When in Paris . . . Must-See and Must-Do Attractions and Activities

Paris embraces visitors from the moment they land in the City of Light. Iconic places like the Eiffel Tower, the Sacré-Cœur, anf the Arc de Triomphe all evoke feelings of familiarity and timelessness. These are images we’ve grown up with, in movies, magazines and luxury ads. And no matter where we’re from, Paris is a dream destination.

When you’re here, you’ll find that the French excel in adding doses of modernity to a city steeped in history. The glass pyramid in the courtyard of the Louvre, for example, was scandalous when first built but now is as emblematic of the museum as is the Mona Lisa housed within. Strolling Parisian streets is in itself a walk through the tomes of time as these are the same rues and passerelles (streets and alleys) where Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin, both US Ambassadors to France at the dawn of our nation, and French greats such as Victor Hugo, Lafayette, General DeGaulle, Napoléon, King Louis XIV and Marie Antoinette each once lived, walked and breathed.

It also pays to just wander because many Parisian gems and treasures can be found along a meandering path. You can never get lost in Paris, either, the Seine always points you in the right direction, and even has a boat-bus service, the BatoBus, you can hop on and off to motor you from the Eiffel Tower to the Notre Dame by riverway, and back again, if you so choose. 




18th Arrondissement - Montmartre

The Bel Air house, the 17th c. mansion which houses the Mus�e Montmartre and the Renoir Gardens, is the oldest building in Montmartre. It once drew celebrated artists such as August Renoir, Suzanne Valadon and Emile Bernard, all of whom...  Read More

18ème Arrondissement

The Sacré-Coeur Basilica, also known as the Basilica of the Sacred Heart, is blessed with its location in Paris. At the top of a huge hill in Montmarte overlooking the city, large steps cascade down the hill on one side, the basilica's white...  Read More

The museum of the F�d�ration Fran�aise de Tennis, otherwise known as the Tenniseum, is a one-of-a-kind museum devoted to the sport of tennis. Other features that make it outstanding is that it is situated on the stadium...  Read More

5ème Arrondissement

Originally built in the 18th c. as a sanctuary for the patron saint of Paris, Ste. Genevieve, the monument today is open to visitors and offers free guided tours (in French) several times a day. Classical architecture modeled on the Panthéon in...  Read More

1er Arrondissement

This 13th-century royal chapel was built in 1242-48 by King Louis IX to house his religious relics brought back from the Holy Land. It is said that it once housed Christ's crown of thorns. Originally part of the royal palace complex on the Ile...  Read More

7th Arondissement - Eiffel Tower
Eiffel Tower
Photo courtesy of Paige Donner

Boasting an impressive resume that includes being one of the tallest buildings in the world and a design that was lauded when it was built for the 1889 Exposition Universelle - a festival to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the French...  Read More

Gothic gargoyles (actually, chimeras, if truth be told) and a stately sunburst greet you upon setting your eyes on the Notre Dame Cathedral. The exterior by itself is enough to convince you that this is one important building. Enter the...  Read More

Though not strictly an attraction the Batobus is more than just river transportation along the Seine. A hop-on, hop-off shuttle between the major Paris monuments easily accessible from the Seine, I often find myself riding the Batobus just for...  Read More

5th Arondissement - Latin Quarte

This Roman-style arena was built between the first and the 2nd century A.D. Named after the city's name when it was still under Gallo-Roman rule in that era, the Ar�nes de Lut�ce are one of only two monuments that are still...  Read More

16ème Arrondissement

Designed by architect célebre, Frank Gehry, this $143 million museum in Paris' west side is a cultural center as well as art museum sponsored by the Group LVMH, headed up by Bernard Arnault, Chairman. The building was designed as a yacht or...  Read More


Meet Paige Donner

Paige is a transplanted Parisian. She first arrived as a young bride in the early 90s to live in Paris, having uprooted herself from her native California.

Paige has two APPs:...  More About Paige

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