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Reasons to adore Paris

 

For those who miss it even without knowing it, for those who have not seen it for a long time, for those who plan to go soon, here is a detailed tour of the districts of the City of Light. The new places, the less obvious ones and the inescapable ones are only some reasons to want to visit it.

Do you know Paris? Tell us your reasons for going or wanting to go back one and a thousand times.

1 If we think of the Parisian icons, along with the baguette, the beret and the accordion, coffee would come. In the absence of domestic square meters, the premises make comptoir (bars) and terraces an extension of their departments, and so they pass by, stepping one or more “”petit noir”” (coffee) per day.

When passing or sitting with the newspaper in round tables attached to the impossible, alone and before work or between friends for the appetizer … in any case, the slogan is to look out: the best always happens in the street. If once in Paris you already have a hotel and a map, sitting with an espresso and a pair of croissants on a terrace is the next step to dive into the worldly theater of the French capital.

2 Saint-Germain-des-Pris Although today lives more fashion than letters, the rive gauche was synonymous with illustrated and academic Paris. On one of its walls hangs a picture of Borges, on the table where he sat down to write.

Bookstores gave way to lavish shops, but art galleries do not stop growing, perhaps because of the proximity of L’Ecole Nationale des Beaux-Arts. The Hotel Lutetia continues to be an art deco landmark within walking distance of Le Bon March, the chic version of the Lafayette galleries. Next to it, La Grande picerie gathers mineral waters and exotic olive oils. The Lipp Brasserie still brings together fashionable journalists and politicians.

This cobbled street lined with tables leads to a secret garden of the Middle Ages, the Cours de Rohan. There lived the mistress of Enrique II and, very close, the Dr. Guillotin experimented with his novel instrument … without imagining that his own head would serve after testing.

To enter this set of three courtyards, you must pray that the gate is open and, once there, envy those who now live in that hidden corner, pure peace meters from Boulevard Saint-Germain.

3 Vintage wines

At the steps of the Pantheon 5th district) hidesDes Vinis Illustribus , historical cava in Paris specializing in wines from other eras. Lionel and Dominique Michelin are the two passionate people who created this kind of museum full of dusty bottles, all relics, and some less accessible than others: there are labels up to 9,000. Lionel is an oenologist by profession and recommends the wines according to their year of origin. If you want one from 1972, a Bourgogne is more appropriate than a Bordeaux. To commemorate a wedding anniversary Cabernet Sauvignon is recommended. And everything is explained in a tasting menu that honors the wines.

4 Museum Quai BranlyModerno

Although not contemporary art, the museum designed by Jean Nouvel at the foot of the Eiffel Towerdeserves a separate paragraph. The collection of 3,500 pieces is a trip from Europe to the other continents (Africa, Asia, Oceania and the Americas), exposed with great aesthetic criteria inside a room without barriers.

The French rescue of the rest of the cultures could be “”politically correct””, judging by the immigratory conflicts that commit the Gallic country; for that reason the challenge was to turn it into a space of “”intercultural dialogue””, still touching the most sensitive subjects.

Some of them are chosen: Papua New Guinea masks, Easter Island sculpture, Russian shaman’s mantle, Algerian tapestries, section dedicated to Mayan culture and Oruro carnival costumes. From the restaurant Les Ombres there is a splendid view of the tower. Closed on Mondays.

5 Sweet Tip Ice cream Berthillon may be the perfect excuse to approach St. Louis Island.

Today they are sold in almost all cafes and craperies, but the original ice cream parlor still exists and is very easy to recognize because the rue St. Louis is cut at that height by the queue of people waiting for a bouche or two caramel au beurre sal , grapefruit, coconut milk or pistachio.

6 The Seine is the one that counts the best in Paris. From either side, the droite or the gauche, on foot or by bike, with picnic on the coast, under the bridges or from the docks, between the old editions of Balzac offered by bouquinistes (booksellers who sell editions of second hand) … each one goes through it at his whim and makes it his own for that time.

The two-hour walk is a classic for wedding proposals or anniversaries. With this objective there is a special table in the bow of the boat, where roses and champagne are not missing.

Something predictable, but there are always tears and applause. If the price of the menu is excessive, you can choose the version only ride with audio guide, which in one hour shows the same with more information. The boats depart from the Bridge of Soul, where Lady Di died. At night, all buildings and bridges are illuminated.

7 Le Marais In the 1980s, gays became more visible between the Bastille and the Pompidou Center, joining the Jews, the historical community of this former marshy area that went to become the the most dynamic neighborhood in the center (between the 3rd and 4th districts).

