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A walk in the Marais, Paris

Place des Vosges, in Paris

Today, we decided to let you discover the beautiful Marais area. This area can easily be discovered by your own but beeing escorted by a private guide will permite you to discover its History and all its secrets.

Originally established on a vast marshy area, hence the name of “Marais”, the district knew its golden age in the early 17th century, when King Henry IV decided to build a sublime square dedicated to stroll: the Place des Vosges (inaugurated in 1612). The mansions will then flourish throughout the Marais. Today, the neighborhood is pretty “trendy”, where you will find a plethora of shops and designer brands, and hosts a people from all walks. But it is above one of all the loveliest area in Paris for a walk!

To start this walk rendez vous at Metro Pont Marie on metro line 7, take quai de Celestins Fountain Rue Charlemagne Parisand go to rue des Jardins Saint Paul, on your left is an important vestige of the wall Philippe Auguste, wall built in the 12th century. Continue straight on until rue Charlemagne (notice the beautiful fountain in front of you) and turn right. Rue Saint-Paul, go to number 8 of the street. You can see a pretty watchtower dating from the late 16th century. Then, retrace your steps and continue ahead rue Saint-Paul. On your left, you’ll pass by a dead-end, the Impasse Saint-Paul. Take it. At the end of it is a hidden entrance to the beautiful Saint-Paul Saint-Louis Church (you can discover a Delacroix painting inside). Also, do not miss to discover one of the most secret area located inside the Marais, “Le Village Saint Paul”. Village Saint Paul Paris     The village of Saint-Paul has changed a lot in the last years, now transformed into a small market hidden in the heart of the Marais, offering a greater variety of products: furniture and decoration, games and toys, antiques / flea markets, restaurants … It is a place to stroll, in a village atmosphere that will make you forget that you are in the center of Paris.
Beautiful garden of the Hotel de Sully ParisReturn on rue Saint-Paul and go straight on. You will discover one of the most beautiful private m
ansion of the Marais area from 17th century, the Hotel de Sully, nowadays “Monuments Nationaux” general office. Cross its garden a little door lead you directly on the magnificent Place des Vosges. Stroll around the arcades and enjoy the unique atmosphere of the place, probably the most beautiful place in Paris. Do not miss Louis XIII public garden, in the middle of the Place. The Famous Victor Hugo lived here; his apartment is now a museum. You can check out Carette for their great pastries and hot chocolate, on place des Vosges square.

Place des vosges in le Marais, Paris  Place des Vosges buldings

Then take the rue des francs-bourgeois. This street, bordered by a lot of mansions, is the backbone of the district. You are in the heart of Le Marais. You can see, amongst other things, the Musée Carnavalet, museum dedicated to the history of Paris, the Musée Picasso. Shop along rue des Francs Bourgeois – very lively on Sundays and shops are open (whereas they are closed mostly anywhere else in Paris). Turn left on rue Pavée and turn right on rue des Rosiers. You will find many shops, food shops and Jewish restaurants that make this street the emblematic heart of the Jewish community in Paris. Cross the street entirely to enjoy its special atmosphere.

During this walk do not hesitate to enter in on of our preferred restaurants in this area such as :

  • Grandcoeur: The beams and the stone, the large mirrors and the eclectic furniture, without forgetting the unavoidable terrace: this house installed in a court of building imposes its style of entrance! The designer of the menu is none other than Mauro Colagreco which embellishes the French tradition with a few international touches.
  • Jaja: Chic bistro cuisine, which oscillates between revisited classics, popular dishes, and generous and creative plates using ultrafresh organic and artisanal products that arrive daily for suggestions over the seasons.
  • Atelier Vivanda: New meat temples Ateliers Vivanda welcomes you in an atmosphere bistro around pieces of beef, chicken roasts. Here, chef Akrame Benallal (2 Michelin stars for his restaurant Akrame) explores the concept of a ‘meat bistro’. With its open kitchen and mosaic tiles, the restaurant is warm and welcoming.

We could of course beeing able to take car of your reservation if you want, you just have to ask !

