal­ers and art gal­leries in the 6th and 7th ar­rondisse­ments presents fine works, spe­cial exhibitions and ex­cep­tional pieces through­out the year. Many of the gal­leries are spe­cialised in the dec­o­ra­tive arts while the venues of­fer vis­i­tors a jour­ney into 7,000 years of art his­tory. Lo­cated on the Left Bank on and around the Quai Voltaire, rue de l’Univer­sité, rue du Bac, rue de Verneuil, rue de Lille, rue de Beaune and rue des Saints-Pères (7th)


Ga­lerie Bar­toux Elysées A con­tem­po­rary art gallery on the Champ­sElysées pre­sent­ing paint­ings and sculp­tures by in­ter­na­tion­ally renowned artists. Open seven days a week. 26 ave des Champs-Elysées (8th), Mº Franklin D. Roo­sevelt Ga­lerie Ol­wen For­est Gallery ex­hibit­ing vin­tage cos­tume, cou­ture jew­els and Art Deco crys­tal jew­ellery, as well as jew­ells cre­ated by de­sign­ers such as Elsa Schi­a­par­elli and Coco Chanel. Jew­ellery made for the cinema and a se­lec­tion of vin­tage jew­els telling the story of rock and roll. Per­ma­nent ex­hi­bi­tion Erot­ica/ Ex­ot­ica, fea­tur­ing vin­tage pieces jux­ta­pos­ing the two themes. From Sat-Mon. St-Ouen Flea Mar­ket, Marché Ser­pette, 110 rue des Rosiers, Saint-Ouen. M° Porte de Clig­nan­court Ga­lerie Ta­me­naga Im­pres­sion­ist and mod­ern paint­ings by masters in­clud­ing Cézanne, Renoir, Bon­nard, Klee, Cha­gall and Pi­casso, as well as con­tem­po­rary in­ter­na­tional art in­clud­ing a ro­man­tic en­sem­ble by Jean Pierre Cas­signeul. Tues-Sat 11am-7pm. 18 ave Matignon (8th), Mon-Sat. Mº Franklin D. Roo­sevelt Opera Gallery Mod­ern Masters: Botero, Cha­gall, Léger, Calder and Pi­casso, and a se­lec­tion of con­tem­po­rary artists: Brasilier, Corda, Mach, Kusama and Joe Black. Art pieces ex­hib­ited in a gallery space ide­ally sit­u­ated in the Tri­an­gle d’Or. Open Mon to Sat 10am-7.30pm; Sun 11:30am-7pm. 62 rue du Faubourg St-Honoré (8th), M° Con­corde