This is Le Marais: the synagogue, gay bowling, kosher restaurants (especially on rue des Rosiers) and the latest trends in design and fashion. The peculiar multiculturalism attracts tourists who wander between art galleries, kitschy objects and Place des Vosges, the oldest in Paris – which made Henry IV – and perhaps the most beautiful, miraculously preserved as the house where the famous Victor -Marie Hugo (1802-1885) spent much of his life, a few meters.

Behind the Picasso museum, in the upper Marais, businesses such as the multi-brand Shine, with designs by Stella Mc Cartney and Marc Jacobs, and Merci, a new cult store located in a 1,500-square-meter loft of light where you can buy a dress, fresh roses and perfumes by Annick Goutal or read a used book and take a lemonade in the chic cellar of the basement.

It is good for two: everything has a discount of 30% and part of the proceeds goes to various NGOs. Sunday is one of the most active days; On Saturday, however, many places are closed.

On the sabbath, of course.

8 Popular and luxury shopping

The stained glass windows of Paris are semi artistic installations that deserve a look with or without extra euros in the pocket. The Colette concept store is a good example. Colette herself, a trendsetter, choose the brands and objects that make up the two floors of his premises in the rue St-Honor.

The inventory brings together Valentino dresses, skateboards, electronic cigarettes, ultra modern eyeglasses, iPads and design annotators. The same criterion of local-museum is valid for the new futuristic store of Hermes, built in a historical swimming pool of Saint-Germain-des Pres. In the hall, three wooden “”huts”” house furniture, perfumes and jewelry. And along with the famous foulards, exotic flowers are on display.

Montaigne and Champs avenues are the temples of fashion that do not need presentation, such as Dior, Louis Vuitton, Prada and Cartier. Within the shopping mall area, the boulevard Hausmmann with its department stores take the lead. Beneath the glorious Art Nouveau dome, the Lafayette galleries are an accessible temptation, especially in times of big rebates (January and June). The Japanese people adore them. The rue Rivoli and the streets of the Latin Quarter are ideal to buy those trinkets that we all keep in some drawer, like the classic crystal ball with the Eiffel tower in miniature, magnets, berets and handkerchiefs with iconic motifs.

9 Cathedral of Notre-Dame

Around 13 million people admire each year their gargoyles, those stone monsters that see the city above the gray roofs. Despite the crowds that surround her day and night, 9 Cathedral of Notre-Dame Around 13 million people admire each year their gargoyles, those stone monsters that see the city above the gray roofs.

Before being the home of the hunchback Quasimodo, the peak work of Gothic art demanded almost two centuries of construction – between 1163 and 1345 – and witnessed the auto-coronation of Napoleon as emperor in 1804 (when Pope Pius VII was going to put the crown, he snatched it and placed it himself). In order to interpret his multiple allegories it is advisable to use a book or an audioguide.

The night view, from the rear, is one of the most beautiful images of Paris. It opens every day, from 8 to 18.45 and until 19.15 on Saturdays and Sundays. 10 BellevilleDentro Paris and almost on the periphery, districts 19th and 20th demarcate one of the most promising corners of the capital, where it is reached thanks to the advice of the locals.

This area that was supposed to be born to Edith Piaf, does not have an identity but thousands. First were the Chinese, then came the Armenians, Greeks and Jews; later, the Algerians, Tunisians and black Africans.

The second impact is to observe the river of cars that turns as a lane by the roundabout that surrounds it. It is a paradigm of traffic self-regulation, where those who circulate inside must give priority to those who enter (unlike in most roundabouts). And the real triumph is not to crash.

As it is to try to cross on foot some of the twelve diagonals that converge in the arch. But most people are slow to realize that the prudent way – the only one in truth – to reach Charles de Gaulle Square is through the subterranean passages located on the different avenues.

A scarf lightly knotted to the neck, a pair of salmon trousers, jopos and polished, hats, a vintage blazer, fire red lips or shoes that look out of the wardrobe of the grandmother: only they know how to wear them with distinction and naturalness. If we had to define the Parisian style, it could be both sober, fresh, bold and with attitude. And, above all, very personal.

It will be because there are so many brands and designers that do not see clones disguised as the same, not even in fashionable neighborhoods. We all wanted to have one like this close to home.

If you have little time, go straight to the goat cheese stand. Another very cosmopolitan is the d’Aligre, near the Bastille, with more than a hundred stalls and next to a covered gallery – the Beauvau market which offers more select products.

The same metro ticket serves to climb the funicular and avoid the stairs to the panoramic point. Before or after wandering between the stalls of the artists of the Place du Tertre and taking a portrait – the initial price can be haggard – the pause can be made at the bottom of the hill in the Le Petit Trianon bistro, redesigned in the retro- chic Try not to limit yourself to the labyrinth of circular streets that surround the basilica; there are secret passages to explore, such as the one that descends from the avenue Junot and leads to a distinguished mansion converted into the Hotel Particulier Montmartre.

