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A Parisian guide to visit Paris

Updated on May 15, 2016

A smart way to visit Paris

Rediscover the 1000 faces of #Paris

Did "Père Lachaise" really existed?
Has Dalida been buried in Montmartre?
Where did singer Edith Piaf lived in Paris?

Rediscover the 1000 faces of Paris. Yes, the Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomph and the Champs Elysées are to be seen when coming to Paris, but, they will never unveil you the secrets of Paris.

To view Paris' treasures, you shall explore the streets, the buildings and the museums of Paris and uncover their secrets ! In order to better know Paris' history, its inhabitants, famous places, ship for a visit in Paris and orient yourself by solving questions and enigmas...

Walk around the sumptuous royal squares, climb up to the slopes of Belleville or Buttes Chaumont and go on spree in the "Montmartre cabarets"! An urban walk in the numerous places of the City of Light to discover its multiple faces !

Paris is a game, let's play :)

And for our classic fellows, enjoy the most diverse museums of art in Paris. From the old ages Louvre collections, to the Pompidou modern exhibitions and the recent Arab World Institute: 1 week, 1 month of visiting will never be enough.

Old Paris #HiddenParis

"Ile de la Cite"  1860-1865  @Charles Marville
"Ile de la Cite" 1860-1865 @Charles Marville | Source

Old Paris : Au bon souvenir de Lutèce

To vist and discover Paris anew, we will first give the city back to you as it was in year 0, in the 1000's or the 1500's. Long before the first cars and the earthquake-feeling of the first metropolitan...

Everyone kows the previous name of Paris was : Lutece. But who, even you Parisians, knows how were called their ancestors ? Parisii ? Séquanes? Lutéciens?

The first one who answers the question will be rewarded ! To your tweets, posts and comments :)


"Stay determined"

"Own who you Are"

"Dare to Begin"

"Shoes speak louder than words" (our favorite)

Do you really know Paris ?

It symbolizes strentgh and courage. In many ways, the LION has a place to be in Paris. Where is it exactly ?

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Paris and its Parisii for foreigners

Got the answer ? A long time ago (yes, in the IVe, in greco-roman times), the "Parisians" used to be called the Parisii. Believe it or not. Not Parisi, but Parisii, with two. ii.

We got surprised first and then we have decided to keep that odd but funky name to talk about them, the inhabitants of Paris. A lot is being said about how difficult it can be for foreigners coming to Paris.

Well...Here is an honest sum up (inspired by Jordan / from :

#10 awesome things :

  • Cheese : quality and the variety of choices
  • Bread. Fresh warm . On most streets. 1€ only
  • People Dress Well. Lipstick compulsory even to get your bread.
  • The city is beautiful. Nothing more to say.
  • The French (still) expect (good) things from their government
  • The croissant as the 1st thing in the morning
  • People are very well trained for their works.
  • The hurting one: they do average 10 weeks of vacation a year!
  • The Eiffel Tower sparkles every hour
  • Mother are better taken care of and state helped..

#10 hard things :

  • Washers and Dryers take all day long
  • And dryers don’t even work: iron is still key there.
  • Customer Service is a pro and personal drama.
  • Moses’ teacher gave him a frowny face on an assignment. He’s three.
  • People feel a need to conform.
  • Milk needs to be refrigerated.
  • Too bad, if the grass is so green and pretty it is becuase you can rarely sit in
  • Efficiency isn’t a thing, it takes all day to run just a few errands.
  • Stores close early and are never open during off-work hours
  • Hard to move to a new country without speaking the language. You feel powerless.

Speakeasy Paris4 #HiddenParis

Feeling for Paris from overseas

They say...
“If you are lucky enough to have lived in Paris as a young man, then wherever you go for the rest of your life, it stays with you, for Paris is a moveable feast.”
Ernest Hemingway, A Moveable Feast
“Paris is the only city in the world where starving to death is still considered an art.”
Carlos Ruiz Zafón, The Shadow of the Wind
“Cities have sexes: London is a man, Paris a woman, and New York a well-adjusted transsexual.”
Angela Carter
"The French language, like Paris, has attempted, through its Academy, to retain its purity, to fight the advancing tides of Franglais and international prefabrication. English, by comparison, is a shameless whore.”
Stephen Fry, The Ode Less Travelled: Unlocking the Poet Within
“When good Americans die, they go to Paris.”
Oscar Wilde
“Oh, London is a man's town, there's power in the air; And Paris is a woman's town, with flowers in her hair; And it's sweet to dream in Venice, and it's great to study Rome; But when it comes to living, there is no place like home.”
Henry Van Dyke

Forever Paris



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      Jeanne 21 months ago from France

      Nice hub @visite parisienne !

      I do especially like your past article about Forever Paris & its balades :)

      I love this city and try to come and visit a new place each time I can!

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      visite parisienne 21 months ago from Paris

      Thank you Ann!

      I have seen in your hubs that you know quite a lot about France

      A I am happy you liked my vision :)

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      Ann Carr 21 months ago from SW England

      This is a delightful description of the charms of Paris. I love this city (and I'm not a 'city' person!). I know it quite well, have a few friends who live there, and I've taken my granddaughter on a day's guided tour, as well as a friend for a quick look at the Louvre and the Musée d'Orsay which I love.

      I speak fluent French and in fact we are off to Brittany on 16th, then to Le Cher, a week's trip to the Dordogne, back to Le Cher, then back to Brittany! We spend a lot of time there and used to have a house in a village called Bigny, not far from Bourges, in the Cher.