Discover Paristique!

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Paristique’s beautiful watercolour interactive map

If you are planning a trip to Paris or just want to learn more about the City of Lights’ history, head to the very cool website called Paristique!

Paristique is an interactive online map where each dot represents an urban element: a street, a square, a boulevard or a parvis (6,840 places in total).
If you want to learn about the origin of a place’s name, all you have to do is click on it and a box explaining the origin and history of that place will open.

Note: the site is exclusively in French!

Paristique Map example

An example of a street description on Paristique

Guillaume Derolez, a Google engineer and creator of Paristique, carried out an impressive amount of research about Parisian streets on the no less impressive City of Paris’ Open Data website.

The result is pretty impressive with its gorgeous watercolour map, colour-coded points of interest (white for streets, yellow for squares, pedestrian streets in blue).

So if you have some time to check it out, do not hesitate! A good way to practise your reading skills in French!

 

Source: outilstice.com; paristique.fr; 20minutes;fr;
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Top 15 Must-See and Must-Do Things in Paris!!!

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Ah, Paris, Paris, Paris!!! La vie en rose … Chabada bada … Such a beautiful city but so much to see! So where to start? Here are my top 15!

1) The Eiffel Tower or as my son used to call it The “Awful” Tower is a must-see!

2) Le Sacré-Coeur and Montmartre with its lovely intricate back streets and its painters. Not really authentic but fun and beautiful nonetheless!

3) For the Romantics: Le Pont des Arts

Le pont des arts

Le pont des arts

4) L’Arc de Triomphe and its crazy mad roundabout: 12 main avenues radiate from this star after which the arc is named.

5) Le Centre Georges Pompidou, both a modern and contemporary art gallery and a cultural hub, its amazing structure attracts over 6 million visitors every year!!

Centre George Pompidou

Centre George Pompidou

6) Notre-Dame de Paris: one of the most popular attractions in Paris but so worth it!!

7) The Moulin Rouge or the Lido or the more intimate Crazy Horse!

The Crazy Horse

The Crazy Horse

8) Ride a Bateau-Mouche on the Seine to see many of Paris’s beautiful bridges. You can even book a Bateau-Mouche including a meal, champagne and music!

9) The Musée d’Orsay located in a magnificent former old Beaux Arts railway station displaying the world’s largest collection of impressionist paintings.

10) Enjoy Paris parks such as Le Jardin du Luxembourg near Saint-Germain-des-Prés and second largest park in Paris, where you can bask in a lounge chair while Parisian children play with their sailboats in the fountains: how quaint!!

Jardin du Luxembourg

Jardin du Luxembourg

11) A stroll in Le Marais with its fabulous Hôtels Particuliers, quaint museums, great restaurants, cafés and Boutiques, located in the historic 3rd and 4th arrondissements.

Le Marais

Le Marais

12) Shop on the Grands Boulevards and check the famous Galeries Lafayettes with its beautiful front windows decorations and AMAZING Christmas tree not to be missed!

Galerie Lafayettes

Galerie Lafayettes

Galeries Lafayettes' Amazing Christmas Tree!

Galeries Lafayettes’ Amazing Christmas Tree!

13) Visit the hidden gem of the Jardin des Tuileries and my old time favorite, le musée de l’Orangerie, where you can discover two amazing collections: Claude Monet’s Water Lilies (The Nympheas) and the Walter-Guillaume collection (post-impressionist).

14) The Palais-Garnier Opera

15) Les Catacombes: The spooky underground ossaries which are believed to hold the remains of over six million people!

Les Catacombes

Les Catacombes

I hope that you enjoy your French trip and please please please, leave us some comments if you have visited any of those places!!