Who doesn't love Paris? Am I right? I fell in love with France through language and later had the opportunity to visit several times as a teen and adult. Below is a list of interesting spots to visit while in Paris after you've seen all the required monuments like the Eiffel Tower.
Sainte-Chapelle is a gothic marvel. It's renowned for its 1,000+ stained glass windows depicting biblical scenes from various books in the Old and New Testament. It's also located fairly close to Notre-Dame so this one could be toured on the way to or from Notre-Dame. To find out more about visiting Sainte-Chapelle, go here.
2. Musée de Cluny
You're going to find out from this list that I'm a literary nerd. I chose the Cluny Museum for this list mainly because of the unicorn tapestries. If you haven't read The Lady and The Unicorn by Tracy Chevalier, I recommend it. And if you do read it and then take a trip to Paris, that makes seeing the real tapestries all the more exciting. The Cluny also features many other Medieval artworks and antiquities. Visit their official site for more information.
3. The Crypt of the Pantheon
The crypts in this famous structure are home to the tombs of Marie Curie, Voltaire, Rousseau, Zola, and Victor Hugo. You can't go wrong visiting the Pantheon even if you don't go to the crypt. There's much to explore and architectural beauty to see. For more information, visit the official site.
4. Cimetière du Père Lachaise
This is a hot tourist spot for obvious reasons. Here you can see the graves of Balzac, Jim Morrison, Edith Piaf and many more. To see this world-famous cemetery take the metro stop aptly name, Père Lachaise. Visit the Paris Info site for more information.
5. Victor Hugo's House
This one is self-explanatory. Victor Hugo lived here and it was made into a museum. This one is temporarily closed right now but will reopen in March 2020. So if you're trip is next summer, you're good to see this piece of literary history. For more information, visit the official site.
6. Balzac's House
Bet you can't guess what this site is all about. Much like #5, this is the former home of a literary legend. The house is located in the 16th arrondissement in Paris and admission is free for the main exhibit however there is a fee for temporary exhibits. He lived here from 1840 to 1847 as an attempt to escape his creditors. He lived here under an assumed name. Here's the official site for more information.
7. Edith Piaf Museum
The Edith Piaf Museum is in an apartment that she lived in at the beginning of her career. It's located in the 11th arrondissement of Paris. For more information, visit the Paris Info site.
8. The Sewer Museum
Okay, this one is a little unconventional but hear me out. The museum covers the history of Paris's sewer system first built in the 14th century and their evolution in the 19th century. This museum also features machines used for water cycle from the past into present day.
Temporarily closed until July 2020 for renovations. Check out the official site here.
9. Musée de la liberation de Paris
If you're a World War II buff, this museum is all about the resistance and liberation of Paris. This museum features the prominent figurehead of the resistance movement, Jean Moulin. For some really good information about the museum, go to their official site here.
This one is also temporarily closed because they're moving locations but will reopen in August 2019.
10. Jardin de Luxembourg
This garden was a much visited location for one of my favorite writers, Ernest Hemingway and his wife and child. The gardens are located in the 6th arrondissement and was built in 1612 by Marie de Medici. If you're a garden buff, check this spot out. For more information, go here.
11. Musée Curie
This is a tiny, unique museum that was where Marie Curie kept her offices and ran her laboratory. This is for the science lover, for sure. For more information, check out Paris Info's site.
Salut! I'm Kristina and I'm an obnoxiously, passionate francophile. Got a BA in French that allowed me to study in France and taught French stateside for two years. This little piece of the site is dedicated to some of the things I learned and picked up over there to share with you all!