Destinations

Oh, the places we went!

  • Louvre Museum, 75001 Paris
    Day 4  Former historic palace housing huge art collection, from Roman sculptures to da Vinci’s “Mona Lisa.”
  • Musée de l’Orangerie, Jardin Tuileries, 75001 Paris
    Day 6  Museum with 20th-century European art collection, showcasing 8 of Monet’s water lilies murals.
  • Sainte-Chapelle, 8 Boulevard du Palais, 75001 Paris
    Day 2  The Sainte-Chapelle is a royal chapel in the Gothic style, within the medieval Palais de la Cité, the residence of the Kings of France until the 14th century, on the Île de la Cité in the heart of Paris, France.
  • Notre-Dame de Paris, 6 Parvis Notre-Dame – place Jean-Paul-II, 75004 Paris
    Day 2  Notre-Dame is a medieval Catholic cathedral on the eastern half of the Île de la Cité in the fourth arrondissement of Paris. The cathedral is widely considered to be one of the finest examples of French Gothic architecture, and it is among the largest and most well-known church buildings in the world. The naturalism of its sculptures and stained glass are in contrast with earlier Romanesque architecture.
  • Jardin des Plantes, 57 Rue Cuvier, 75005 Paris
    Day 8  Jardin des Plantes (garden of plants) is the main botanical garden in France, a vast park with plant species grown in botanical and alpine gardens, and restored 19th-century hothouses. In addition to serving as the site for the city’s huge Museum of Natural History, this park is also home to a small zoo.
  • Musée de Cluny, National Museum of Medieval Art, 6 Place Paul Painlevé, 75005 Paris
    Day 2 Dedicated to medieval art, displays The Lady and the Unicorn tapestries.
  • Jardin du Luxembourg, 75006 Paris
    Day 2  Situated on the border between Saint-Germain-des-Prés and the Latin Quarter, the Luxembourg Gardens, inspired by the Boboli Gardens in Florence, were created upon the initiative of Queen Marie de Medici in 1612. The gardens, which cover 25 hectares of land, are split into French gardens and English gardens. Between the two, lies a geometric forest and a large pond.
  • Hôtel de Londres Eiffel, 1 Rue Augereau, 75007 Paris
    Our hotel and home base in Paris.
  • Musée d’Orsay, 1 Rue de la Légion d’Honneur, 75007 Paris
    Day 6  Major 19th- & 20th-century European art collections housed in a monumental, former railway station.
  • Eiffel Tower, Champ de Mars, 5 Avenue Anatole France, 75007 Paris
    Day 9  Gustave Eiffel’s iconic, wrought-iron 1889 tower, with steps and elevators to observation decks. We went all the way to the top!
  • Musée du quai Branly, 37 Quai Branly, 75007 Paris
    Day 9  Site of a gorgeous living wall designed by botanist and vertical landscape designer Patrick Blanc.
    Note for next time: visit inside the Musée du quai Branly, which features the indigenous art and cultures of Africa, Asia, Oceania, and the Americas.
  • Le Bon Marché Rive Gauche, 24 Rue de Sèvres, 75007 Paris
    Day 7 The oldest department store.
  • Musée Rodin, 79 Rue de Varenne, 75007 Paris
    Day 7 Museum and sculpture garden dedicated to the works of the French sculptor Auguste Rodin.
  • Musée de l’Armée, 129 Rue de Grenelle, 75007 Paris
    Day 9  At center of the Hôtel National des Invalides, the golden dome contains Napoleon’s tomb.
  • Arc de Triomphe, Place Charles de Gaulle, 75008 Paris
  • Sacré-Cœur Basilica, 35 Rue du Chevalier de la Barre, 75018 Paris
    Day 3  Iconic, domed white church, erected at the end of the 19th century, with interior mosaics, stained-glass windows and crypt.
  • Musée de Montmartre and Renoir Gardens, 12-14 Rue Cortot, 75018 Paris
    Day 3 Charming museum – we viewed the Artistes in Montmartre and Chat Noir exhibits.
  • Palace of Versailles, Place d’Armes, 78000 Versailles
    Day 5 Immense, 18th-century palace with gilded apartments, Hall of Mirrors, expansive gardens and fountain show.

– Carol, Paris, je t’aime

“Whoever does not visit Paris regularly will never really be elegant.

– Honoré de Balzac