Discover Paris

Paris topics of interest and background information to help you learn more about it

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Why visit Paris?

 
The always popular place du Tertre (Photo by Alessandro Tortora)

Free things to see and do in Paris

 
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La Tour Eiffel from the ground (Photo by Michal Long)

Classic sights and experiences that just scream "You're in Paris now!"

 
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The Benedictine Abbey of Saint-Germain-des-Prés is located just beyond the outskirts of early medieval Paris. From 1275 to 1636, the pillory of the Abbey was located in the current Place d'Acadie, better known to Parisians as the Mabillon due to the eponymous Métro station located there. (Photo by Luc Mercelis)

My favorite things to see and do—and places to sleep and eat—in Paris

 
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Notre Dame de Paris from pont de la Tournelle. Quai de la Tournelle on the left. (Photo by Lolowaro)

What do do in Paris that will make the whole family happy—Sights, experiences, restaurants, tours, and more

 
Just the start of the list of museums that are free on the first Sunday of each month (Photo courtesy of the Paris Tourism Office)

Free on the first Sunday of the month

 
Impression, sol levant (Impression, Sunrise) (1872) by Claude Monet—the painting that inadvertently lent its name to the artistic movement of Impressionism (Photo Public Domain)

Just who are these "Impressionists" anyway?

 
This house in Normandy was looking for someone to watch the chickens and pet sheep for a couple of weeks (Photo courtesy of mindmyhouse.com)

Free things to see and do in France

 
Photograph of Auguste Rodin c. 1898 by Dornac (Photo by Dornac)

Art and architecture in France

 
Vercingetorix throws down his arms at the feet of Julius Caesar (1899) by Lionel Royer. The painting depicts the surrender of the Gallic chieftain after the Battle of Alesia (52 BC). Note that one of the warriors (bottom left) has a torque around his neck. In fact, the torque was reserved only for gods and important members of a royal family. The depiction of Gauls with long hair and mustaches is also called into question today. The horse is a Percheron, although at this time this breed was not in Gaul. In addition, the Gauls rode bareback, but here the horse is saddled and harnessed. The rectangular shield also does not accord with the time when they were mostly oval. (Photo Public Domain)

From the Gauls to De Gaulle, a brief primer on French history

 
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The mysteries of the metric system

 
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Wine in France