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With its picturesque name that could as well have come from a Baudelaire novel, the Rue du Chat-qui-Pêche (Street of the Fishing Cat) appeals to our imagination, and it is linked to an odd legend that we’re about to tell you. But there is more to this street, as it is one of Paris narrowest streets, never exceeding 1,80 meters in width.

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An old street on the Rive Gauche of Paris

The Rue du Chat-qui-Pêche is very old as it was opened in 1540. It then linked the rue de la Huchette with the course of the Seine by ending directly in the riverbed. Today, it leads to the quai Saint-Michel, whose construction began around twenty years after the street was opened.

It did not always bear such a strange name. It was first named “rue des Étuves” (Street of the public baths) and referred to the public baths where people used to go to wash and have a good time, places strongly blamed by Christian morality. It changed names and became “rue du Renard” (Fox Street) for a time, then “rue des Bouticles” (Shops Street). Its actual name comes from the name of a shop that alluded to a then common saying: “To go watch cats fishing” reffered to a gullible and easy to convince person.

Its long existence explains its narrowness: it was opened at a time when houses, tightly packed with one another, did not leave a lot of space for wide streets.

It was closed with railings during the first half of the 19th century, and was later open to public again.

Myths, legends and literary inspirations

Such a name could only foster imagination. An old legend tells that a canon used to live there with a surprisingly agile black cat: it caught the fishes in the street with only a strike with the paw. As the canon Dom Perlet engaged in alchemy, three students thought he was acquainted with the Devil. Being sure that the man and the cat were the same being, they decided to kill the cat and throw it in the Seine River. The alchemist then disappeared, just as they expected… But he came back some days later, as he had been on a trip. What about the cat? One day, he was back fishing in the river, as if nothing had happened!

The Rue du Chat-qui-Pêche is also the setting of a novel of the same name by Jolán Földes. This Hungarian author lived in this street in the 1930s and she settled there the protagonists of her novel, a family of Hungarian emigrants who came here to start over and fight for a better and more decent life.

Roaming the Rue du Chat-qui-Pêche

This street is particularly interesting as it is very narrow. sts and passerby travel its 29 meters to taste its authentic atmosphere. Make the most of your visit of the Île de la Cité and the Notre-Dame Cathedral to cross the Seine with the Petit Pont – Cardinal Lustiger bridge. You will spot the Rue du Chat-qui-Pêche at number 9 on the quai Saint-Michel. If you take it, you will arrive at the touristic street “rue de la Huchette” with its restaurants and its souvenir shops.

The easiest way to get there by public transportation is the Saint Michel station (metroline 4).

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You’re vacationing in Paris and you want a change of scenery. Did you know that some of the most beautiful European cities await you and can be visited in one day? Discover the tourist treasures of three cities easily accessible from Paris with PARISCityVISION: London, Brussels and Bruges

London, a trendy and multifaceted city

Since the excavation of the Channel Tunnel, London is only two hours  from Paris on the Eurostar. This makes it possible to offer an excursion to the English capital from Paris, to discover the city’s most beautiful tourist treasures.

A millennial capital city, London profited from the prosperity of the United Kingdom, which in the 19th and 20th centuries became the largest Colonial Empire in the world. Many monuments were erected throughout the centuries and continue to enthrall tourists:

  • Buckingham Palace, residence of the Queen of England, Elizabeth II, is a magnificent neoclassical landmark. Many tourists visit the palace to witness the pomp and grandeur. The changing of the Royal Guard is one of the must-see tourist attractions in London.
  • Big Ben, a clock tower in the Palace of Westminister built in the 19th century, dominates the city with its graceful silhouette, and was inspired by the neogothic style. It is said to be one of the most photographed buildings in London.
  • Tower Bridge, which is also very photogenic and telegenic, has spanned the Thames since the end of the 19th century. The neogothic style of this steel-frame suspension bridge greatly resembles that of its big sister Big Ben.
  • Westminster Abbey is an abbey whose history dates back to medieval times and is one of the most beautiful landmarks of the city.
  • The Tower of London is an ancient castle and fortress from the Middle Ages known today for housing the Crown Jewels.

Numerous other attractions await tourist in London. For example, you can ride on the London Eye, a large ferris wheel that offers a panoramic view of the entire city. The trendy neighborhoods of Camden and Soho, the vibrant streets of Notting Hill and the facades of the opulent houses of Pembridge Square are some of the hidden gems of London. Don’t miss the British Museum, a veritable institution across the Channel which has nothing to envy of the Louvre with respect to the quality and richness of its collections.

