Au Printemps (64 bd. Haussmann, Opéra/Grands Boulevards, Paris)(Metro: Havre Caumartin, Opéra) – this department store, in business since 1865, is reminiscent of Saks 5th Avenue and Macy’s in New York. It is housed within three buildings and divided accordingly: 1.) Printemps Mode: this is the main store for women’s fashion and accessories, and has hundreds […]
404 Restaurant (69 rue des Gravilliers, Paris) (Metro: Arts et Métiers) – located adjacent to “Andy Wahloo” bar, this restaurant showcases North African cuisine, complete with the Moroccan décor. Patron can order chicken, preserved lemon & olive tangine, lamb skewer couscous, and sweet pastry of dates for dessert.
Arc de Triomphe (Pl. Charles de Gaulle, Champs Élysées, Paris)(Metro: Étoile) – this 164-foot monument was built by Napoleon to commemorate his military victories. On the Arc’s sides are sculptures by François Rude, such as The Departure of the Volunteers in 1792 (a.k.a. La Marseillaise), to the right of the arch when viewed from […]
Aquarium de Paris (5 av. Albert de Mun, Champs-Élysées, Paris)(Metro: Trocedéro) – located within Trocadéro gardens, this aquarium has a large collection of exotic fish (over 10,000) from various underwater regions of the world that has a French presence – from the French Caribbean islands and French Guiana, to French Polynesia (including Tahiti), Reunion/Mayotte (Indian […]
Andy Wahloo (69 rue des Gravilliers, Paris) (Metro: Arts et Métiers) — Andy Wahloo transports its clientele to trendy 70s Morocco in a stunning environment which could easily have been the watering hole of choice for the stars of the time. It was designed purely and simply to allow nearby « 404 Restaurant » customers […]
Arènes de Lutèce (47 rue Monge, Latin Quarter, Paris)(Metro: Pl. Monge, Cardinal Lemoine) – this amphitheater is one of the few artifacts from the Roman era. Rediscovered in 1869, what remains is part of the stage and tiered seating. These days, the area is either used by student soccer players or by retirees playing boules.
Paris, the French capital, is chocking in history – going back to the Roman Empire, when it was just a small settlement (when the country was then known as “Gaul”). Even before then, a Celtic tribe called the Parisii (where the city eventually got its name) was thought to have settled there around 250 BC. […]