Place Saint Paul, Le Marais ParisHotel de Sully Paris

Discover the marvelous Mont Saint Michel

Mont Saint Michel day tour from Paris

A few hours from Paris is Mont-Saint-Michel, famous for its medieval abbey and its Norman Bay. Thanks to your luxury travel agent, enjoy your stay in Paris to go there and visit this unique, historic monument on a day tour from Paris with a private driver guide.

A magical island topped by a gravity-defying medieval monastery, the Mont-Saint-Michel counts among France’s most stunning sights. For centuries one of Europe’s major pilgrimage destinations, this holy mount is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, as is its breathtaking bay.

Mont Saint Michel view

Your private licensed guide will pick you up from your accommodation in Paris and you will depart immediately to the wonderful region of Normandy. The drive will allow you to admire the Norman countryside and arrive rested at the island of Mont Saint-Michel. Mont Saint-Michel, just 360 kilometers from Paris, is the second busiest tourist site in France. Plan this private day tour from Paris with a private driver guide is the insurance to receive a guided tour despite the large influx of tourists and not miss any curiosity of the place, to learn more about the history of Abbey and enjoy the most famous view in Lower Normandy where spectacular tides set the tempo of daily life.

Mont Saint michel sunset viewOn the way you will be given an introduction by your private guide about the history of the Mont Saint Michel. Arrived 2 kilometers away from the Mont you will stop to use a shuttle to reach it. You will begin your day with a walk through the narrow cobblestone streets of the Mont and along the ramparts far from the tourist crowds with your private guide sharing with you his knowledge. Then visit the Abbey with the discovery of its Church, its unique cloister, the refectory and so much more… The Abbey was turned over to the Historic Monuments Department in 1874 after being used as a prison during both the Revolution and the second Empire. Following this visit you will have time for lunch in a traditional restaurant on the Mont Saint Michel, the occasion to taste the traditional omelet and local specialties of seafood or fish from the Bay.

You can then leave the field for a walk on the rocky island and along the ramparts, take pictures and enjoy the view of the most famous Normandy bay whose spectacular tidal rhythm of island life. You could also take time to do some shopping to get souvenirs from its various boutiques.

flight over Mont saint michelThe Mont Saint Michel can also be seen by a exclusive helicopter or ULM flight to enjoy breathtaking views of its bay. A day tour from Paris to Mont Saint Michel can also be combined with the discovery of other sites in Normandy such as Battlefields, Deauville or Saint Malo with one or two night. Do not hesitate to ask to your Paris concierge service, Ultimate Paris Guide to create your personalized itinerary to discover France’s region!

The best 2016 Christmas cakes in Paris

Christmas Table

Dessert festive and gourmand par excellence, the Christmas cake returns every year for the greatest pleasure of the greedy. Thanks to the overwhelming imagination of pastry chefs, bakers and designers who reinvent this classic, the Christmas cake is more original and more surprising than ever before for the pleasure of the eyes before the pleasure of the taste buds.

The origin of famous Christmas cakes dates back to the 17th century. The custom was that on Christmas Eve, a large log of fruitwood be cut and brought back to each home. The next day it was lit and then had to be consumed slowly before the head of the household collected the ashes and kept them in order to protect the house from the various plagues… In the 19th century, large chimneys disappeared in favor of cast-iron stoves. The imposing wooden log is then replaced by a smaller decorated one and placed on the table during Christmas Eve. If this tradition is that this Christmas dessert is made with rolled Genoese cookie and covered with butter cream and decorated with holly leaf, the cake is nowadays revisited every year and reinvented by pastry chefs who rival creativity to make a real work of art to appreciate the eyes before filling the taste buds subtle.

Discover your private concierge’ selection of irresistible cakes and do not hesitate to melt gourmandise :

La Pâtisserie Cyril Lignac
Dressed in a flamboyant red coat, the cake imagined by Chefs Cyril Lignac and Benoît Couvrand, for the pastry shop Cyril Lignac, takes on the air of Santa Claus.Cyril Lignac Xmas cake

Hugo&Victor
It is a story of Tanzanian mousse and Peruvian cream, praliné in two textures, crunchy almond praliné, hazelnut praline light cream and a chocolate biscuit. A limited edition tale.

Hugo Victor Santa Cake

Pouchkine
In homage to the novelist, Alexander Pushkin, the “The Pushkin Library” cake recalls these shared family moments to be read by the fireside for the festive periods. Superb gourmet work – antique library and books with leather patina, it may be difficult to crunch in until you get to know its tasty composition.