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Brussels, European Capital with a Magnificent History

If there is a must-see tourist attraction in Brussels, it has to be the Manneken Pis, whose notoriety is equal to many Parisian landmarks. But this small bronze statue from the 17th century, which depicts a little boy urinating,is not the only point of interest in the city.

The Grand-Place of Brussels, surrounded by the elegant facades of the guild-houses dating back to the end of the Middle Ages, the City Hall and the King’s House, is at the epicenter of life in Brussels. Many events take place here throughout the year, creating a vibrant atmosphere conducive to taking a break and watching the spectacle on the terraces of the many cafes in the square.
The Royal Palace of Brussels is surrounded by a treed park, the perfect place to take a stroll in the summer.

If you are a lover of culture, you can go to the Parc du Cinquantenaire where you’ll find the Royal Museum of the Armed Forces and Military History, the Cinquantenaire Art and History Museum and Autoworld, that exhibits a collection of more than 250 rare automobiles. There are also many other amazing or unique attractions to take in, like the Magritte Museum, the Museum of the City of Brussels or the Belgian Comic Strip Center.

North of the city, Osseghem Laeken Park offers an oasis of greenery just a short walk from the former pavilions of the 1958 World Fair. In fact, adjacent to the park, you can see the Atomium, a monumental metal construction that represents an iron atom.

To finish off your eventful day, enjoy some craft beer, in moderation, while nibbling on traditional chocolate whose secret recipe is known only by the Belgians.

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Bruges, the Venice of the North

Located in the north of Belgium, the city of Bruges is renowned for it cultural heritage and its serene living environment. Many canals crisscross the city and, because of this beautiful setting and romantic environment, Bruges has been nicknamed the Venice of the North.

Tourists visiting Bruges should make sure to see the most famous landmarks of the city:

  • The Belfry Tower of Bruges watches over the Place du Marché, bordered by large neogothic buildings, where a great cultural effervescence still reigns.
  • St. Salvator’s Cathedral, the oldest church in Bruges, dominates the rooftops of the city with its massive and slender silhouette.
  • Many museums also welcome tourists. The Freitmuseum (Fries Museum), Diamond Museum, Gruuthse Museum, along with many other distinctive and unique establishments will amaze you with their unique collections.
  • Discover the canals of the city during a guided cruise with commentary, which will allow you to see another side of Bruges.

Take the time to stroll down the streets of the historic center of Bruges: the most beautiful attraction of the city is perhaps its special atmosphere, which you can only experience and soak in when you leave the main tourist sites and enter into the alleyways and side roads.

Visit Bruges fom Paris with PARISCityVISION!

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Paris’s position among the most attractive cities in the world is due as much to its architectural treasures and atmospheres as to its prestigious past. So much has happened since a tribe of Gauls, the Parisii, first settled on the banks of the Seine so long ago! Conquered and embellished by the Romans, the town even became an imperial residence under Julian’s reign. Spared by the Huns, Paris became a leading cultural and trading town, and gained its status as a capital under the Merovingian, and later Capetian, dynasties. From Etienne Marcel to Robespierre, from Louise Michel to Rol-Tanguy, this headstrong city was known for defying leaders and oppressors.

Whether you’re a Parisian or just visiting the City of Light, take a break from modern day and follow the footsteps of a history that still lives on at every street corner and beneath the stones of both major monuments and forgotten building, waiting to be re-lived. Even better: let yourself by guided by a passionate writer and actor, who upholds the timeless tradition of those troubadours who recited their works while traveling the ancient roads of France. For a few hours, Lorànt Deutsch’s words will guide you on a tour of the city that is both unusual and historical.

Stories told in the heart of the city

Lorànt Deutsch actively contributed to the creation of our two audio-guided tours, with the same enthusiasm as with his Métronome series of books and documentaries.

The audio-guided tour around the Palais de la Cité, in sixteen parts, invites you on a walking journey through the historical heart of Paris, the Ile de la Cité Beneath the cobblestones, two thousand years of history spring to life through Lorànt Deutsch’s narratives and take you back to times long ago. The forgotten names of Roman emperors, memories of both prestigious kings like Saint Louis and Henri IV, as well as those of common people rise up at each corner, leaving their marks on the stone of a facade and anchoring their foundations in the depths of the Seine.

The audio-guided visit of Notre-Dame and the secrets of it neighborhood reveals this famed old lady, who will soon be a thousand years old, in nineteen parts. Although Parisians are generally accustomed to its familiar silhouette, the cathedral still fascinates tourists and travelers who first glimpse it from the river or from the banks of the Seine. Our audio-guided adventure, created by Lorànt Deutsch unveils this monument, which has survived centuries and has 1,001 stories to tell. Them motionless stone comes to life through the stories of those individuals who made Paris’s heart beat over the course of centuries.

