Shows at the Palace of Versailles every Saturday and Sunday until end of October!

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The Musical Fountains Show invites visitors to stroll through the gardens of Versailles that the Sun King was so fond of. An invigorating walk past ornamental ponds and fountains, which for a few hours regain all the past glory and splendour of the court of Louis XIV, thanks to the expertise of water-fountain engineers. Waterfalls, jets and sprays of water spring forth in a crystal clear aquatic dance to the sound of music by Lully.

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3 of my favorite museums in Paris in 3 best locations Montmartre, Marais and Invalides

Museum of Montmartre: Definitely Paris’s most charming museum founded in 1960 in the oldest building in Montmartre, which was also home to a number of artists, including Auguste Renoir, Suzanne Valadon, Maurice Utrillo. Exhibition of Suzane Valadon until March 13th http://www.museedemontmartre.fr/exhibitions

10- 12 rue Cortot (Metro Lamarck Caulaincourt)

7_maison_de_victor_hugo._c_didier_messinaMuseum Victor Hugo: Victor Hugo lived on the second floor of the Hôtel de Rohan-Guéménée from 1832 to 1848. He wrote some of his major works http://maisonsvictorhugo.paris.fr/en

6 Place des Vosges (Metro St Paul or Bastille)

 

2838_4b649e6037ccc36The beautiful Musée Rodin has reopened last November afer a big renovation http://www.musee-rodin.fr/en/musee-rodin/2015-new-musee-rodin

21 boulevard des Invalides (Metro Varenne)

Paris for Kids

It’s autumn as the French call it, c’est la rentrée ! It’s also the best time to be out and about with kids, because this is when you’ll find most interesting activities to do, from museums to concerts, from temporary exhibitions to theatres, Paris is booming with novelty and new experiences to be discovered when French children are back to school.

Happy families seeking inspiration for their little Leonardos behold for there is more to Paris than meet the eyes in le Louvre!  If you’re traveling with children, you will probably be exhausted before you even get inside.

That’s why we brought for you a smart list of  less well known spots that are authentic, often queue-free and a pleasure to visit with the little ones. The secret is to discover these places at a slower pace, exploring neighborhoods, parks, bakeries and cafes. In other words, forget the Paris from travel books, and you’ll get much closer to the Ratatouille experience.

Now let’s debunk the biggest myth of all: Paris is not only for lovers; it’s also for families — oh yes it is! — just ask the French, who now have one of Europe’s highest birthrates (well maybe that’s why… but hey, this post is about the kids!) The city is compact, safe and covered with child-friendly places. Here are a few tips.

Opt for smaller museums that you can tour in an hour or so, which is about as much as most little kids (and some grown-ups like me) can absorb. To prove your little ones that there was life before iPods, take them to the Musée des Arts et Métiers (Museum of arts and trades, 60, rue Réaumur, 3rd district). Their collections of antique cameras, televisions, printing presses, construction materials and scientific instruments tell the story about the industrial revolution and the birth of mass communication. Mind you, you might get embarrassed to admit having used most of that paraphernalia that your simple iPhone  in your pocket can almost surely substitute!

After a tour around the unavoidable Notre Dame Cathedral (where they can confirm that the famous cartoon scenario really exists!) take them to the nearby Marché aux Fleurs et aux Oiseaux, the birds and flowers market on the Place Louis Lépine and Quai de la Corse (open every day from 8 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.). You will find original stalls from 1900s and a big selection of rare birds and other little pets, with a chance to caress them and all. #Don’t forget to tweet that you’re there!

The Jardin des Plantes (5th district) holds several attractions. Visit a mini zoo at La Ménagerie, created in the 18th-century featuring a monkey house, reptile rooms and a Chinese panther. Then go for the striking collection of dinosaurs and their cousins at the National Museum of Natural History, all this in between 17th-century gardens, filled with carousels and small restaurants.

Enjoy Paris les enfants* !!

*kids

This blog post was inspired by the Travel Guide Paris for Kids from the NY Times

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St Germain des Prés – We all love St Germain

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Saint-Germain is located on the Left Bank of the Seine, just southwest of Notre-Dame.  It is very close to everything and is perhaps the most famous neighbourhood of what is already the world’s most celebrated city; this is where artists, politicians, and intellectuals have gathered for centuries. They all seem to have frequented the renowned  Café des Deux Magots

Few districts of Paris have a past as rich as Saint-Germain-des-Prés, where history and creation come together as one. This mix belongs to the genius of France.

Since ever, Saint – Germain des Prés has been a place of a particular charm that has always inspired artists.

The St-Germain-des-Prés neighborhood extends southwards towards the sprawling Jardin du Luxembourg. It is hugged by the lively Latin Quarter to the east and the Eiffel Tower district to the west.

Main Streets: Boulevard St-Germain, Rue de Seine, Rue de Rennes, Rue Bonaparte, rue de Bucci

Getting There and Getting Around:
To check out the area’s many art galleries, get off at Metro St-Germain-des-Prés (line 4) and walk north towards the Seine. For power shopping or a bite to eat, cross the Boulevard St-Germain and head south, or walk east from Metro Sèvres-Babylone (line 10). If you get off at Luxembourg (RER B), go northwest through the garden to get to the heart of the neighborhood.

 http://www.youtube.com/user/PrivateHomesParis

A selection of Private Homes collection of apartments in St Germain

http://www.private-homes.com/paris/en/search?search_city=paris&search_date1=Arrival&search_date2=Departure&search_no_people=Guests&search_area=5&search_numberrooms=4&cmd=search&goto_page=1&submit_search_left=Search

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