Pouchkine Christmas cake

Peninsula
As a desire to touch the stars with the first Christmas cake of the new pastry chef of the Peninsula hotel Paris, the “Cloud” dessert, wink to the first French biplane to have attempted the crossing of the ‘Atlantique in 1930s and emblem of the exceptional restaurant on the roofs of the Palace L’Oiseau Blanc.

Peninsula Xmas cake

Ritz
All the magic is contained in the superb Place Vendôme, here nicely reproduced in all-chocolate. François Perret, Pastry Chef of the Ritz Paris has chosen to revisit the famous Parisian square to honor the end of year celebrations.

Ritz

Bristol
For ski lovers, the Christmas cake of the Bristol’ Palace pastry chef, Laurent Jeannin, will recall the carpets of aerial powder.

Bristol Xmas cake

 

Few days before christmas, have you selected your Christmas Eve menu and dessert ? Feel free to ask your private assistant to share with you his ideas

Night Life in Paris

Arc Club Paris

Looking for a trendy place where to eat good food and drink some cocktails?
Follow the guide into the very chic and fashionable Parisian restaurants to see and be seen, dedicated night life & party!

Discover your Private Concierges’ 5 favorite addresses for a successful night in the city of lights.

VICTORIA 1836 & L’ARC
Located in the heart of the Lavoine,Golden Triangle, with a stunning view on the Arc de Victoria 1836 restaurant Paris Triomphe , the Victoria 1836, decorated by Sarah Lavoine, offers a beautiful and exquisite style kitchen design by Alexandre Auger, a talented young cook trained by chef Yannick Alléno. The lovely dining room is filled with a refined and chic atmosphere; the bar is just as cosy. After dinner, walk down the stairs and go party the club L’Arc, chic and rock since the decoration is signed Lenny Kravitz !

YEEELS
Trendy bar-restaurant-clubof the capital, the Yeels is not only a place to see and to be seen, this restaurant located in the heart has a unique personality away from the existing trendy spots of Paris. Glamour, DJs and chic food … You never get bored. An ultra chic, modern décor and hybrid atmosphere. For dinner (or lunch) fusion dishes are served: simple, tasty, and well presented. On weekends, the restaurant turns into a club, in addition to a DJ-Live every night!
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MATIGNON
Matignon club parisMatignon is a 2 in 1 place: a restaurant and a club. Immerse yourself in an intimate atmosphere where fancy music and sophisticated cooking are there. At the restaurant, enjoy the classics of French gastronomy. Iconic place, Matignon reinvents every evening to make you live intense and unique moments. After dinner, walk down the stairs, and have a drink at the restaurant’s nocturnal playground.

LA GIOIA RESTAURANT & THE VIP ROOM
On the first floor of the famous VIP Room club, on the Rivoli, La Gioia restaurant is a place entirely dedicated to Italian cuisine and to the party. Cooked with seasonally products, the menu offers classics such as the truffled buratta, the Milanese cutlet, parmesan pasta baked La Gioia Restaurant Parisdirectly inside the cheese wheel and homemade pizza. A chic and cozy place for an ideal dinner with friends. La Gioia knows how to set the mood with its “live” concerts on Tuesdays and Wednesdays and DJ nights, Friday and Saturday.

MANKO & IT’S CABARET
Manko, the new Manko in Parisbar / restaurant / tavern situated to 15th Avenue Montaigne. At the
head of this project, we find the star Chef Gastón Acurio, who also heads more than 40 restaurants worldwide. A chic and exotic décor, mixing precious wood, brass locks, marble andManko Cabaret Paris warm colors, from tan to deep green, through magenta and blue … Inca, obviously. Chef imagined Peruvian dishes focused on “exploring and sharing”. On one side of  the restaurants stands a cocktail bar. That’s not all: every Friday and Saturday, after 22:30, opens the crazy Manko Cabaret. Fun!

Do you have favourite spots in Paris where you like enjoy your evening ? Feel free to share them to us, commenting the post or sending us an email !