Audiopen: a friendly and immersive technology

The Audiopen technology with optical reading, offers a new level of interactivity Just point the pen on your map to access your audio commentary selection.

With this increased freedom, you can enjoy Lorànt Deutsch’s stories and anecdotes without the commotion of a group tour.

Reserve your audiopen now and let yourself be guided through the streets and centuries of Paris.

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The First and the Second World Wars witnessed landmark battles in the History of France.  These deadly conflicts are an integral part of France’s cultural heritage and it is therefore important to pass on this legacy of our past to future generations.  Remembrance tourism makes it possible to perpetuate the importance of Remembrance so that we never forget the atrocities committed on French soil and everywhere else throughout the world.

Remembrance tourism and the 1st World War

It was supposed to be “The War to End All Wars”.  This Great War of the most advanced nations of the time, that would forever reconcile the people of the entire world, became a battle of horror and absurdity.

In November 2018, France will commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Armistice that ended World War I.  It will be an occasion to remember the victims and the consequences of a deadly war, entered in full force during the era of industrialization, but also to recognize the importance of peace in Europe and throughout the world.

Reconnect with history with Remembrance Tourism

Remembrance tourism has grown in popularity during recent years.  Firstly with the French, who want to remember and visit important sites marking their history, but also with foreigners like Americans, Australians, the English, and Canadians, who hope to learn more about the battles their countries have witnessed, and sometimes even to visit the tomb of an ancestor who fought on France’s shores. To remember also means to learn so as not to repeat mistakes of the past.

The Battle of the Somme

The history of France has been forever marked by the 1st World War and most notably, by the Battle of the Somme fought by the British Empire (Australia, Great Britain, New Zealand…) and France against the Germans in 1916.  It was one of the bloodiest battles in human history, and the scars left by the violence of the conflict are still apparent today, one hundred years later.  The battle was mainly fought to claim the territory of the Somme department, east of Amiens between the towns of Albert and Roye and their surrounding areas.

Today you can still visit the vestiges of this war:  trenches, blast holes, cemeteries and annihilated villages.  With PARISCityVISION you can immerse yourself in the history of World War 1 and take a small group tour  of the Somme to explore the ruins of this deadly war.  Accompanied by an expert guide, you’ll visit remembrance sites like the Australian National Memorial of Villers-Bretonneux, and the Museum of the Great War in Péronne.  You’ll explore the trenches and battlefields that bear the scars of the First World War.  This is an opportunity to pay homage to the French, British, Australian and Canadian soldiers who died on this land, sometimes thousands of kilometers from home.

                   Villiers-Bretonneux Memorial

Whether you opt for a private “Remembrance Tour“, or  a small group tour,  take advantage of our expertise and come to pay your respects in the Somme, participate in Anzac Day (April 25, the victory of the Australians against the Germans), visit historical sites and places of  commemoration  (Beaumont le Hamel, Lochnagar Crater, Pozières, Mont St Quentin)… Note that the Battlefields of the Somme will be designated as a UNESCO World Heritage site in 2018 on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the Armistice.  Today these battlefields are among the most frequently-visited remembrance sites.
Discover our options for Remembrance tourism in the Somme

Remembrance Tourism and the 2nd World War

Visiting memorial sites is a unique experience, especially when you know everything that took place there.  The objective of remembrance tourism is to understand and remember history.  Among the most visited sites of the Second World War in France are the Caen Memorial, the landing beaches (Utah Beach, Omaha Beach), the American Saint Laurent Cemetery, Oradour-Sur-Glane, etc.

Delving Back into the History of France

Less than 3 hours from Paris, Normandy has a great deal to offer from a historical perspective. With PARISCityVISION, you can take a full-day guided tour of Normandy on an air-conditioned coach that leaves from Paris, and discover the landing beaches, the Caen Memorial, Arromanches and the Canadian Memorial of Juno Beach. These commemorative sites draw a large number of visitors from France and other countries, particularly the United States, Canada and Australia. In fact, many of these foreign visitors had ancestors who defended France during the Second World War. These tours provide them with an opportunity to remember their ancestors and honor the memory.

                                     Tank at Utah Beach

Gastronomic Tour of Normandy

PARISCityVISION also offers a food and wine tour to explore the cultural heritage of Normandy. On this full-day excursion, which leaves from Paris, you’ll enjoy the fresh air of the Normandy countryside and discover local producers, traditional farms, and typical products of the territory such as cheeses, charcuteries, ciders, salted butter caramel… Prepare your taste buds.