Académie Équestre de Ver­sailles Cre­ated by Bartabas in 2003, the Ver­sailles Eques­trian Academy is both a school and a theatre troupe. The cur­rent show, La voie de l’écuyer opus 2018, fea­tures fenc­ing on horse­back, im­pro­vi­sa­tion and other sur­prises. Shows are held on Satur­days at 6pm and Sun­days at 3pm. Av­enue Rock­e­feller, Ver­sailles. RER C to Ver­sailles Chateau Rive Gauche Aquar­ium de Paris (Cinéaqua) Discover the world of the sea at this delightful aquar­ium. Daily 10am-7pm, first Sat of the month un­til 10pm, last tick­ets one hour be­fore clos­ing. 5 ave Al­bert de Mun (16th), M° Iéna Bal­lon de Paris Fly over Paris in a hot air bal­loon that also mea­sures the level of pol­lu­tion in the at­mos­phere. The bal­loon can fly up to 150 me­tres into the Parisian sky. Flights are de­pen­dent upon the weather so it is prefer­able to call ahead on the day. Daily, 9am to the clos­ing time of the Parc An­dré Citroën where the bal­loon is lo­cated. 2 rue Cauchy (15th), M° Javel Canal Saint-Martin This trendy Parisian neigh­bour­hood has a wide ar­ray of bars, restau­rants and eclectic shops lin­ing the sides of this func­tion­ing canal which links the Vil­lette basin to the Arse­nal port. Quai de Jemmapes/Quai de Valmy (10th). M° République Cat­a­combes de Paris The cat­a­combs of Paris house the re­mains of sev­eral mil­lion Parisians whose bones were trans­ferred to these un­der­ground quar­ries from Parisian ceme­ter­ies in the 18th and 19th cen­turies. The visit is not rec­om­mended for preg­nant women, peo­ple with heart or res­pi­ra­tory prob­lems or suf­fer­ing from claus­tro­pho­bia and children un­der 14 must be ac­com­pa­nied by adults. The 2 km one-way visit ends at 21bis ave René Coty (14th). Tues-Sun 10am-8:30pm. 1 ave du Colonel Henri Roi-Tan­guy (place Den­fert-Rochereau) (14th), M° Den­fert-Rochereau Cité des Sciences et de l’In­dus­trie Sit­u­ated in the heart of La Vil­lette Park, the science and in­dus­try mu­seum houses a wide num­ber of ac­tiv­i­ties and exhibitions. La Géode-a gi­ant hemi­spheric dome that shows films in 360°. La Cité des En­fants-interactive spa­ces (2-7 yrs & 5-12 yrs) are specif­i­cally de­signed to ini­ti­ate children’s senses. 30 ave Corentin Car­iou (19th), M° Porte de la Vil­lette Dis­ney­land Paris With 2 Dis­ney Parks, filled with more than 50 at­trac­tions, shows and pa­rades, a day at Dis­ney­land Paris will set pulses rac­ing among even the most sea­soned thrill-seeker. Around 35 min from Paris by train (Na­tion sta­tion), RER A to Marne-la-Val­lée/Chessy Flight Ex­pe­ri­ence Paris You can pi­lot a Boe­ing 737 in a state of the art flight sim­u­la­tor. Un­der the guid­ance of a qual­i­fied in­struc­tor, you can take off, climb, cruise and land. You can choose your route and fly­ing time from sev­eral dif­fer­ent flight pack­ages. 21 quai d’Auster­litz (13th), M° Quai de la Gare Grande Arche This stun­ning mon­u­ment listed as 20th cen­tury her­itage is sit­u­ated in the heart of the busi­ness district, La Défense. Its rooftop of­fers a 360-de­gree panoramic view of the city and it houses ex­hi­bi­tion spa­ces de­voted to pho­to­jour­nal­ism exhibitions on the 35th floor. A restau­rant and a sand­wich shop are all on the agenda. Daily 9:30am-6:30pm. 1 parvis de la Défense, 92044 Paris La Défense, M° La Défense Grande Arche Le Manoir de Paris The ur­ban le­gends of Paris come to life in this haunted manor house and listed his­toric mon­u­ment. Fri 6pm-10pm & Sat, Sun 3pm-7pm. 18 rue de Par­adis (10th), M° Château d’Eau Parc Zoologique de Paris This beau­ti­ful zoo presents in 16 nat­u­ral en­vi­ron­ments some 1,000 an­i­mals, birds, mam­mals, rep­tiles, am­phib­ians and fish rep­re­sent­ing 180 species. En­trance lo­cated at the cor­ner of the ave Daumes­nil and the Route de Cein­ture du lac Daumes­nil (12th), M° Château de Vin­cennes then 46 bus to zoo.

Pav­il­lons de Bercy Discover a dec­o­ra­tive and di­verse wonderland re­plete with a Theatre of Mar­vels, a fan­tas­tic gar­den and a mu­seum de­voted to rides and at­trac­tions found in amuse­ment fairs from 1850 to 1950. 53 ave des Ter­roirs de France (12th), M° Cour Saint-Emil­lion