Discover the best pastry chefs in Saint Germain Des Pres district

Pastries in Paris

You can not resist to visit Paris and do not enter in one of the most prestigious pastries shop! We suggest you the following address located in Saint Germain area:

The first one Hugo & Victor, offer a new concept of pastry shop. Nicely and arranged vertically, all tasty pastries are presented in the 3 following form: pies, cakes and glasses. Furthermore they offer the possibility of an a la carte French-style brunch delivered to your door on Sunday: composed of delicious cakes, vanilla-flavored rice pudding, salted pies, fine teas, pastries and squeezed fruit juices. Gourmet, fresh and high-qualit… so Parisian!

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Few steps away, Michalak mille feuilles creationyou can enter in Michalak pastry shop. After working for Fauchon, Ladurée and Pierre Hermé, Christophe Michalak became the pastry chef of the famous Plaza Athénée until 2016. He opened a modern place, to achieve uninhibited and innovative pastry in his image where aficionados can find signature cake French pastry revisited by the Chef and proposed meter.
Our suggestion: the “Mille Feuilles”.

 

Then we suggest to turn on Rue Saint Sulpice to Pierre Hermé Parisfind the first shop of Monsieur Pierre Hermé,
the temple of sweet delights. We could compare it to the inventor of the Haute Couture in the field of the pastry. His pastries, macaroons, chocolates, waffles and other sweet treats are simply exquisite and incomparable to others. Our suggestion: all macarons !

 

Go back to rue Saint Sulpice towards Arnaud Larher boutiques. You will re discover the classics pastries, and his own chocolate and his revisited creations. You could also find a sumptuous nuts & chocolate spread, macarons and candies. How can you resist?Arnaud Laher pastriesMonte cristo cake from Arnaud Laherarnaud-laher-cake

 

L'Eclair De Genie

To finish the walk enter in L’éclair de Génie who reinvents one of the favorite delicacies of French. Lined up on the display,  they shine. Shape, size, appearance are similar, but the colors really pop, change depending on flavor. The Chef has been elected in 2015 best pastry chef by the international Association Relais Desserts. Our suggestion: the “Salted caramel butter”.

Feel free to ask to your Paris concierge service to share with you his exclusive address book !

Wine tasting in Paris

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Paris wine tasting

Wine tastings, Wine cellars, theme tours … The original ideas to taste wine in Paris. Renowned around the world, French wine has a fine reputation. In Paris, many wine cellars and wine merchants have open their doors to share their knowledge with experts or novices wine lovers. Today, there are various ways to discover wine and enjoy the advice of an expert. Professionals have created special tours and tastings under different forms: wine cellar tastings, in shops tastings, tour of the senses, river cruises, escapades in wine regions and more. Looking for a fun and interesting way to discover or rediscover French wines? Follow your Ultimate Paris Concierge !

Champagne Tasting Seine River Cruise
Enjoy the beauty of the Parisian monuments from the water while drinking and learning about champagne. Aboard a peniche of the Vedettes du Pont Neuf company, you will taste a selection of champagnes commented by an experienced sommelier. While admiring the marvels of Paris, he will reveal the secrets behind the King of wines. The departure point is at Port de Suffren near the Eiffel Tour. During the evening, a private lounge is especially reserved to the champagne cruise guests.

champagne river cruise paris

Caves du Louvre
Les Caves du Louvre, located near the Louvre museum, in the heart of Paris were built in the 18th century by the King’s sommelier: Trudon. The cellars which then housed wines served at the Court of the King of France, were connected to the Louvre by a tunnel to avoid thieves and beggars. After years of renovations, they are today open to the public, offering a unique experience to discover wine by stimulating your 5 senses in a place full of history. Touch, smell, taste, savour: wine never felt like this before! You will also have the opportunity to create your own wine during a 2 hour winemaking workshop. Or participate to a private tasting in the presence of a recognized professional.

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Dilettantes
Located in the heart of Paris, Dilettantes is a unique cellar dedicated to Champagne. Its purpose? Bring the Champagne wine makers and the Parisian public tDilettantes cellar in parisogether. Created from a selection of 25 Champagne makers from four great terroirs of the Champagne region, Dilettantes offers 130 champagne references, from big family houses to small producers.
The place also has a space 100% tasting. At the basement of the cellar, take place around the table and taste a glass of champagne from the bottle selection presented by house or region.