Visit the landing beaches, discover allied war cemeteries and the German Cemetery, see famous sites like Pegasus Bridge.  There are numerous tours leaving from Paris that retrace the significant events of the Battle of Normandy… Make sure to book an excursion retracing the history of France with PARISCityVISION.  You’re sure to find the tour which best suits your needs and desires.

From remembrance tourism to the discovery of a historical heritage

In addition to the significant events that have marked the 20th century, which are well-remembered because they have touched relatively recent ancestors such as grandparents and great-grandparents, France also offers an exceptional historical heritage, from Ancient Rome to the Renaissance, from the Middle Ages to Modern Times.

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At the end of September, the two cities that would host the Olympic Games in 2024 and 2028 were revealed: Los Angeles will host the games in 2028, and Paris will host them in 2024. A chance to review the incredible institution that is the Olympic Games and to look back on the years when Paris was the host city.

The modern Olympics: a French invention?

Olympic Committee – 1896

A major international event, the Olympic games take place every two years and are held alternately in the summer and winter. Obviously, the events differ: historically focused on athleticism and team sports in the summer, and on skiing, skating and ice sports in the winter.

Though the Olympic games already existed in ancient times, as many historical sources have proven (not even counting the Astérix cartoons in the Olympics!), the modern version was introduced by a Frenchman,

Pierre de Coubertin. He founded the International Olympic Committee, which he presided over from 1896 to 1925.

The first games took place in 1896 in Athens: a return to its roots for the first modern summer games. 241 athletes from 14 nations took part. The large European nations were featured: Greece, Germany, France and Great Britain. The first winter games took place in 1924 in Chamonix.

Since then, the games have taken place every four years, the even years, in a different country, alternating between the summer and winter games.

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Awarding the Olympic Games of Paris

The candidate process is very long, starting 10 years ahead of the games. Made up of 3 steps, it takes 3 years to conclude. This means that each host country is decided 7 years before the year the games will take place.

Ten years beforehand, the IOC (International Olympic Committee) invites the National Olympic Committees to declare their interest in hosting the Olympic games. For 3 years, everything is under scrutiny: the vision, the design and the strategy, as well as legal and financial aspects, and experience, in terms of past Olympic games.

Following this, the evaluation commission of the IOC visits each candidate city. After an informational meeting to present their evaluation report, the members of the IOC elect the host city. The application process must present how the games will be organized, in as specific a manner as possible. This covers the location of the Olympic sites as well as the way in which the Olympic spirit will be promoted.

Following this schedule, at the end of September the results of the award of the Olympic games for the summer of 2024 and 2028 were revealed. Paris was competing against Los Angeles. This was an historic decision, since, for the first time, it was a double award: the two candidate nations would be rewarded for their efforts: Paris in 2024 and Los Angeles in 2028.

Paris has a valuable asset: most of the sites and facilities where the games would take place already exist.  For the others, temporary locations will be set up.  The organizers want to promote the games in an environmentally responsible way, and to help the city to grow in a positive manner. This is the reason that some facilities, such as the athletes village, will be built in Saint Denis. This will promote the long term development of this area and lead to a greater role in the vibrant city that Paris is.

A rich Parisian Olympic history

The first Olympic Games in Paris took place in 1900. At the time there were 24 nations, represented by 997 athletes, that came to the capital to compete in the sporting events for a month. During these Olympic games, women competed for the first time, at the croquet games.  Nineteen kinds of games, including cricket and croquet (which were not in the summer games of 1928) were presented.

The second Olympic games in Paris took place in 1924. This year really demonstrated the magnitude that the Olympic games had taken on, since they went from 29 to 44 countries, and from 997 to 3,088 athletes. It was during these games that the first closing ceremony as we now know it took place: tremendous festivities and the parade of athletes. The Olympic games of 1924 were the subject of a film, “The Chariots of Fire”.

Since then, the Olympic games have grown even further; the most recent summer games in Rio in 2016 brought together 207 countries and no less than 11,238 athletes for 22 sports played. The next winter Olympic games will take place in February, 2018 in Pyeongchang in South Korea.

In 2024, that is, one hundred years to the day after the last Parisian games, the games return with their romance of youth.

Prestigious Olympic sites

Main Olympic sites in Paris

The sites that will host the Olympic games in Paris in 2024 add to the prestige of the event and/or are totally adapted for sporting events of this scope.