Bateaux Parisiens Gi­ant glass-roofed tour boats depart­ing ev­ery hour on the hour, 10am-10pm (ex­cept 1pm & 7:30pm). Lunch and din­ner cruises also avail­able. Port de la Bour­don­nais (7th), M° Tro­cadéro Bateaux-Mouches The leg­endary com­pany has been of­fer­ing cruises on the Seine river for decades. Dou­bledeck boats pro­vide an un­usual ap­proach to Paris mon­u­ments. De­par­tures ev­ery 45 min, 11am-9pm. For din­ner cruises please see the Dining sec­tion. Pont de l’Alma (8th), M° Alma-Marceau Ba­to­bus A sleek “shut­tle boat” mak­ing 8 stops in­clud­ing the Eif­fel Tower, the Lou­vre, the Jardin des Plantes and the Town Hall. 10:30am-7pm. Vedettes du Pont Neuf These hour cruises on the Seine of­fer a dis­cov­ery of the city’s lead­ing mon­u­ments.10:30am-noon & 1:30pm-10:30pm, boats 30 min apart. Square du Vert Galant (1st), M° Pont Neuf River Li­mou­sine Take in a pri­vate cruise on the Seine on board a cus­tom-built lux­u­ri­ous boat re­plete with a sa­lon and a bot­tle of cham­pagne. Reser­va­tions re­quired. Vedettes de Paris Of­fer­ing one-hour cruises depart­ing from the Eif­fel Tower. 10:30am-10pm, boats 30 min apart. Spe­cial theme cruises also avail­able in­clud­ing a cham­pagne tast­ing cruise. Port de Suf­fren (7th), M° Bir Hakeim/RER C Champs de Mars


Château de Fon­tainebleau A res­i­dence of the French kings from the 12th to the 19th cen­tury, this royal château is fa­mous for its su­perb Re­nais­sance decor by Ital­ian artists. WedMon 9:30am-5pm. SNCF Gran­des Lignes from Gare de Lyon to Fon­tainebleau-Avon (40 min), then a short bus or shut­tle ride from the sta­tion. Château de Ver­sailles Louis XIV’s mag­nif­i­cent palace, with the Hall of Mir­rors, Grands Ap­parte­ments and Le Nôtre’s su­perb gar­dens. The Chateau is open Tue-Sun 9am-6:00pm. Gar­dens open daily 8 am to sun­set; free. Av­enue Rock­e­feller. RER C to Ver­sailles Chateau Rive Gauche Château et Do­maine de Chan­tilly North of Paris, a 16th cen­tury royal château with a beau­ti­ful park and a fab­u­lous art col­lec­tion. Mon-Sun 10:30am-5pm. SNCF at the Gare du Nord (25 min) or RER D to Chan­tilly– Gou­vieux (45 min) then take the free bus no. 15 marked “Sen­lis” to the château. Château de Vaux le Vi­comte This unique es­tate with its 17th cen­tury cas­tle and for­mal French gar­dens is one of the most beau­ti­ful in France. The cas­tle’s vast French gar­dens, punc­tu­ated by foun­tains and water basins, are re­garded as royal gar­dener An­dre Le Nôtre’s mas­ter­work. By car 55 km from Paris. Maincy 77950, Giverny En­ter into the world of the Im­pres­sion­ists in this dreamy vil­lage west of Paris where Claude Monet ar­rived in 1883. Monet’s home, gar­dens and the im­mor­tal­ized water lily ponds re­main, all opened to the pub­lic at the Fon­da­tion Claude Monet. 84 rue Claude Monet, SNCF from the Gare St. Lazare to Gare de Ver­non, 45 min­utes, then the No. 240 bus to Giverny. Musée Na­tional du Château de Mal­mai­son This delightful 17th cen­tury cas­tle on the out­skirts of Paris was the ru­ral home of Josephine and Napoleon Bon­a­parte. 10am-12:30pm/13:30pm5:45pm/Un­til 6:15pm Sat & Sun. Closed Tues. Ave du château de Mal­mai­son, Metro or RER to la Défense then bus 258 to the stop Château