Plaza Athenée wine cellar
The Plaza Athenée, avenue Montaigne, famous Parisian Palace recently renovated has opened its magPlaza Athenee wine cellarical cellar in 2006. The greatest names and wines estates punctuate the initiatory journey, where is expressed the French vineyards epitome. The sommeliers will share with you the cellars’ secrets and make you taste some of the 35 000 bottles and 1700 references: Château Margaux, Montrachet, Château Cheval Blanc… It’s around a zinc table, lit by candles that wine lovers will taste vintage French wine. Three different packages are proposed to the lucky clients who will have the chance to discover the cellar.caves-plaza-2 You wish to taste and learn about French wines and champagnes during a short escapade out of Paris? 
Book a private one day tour to Champagne region. A wonderful day of excursion and tastinchampagne wine tourg through the “Montagne de Reims”. Visit and tasting of prestigious champagne houses in Epernay or Reims such as Moët-et-Chandon, Taittinger, Veuve-Cliquot, Pommery, Mumm, or Ruinart… Visit Hautvillers, attractive village on the southern slope of the Montagne de Reims, with old houses and hand-painted wrought-iron signs, it forms part of the three top wine-growing areas of Ay, Hautvillers and Avenay. Tasting of small Champagne producers in the ‘Montagne de Reims’ or in the Marne valley. Visit the beautiful Reims cathedral where most French Kings were crowned, before returning to Paris.

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A walk in Montmartre, Paris

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A stroll in Montmartre, there is nothing more classic. But the classic rides are both those who deserve most to be made and those that we do even think to do!
Montmartre is perhaps one of the most famous and most characteristic of Paris. Montmartre district begins at the famous Place Pigalle with its sulphurous reputation.
Home too many artists since the nineteenth century, admirable point of view, and historical sites, Montmartre is a beautiful and inescapable neighborhood where it is always nice to go for a romantic ride or walk with family.

Sacre coeur basilique in montmartre

First stop to the Sacré Coeur. You decide how you feel about it: either bravely climb the hill, or take the famous Montmartre funicular that takes you up there effortlessly. If you take the funicular, you will still climb some steps to reach the top of the hill and the basilica. The view is one of the best you can have of Paris, with views of the Eiffel Tower, the Montparnasse Tower or the Institut du Monde Arabe. The small streets that go around the Basilica are worth a look. Finally, of course, visit the basilica. Warning ! Do not take any photos, even without flash.
After the obligatory visit of the Sacré Coeur, you will enjoy a historical stroll through Montmartre.

Discover the renowned Place du Tertre and its famous cartoonists. During the day, couples can have a portrait done by the painters.

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It is very emblematic of the Montmartre area. Famous worldwide for its artist’s painters, portraitists and terraces, the main square of the ancient village of Montmartre is the place is the place to stroll. You will also discover art galleries such as the Galerie Montmartre where you will find masterpieces of Picasso and Dalí. Today many painters and croqueurs of “portraits-minutes’ welcome throughout the year thousands of visitors. Then, make a stop to the Dali museum & the Cabaret du Lapin Agile, still very popular. The Espace Dalí, who with its adjoining shop invite you to discover the amazing art of the painter and surrealist sculptor. The collection of the Espace Dalí is the result of extravagant inspiration of this iconic artist of Surrealism: theatrical sculptures, erotic drawings, dreamlike or irresistibly funny, poetic objects and furniture. There is over 300 sculptures, engravings and lithographs, each more surprising than the others. Through a new tour route (redesigned in 2016) discover under a particular angle; the themes of immortality, subconscious, science and love.