Fencing at the Grand Palais
The Grand Palais: one of the prestigious sites of the Paris Olympic games

The Stade de France, which hosted the Football World Cup in 1998, is the perfect setting for the Olympic games. The opening and closing ceremonies, as well as numerous athletic events will take place there.

An aquatic center will be built in Saint Denis near the Stade de France for some of the swimming competitions. It supplements the Water Polo center of Marville, which has been renovated for this occasion.

The firing range will be erected in Bourget, near the Media Village. Bourget will also host the volley ball games.

The prestigious setting of Champ de Mars will offer a choice location for beach volley ball and boccie, a sport that is similar to petanque.

An even more symbolic site, the Eiffel Tower will host the free swimming competitions, and the starting line for the triathlon events.

The most beautiful avenue in the world, the Champs Elysées will be set up for the cycling events. Can there be a more beautiful finish line than the Arc de Triomphe?

The Grand Palais, built for the World’s Fair of 1900, makes a come back with these major world events. The fencing and taekwondo events will take place there.

The Grande Halle de la Villette, the architectural masterpiece of the XIX century, will host the weightlifting competitions.

The Esplanade des Invalides, dominated by the majestic Dome, will offer its large area to the archers.

Paris Expo, the largest exhibition site in Europe at the Porte de Versailles, will open its doors to the handball competitions and to some of the table tennis events (others will also take place at the Stade Pierre de Coubertin).

The largest sports facilities in Paris will be put to use, facilities such as the Parc des Princes, the Stade Jean Bouin, the Stade Yves-du-Manoir and of course the Roland Garros stadium for tennis and several paralympic events.

The Zenith, Bercy Arena and Arena 92 in Nanterre la Défense: these large spaces dedicated to entertainment and performances will also ring out with shouting of the athletes and spectators alike.

Don’t forget the Château de Versailles, which will host the riders and their horses for several equestrian competitions and part of the pentathlon.

Also located outside of the city, the Vélodrome National de Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines and Elancourt hill will host several sporting events: BMX, track cycling, the pentathlon, mountain biking, etc.

The Vaires-sur-Marne watersports base will be used for the rowing and canoe events.

The Olympic and Paralympic Village will be set up in the communities of Saint-Denis, Île Saint Denis and Saint Ouen. This eco-neighborhood of 51 hectares will have a long lasting effect on the urban landscape of Paris and will become a living and leisure space.

Olympic Games 2024: the regions are featured!

All of France is committed to the 2024 Olympic Games. Other cities will host some events. This will also be a great time to visit Marseilles. The Phocean city will be at the forefront for all of the sailing competitions, its harbor offering an exceptional location, one of the most beautiful in the world, for the competitions that show every sign of being unforgettable.

Marseille will host the sailing events

The football matches will take place throughout France, in stadiums that have thrilled supporters all year long: the Stade Vélodrome de Marseille, the Stade de Lyon, the Stade Pierre Mauroy de Lille or even the Stade de Nice will vibrate with the rythm of the 2024 Paris Olympic Games.

All of the secrets of the Olympic Games are awaiting you on the official site of this exceptional, magnificent sporting event: paris2024.org

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It’s the Year of the Dog, and as always, Chinese New Year is a festive, family affair that reaches far beyond the Chinese diaspora and enchants Parisians and tourists alike. A variety of parades, carnevals, and performances are organized in the capital for Asian communities. These traditional celebrations are the most important event of the year. On with the program!

Chinese New Year: why does the date change?

Check your calendars! This year, Chinese New Year officially falls on February 16, 2018, and will be celebrated in Paris too. In this article, we offer all the different events and parades scheduled in Paris and the Ile-de-France region.

But why does this date change from year to year, unlike the night of December 31-January 1, which reliably marks the start of the Western new year ?  The answer is simple: it’s not just about the Earth’s revolution around the sun, but also about the cycles of the moon. This means that the Lunar New Year corresponds to the second new moon after the winter solstice. The winter solstice falls on December 21 or 22, and the lunar cycle lasts 28 days, so Chinese New Year always falls between January 21 and February 19.

February 25: watch the most famous Chinese New Year Parade

On Sunday, February 25,  2018, you’ll have the chance to watch the biggest event in Paris’s 13th arrondissement, the famous Chinese New Year parade, where you can admire the lions and dragons dancing to the rhythm of traditional songs. Alongside this big event, the mayor’s office also organizes a schedule of cultural events from February 18 to March 3, 2018.

The 3rd Arrondissement Also Celebrates Lunar New Year

In the 3rd arrondissement, from February 12 to 17, 2018, a week of festive, cultural events centered around the Chinese calendar New Year awaits you. On the schedule: Chinese painting exhibition, workshops, conferences, piano concerts, children’s activities, and martial arts. All activities and events on offer are free and open to the public at the 3rd arrondissement town hall.

