Seeing Paris

Paris arrondissements, neighborhoods, day trips, museums, monuments, greenery, tours, guides, walks and wheels, cultural places open, closed and renovating

  • Rear exterior of Château Champs-sur-Marne
    Day Trip,  Ile-de-France,  Seeing Paris

    Day trip to Château Champs-sur-Marne

    Why not forego the hassle of shooting your next film at Versailles or the Élysee Palace. Instead, head out to the Château Champs-sur-Marne, less than an hour from the Bastille. The château and grounds have been popular movie locations. The journey from Gare de Lyon makes for a relaxing day trip to the countryside. If you are not shooting a film, the day trip is worth it anyway. What you will see The château is filled with furniture and extensive decorative interiors, including bathrooms, a smoking room, salons, bedchambers, service corridor, children’s dining room (formerly a bathroom), the smoking room and a billiard room (in case you are looking for decorating ideas). You can…

  • gif Poster for Musée des Arts Forains English speaking tours Monday and Thursday Pavillons de Bercy, Paris
    Museum exhibitions,  Seeing Paris

    Musée Arts Forains Tours in English

    As the poster says, this is "an entertaining museum off the beaten path in Paris!" The Musée des Arts Forains (Museum of Fairground Art and carnival rides) is a large collection of entertainment and fairground art objects. English tours are planned for Monday and Thursday: July 11, 14, 18, 21, 25 and 28; August 1, 4, 8, 11, 15, 18, 22 and 25 (reservations required). Tours at other times are in French. The visit is a real family fun moment. I highly recommend seeing this completely different museum in another beautiful neighborhood in our Ville Lumière......

  • Take a train to Champagne sur Seine and bike to Moret sur Loing http://www.ville-moret-sur-loing.fr
    Seeing Paris,  Transportation,  Travel Destinations

    Sightseeing Using Trains in Île-de-France

    Exploring nature, art or history in the Greater Paris area just got easier. The simple search words “impressionists transilien and bike” in a search engine, points directly to the correct and simple-to-use new page “Sightseeing with Transilien . While searching transportation information on the Chantilly Racecourse, I found an interesting Australian website: Rome2Rio. They provide info on TER, RER, taxi, car, etc. The SNCF radio pop-up window starts playing to put you in the mood. If you hold a monthly or annual Navigo pass visit Use Navigo for Weekend and Holiday Advantages if you want to tour in zones 1 through 5 around Paris. Then take your pass and enjoy some of these…

  • Looking skyward in the Passage du Grand Cerf between rue Saint-Denis and Place Goldoni in the Bonne Nouvelle neighborhood, Paris
    Guided Walks,  Seeing Paris

    Walking Tour: Off the Beaten Path in Local Neighborhoods

    Colleen’s Take Away: This is a guided walk if you want a Paris strolling moment without pressure to move quickly with April. I recommend this tour because while dodging rain drops, protected by umbrellas, April’s off the beaten track tour was the sunshine of the day. April Pett runs April in Paris Tours. We met at the base of Marianne, the emblematic sculpture of Place de la République. During our tour from 10 am to 1 pm, April intertwined historical anecdotes with her casual air of strolling along Paris streets and boulevards. April’s tour is a combination of busy and side streets. Her strong voice and smile makes it easy…

  • Rosemary beginning the Angels of Paris #1 tour, along the edges of the sixth, first and fourth arrondisements
    Guided Walks,  Seeing Paris

    Angels of Paris Walking Tour No. 1

    During a two-hour walking tour with Rosemary, author of Angels of Paris: An Architectural Tour through the History of Paris, we touched only the top of the angel cake. Full of architectural and Parisian history, each sculpture on the tour has a fascinating tale of double meanings to tell. We could not physically cover all of the stories from her book in one tour. The tour begins at the Saint-Michel fountain and ends at Notre-Dame de Paris, following a course along the edges of the sixth, first and fourth arrondissements. Rosemary told us the tales you find in her book. What better way to hear the tales but from the…

  • cover of Rosemary Flannery's Angels of Paris Architectural Tour through the history of Paris
    Book Reviews,  History,  Seeing Paris,  Videos

    Rosemary Flannery’s Angels of Paris

    How do you view Paris? With an angel on her shoulder, Rosemary Flannery views Paris through angel eyes. Rosemary is the author of the book, "Angels of Paris, an Architectural Tour through the History of Paris". Rosemary wrote the text and took the photos, even if it included carrying a ladder around to get the best angle of an angel. I only recently discovered this book, a little slow on my part, but that shows the timelessness of a subject that dates back....

  • Photo of lecturer Edith during Coco Chanel lecture
    History,  Seeing Paris

    Roaring Twenties Paris with Edith

    Often it is the Expats who write Paris blogs. Now you can get the true French stories directly from a Parisienne's pen. Her pen name "Edith" comes from Edith Piaf. Both women were born on the same rue de Belleville street, although as Edith says on her Edith's Paris blog, they are not of the same vintage....

  • People sitting along the Seine on the Ile-Saint Louis, Quai d'Orléans
    Children and Teens,  Life in Paris & France,  Seeing Paris

    Iconic Paris Walk Along the Seine

    Sometimes views only change with the seasons. I had to wonder how many times these same scenes have been photographed over the years. The scenes are iconic and never seem to be boring. We went for a walk along the Seine yesterday between Gare d'Austerlitz and Cathrédale Notre-Dame de Paris. We enjoyed a salad for dinner on the Ile-Saint-Louis with the sun setting. People were lined up at the Batobus* stop for Notre-Dame. Were they all in line for the sunset cruise? Not all could be accommodated, and they waited for the next one.

  • Colleen earning an extra 50 points imitating the sculpture, although backwards
    Children and Teens,  Museums,  Seeing Paris

    Treasure Hunt at Musée d’Orsay

    We sat under the lion statue at the Musée d'Orsay counting up our scores: four teams. The four teams: a mother and daughter (12); three teenagers; the aunt and uncle; and two retired flight attendants. The post-hunt questions: "Did you ever find that chair?", "Where did you find Sarah Bernhadt?", "Did you see "The Voyager" statue?, "Wasn't it a fun way to see a museum?" Daisy de Plume scores a winner again with another hour and a half treasure hunt adventure. THATd'Or (Treasure hunt at the d'Orsay) is the newest addition