The Cabaret le Lapin Agile. The late 19th century marks the birth of the great cabarets which made the reputation of Montmartre: le Chat Noir, Le Divan Japonais, le Moulin Rouge… Among these famous cabarets , there is the Lapin Agile, home of the Montmartroise Bohemia until 1914: Dorgelès, Carco, Courteline, Clemenceau, Picasso, Renoir, Utrillo, Van Gogh and many others participated in the enjoying evenings hosted by Père Frédé.
Today the Cabaret du Lapin Agile is the only one that still perpetuates the tradition. The sign of the tavern, always visible, is a symbol of Montmartre.
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Continue and walk down to the most famous cabaret in the world, The Moulin Rouge.
Mythical cabaret inaugurated in 1889, the Moulin Rouge, is Famous around the world. Immortalized by Toulouse-Lautrec, it is the cradle of the music-hall. Edith Piaf, Liza Minnelli or Frank Sinatra and Elton John… many french and international figures have performed on this legendary stage. Moulin Rouge presents today a cabaret show where the cancan occurs in all its glory – nothing more normal, since its right here that it was created. An emblematic place, flamboyant decors, 60 artists from around the world, sumptuous costumes , original theatrical creations … that’s all that and more the Moulin Rouge!
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Make it stop by the square Rictus, where you will find the renowned “Mur des je t’aime”(I Love You Wall). Some “I love you ” s engraved or written in all the languages of the world!
In 1992, Frédéric Baron dreamed of a world tour dedicated to lovers. He first asked his brother and then to foreign neighbors to write these words of love in their language. And so on he collected 1000 “I love you” written in over 300 languages and dialects worldwide He imagine then to reproduce them on a wall. “The Wall of I love you”.
You can see “The Wall of I love you” in the Square Jehan Rictus behind the Place des Abbesses.

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A few steps away from the Moulin Rouge, in South Pigalle, also called “SoPi”, there is the charming Musée de la Vie romantique (Museum of the Romantics), a calm and unspoiled place where time seems to have stopped … Ideal for a gourmet break.

You can choose to stroll around the neighborhood on your own, or discover it during a private and personalized tour. If you are looking for a guide, do not hesitate to contact your luxury travel advisor in Paris.

Walk around Notre Dame Church in Paris

Notre Dame church in Paris

The Ile de la Cité, ancient cradle of the city of Paris, was for centuries the hub of Paris, before it spreads beyond the Seine and new fashionable districts bloom such as Saint-Germain-des-Près, Le Marais… A historic heart that was deeply upset at major Haussmann works, which amended the medieval appearance of the island to give it its present appearance. Despite this, many monuments, squares and streets have preserved traces of this glorious past.

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Rendez vous with your private licensed guide from your hotel and go to Le Pont Neuf or New Bridge. For the first time Parisians could enjoy the view of a bridge on the Seine, up until then all bridge views were obscured by houses and shops which crowded bridges in Paris. From this point you will discover La Conciergerie – A splendid Gothic palace became one of the principal places of detention during the French Revolution and La Sainte Chapelle – Built in seven years only, it was intended to house precious Christian relics. Be dazzled by the 1,113 stained glass windows at this jewel of the Rayonnant Gothic period.

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Always on île de la Cité you could have a walk between the lovely metal pavilions composing the Queen Elisabeth II flowers market, formally known as Bird and Flower market. Here a wide array of flowers, plants and trees can be found. Tens of thousands of pots are displayed: Primavera’s, Violets, Bilberries, Pomegranates and other beautiful plants are offered each season. On Sundays, the picture is complete with the opening of the Bird Market where you can find rare species and all the accessories to go with them.

Finally, you cannot miss France’s most visited monument the Cathedral of Notre-Dame de Paris. Masterpiece of gothic art, a World Heritage Unesco, situated at the very tip of the île de la Cité. Construction of the cathedral began in middle Ages and continued over several centuries. Badly damaged during the French revolution, the cathedral was restored in the 19th century. During a day tour you can benefit of your private guide knowledge to admire its rose windows, stained glass, chapels, spire and gargoyles. You can also discover the Notre Dame treasury and climb to the top of the towers to enjoy a spectacular panoramic view of the capital, especially on certain late night openings in summer. The visit of the towers led to the mythical chimera gallery, located 45m from the ground, the meeting the fabulous bestiary designed by Viollet-le-Duc in the 19th century. The arrow, his apostles, the statue of the archangel Gabriel still retain the look on the narrow path that leads to southern belfry and its thirteen tons bell, the Bourdon. After having climbed the 422 steps of the tower, about 70meters high you will enjoy one of the most beautiful views of Paris in 360 from its historical and geographical heart, and revealing its urban breakthroughs, its succession of bridges and monuments. Still accompany with your guide you could also admire the structure from Notre Dame to a glance to capture the beauty of its architecture and understand the role between arch buttresses and pinnacles. A visit to the cathedral ends with the crypt, accessible from the esplanade, where visitors can discover the foundations and vestiges of buildings constructed between the Gallo Roman epoch and the 17th century. While on the esplanade, be sure to have a look at the “kilometre zero” plaque from which point road distance in France are calculated.