To visit it complete takes more than a day. Then you have to choose: travel express by the classics (the Gioconda, the Venus of Milo, the Code of Hammurabi and the Egyptian mummies), or walk rupturista by one of the most recent additions, such as the room dedicated to Islam. But the visit begins earlier, since it is accessed by the glorious garden of the Tuileries, or even can be only outside, between the facade of the former palace of the kings of France and the famous glass pyramid designed by the architect Pei.

If instead the purer contemporary art is sought, the Center Pompidou is obliged, at least if you want to have inches away from works by Matisse, Picasso and Kandinsky.

A chosen one: the portrait of the journalist Sylvia Von Harden, of Otto Dix. Because yes. It is worth buying the Paris Museum Pass . Without queues, it is a direct pass for more than 60 museums and monuments. There are two days, four days, or six days.

The green revolving locks and bridges are a magnet for young people sitting on the water’s edge to picnic and play guitar. Los Sunday, the streets bordering the canal are pedestrianized and can also be cycled.

10 Bistronomie

“”Unabashed”” cuisine is the latest gastronomic trend of the French capital. No more sophisticated dishes or constipated environments as in the times when he was endowed with nouvelle cuisine. No more tiny portions at huge prices (chef Paul Bocuse used to say wryly: “”nothing on the plate, all on the bill””). No more white tablecloths. The premises of the bistronomy (bistro with economy) are fresh market produce, few tables, waiters and, above all, a simple and innovative cuisine.

The success of the place led him to add L’Avant-Comptoir, a hallway stuck to the bistro to poke rations side by side while waiting for a table.

11 The Eiffel Tower is the most beautiful in the neighborhood. So beautiful, that rubs the excess. And not only because it becomes a twinkling mass of lights every night, by its splendor of brilliance. By day it also has its own light, wherever you look at it. It is an image that we can not add anything to. Or maybe some data.

In order to become the undisputed symbol of Paris, a number of detractors had to be persuaded, including intellectuals such as mile Zola and Guy de Maupassant. They considered it “”a vertiginous and ridiculous tower that dominates Paris, like a gigantic and dark chimney of factory””.

The project of Gustave Eiffel prospered and the tower was ready for the Universal Exhibition of 1889 in the left bank of the Seine: ten thousand tons of steel distributed in 300 meters of height. He thought of it only as a temporary attraction, but once finished, they all surrendered to his feet.

It was the tallest building in the world, until the opening of the Empire State Building in New York. And as it was meant to be seen, everyone wants to visit it. That’s why the queues to climb the lifts are endless, especially in the morning hours (it is best to visit it from 19).

To save that time, The project of Gustave Eiffel prospered and the tower was ready for the Universal Exhibition of 1889 in the left bank of the Seine: ten thousand tons of steel distributed in 300 meters of height. He thought of it only as a temporary attraction, but once finished, they all surrendered to his feet.

It was the tallest building in the world, until the opening of the Empire State Building in New York. And as it was meant to be seen, everyone wants to visit it. That’s why the queues to climb the lifts are endless, especially in the morning hours (it is best to visit it from 19).

To save that time, The project of Gustave Eiffel prospered and the tower was ready for the Universal Exhibition of 1889 in the left bank of the Seine: ten thousand tons of steel distributed in 300 meters of height. He thought of it only as a temporary attraction, but once finished, they all surrendered to his feet. It was the tallest building in the world, until the opening of the Empire State Building in New York. And as it was meant to be seen, everyone wants to visit it.

That’s why the queues to climb the lifts are endless, especially in the morning hours (it is best to visit it from 19). To save that time, but once finished, they all surrendered to their feet. It was the tallest building in the world, until the opening of the Empire State Building in New York. And as it was meant to be seen, everyone wants to visit it. That’s why the queues to climb the lifts are endless, especially in the morning hours (it is best to visit it from 19).

To save that time, but once finished, they all surrendered to their feet. It was the tallest building in the world, until the opening of the Empire State Building in New York. And as it was meant to be seen, everyone wants to visit it. That’s why the queues to climb the lifts are endless, especially in the morning hours (it is best to visit it from 19).

To save that time,you can buy the ticket online. You can go up to the second floor or to the top, where many spend a few euros more to toast with a glass of champagne because they are those occasions that merit.

At this very moment, there is a kiss on the Pont Neuf and someone walks to the side of the Seine dreaming of some casual encounter, as Cortzar imagined the appearance of La Maga on the Pont des Arts, the same as the lovers fill with padlocks to seal your love at risk of knocking down the metal structure.