For more information, visit the official website: https://www.mairie03.paris.fr/actualites/nouvel-an-chinois-244 

Belleville’s Chinese Community Celebrates

Chinese New Year will also be celebrated in Belleville, a lively neighborhood with a large community of Asian descent. A parade is scheduled for mid-February, where you can admire the lions and dragons.

There will surely also be events in other towns like Courbevoie or Noisy le Grand, but these activities and dates are yet to be confirmed.

As you’ve seen, 2018 Chinese New Year in Paris is sure to surprise you. Don’t miss these events, and the chance to dive into Chinese traditions.

Happy Chinse New Year to all, and happy Year of the Dog!

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Looking for thrills in the very heart of Paris? The Catacombs have become a popular place for visitors who love darkness and atypical discoveries. The increase in attendance has even allowed the site to open three more hours, from 10 am to 8 pm. Today, more than 350,000 people a year discover these underground places. But what secrets locked in this ossuary are so much sought after by the visitors of the Paris catacombs? Here are some explanations.

The Catacombs: enter Paris 20 meters underground

It is a place full of history that gives off a surprising atmosphere. To change from the typical Parisian living environment, you have the opportunity to go under the pavements of the “City of Light”. The spiral staircase will literally give you the feeling of entering the heart of the earth. The first impression cannot leave you unmoved: the maze of corridors is impressive, like the arrangement of bones and skulls. The altars, the sculptures into the stone, the inscriptions, the basin and the cave-in bells near the exit are also to be discovered.

From their inception, the Catacombs have been the subject of fantasies and fascinations. At 20 meters underground, you will discover a real staging of death. The Alexandrine placed at the entrance of the Catacombs “Stop, this is the empire of death”, as well as the other sentences, poems and other texts add a meditative dimension to your visit.

Among the bones from various cemeteries, the remains of many personalities of past centuries are probably preserved, such as François Rabelais, Jean de la Fontaine, Danton, Robespierre, among others.

An 18th century ossuary in the heart of underground Paris

This kind of extraordinary labyrinth was organized at the end of the 18th century. The name “Catacombs”, that might have better been called “municipal ossuary”, was given in reference to the Catacombs of Rome. Following the removal and evacuation of the cemetery Innocents of Paris, which had become a real hotbed of infection for residents of the neighborhood; former quarries were chosen to drop the bones.

After the blessing and consecration of the ossuary on April 7, 1786, the translation of the remains has begun before the bones of the various cemeteries of Paris joined them. The number of Parisians who are buried in the Catacombs are estimated today at six or seven million.

With this timeless trip into underground Paris, be assured that this singular experience will change from the usual sightseeing.

Tips and additional information:

In order to discover the secrets of the Paris Catacombs, it is recommended to take an audio-guided or a guided tour.

Also make sure to wear good shoes, since the floor can sometimes be slippery.

In addition, to avoid long queues, remember to book your entrance ticket in advance. Online ticketing is available on ParisCityVision website.

Finally, be warned that claustrophobic and sensitive souls should refrain from visiting this place.

The Paris Catacombs: 1 avenue du Colonel Henri Rol-Tanguy – daily from 10 am to 8 pm, except Mondays and May 1st.

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Today, January 10, 2018, marks the start of the winter sale season! We have curated the best addressed in Paris for you to be sure you have fruitful shopping outings during the seasonal sales. From the department stores on Boulevard Haussmann to the tiny boutiques of the Marais and the luxury brand outposts on the Champs Elysées, you will find all the information you need in this article.

The department stores on Boulevard Haussmann

Printemps, Galeries Lafayette… Boulevard Haussmann is an absolutely must when it comes to shopping in Paris. The department stores of this boulevard are fashion epicenters that abound in tons of things to fall in love with: men’s and women’s clothing, children’s apparel and toys, accessories, jewelry, cosmetics, furnishings and more. You will find plenty of well-known brands, such as H&M, Uniqlo, Mango and Zara. You can also look up to admire the splendid stained glass cupola at the Galeries Lafayette. On the first day of the sale, these department stores throw open their doors at 8 am. To avoid the crowds, it’s best to go as soon as they open.

Another famous department store in the Marais district is BHV, a shopping classic and an excellent option to kick off the 2018 Paris sales season.

Printemps Haussmann address: 64, boulevard Haussmann, Paris, 75009. Take Métro lines 3 or 9 to the Havre-Caumartin stop.

