Paris + Day Trips
By BP Editor
Near Paris you'll find Vaux-le-Vicomte, the largest private château in France. Louis XIV was so envious of the estate and gardens built by finance minister Nicolas Fouquet that he had Fouquet arrested and the property seized. Today you can tour the estate or even enjoy a candlelight dinner that truly was the envy of the Sun King.Last Updated ( Saturday, 13 August 2011 )
By Adam Weiner
If you appreciate exploring the vast collection of sculptures at Père Lachaise, you may also enjoy touring the world's first pet cemetery. Cimetière des Chiens in Asnières holds interesting and uncommon monuments and tributes to beloved pets, including cats, monkeys, a lion and canine film star Rin Tin Tin. It's just outside Paris, as Adam Weiner explains.
By Sarah Towle
August is the perfect time to take a closer look at Paris historic sites and markers easily missed when surrounded by the peak-season crush. Sarah Towle introduces a brand new app that guides you on a walk in the steps of characters from the French Revolution who narrate this informative tour. And don't miss her exclusive offer at the bottom of the story.Last Updated ( Monday, 28 November 2011 )
By Dali Wiederhoft
The Eiffel Tower in Paris is the world's most famous monument, top Paris sightseeing attraction and home to le Jules Verne, a gourmet Alain Ducasse restaurant. Head to the top for the best Paris views, tour exhibits, eat at any of three restaurants or admire the wondrous structure. Here's our guide with how to get there, what to see, links and photos.
By Isabelle Kellogg
Reims is an easy day trip from Paris, but this year Reims hosts spectacular night festivities to celebrate the 800-year anniversary of the Notre-Dame de Reims Cathedral. "Rêve de Couleurs" is a brilliant light and sound show projected on the Gothic structure. Isabelle Kellogg tells of seeing a 270-foot-tall "Smiling Angel" in Reims...and more.Last Updated ( Monday, 26 December 2011 )
By Sandra Quesenberry
Château de Chantilly is an underrated Paris day trip option deserving of a visit if you're intrigued by the idea of indulging in a picnic in Le Nôtre gardens and tours of the royal apartments, stables and a stunning art collection that's second only to the Louvre. Sandra Quesenberry shares a brief history and review of her visit to Chantilly.Last Updated ( Friday, 13 January 2012 )
By Jennifer Chevais
Many Paris outdoor statues and architectural details have deservedly become famous landmarks, such as the Notre-Dame chimeras, Rodin's The Thinker, Bartholdi's Statue of Liberty replica, and the Lavirotte building at 29, avenue Rapp. There are countless more, but today we share a watercolor of the Charles de Gaulle statue by Paris illustrator Jennifer Chevais.Last Updated ( Wednesday, 20 July 2011 )
By Lara Dunston
Travel writer Lara Dunston and her photographer/writer-husband Terence Carter recently completed a twelve-month world tour called Grantourismo. They spent just two weeks in a city, avoiding overly touristic sights to instead live like locals at their temporary “homes." So how'd they do in Montmartre and Paris? Read on for some great tips from travel pros.Last Updated ( Sunday, 11 September 2011 )
By Thirza Vallois
The end of May 2012 marks the 151st anniversary of the slaughter of 147 Communards killed by occupying Prussians in Paris. Thirza Vallois, noted historian and author, takes us to Père-Lachaise, the most famous cemetery in the world where the Communards today rest with many other notable persons, including Oscar Wilde, Chopin, Edith Piaf and Jim Morrison.Last Updated ( Monday, 30 January 2012 )
By Isabelle Kellogg
Pierre Fresne and wife Daniella own a small vineyard near historic Reims and Champagne brands Taittinger and Pommery. So how do they compete with such giants? By offering enticing cooking lessons of dishes perfectly paired with tastings of Champagne Fresne Ducret cuvées, a delightful experience recommended by BonjourParis writer Isabelle Kellogg.Last Updated ( Tuesday, 29 November 2011 )
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