Jardin des Tui­leries This vast park filled with peace­ful wide al­ley­ways for strolling and an oc­tag­o­nal water basin of­fers a place for a prom­e­nade be­tween the Pyra­mide du Lou­vre and the Place de la Con­corde. Sculp­tures by Mail­lol, Rodin, Dubuf­fet and Louise Bour­geois are among the jew­els set in these re­fresh­ing gar­dens. Jardin des Tui­leries (1st), M° Con­corde Jardin du Lux­em­bourg These lovely gar­dens were built upon the ini­tia­tive of Queen Marie de Medici in 1612. They are com­posed of both English and French gar­dens, a large pond an or­chard of old vin­tage fruit trees and an api­ary. Ac­tiv­i­ties for adults in­clude chess, ten­nis and re­mote con­trol boats while children can a pup­pet theatre, rides and slides. Rue de Médi­cis - Rue de Vau­gi­rard (6th), M° Odéon


L’Open Tour Paris Open-topped buses and over 50 stops. Buy tick­ets on board, at ho­tels, or at their bou­tique of­fice. 13 rue Au­ber (9th), M° Opéra Paris Au­then­tic This is a unique Parisian con­cept for per­sonal sight­see­ing tours and ex­cur­sions in tra­di­tional French 2cv cars. Be picked up any­where in Paris and the Parisian drivers of Paris Au­then­tic take you for an un­usual dis­cov­ery of their city. En­joy Paris by day or night, cham­pagne in Mont­martre, his­toric land­marks, lux­u­ri­ous places, se­cret neigh­bour­hoods, tai­lor-made tours. Paris City Vi­sion City tours, day and evening ex­cur­sions, trips to the Loire and other re­gions. 214 rue de Rivoli (1st), M° Tui­leries Retro Tour Discover Paris on board a gen­uine side­car and mo­tor­cy­cle with a pri­vate guided tour from Retro Tour, ac­com­pa­nied by your Gen­tle­man Sider guide and driver dressed in Che­vi­gnon clas­sic cloth­ing. Sev­eral tours, which can carry one or two peo­ple, are avail­able and you can also cus­tom­ize your tour.


Cen­tre Ge­orges Pom­pi­dou France’s top mod­ern art mu­seum, with some 56,000 works by more than 5000 artists. WedMon 11am-9pm (last tick­ets 8pm). Place Ge­orges Pom­pi­dou (4th), M° Ram­buteau Cité de l’Ar­chi­tec­ture et du Pat­ri­moine The Palais de Chail­lot now houses the Mu­seum col­lec­tion of French Mon­u­ments as part of the per­ma­nent col­lec­tion in the Pav­il­lon de Tête, while the tem­po­rary ex­hibits are housed in the left wing of the Pav­il­lon d’About. The mu­seum is com­posed of three Ga­leries: Ga­lerie des Moulages, Ga­lerie des Pein­tures and Ga­leries d’Ar­chi­tec­ture Moderne et Con­tem­po­raine. Mon, Wed, Fri 12pm - 8pm, Thur 12pm-10pm, Sat-Sun 11am-7pm. Palais de Chail­lot,

