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A Parisian experience

Discovering Art Nouveau architecture
(and more!) in Paris

A Parisian experience, Our favourite things, Paris architecture

Paris is known for having beautifully preserved architecture, with superb stone monuments and wide boulevards.

Paris is also one of the cities in which the Art Nouveau movement was born in the early 20th century, and some parts of town have some magnificent examples of its architecture that you won’t find anywhere else in the world.

We decided to take part in a guided walk organised by Des Mots & Des Arts, the perfect excuse to share with you some beautiful photos of some incredible buildings…

Here’s our photo report.

Des Mots & Des Arts, Paris

photos: JasonW

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We visit the magical Jardin des Plantes

A Parisian experience, Our favourite things

With the vast and superb Jardin du Luxembourg just minutes from our hotels, you’d be forgiven for wondering why we’d ever go to another Parisian park or garden.

Well if you don’t know the Jardin des Plantes you are going to be blown away.

Super close to us too, it’s a lot more than a simple garden, with a zoo, giant hothouses, the Natural History Museum, the gallery of Palaeontology and Comparative Anatomy with loads of impressive dinosaur skeletons (we visited it for you a while back, remember?, the Gallery of Mineralogy (with some great exhibitions like this one), a rose garden, a maze, a wonderful Alpine garden, and of course exceptional and rare plants and flowers everywhere!

Check out over 100 photos in our photo report!

We visit the magical Jardin des Plantes

photos : JasonW

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The Left Bank seen from the Right Bank

A Parisian experience, Our favourite things

The banks of the Seine on the Left Bank were made a pedestrian area in 2013 and people took to them straight away. Now, the Paris council has pedestrianised the Right Bank too, an initiative that some – mostly drivers – aren’t keen on.

It has to be said that strolling along the Seine without having to worry about the noise, danger and pollution of cars is pretty special. We went down to this brand new area and took advantage of the calm to take some shots of the Left Bank as we had never really seen it before.

Here’s our photo report!

Paris - le Rive Gauche vue de la Rive Droite

photos : JasonW

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We visit the Picasso Museum in Paris

A Parisian experience, Our favourite things

Completely renovated and expanded two years ago, the Picasso Museum in Paris is now brighter with more space, a huge building finally worthy of its subject – the life and work of Pablo Picasso.

And we finally found the time to get down there! Here’s our photo report…

Le Musée Picasso, Paris

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We visit the Fragonard Perfume Museum
and the new Grand Museum of Perfume

A Parisian experience

Paris already had one perfume museum, but since last week it now has two!

The Musée Fragonard is in a new venue since 2015, and the Grand Musée du Parfum opened to the public on 22nd December 2016, in a building on the very smart rue Faubourg Saint-Honoré.

We went down to both to see what they offer visitors, and it turns out that the experiences are very different indeed. Check out our photos…

Le Musée Fragonard, Paris

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We visit Maxim’s de Paris
and the Maxim’s Museum

A Parisian experience, Our favourite things

Over the years, this venerable restaurant has become a complex that fills an entire building near place de la Concorde, with an upstairs bar, a 300m² Art Nouveau museum spread over three floors, sumptuous reception rooms, an 80-seat theatre, a gift shop, a café…

We had a good look round, and for anyone interested in Art Nouveau it’s a unique feast for the eyes, less than thirty minutes from our hotels.

Here’s all the info.

Maxim's de Paris

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We explore the area around
rue Saint-André-des-Arts

A Parisian experience

Our last walk went in search of greenery along Paris’ old railway, la Petite Ceinture. This time we’re staying on our home turf and discovering all the great things around rue Saint-André-des-Arts, not far from our hotels – its little shops, loads of culture, great bars and restaurants and all the special touches that make Paris so special!

Here’s our photo report.

La rue Saint-André-des-Arts, near the Hôtels Paris Rive Gauche - book on our website for the best rate guaranteed!

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We visit the Pantheon!

A Parisian experience, Hôtel des Grands Hommes, Les Dames du Panthéon, Our favourite things

It’s like we couldn’t see the wood for the trees – although the Pantheon is directly in front of the Hôtel des Grands Hommes and the Hôtel les Dames du Panthéon, strangely we had never visited it for the blog!

And now that the major part of the renovation is finished, visits to the dome have restarted with great views of Paris… and our hotels!

Here’s out photo report!

The Pantheon - Paris

photos: JasonW

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Transforming a Paris railway into Parisian parkland

A Parisian experience, Our favourite things

Before the metro was invented in the mid-1800s, Paris had a circular railway called ‘la petite ceinture‘ (the little belt) that transported up to 14 million people per day. However, once underground trains arrived in the city, la petite ceinture fell out of favour and by 1935 it had closed to travellers, transporting only freight. Even that stopped twenty years ago, but interest in the land occupied by the railway never subsided.

Now, the various sites are slowly being transformed into walkways, gardens and allotments. We went on a walk across the Left Bank to enjoy the new green spaces created on the site of the railway, seek out the hidden areas where it goes beneath ground and enjoy the architecture of Paris along the way. It turned out to be a great walk with quite a few lovely surprises!

Here’s our photo report, with a map so you won’t miss anything or get lost!

La Petite Ceinture - Paris Rive Gauche

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Looking for Delacroix on the Left Bank…

A Parisian experience

The spirit of genius painter Eugène Delacroix (1798-1863) is particularly strong in the area around our hotels.

The Delacroix Museum (managed by the Louvre) is just a few minutes away in Saint-Germain-des-Prés, a fountain bears his name in the Jardin du Luxembourg and his last works adorn the Chapel of the Holy Angels in Saint-Sulpice church.

We went searching and found Delacroix… everywhere! Here’s our report.

Musée Delacroix - Paris

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