Basilica du Sacre-Coeur

sacre coeur

This stunningly white domed building is an iconic structure in Montmartre and Paris as a whole. It sits atop Montmartre Hill, which is the highest point in Paris and overlooks the city. While there are a lot of old buildings throughout Paris, this is not one of them. Sacre Coeur wasn’t constructed until 1875 by […]

Montmartre

Montmartre was once a bustling place filled with artists and well… a lot of other things. It was established as an independent commune until 1860 when it was swallowed up by the 18th arrondissement. At the end of the nineteenth century, this neighborhood was avoided like the plague because of so many cabarets and brothels. […]

Moulin Rouge

This area is not for everyone but for those that want to see it, read on. This cabaret was founded in 1889 and quickly gained popularity for its popular French Can-Can. Joseph Oller and Charles Zidler, the owners of the building picked the name Moulin Rouge, meaning red mill. They also gave it the nickname […]

Arc de Triomphe

arc de triomphe

Just like the Eiffel Tower, I think everyone has seen this landmark. It is one of several iconic structures in Paris. The monument was commissioned by Napoleon in 1806 at the end of the battle of Austerlitz to represent all the French military victories during the Napoleonic Wars. The structure has been witness to a […]

Statue of Liberty

You came to Paris to see the Statue of Liberty, right? I mean where else could you see something like this? Wait, I know… The truth is there are actually five of these statues throughout Paris. They were created by the French sculptor Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi after he was inspired by a comment made to […]

Les Invalides

les invalides

This is the final resting place for one of the most famous figures in history, Napoleon. The Hôtel des Invalides, commonly called Les Invalides, is a complex of buildings in the 7th arrondissement of Paris. During the seventeenth century, this building was used as a home and hospital for retired French soldiers. Basically their version […]

Musee d’Orsay

musee dorsay clock

THIS IS ONE OF MY FAVORITE MUSEUMS IN PARIS!!! Located in an ancient railway station that was opened in time for the World’s Fair in 1990. It saw a lot of use through the years until 1939 when the Gare d’Orsay opened. After World War II the station was no longer used, and plans were […]

Palais Garnier

opera garnier

As a massive Phantom of the Opera fan, this place was always on my list to go visit. Gaston Leroux used this opera house as the scene in his famous book. While the story of Erik and Christine Daaé is fictitious, there are a few nuggets of truth mixed into the play: Now about the […]

Place de la Concorde

place de la concorde

At the end of the Champs-Elysées, you will find Place de la Concorde. It is the largest square in Paris and is in front of the Paris City Hall. In 1753, a competition was held to decide what to do with the space but King Louis XV didn’t like any of the designs. So he […]

Jardin des Tuileries

If you are dreaming of sitting in the sunshine, munching on a baguette surrounded by iconic landmarks, then you need to visit the Tuileries. What started out as a field in the 13th century with only tile factories scattered throughout. Catherine de Médicis, recently widowed of King Henri II, took it on as a pet […]

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