Musée du Lou­vre One of the world’s most im­por­tant art col­lec­tions, in­clud­ing the Mona Lisa, Euro­pean paint­ing and sculp­ture, large-for­mat 19th cen­tury French paint­ings, Greek, Ro­man and Egyp­tian an­tiq­ui­ties. Open Wed-Mon 9am-6pm (to 9:45 pm Wed & Fri, re­duced price after 6pm). 99 rue de Rivoli (1st), M° Palais-Royal/Lou­vre-Rivoli Musée de la Magie A fan­tasy world awaits in this space de­voted to magic. Be­neath 16th cen­tury vaulted cel­lars are op­ti­cal il­lu­sions, magic art and more. The visit winds up with a su­perb magic show. Wed, Sat, Sun and school hol­i­days. 2pm-7pm. 11 rue Saint Paul (4th), M° Saint-Paul Musée de Mont­martre and Jardins Renoir The mu­seum on the hill was founded in 1960 and to­day houses a per­ma­nent col­lec­tion that boasts works by Toulouse-Lautrec, Modigliani and Utrillo. The charm­ing mu­seum is also sur­rounded by three gar­dens ded­i­cated to Au­guste Renoir, ren­der­ing the mu­seum even more ex­cep­tional. Open daily from 10am to 6pm. 12-14 rue Cor­tot (18th), 39. M° La­marck-Caulain­court Musée du Par­fum - Frag­o­nard Discover the world of per­fume and per­fume mak­ing in this delightful mu­seum op­er­ated by Frag­o­nard, the leg­endary Grasse-based per­fume and essence maker en­sconced in a su­perb Napoleon III town house. This year Frag­o­nard is cel­e­brat­ing the lily of the val­ley. Free. Mon-Sat 9am-6pm, Sun and hol­i­days 9am-5pm. 3-5 square de l’Opéra Louis Jou­vet (9th) , M° Opéra Musée Mar­mot­tan Monet A beau­ti­ful and delightful mu­seum in a pri­vate man­sion hous­ing the world’s largest col­lec­tion of works by Claude Monet. Tues-Sun 10am-6pm, Thurs un­til 8pm. 2 rue Louis Boilly (16th), M° La Muette Mu­seum Na­tional d’His­toire Na­turelle A nat­u­ral his­tory mu­seum famed for its Grande Ga­lerie de l’Evo­lu­tion, a stun­ning dis­play of thou­sands of an­i­mal species. Other gal­leries house the rich col­lec­tions of pa­le­on­tol­ogy, com­par­a­tive anatomy, min­er­al­ogy and ge­ol­ogy. The gal­leries and ex­hi­bi­tion halls are sur­rounded by the botan­i­cal gar­dens of Paris and one of the old­est zoo­log­i­cal gar­dens in the world, the Mé­nagerie. Wed-Mon 10am-6pm, Sat late night un­til 8 pm. Jardin des Plantes, 36 rue Ge­of­froy Saint-Hi­laire (5th), M° Cen­sier-Dauben­ton/Auster­litz Musée Na­tional Jean-Jac­ques Hen­ner This mu­seum housed in an el­e­gant 19th cen­tury man­sion show­cases some 300 works, ob­jects and doc­u­ments trac­ing the life and ca­reer of the 19th cen­tury French painter Jean-Jac­ques Hen­ner. Wed-Mon 11am to 6pm. 43 av­enue de Vil­liers (17th), M° Malesherbes Musée de l’Orangerie In the heart of Paris in the Tui­leries Gar­den this com­pletely ren­o­vated mu­seum al­lows the vis­i­tor to discover the spec­tac­u­lar en­sem­ble of Monet’s Water Lilies in nat­u­ral light­ing as well as the 144 works of art in the Wal­ter-Guil­laume Col­lec­tion (in­clud­ing Renoir, Cézanne, Modigliani, Matisse, Pi­casso, Derain, Sou­tine). Wed-Mon 9am- 6pm. Jardin des Tui­leries, en­trance Place de la Con­corde (1st), M° Con­corde Musée d’Or­say A dra­mat­i­cally ren­o­vated for­mer train sta­tion de­voted to 19th and 20th cen­tury art, in­clud­ing the Im­pres­sion­ists, Manet, Van Gogh and Gau­guin. Tue-Sun 9:30am-6pm. 1 rue de la Lé­gion d’Hon­neur (7th), M° Solférino Musée du Quai Branly - Jac­ques Chirac An ex­ten­sive and dra­mat­i­cally dis­played col­lec­tion of in­dige­nous arts from Africa, Asia, Ocea­nia and the Amer­i­cas. Tue, Wed & Sun 11am-7pm, Thur, Fri & Sat 1am-9pm. 37 Quai Branly (7th), M° Alma Marceau Musée Pi­casso A ma­jor col­lec­tion of Pi­casso’s works - paint­ings, draw­ings, sculp­tures, ce­ram­ics - dis­played in a beau­ti­fully re­stored 17th cen­tury man­sion in the trendy Marais district. Tues-Fri 11:30am-6pm, Sat & Sun 9:30am-6pm, late night un­til 9pm, the third Fri­day of the month. 5 rue Thorigny (3rd), M° Saint-Sébastien - Froissart Musée Rodin Sculp­ture by Au­guste Rodin, with works by his pupil and muse Camille Claudel, in a for­mer pri­vate man­sion, with its fa­mous gar­dens and chapel. Tue-Sun 9:30am-5:45pm, late night Wed un­til 9pm. Gar­den closes at 5pm. 79 rue de Varenne (7th), M° Varenne Musée du Vin Opened in 1984, the Wine Mu­seum is a cul­tural cen­ter ex­hibit­ing the rich and var­ied col­lec­tions of French wine housed in one of Paris’ old­est lime­stone quar­ries. Tue-Sat 10am-6pm. 5 Square Charles Dick­ens (16th), M° Passy Musée Yves Saint Lau­rent This mu­seum de­voted to the French de­signer Yves Saint Lau­rent ex­hibits the cou­turier’s body of work and is lo­cated on the premises of his for­mer haute cou­ture house. Ret­ro­spec­tive dis­plays are al­ter­nated with tem­po­rary the­matic exhibitions and by ap­point­ment guided tours can be or­ga­nized. Tues-Sun 11am-6pm, last tick­ets at 5:15pm. 5 av­enue Marceau (16th), M°Alma-Marceau

