The Paris Explorer – Glorious Places, New Favorites & Hidden Gems

2,000 years of a complicated and varied history has created a Paris that is deep — there's just so much to see and do and learn and enjoy. In addition to its iconic monuments and buildings and restaurants and parks there are hundreds — thousands — of hidden gems that give us great pleasure to discover and joy to visit again. And that's what these articles are all about.

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The Most Popular Louvre Skip-the-Line Tours

Skip-the-line Guided Tour of the Louvre
Skip the Louvre lines with an expert guide to get past the crowds and into the museum to visit the masterpieces.
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Evening Louvre Tour & Wine Tasting
Skip the line on an evening tour of the Louvre. Afterwards, attend a guided tasting of French wine at a classicParisian bar.
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Rue des Barres In The Marais

Rue des Barres In The Marais

Rue des Barres is a short street with a long history. Only 130 metres in length, it takes the walker from near the banks of the Seine into the Marais. Named after the barriers built across the Seine to halt Viking invaders, it was also home to the captain of the Queen's Bodyguards, who famously insulted Louis XIV — with dire consequences.

The Waterfalls of Paris

The Waterfalls of Paris

Overall, Paris seems to be a pretty flat city. (That is, if you ignore Montmartre and Belleville.) So, where are the waterfalls? What's more, why are there waterfalls? We'll reveal all — where to find the waterfalls of Paris, and even who built them.

The Arcades of Paris

Galerie Vivienne, Wikimedia Commons, Photo By Benh Lieu Song

You can make a case that the 18th-century arcades of Paris were the world's first shopping malls — even though they were much more pleasant places to be in than today's. It was due to innovations in technology and the growth of the consumer class that these innovative galleries were able to be built and thrive. There once were 150 shopping arcades in Paris. Today, you can still discover a fascinating bit of hidden Paris history at some of them. We explore the top five.

5 Paris Luxury Fashion Boutiques

5 Paris Luxury Fashion Houses

That Paris became and remains a fashion capital is at least partly due to five people who founded haute couture houses that still retain their names. Christian Dior, Coco Chanel, Jeanne Lanvin, Thierry Hermès, and Louis Vuitton all started out with small shops and boutiques in Paris and left behind a legacy of fashion excellence that carries on to this day. Let's visit their flagships stores, most of them still in their original locations in Paris.

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The Most Popular Ways to Visit Versailles

Best of Versailles. Skip the Line, with Hotel Pick-up & Lunch
This day trip from Paris gets you inside the royal estate without waiting in the long lines. Included is a 3-course traditional lunch by the Grand Canal.
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VIP Versailles Tour with Private Viewing of the Royal Quarters
Skip-the-Line entrance to the chateau through a VIP entrance, plus a private tour of the royal chambers and opera house not open to tourists.
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Six Places In Paris Worth A Detour

Six Places In Paris

As you can see there's a lot more to the City of Light than famous monuments. Even as a visitor you can feel like an explorer, seeking out little-known sights that deliver a little thrill of pleasure. For instance, there are these 6 out-of-the-way places in Paris you may not have known about, but may just make your time here even more fun.

One of them involves bon-bons ! This is going to be fun.

The 20 Queens of the Jardin du Luxembourg

20 Queens of the Jardin du Luxembourg

The idyllic Jardin du Luxembourg in the heart of the 6th Arrondissement is filled with trees, flowerbeds, tennis courts, fountains, and sculpture. Twenty of the most prominent statues honor queens and other illustrious women from the history of France — from the patron saint of Paris, Genevieve (423-512) to Anne Marie Louise d'Orleans, the wealthiest woman in Europe in 1695.

Let's visit the statues one by one, and learn about these famous queens, saints, and celebrities.

Statues of Liberty in Paris

f Statues of Liberty in Paris

Everyone knows that the Statue of Liberty cuts an imposing presence in New York Harbor. But few people know that Paris is home to a handful of replicas and models of this famous statue. It all makes sense when you remember that Paris is where the idea for the statue was conceived and where it was designed and built — with help from none other than Gustave Eiffel himself.

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Garden Curiosities of Paris

Garden Curiosities of Paris

Paris is a city of green spaces; something like 25% of its area is parkland or gardens of one kind or another. (The large Bois de Boulogne and Bois de Vincennes contribute to this green ratio.) The Jardin des Tuileries and Luxembourg are familiar to almost every one who visits here, but you may not be familiar with the more obscure, but no less interesting, green spaces that we explore in the Garden Curiosities of Paris.

The Rue Monge Quartier

The Rue Monge Quartier

Cutting through the Latin Quarter between the Pantheon and the Jardin des Plantes, Rue Monge is one of our most-loved districts in Paris. Even though it runs through the oldest area in the city, it teems with modern urban life. It also happens to be where you find our #1 top-rated Paris hotel !

10 Epic Sculptures of Jardin du Luxembourg

10 Epic Sculptures of Jardin du Luxembourg

There are many things to discover in this 50-acre park in the center of Paris — ponds, fountains, shaded paths, flower beds, cafes, and lots of sculptures, including these ten interesting works that celebrate famous Parisians, mythology, artists, and writers. Come on, let's go on a little walk in the garden.

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See the Magnificent Castles of the Loire Valley

Loire Valley Chateaux & Wine Tasting, Day Trip from Paris
Visit the magical castles of the Loire Valley in a day that also features a guided tasting of the best regional wines. Includes pick-up at your Paris hotel.
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Small-Group Day Tour to the Loire Valley Castles
Not thirsty? Sign up for this tour that spends more time exploring the magnificent castles. Includes lunch & pick-up at your Paris hotel.
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New & Improved Around Montmartre for 2018

New & Improved Around Montmartre

Montmartre seems to be on everyone's list of the top quartiers in Paris, and we're happy to report that the artistic arrondissement has seen improvements and additions this year that make it even more interesting. Musée de la Vie Romantique is showing off its new renovation. Mom'Art Hotel and Hotel Particulier have both had facelifts, and there's a new ice cream store in the neighborhood. Let's take a virtual walk up the hill.

Baccarat's Le Cristal Room In Paris

Le Cristal Room

Part museum, part exhibition space, part restaurant, and part boutique, Baccarat's Le Cristal Room in Paris is an homage to this iconic crystal manufacturer still producing at its factory in the Lorraine. Established by Louis XV in 1764, the Paris HQ of Baccarat has been refreshed with a new design incorporating lots of velvet and jewel tones. And, of course, lots of crystal.

Let's wander through the large private mansion in the 16th, have lunch in the restaurant, and maybe pick out a new chandelier for the foyer. Shall we, darling?

The Dude's Paris

The Dude's Paris

Did you know that Jeff Lebowski — oops, we mean The Dude — has never been to Paris? But, for when he does come, we've created the perfect itinerary of the ten things in Paris the Dude is going to love to do. Let's go bowling and rug shopping and get as high as we can in Paris.

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