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Visit of the Luxembourg Garden

Come with us on a discovery tour of one of Paris’ most beautiful gardens and a veritable open-air museum of sculpture! In this spacious garden, located between the Saint-Germain-des-Prés district and the Latin Quarter, Marie de Médecis’ shadow lurks around her Palace.
The garden, oasis of greenery within Paris, has greatly inspired artists. At the time that the Latin Quarter was still a litterary nexus, the Luxembourg was the garden of poets. Even though it has changed somewhat since then, it still remains a favorite spot for students and kids.

An open-air museum of sculpture!: Many statues are located throughout the garden. They represent characters from Greek mythology, animals, famous people such as Ludwig van Beethoven or Charles Baudelaire and, circling the central terrasse, the Queens of France. You can also see there one of the original models of the Statue of Liberty.

 

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Visit of the Butte-aux-Cailles district

Hidden under the shade of the Italian Square’s modern skyscrapers is a charming little hill. Butte-aux-Cailles is one of Paris’ founding districts. A charming old village formerly on the edge of the Bièvre River. A variety of curiosities. Little Alsace, Little Russia. A mysterious Antoinist temple, the Beautiful City of Flowers. A parcel of countryside within Paris.

Little Alsace and Little Russia: 40 half-timbered brick townhouses lining up around a rectangular courtyard. This magnificent creation is the work of architect Jean Walter. A bit higher up, the townhouses you see are those of “Little Russia”.

 

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Visit of the Bastille district

Come discover the real Paris. We’ll stroll happily through the streets and passages that created the History of Paris and the Bastille. On our itinerary: discovery of the Saint-Antoine suburb’s rich history, passing through the alleys where woodwork artisans still work, tour of the Saint-Margaret Church, De Lappe Street and finally the Bastille Square.

Saint-Margaret Church: Not well-known even though it has such a rich history, this church is this village’s icon which was so often the stage of revolts. It was in fact here that the storming of the Bastille took place in july 1789, and where the Paris Commune’s barricades were erected in 1871. It houses the tomb of the child-king Louis XVII, as well as a beautiful 18th century “trompe-l'oeil” type painting.

 

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Tour of the Sentier district

We’ll learn about an important center of parisian fashion, made famous and immortalized in numerous French movies. Its lively streets also contain historic passageways and Oriental-style squares. It’s at the center of this district that you’ll discover one of Paris’ oldest districts, today called the Cairo district. The names Aboukir Street, or Nile Street, recall Napoleon I’s military campaigns in Egypt, during which he was accompanied by dozens of French artists and scientists, such as Jean-François Champollion.  

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Visit of the Carnavalet Museum (Museum of Paris History)

At the center of The Marsh, one of the most well-preserved historical districts and close to Vosges Square, the Carnavalet Museum showcases Paris’ history from prehistoric times until today via numerous creations and in a unique architectural setting. Painted and sculpted creations, as well as furniture and scale models, you’ll learn everything about the city and its inhabitants throughout the centuries.

Carnavalet Mansion: Built in 1548 for Jacques de Ligneris, the Carnavalet Mansion was renovated by François Mansart during the 17th century. Home of the Marquise de Sévigné, the city of Paris bought it in 1866 to convert it into a museum dedicated to the city’s history. This mansion is assisted by the “Le Peletier de Saint-Fargeau” Mansion.

 

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Tour of the Cernuschi Museum

Located within a unique and charming building designed by Enrico Cernuschi (1821-1896) near Monceau Park, the museum offers its visitors a high-quality visual voyage through Chinese art, from its beginnings to the 14th century. Its rich collection of ancient bronzes, funeral statuettes and rare Budhhist sculptures are world-famous. It’s the 2nd-oldest Asian art museum in France and the 5th-oldest Chinese art museum in Europe.

Enrico Cernuschi (1821-1896): He created the museum that now bears his name. This Milan-born Italian patriot came to France as a refugee in 1850. He went on a trip around the world from 1871 to 1873. Due to this, he brought back 5,000 works of art from China and Japan. When he returned, he had a mansion built which he donated, along with his collection, to the city of Paris.

 

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