Palais Gal­liera

For­merly the 19th cen­tury Palais de la Duchesse de Gal­liera, this is the city’s fash­ion mu­seum. Tue-Sun 10am-6pm. 10 ave Pierre 1er de Ser­bie (16th), M° léna/Alma-Marceau

Palais de la Dé­cou­verte

This mu­seum and cul­tural cen­tre geared for both children and adults is de­voted to the sciences and hosts tem­po­rary exhibitions in ad­di­tion to its per­ma­nent spa­ces de­voted to math, physics and other sciences. Interactive dis­plays, work­shops and a plan­e­tar­ium are all on the agenda.Tues-Sat 9:30am to 6pm. Av­enue Franklin Roo­sevelt (8th), M° Champs-Elysées-Cle­menceau

Palais de Tokyo

Built in 1937 as the French Mod­ern Art Mu­seum, the Palais is known to­day as the site of con­tem­po­rary cre­ation, ded­i­cated to open­ing the minds of all gen­er­a­tions. This is the only mu­seum in Paris to be open un­til mid­night and al­most all events are open to the pub­lic. From 12 noon to 12 mid­night ev­ery day ex­cept Tues­day. 13 ave du Prési­dent Wil­son(16th), M° Iéna

Petit Palais

The city’s fine arts mu­seum, in a beau­ti­fully ren­o­vated 1900 build­ing. The ex­ten­sive per­ma­nent col­lec­tion of­fers a panorama of art from an­tiq­uity to the early 20th cen­tury. Tues-Sun 10am-6pm, late night Thurs un­til 8pm. Ave Win­ston Churchill (8th), M° Champs-Elysées - Cle­menceau

Phil­har­monie de Paris - Cité de la Musique

This cul­tural venue in eastern Paris ded­i­cated to mu­sic houses con­cert halls, ex­hi­bi­tion spa­ces, re­hearsal rooms and ed­u­ca­tional spa­ces for work­shops and con­fer­ences. Tues-Fri 12pm-6pm/ Sat & Sun 10am to 6pm. 221 ave Jean Jau­rès (19th), 01.44. 84.44.84. M° Porte de Pantin

11 Conti - Mon­naie de Paris

This beau­ti­ful build­ing on the Seine was home to the French mint. To­day crafts­men con­tinue to fash­ion medals, of­fi­cial dec­o­ra­tions and col­lec­tor’s coins. Mon-Sat 10am-6pm. 11 Quai de Conti (6th), M° Pont Neuf

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