Paris + Day Trips

  • Parc Marcel Bleustein Blanchet

    By Gregory Ross

    When I arrived in Paris to begin the writing of the Hidden Parks of Paris, I stayed for two nights in the eighteenth arrondissement, on Rue de la Clignancourt.  The apartment was in a three-hundred year old building, with a good café and a cobblestone courtyard downstairs.  I booked the room on Air BnB, prudent to the expectations a guest will be required to adhere to when staying in a host’s apartment in Paris.

    Last Updated ( Friday, 22 August 2014 )
  • Summer Concert Series at Parc Floral

    By Loui Franke
    Summer in the city is a perfect time to seek out the many activities available at little to no cost in Paris. One of my favorites is the summer concert series at the beautiful Parc Floral de Paris in the heart of the royal forest, Bois de Vincennes, and next to the Château de Vincennes.
    Last Updated ( Sunday, 17 August 2014 )
  • Jardin Frederic Dard

    By Gregory Ross

    Jardin Frederic Dard is set at the peak of Montmartre, in the shadows of Sacre Coeur. Visit this hidden park after having lunch at one of the many quaint restaurants on Rue Norvins. Be sure to walk through the lawn at the back of the park for a spectacular view of the man that passes through walls.

    Last Updated ( Tuesday, 03 June 2014 )
  • The Swiss Valley

    By Gregory Ross

    The Swiss Valley is one of the smaller, more spectacular parks in Paris that not many tourists are aware of. It is nestled between the Seine and the Palais de la Découverte, on the Right Bank. Visit in the morning at waking light for a soothing break from the bustle of Paris. It is a park not to be missed.

    Last Updated ( Thursday, 22 May 2014 )
  • 16th Arrondissement and Etoile

    By Susie Hollands

    The 16th means many things to different people. Luxury. Aristocracy. Legacy. Les biens élévés. Innate elegance. Trust-fund kids. Home. Escape.

    Last Updated ( Tuesday, 29 April 2014 )
  • 4th Arrondissement & The Marais

    By Susie Hollands

    The 4th arrondissement of Paris is one of its most quaint, yet most bustling. Jam-packed with shops, cafés, small museums and some the oldest architecture in Paris, a walk though its ancient maze-like streets is an extraordinary way to spend the day.

    Last Updated ( Wednesday, 26 March 2014 )
  • The 7th Arrondissement & Eiffel Tower/Rue du Bac

    By Susie Hollands

    The elegant 7th is rich with art and culture, as well as the upper crust of society, with its dignified hotels particuliers housing ministries, embassies and luxurious private residences. Stately, subdued and refined, the 7th seduces with Napoleonic sophistication, and its iconic Eiffel Tower provides the reference point for all of Paris.

    Last Updated ( Wednesday, 26 February 2014 )
  • Virtual Tour of Paris: 20th arrondissement

    By Christopher Measom

    The last arrondissement is a neighborhood of young vibrant families . . . and the dead.

    Père Lachaise Cemetery—the largest green space in Paris—takes up 108 acres and is filled with those who made Paris what it is. And since this is the final stop on our virtual tour of Paris it seems fitting that the only real museum in the neighborhood is a graveyard.

    Last Updated ( Monday, 03 February 2014 )
  • Virtual Tour of Paris: 19th arrondissement

    By Christopher Measom

    Welcome to what is perhaps Paris’s most rough and rumpled neighborhood. Born January 1, 1860, during the re-alignment of the arrondissements, the 19th is a mix of old buildings in disrepair, tower blocks from the 1960s and 1970s (on the hideous side), and lively commerce, all fueled by the immigrants who have been showing up here for over a century. In 1900 more than 80% of the population was working class, and it remains so today.

    Last Updated ( Monday, 27 January 2014 )
  • Eiffel Tower & 15th Arrondissement

    By Susie Hollands

    Without exaggeration the 15th arrondissement is a no man’s land. Situated on the Rive Gauche between the Gare Montparnasse and the Seine to the west, the 15th does not boast historical monuments or sprawling parks. Some call the 15th meditative.  Some call it…dull. Yet many supplicants kowtow to the 15th as a gastronomic Babylon.

    Last Updated ( Saturday, 11 January 2014 )
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