Seeing Paris

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

  • Museum of Natural History Mastodons Paris Gallery with skeletons Musee d'Histoire Natural Paris
    Children and Teens,  Chocolate, Sweets & Bakeries,  Seeing Paris

    A Weekend with Children in Paris

    Having fun with children in Paris Travel to Paris with the eyes of a child. Hopefully, you have visited the city before so you can begin to think along those lines. You might bring your own children; we rent ours by the week. One of the beauties of bringing children to Paris is the new view — seeing it through their eyes. Come take a springtime visit with us in Paris. Our niece and nephew live on the outskirts of west Paris and stay with us every now and then while their parents take a little vacation. We make a list of things to do, places to see, pizzas to…

  • Manufacture des Gobelins Tour _Tapestry
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    Gobelins Tour – Weaving at Warp Speed

    Whether for 1 person or 25 the cost of a tour in English is approximately 178 euros. Contact the Mobilier National  in advance either by phone: 01 40 13 46 46 or by email: reservation.publics @ and they will arrange for an English-speaking guide. The tour is officially only by  “fonctionnaires” (government employees). The alternatives: You can make arrangements to have a translator along with you on the normally scheduled French tour (Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday) at 1:30 p.m. Notify them that you will be bringing someone along as a translator and the guide will speak slower. Or you can come along on the regular French tour and listen in French…

  • Chantilly Gallery of Paintings
    Seeing Paris,  Travel Destinations

    Castles (Châteaux) Around Paris

    These are castles in the Paris region. Malmaison Château Petite Malmaison Château Château de Pierrefonds Compiègne, the Imperial City Château d’Écouen – Museum of the Renaissance Château Vaux le Vicomte Château de Fontainebleau Domaine de Chantilly What Colleen’s Paris has to say: Day Trip to Chantilly Travel from train to Château Vaux le Vicomte

  • Cherry flowers in the Trocadero Gardens Eiffel Tower in early April
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    April Spring Easter Monday — Or Is It June in Paris?

    No amount of heat or pollen is keeping Easter Monday Eiffel Tower visitors away. The temperature reads 25 degrees Celsius (75 degrees Farenheit), but the temperature feels much warmer in the sun. The allergy/pollen index is at “3” – above average according to AirParif. Judging by the sneezing going on, I would agree. The pollen is blowing, mixing with the dry yellow powdery sand. The picnickers abound and stick it out. Coming to Paris soon? Bring over your allergy tablets and take half a tablet before bed. If you have allergies and are concerned about the pollen index, visit the AirParif Web site. They provide an English section, but not…

  • Paris snow December 9, 2010, Genie of liberty, Bastille
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    December Snow Storm In Paris

    Paris was paralyzed on December 9, 2010. Small trucks at Place Pigalle were spinning their tires. Men had to get out and push them through the stop lights. The roads were full of ice. The buses could not move because the cars could not move. The city was falling apart! The finger pointing started almost immediately. The debates were in full swing on radio and television whether or not Metéo France had given sufficient warnings (they had)! Television weather people were interviewed about their presentations. Aeroports de Paris (ADP) had to refute the claim of unpreparedness. Ile-de-France was being attacked by giant snow flakes! The snow arrived during late morning…

  • Leaves changing inside the Hotel Sully garden
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    A Paris Indian Summer

    It is warm, it is beautiful. Hard to stay inside and not enjoy the wildly bright colors. The annual glory of color shines inside the courtyard of Hotel Sully, the Marais, when the leaves are changing. Take a visit through the Paris Indian Summer video to see more of Hôtel de Béthune-Sully in the Marais, Jardin des Tuileries, Jardin des Plantes and the “Serres” (greenhouses). Hotel Sully is undergoing renovations and will open to the public in the future. This building is “in the heart of the Marais, one of the finest Louis XIII buildings in Paris and the residence of the family of Maximillien de Béthune, Duke of Sully,…

  • View from Eiffel Tower overlooking Quai Branly museum
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    Paris Seen From Above

    Give your eyes wings and let them fly over Paris. Let the documentarian, Yann Arthus-Bertrand take you swirling over the rooftops, into the shadows, and across the landscape of the City of Light. The video is an exclusive from the Paris Mayor’s office (Mairie de Paris). If it has been a while since you have been to Paris, after watching this video, the airlines should have a spike in traffic! The photographer, reporter and documentarian is already known for his latest film, “Home” and for his book, “Paris from Above” (Paris vu du Ciel). You will recognize Mr. Arthus-Bertrand’s handiwork from his other popular book and film projects “Earth from…