PARIS

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PARIS  
1ST ARRONDISSEMENT: Musee Louvre 
Denon Wing Richelieu Wing Sully WingLes Arts DécoratifsJardin des TuileriesMusée Jeu de PaumeMusée de l’OrangerieÎle de la CitéPont NeufSainte ChapelleConciergeriePlace DauphinPlace VendomePalais RoyalForum Les HallesEglise St-Eustache
2ND ARRONDISSEMENT:   Opera PÉRA Comique Bourse

3RD ARRONDISSEMENT:  MUSÉE CARNAVALETMusée Picasso
4TH ARRONDISSEMENT:  NOTRE DAMEPompidou CentreJewish QuarterMaraisPlace des VosgesÎle St Louis
5TH ARRONDISSEMENT: SORBONNEArénes de LutéceVal-de-GrâcePanthéonMusée du Moyen AgeJardin des PlantesMusée D’Historie NaturalleMosquée de ParisInstitut de France
6TH ARRONDISSEMENT: JARDIN LUXEMBOURGÉglise St-Germain des PrésSt-Sulpice Church
7TH ARRONDISSEMENT: EIFFEL TOWERMusée d’OrsayMusée RodinMusée du Quai BranlyMusée des EgoutsPalais BourbonÉcole MilitareUNESOHôtel des InvalidesMusée de l’Armée
8TH ARRONDISSEMENT: ARC DE TRIOMPHEMonceau ParkMusée Jacquemart André
9TH ARRONDISSEMENT: OPÉRAMusée GrevinMusée Moreau
10TH ARRONDISSEMENT: GARE NORD & L'ESTCanal St-MartinPlace de la Republique
11TH ARRONDISSEMENT: CIRQUE D’HIVER
12TH ARRONDISSEMENT: L'OPÉRA BASTILLEGare de LyonBois de Vincennes Park
13TH ARRONDISSEMENT: CHINATOWN
14TH ARRONDISSEMENT: MONTPARNASSECimetière MontparnasseCatacombesCitè UniversitaireParc Montsouris
15TH ARRONDISSEMENT: PARC EXPOSITIONS
16TH ARRONDISSEMENT: TROCADÉROMusée Guimet
17TH ARRONDISSEMENT: CITÉ DES FLEURS
18TH ARRONDISSEMENT: MONTMARTREPlace du TertreCimetiére MontmatrePigalle
19TH ARRONDISSEMENT: PARC DE LA VILLETTECité de MusiqueCité des SciencesParc des Buttes-Chaumont
20TH ARRONDISSEMENT: BELLEVILLE: Cimetiere Pere LachaiseMénilmontant

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P
aris is something of a paradox - the metropolis is steeped in tradition and the streets have an almost medieval atmosphere, and yet both Parisians and their culture have maintained a reputation for being cool and hip. Paris remains at the cutting edge of literature, the arts and heady intellectualism. Whether you’re after museums, nightlife, hotels, or shops, Paris can outshine most other cities.

In Paris, even the relatively penniless tourist can amuse themselves just wandering the streets and boulevards admiring the architecture, or whiling away a few hours in one of the many world class galleries. In such a compact city, the traveller can easily meander from quartier to quartier, soaking up the unique atmosphere of each area. Montmartre and parts of the Latin Quarter have a village like feel, but this can easily be escaped for the buzz of the more commercial areas such as Opéra and Bourse. By evening, the city pulses with music for all tastes - from jazz, latin, opera, afro-carib - but if a movie and popcorn will suffice, this is indeed a cinema capital.

 

Since the 18th century, those in control of French finances have spent lavishly on Parisian architecture and institutions. Once the autocratic Louis IV had achieved centralised control in Paris, he immediately set about establishing his city as the archetype of civilisation, founding institutions such as the Louvre and the Comedie Française, France’s national theatre. Equally concerned with their nation’s image were the two Napoleons. Napoleon I commissioned the Arc de Triomphe, then Napoleon III ordered a new town plan by Baron Haussmann. Various presidents throughout the years have continued the tradition, with the construction of  the Tour Montparnasse, Beaubourg and Les Halles shopping district, the Bastille opera house, the Musée D’Orsay, the new National Library, and, perhaps most symbolic of the juxtaposition of old and new, the glass pyramid entrance to the Louvre. 

Architecture and institutions aside, few cities can match Paris for street life, notably that to be found in the cafés, bars and restaurants - both expensive and not-so-expensive, which line the gently curved banks of the Seine. The Left Bank (La Rive Gauche), that landmark site of all things cool, is perhaps falling out of favour with the hip - it would seem that the Right Bank (La Rive Droite) is now their preferred Quatier Branché. Although the Left Bank still has the charm of the dusty shops on the Rue Jacob, the young, artistic and gay tend to eschew the fast food chains and souvenir shops of the Left Bank for Le Marais (east of Georges Pompidou Centre). It is now the place to be and be seen (the m’as-tu vu? place as the locals say).

 


 

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