Galeries Lafayette address: 40, Boulevard Haussmann, 75009 PARIS. Take Métro lines 7 or 9 to D’Antin-Lafayette stop and or Métro lines 3, 7 or 8 to the Opéra stop.

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Luxury goods on sale on the Champs-Elysées

If you like luxury boutiques, head to the Champs Elysées! Louis Vuitton, Prada, Dior, Chanel and many other luxury brands have set up shop on the world’s most beautiful avenue. But even if you can only afford window shopping, a stroll from the Arc de Triomphe to the Place de la Concorde is still a great option. So, you are not a denizen of luxury boutiques and would prefer more affordable purchases? This grand avenue also has more traditional stores, such as Zara, H&M, Sephora and Disney. It’s a sure bet for smart and stylish shopping during the 2018 sales in Paris.

Directions: To take advantage of the 2018 sales in Paris on the Champs-Elysées, you can take the Métro to the Champs-Elysées/Georges Clémenceau stop (lines 1 and 13) or to the Franklin D. Roosevelt stop (lines 1 and 9).

Shopping at the Châtelet-les-Halles mall

Another favorite spot for shoppers in search of great deals during the sales is the shopping center at Châtelet-Les-Halles, which has all the latest hot brands, as well as a large movie theater and restaurants. This shopping center is a snap to reach by public transit, making it all the more perfect for sale hunters. However, you should be prepared for an incredibly dense crowd during the sales period.

The Les Halles Métro stop on line 1 is the closest station to the mall. You can also get off at the Châtelet stop, which is served by lines 1, 4, 7, 11 and 14.

Rue de Rivoli: for 100% Parisian shopping

Not far from the Châtelet center lies the Rue de Rivoli, another recommended spot for shopping the sales. Located in the 1st arrondissement of Paris, it stretches nearly two miles and hosts fashion, home decor, sports and cosmetics shops. When you’re done shopping, you can even make a pass through the famous Louvre Museum.

The easiest way to get to the 2018 sales on Rue de Rivoli in Paris is to take Métro line 1 to the Louvre-Rivoli stop or lines 1, 4, 7, 11 or 14 to the Châtelet stop.

Bercy Village: sales in the great outdoors

This open-air shopping center in the 12th arrondissement on Cour Saint Émilion is mainly a destination for home furnishings, fine foods and creative hobbies. It happens to be an extremely pleasant place to shop the sales because you can enjoy fresh air and quiet, far from the noise of cars, and spend time on the patios of the numerous bars and restaurants.

Bercy Village awaits you on the banks of the Seine in southeast Paris. The Bercy Métro stop off lines 6 and 14, is a half-mile from the shopping center. You can also exit line 14 at the Bibliothèque François-Mitterrand stop.

Around Paris: La Défense, Marne-la-Vallée and Levallois Perret

Just outside Paris, you can shop the immense Quatre Temps shopping mall at La Défense, which is open year-round and during the sales. You could also make a trip to Val d’Europe, the gigantic shopping center in Marne-la-Vallée, or So Ouest, the latest addition in Levallois-Perret.

Outlets and sales at La Vallée Village

Finally, not far from Val d’Europe and quite close to Disneyland Paris, there’s La Vallée Village, an outdoor outlet mall. It features over 100 shops and 120 brands, most of which are high-end, that offer discounted prices all year long on collections from previous seasons. La Vallée Village Outlet is a pleasant outdoor setting with narrow, shop-lined streets reminiscent of French villages.
To see all our shopping and sightseeing trips, log on to PARISCityvision.

Now you are armed with all the information you need to shop the Paris sales in the city’s best spots. Happy shopping!

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You didn’t complete your Christmas purchases yet? You’re enjoying the special atmosphere present at Christmas markets? Discover a selection of the most beautiful markets in Paris.
The most beautiful 2017 Christmas Markets in Paris
You didn’t complete your Christmas purchases yet? You’re enjoying the special atmosphere present at Christmas markets? Discover a selection of the most beautiful markets in Paris and its area. Stroll between the chalets, discovering new flavors and artisanal products from around the world!

Christmas Markets in Paris by district

Many festivities are planned for the end of the year. Discover the main Christmas markets in the various districts of the capital.

