Discover Paris

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

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Why visit Paris?

 
A forest in the city (Photo by Yann Caradec)

Free things to see and do in Paris

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

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

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

 
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Crepes come in both sweet and savory varieties—so you can get both a meal and dessert! (Photo by Wally Gobetz)

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 Provençal home in the countryside just outside of Avignon sleeps six amid olive groves, a pool, and rows of lavender—and its owners would love to visit California (Photo courtesy of Homeexchange)

Free things to see and do in France

 
Henry Moore in 1975, standing next to his sculpture Working Model for Oval with Points (Photo by Allan Warren)

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

 
Most of us have stared at a handy miles-to-kilometers converter right under our noses on our car dashboards (Photo by Unknown)

The mysteries of the metric system

 
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Wine in France