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Then using Pont Saint Louis, reach the second central island of Paris: l’Ile Saint Louis.
The city of Paris has helped preserve the dream of a “beau quartier” by not putting any metro stations on the island, and walking down rue Saint Louis en l’Ile is somewhat like walking down main street. Continue on and enjoy this French ice cream and sorbet institution “Berthillon”. Bethillon carefully selects ingredients for its ice cream: vanilla from Madagascar, chocolate from the Ivory Coast, and the freshest fruits. These ingredients are mixed with a daily delivery of milk to provide 69 flavors of homemade ice cream and sorbet. You can relax in the salon de thé and pay a premium price for the space, ice cream concoction and shade, or you can wait in line outside and get your ice cream to go. Both options have advantages, but whatever your budget, don’t miss out on this so Parisian treat!

Lyon city, discover a world Heritage of UNESCO

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lyon city sun set

Why not take the opportunity of a stay in Paris to go to visit a world Heritage of UNESCO, the beautiful city of Lyon, backs onto the hills of Fourvière and Croix-Rousse, at the confluence of the Rhone and Saone. Located about 2 hours from Paris by train, Lyon is the gastronomic capital of France. Within its narrow streets, its alleyways, along its lively quays, on the big squares of the peninsula… and the night with its more then 200 illuminated sites, the city offers an unusual journey through time and cultures, with its center a World Heritage by UNESCO.

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Once arrived in town let you conduce buy your private guide to discover the marvels of the city. From the church of Saint Paul to Saint Georges, “Vieux-Lyon” extends over 24 hectares along the banks of the Saône. The tour begins with a walk through the narrow cobbled alleyways and famous “traboules”! These passageways, which lead from one street to the next, reveal superbly renovated architectural treasures: internal courtyards, Italian-style galleries, wells, spiral staircases… Along your walk you’ll encounter essential monuments of the city. Explore the remains of the churches of Sainte Croix and Saint Etienne backing onto Saint Jean, which is truly symbolic of the power of the church in Lyon at that time. Having a private city tour of Lyon with a guide who tells you the secrets and anecdotes which have made the reputation of this historical district, the 1st preserved sector in France to have been inscribed on UNESCO’s World Heritage List will for sure make this day trip from Paris memorable. This walk wills of course ends at a typical Lyon’s restaurant called “Bouchon Lyonnais” with its very particular atmospheres.

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Also, in Lyon region you cannot miss to discover the beautiful Beaujolais vineyards. In the south, the region of “Pierre Dorées” or golden stones, dotted with charming village and chapels whose yellow ocher stone plays with the reflections of the sun, giving this region the nickname “Little Tuscany”. Stop at the medieval village of Oingt, classified among the most beautiful villages in France. You then follow the Wine Route, the melodious landscapes punctuated by the rigorous geometry of the vineyards. Tasting in a typical cellar at the foot of Mont Brouilly for a culinary discovery of Beaujolais wines.
Since more than 150 years, around December 8th the city of Lyon welcomes “La fête des Lumières” (Festival of Lights). History tells us that in 1643, Lyon made a vow to build a statue of the Virgin Mary if she spared the city from the scourge of the plague. A vow was made… and the promise kept. Centuries later, the city commemorates it with 4 days of illuminated parties at night, with a strong root in the religious and secular traditions of the former capital of the Gauls. Poetic, magical, dreamlike … this is how we could describe the city around this period. Lyon turns into an open-air theatre. If candles in the windows weren’t enough of a spectacle, there are also light shows from artists from around the world. The walls of the monuments become bright paintings and works of evanescent art. Like a painter in front of his canvas, the multimedia artists show off the architecture of Lyon monuments with laser technology.

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Do not miss to discover this beautiful city with a day trip from Paris or feel free to ask to your Paris concierge service to assist you selecting the best hotel where to stay and restaurants suggestions to make the most of your stay !

