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The beautiful fountain
The Place du Vosges is one of the most beautiful squares in all of Paris. Located in the Marais (4 arr) the square is surrounded by buildings in a court like setting. There are two stunning fountains which still bear the name of King Louis XIII who was in power when the square was completed in the 1600's. Also located in the square are two buildings, the Queen Pavillion and the King Pavillion. You will also find many galleries and shops, cafes and restaurants.
The squre is approached by an arcade/gallery with arches. Place du Vosges is a wonderful place to just stop and enjoy the wonderful fountains, take in some sun and do some people watching while relaxing after a long walk along the Marias.
Making my way up to the top
The cathedral towers are open daily and is a must for any visitor. Climb the 387 steps of the steeple where you will be rewarded with breathtaking views of the flying buttresses, Ile de la Cite, the spires and gargoles as well as the Emmanuel Bell which is the cathedrals largest bell.
There is an admission charge of 8.50€ for adults and the tower visit is managed by the National Monuments Center. For operating hours and more information about visiting the tower check out their webiste.
Although I had been to Paris many times, during my most recent visit I decided to climb the stairs and reward myself with the famous views and the gargoyles.
Address: Place du parvis de Notre Dame , 75004
Directions: Métro: Cité; RER: Châtelet-Les Halles, Saint Michel-Notre Dame
Approach to Le Madeleine
One of the most familiar landmarks in all of Paris, La Madeleine has had a stormy history. Started in 1764 and later razed for the first time to begin a building modelled after the Pantheon. Razed a second time when Napolean announced that on this spot should be erected a temple to the glory of the Great Army and gave commission to Vignon, which started work on the Greek building. In 1814 Louis XVIII confirmed that the Madeleine should be a church. In 1837 the building was nearly selected for use as Paris' first railway terminal. The church's vicissitudes finally ended with its consecreation in 1842.
Address: Place de la Madeleine and Rue Royale
Directions: Metro #12 stop Madeleine.
Located on the Left Bank of the River Siene in the 6th Arr. (the Latin Quarter), the Pantheon was first built to replace the semi-ruined church of the Abbey of Ste. Genevieve on the highest point of the Left Bank. It later became the resting place of great men who died in the period of French liberty. Voltaire and Rousseau are burid here, as were Mirabeau and Marat for a short time.
Address: Rue Soufflot. Metro/RER - Luxembourg
Other Contact: Famous tombs of Voltaire and Rou
Phone: 33 1 43 54 34 51
Chateu du Versailles
With more than 700 rooms the Château de Versailles is one of the largest castles in the world. A visit to Versailles to view all the rooms and grounds will take you a full day.
More information to come.
Directions: RER Line C to Versailles Rive Gauche - Chateau De Versailles. After you leave the station, follow the people to the Chateau, about a 5 minute walk.
St. Louis des Invalides
Commonly known as the "soldiers church" this imposing stucture is decorated with banners seized in battle Inside the dome you'll find the tomb of Napoleon as well as those of his brothers Jérôme, Joseph and of his son as well.
After you've visited the church, take a walk over to the musuem.
Address: Hotel de Invalides, 75007
Phone: 01 44 42 37 65
Entrance to the museum
Its amazing how it doesn't matter how many times you visited Paris, there's always a museum, park, restaurant, bar or club you've missed.
I've been to Paris over 8 times and every single time I visit I discover something new. During one of these trips I paid a visit to the Dali museum. I didn't even know there was a Dali Museum here in Paris until it was mentioned to me. Being a big fan of Dali I decided to pay the musuem a visit.
The musuem is quite small but the pieces on display are some of the most beautiful created by Dali. The musuem has many sculptures and some of his most famous paintings.
Plan to spend about 2-3 hours discovering this gem here in Montmartre.
NOTE: THERE IS NO PHOTOGRAPHY PERMITED
Address: 11 rue Poulbot, 75018
Phone: +33 1 42 64 40 10
For those individuals who enjoy Picaso's works you'll definitely want to visit the Musee Picaso. Picaso's heirs donated an outstanding collection of the artists' work (which is the collection housed here in the Hotel de Sale), in lieu of estate duties.
Along with over 200 paintings there are also sculptures, collages and more than 3000 drawings and carvings, 88 ceramics, as well as illustrated books and manuscripts and some of his private collection by his friends and contemporaries like Cezanne, Rousseau and Braque to name a few.
The musuem isn't large and your visit will only take a few hours.
Address: Hotel Sale; 5 rue de Thorigny
Directions: Metro #8 St. Sebastian-Froissart.
Other Contact: Hours 9:30-5:15 (5:00 in winter)
Phone: 01 42 71 25 21
I enjoyed visiting this smaill museum originally built by a rich financier as the 'finest house in Paris' and which is now known as the Hotel Biron. I've done some research to find out more about this building and found out that this home was the residence of many artists such as Isadora Duncan, Cocteau, Matisse, Rilke and espeically Rodin.
While Rodin lived here he was at the peak of his glory and his reputation actually saved the mansion from being demolished. After the government purchased the mansion in 1911 public favor was to make it a Rodin Museum.
In 1916 Rodin donated all his collections to the state and in 1919, two years after his death the museum opened to the public.
After you've viewed some of Rodin's famous sculptures take a walk around the beautiful gardens where you will find the The world famous "Thinker", "Gates of Hell", "Balzac", and "The Burghers of Calais".
This museum is covered under the Paris Museum Pass
Address: Hotel Biron; 77, rue de Varenne
Directions: Metro #13, Varenne Station.
Phone: 01 44 18 61 10
Clock inside the D'Orsay
Musee d'Orsay is one of my favorite museums here in Paris. It is located in the former Gare d'Orsay train station which was designed by Victor Lalous in 1900 for the Universal Exposition. The museum isn't overwhelming as the Louvre and you can easily visit all the major wings of the museum in just one visit.
The museum is devoted to mostly works of art produced between 1848 and 1914. There are many beautiful paintings, sculptures, pastels, furniture and art objects from some of the most famous artists of these times like Degas, Renoir, Ache, Latour, Daumir, Courbet, Manet, Gauguin, Pissaro, Toulouse-Lautrec, Klimt Corot, Cezzane and Van Gogh.
Check out my travelogue for pics of the works found inside d'Orsay.
Address: 1, rue de la Legion-d'Honneur, 75007
Phone: 01 40 49 48 14
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