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Bois de Boulogne Paris Visitor Guide

This is a large public park located along the western edge of Paris, near the suburb of Boulogne-Billancourt and Neuilly-sur-Seine. It’s the second-largest park in Paris (the largest one being the Bois de Vincennes on the city’s east side). It was also the former hunting grounds for French royalty. Within this park are an English […]

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Basilique de St Denis Paris Visitor Guide

This is supposed to be the first church built in Gothic style (constructed during the 12th & 13th centuries). Some of France’s kings and other royalty are buried here (including Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette). Opening Hours: Apr.–Sept., Mon.–Sat. 10 am–6:15 pm, Sun. noon–6:15 pm; Oct.–Mar., Mon.–Sat. 10 am—5 pm, Sun. noon–5:15 pm. Admission Fee: […]

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Avenue des Champs Élysées Paris Visitor Guide

This is a major avenue reminiscent in some ways with New York’s Fifth Avenue. Avenue des Champs-Élysées has some of the most expensive real estate in Paris (with exclusive residences to match), along with high-end stores like Louis Vuitton and Cartier. The famed Tour de France bicycle race ends here, and the Bastille Day parade […]

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Arenes de Lutece Paris Visitor Guide

This amphitheater called the Arènes de Lutèce is one of the few artifacts from the Roman era. Rediscovered in 1869, what remains is part of the stage and tiered seating. These days, the area is either used by student soccer players or by retirees playing boules. Where? 47 rue Monge, Latin Quarter, Paris Metro: Pl. […]

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Arc de Triomphe Paris Visitor Guide

This 164-foot monument called romantically the Arc de Triomphe was built by Napoleon to commemorate his military victories. On the Arc’s sides are sculptures by François Rude, such as The Departure of the Volunteers in 1792 (a.k.a. La Marseillaise), to the right of the arch when viewed from the Champs-Élysées. Names of Napoléon’s generals are […]