Best things to do in Paris with Kids

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Paris is the children’s city! There are expeditions and activities for everyone and every mood: visit a museum in an original way, entertainment by attending performances, discover the city from the sky or from the water… Nature, relaxation, sport or culture, discover all tips in Paris for the family!
Under the rain or the sun, the city has much to offer to delight little or bigger ones during your trip to Paris. Follow your Paris insiders !

Hop on Hop off bus tour
The Hop on Hop off Paris bus is a unique way to visit Paris.
Discover Paris and its monuments in a panoramic bus with audio commentary, by day or night. The routes let you hop on and hop off as you wish in Paris at any stop along the route.

Seine river cruise
Enjoy a 1 hour cruise along the Seine River, to discover or rediscover the splendor of Paris’ monuments. Cruise departure by day and night.
Departing from the Eiffel Tower or Notre Dame

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Treasure hunt at the Louvre
A treasure hunt at the image of the place. The general rules are quite simple! Teams of 2 to 4 people compete; a list of clues is will lead to works of art and treasures in the museum. Each team must be photographed in front of as many works of art on the list as possible.

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The catacombs, covering an underground area of 11 000 sqm. The visitors access the catacombs on the Place Denfert-Rochereau. Six million bones from different Parisian cemeteries rest in this 1.7 km long gallery. The average temperature inside is 14 degrees. The tour is not recommended for people with heart or respiratory failure, sensitive persons and unaccompanied children.

Jardin d’Acclimatation
Oldest amusement park in France, the Jardin d’Acclimatation as boat rides, a funfair with mini rollercoasters, flying chairs and playgrounds. The park also has zoo that welcomes farm animals; swans and ducks, cheeps, donkeys, giant rabbits, goats, hens, roosters or two aurochs, also called “European bison” and even six llamas…
A miniature train runs from Porte Maillot through the Bois de Boulogne to the park entrance,

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Jardin des Plantes – Natural History Museum
Located in the 5th arrondissement of Paris, le Jardin des Plantes is a botanical garden open to the public for nearly 400 years. It has a considerable plant diversity, many different colors and fragrances. Inside the enormous site you will also have the possibility to visit:
– The great Gallery of evolution
– The children’s Galley
– The Mineralogy and Geology galleries
– The Zoo
– The Greenhouses
– The Botanical Gallery
– And The Cabinet of History

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La Villette – City of Science and Industry
Today, la Villette is unique complex that combines nature and architecture, leisure and culture. An innovative urban park that offers exhibitions, circuses, festivals, workshops for children… Many events punctuate the Villette site: the Geode (place of film viewing in giant format), the City of Science and Industry (one of the largest science museum of Europe) where there is also The Cité des enfants and Baby animals ( city of kids: including 2 spaces for playful learning, experimentation and educational games) & the planetarium.

Parc André-Citroën – Air Balloon Generali
Fountains, greenhouses, trees and perennials directly overlooking the Seine … When the Citroen car factory decided to move in 1982, the site was refurbished in one of the most futuristic parks of Paris, it counts 11 hectares of lawn, playgrounds and rest areas.
In summer, water games allow visitors to cool off. The center piece: a giant air-balloon from an altitude of 150 meters, offers you a breathtaking view of Paris.

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Musée des Arts forains
Le Musée des Arts forains has the largest collection of fairground objects in Europe. The scenography of the place is a mix of tradition and innovation. This unique place, a true laboratory of ideas. And welcomes visitors in the world of daydreams…

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OUTSIDE OF PARIS

Parc floral de Paris
The Park has many playgrounds for children, mini golf 18 holes, each representing a Parisian monument … A city in miniature! Floral Park is also part every summer, numerous free events: Paris Jazz Festival, the Pestacles, Festival Classique au Vert …
At the heart of the Parc, in the gaming space, Evasion Verte offers activity adventure course in the trees.

Disneyland Paris
With two Disney Parks, over 50 attractions, spectacular shows and parades, Disneyland Paris promises a total and unique escape. With its 5 themed worlds, Disneyland is the perfect place for big and small kids in search of magic.

France Miniature 
France Miniature is the biggest miniature park in Europe. On a huge 5 hectares map of France, 117 of the most beautiful monuments and sites of our territory and 130 reconstructed landscapes: villages, castles, harbors, railway stations are represented.

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