The new Christmas Market in the Halles area in Paris

Brand new to celebrate Christmas and welcome Parisians, it is made up of 70 wooden cottages providing artisanal, local and worldwide products. The Halles district pursues its merchant and sales vocation with this initiative.
Dates: from November 27th to December 31th, 2017
Location: Fontaine des Innocents 43 rue St Denis 75001 Paris

Christmas Market of Paris Notre-Dame

The cottages and entertainments located at the foot of Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris are waiting for visitors in a charming setting. Craft and local producers demonstrate their skills and share their passion with visitors caught up in a festive atmosphere.
Dates: from December 14th to December 24th, 2017
Location : Square Viviani Square René Viviani 75005 Paris

Santa Claus village in Saint-Germain-des-Prés

More than thirty cottages make up a lovely Christmas market in the quaint quarter of Saint-Germain-des-Prés in Paris. Inhabitants and merchants are deeply attached to this magical event full of poetry.
Dates: from December 2nd, 2017 to January 3rd, 2018
Location: Saint Germain Church, Place Saint-Germain-des-Prés 75006 Paris

Christmas Market of Italie 2

A charming little Christmas market, with more than twenty cottages, offers handicrafts, delicacies and other gift ideas.
Dates: from December 1st to December 31st, 2017
Location: 30 avenue d’Italie 75013 Paris 13

Christmas Market of the 15th district

As its name indicates, this market welcomes you in the heart of the 15th district. Enjoy various animations on-site.
Dates: from December 15th to December 24th, 2017
Location: 15th district City Hall forecourt

Christmas Market of Abbesses

The Montmartre neighborhood is embellished with the most beautiful Christmas decorations. Close to the square where the “Wall of Love” is standing, stroll through the cottages in a romantic and quaint setting. This market would please Amélie Poulain!
Dates: from December 1st 2017 to January 1st 2018
Location : Place des Abbesses, 75018 Paris

Christmas markets and villages in the Parisian area

You can leave the French capital city for a few hours and take advantage of the Christmas holiday to discover neighboring cities. Here is a selection of markets located in the outskirts of Paris in December 2017.

Christmas Market in Boulogne-Billancourt

West of Paris, Boulogne-Billancourt city invites you to experience the magic of Christmas. Many animations will entertain young and older people.
Dates: from December 5th 2017 to January 4th 2018
Location: Grand’Place, 92100 Boulogne-Billancourt

Christmas Market in Chelles

Between town and countryside, the city of Chelles welcomes you during one week to help you complete your Christmas purchases and find your last gifts!
Dates: from December 15th to December 23rd 2017
Location: Behind the City Hall square at CHELLES

PARISCityVISION team wishes you a Merry Christmas, many gifts, a good time with your loved ones and a restful holiday season!

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Are you planning to spend a few days in Paris and haven’t yet found someone to look after your pet ? Here are a few tips to help you enjoy your trip to the capital in the best possible conditions.

Travelling to Paris with a dog

If you are on holidays, it is more than likely that you will use public transport or perhaps a taxi to get around Paris. So, the question is: can your pet come with you?

Your dog on the Paris metro

Small dogs, which can be carried in a basket or a box with a maximum size of 45 cm, can travel free of charge on the metro, RER trains, tramway and buses in Paris.

Larger dogs can come with you in the metro and RER trains, provided they are on a leash and are wearing a muzzle. A reduced rate ticket must be purchased for the dog.

Guide dogs or assistance dogs for the visually impaired or people with a disability, can travel on public transport free of charge.

Your dog in a Parisian taxi?

Taxi drivers can choose to accept or refuse your pet. To be sure that you can travel by taxi with your pet, we recommend transparency. If you book by telephone via a booking platform, specify that you are travelling with a dog, its breed, size and weight.

Animals on a leash

In Paris, dogs must be kept on a leash when on the streets. Even small dogs. You must clean up after your dog or you risk a fine of up to €450.

Certain parks do not welcome our four-legged friends, while, in others, they can accompany you provided they are kept on a leash and remain on the walkways.

If you want to enjoy time outdoors and let your dog stretch his legs, you should go to one of the capital’s large parks: the bois de Boulogne in the West of Paris and Bois de Vincennes in the East, over even Buttes Chaumont park. Georges Brassens park in the 15th arrondissement offers a dog path.

Restaurants and shops with a pet

Shops and restaurants can choose to accept or refuse your pet. If you book a restaurant in advance, specify that you have a pet and ask if that poses a problem. Many restaurants are happy to welcome your pet so you will definitely be able to enjoy a romantic dinner in Paris whether inside or on a terrace.

Shops are often more strict. If there are two of you, one of you will have to keep your pet outside the shop.

Museums, monuments, tourist attractions

In Paris, most museums and tourist attractions do not accept dogs. For example, if you want to visit the Louvre museum or the Eiffel Tower, you will have to find someone to look after your pet. Kennels and dog sitters can help you by looking after your pet for a few hours or the day, giving you time to explore the city !

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