Posts Tagged ‘monuments’

Tour Saint-Jacques Visits

July 10th, 2014

Through September 28th, 2014, the Tour Saint-Jacques is open for visits on Friday, Saturdays and Sundays.  The tower is all that remains of the church Saint Jacques de la Boucherie (Saint James of the Butchers – the former markets of Les Halles are not far).  A UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1998 for it’s Flamboyant Gothic architectural details as well as historical significance (it was a starting point for pilgrimages to Santiago de Compostela among other things).  Not for the faint of heart – you have to climb


The Swedish Ballet & the Avant Garde

June 13th, 2014

A new exhibit just opened at the Opera Garnier featuring the Swedish Ballet which, from 1920 – 1925, rivaled Diagalev’s Ballets Russes as leaders of the avant garde in the world of ballet.  Open daily 10-5 (10-6 from July 10-August 30) except for occasional (of course unspecified) closures until September 28, 2014. In the library/museum of the Opera Garnier, metro: Opera (lines 3 7, 8).  Admission included with admission to the Opera building itself (for self-guided or guided visits).  Admission: 10 euros (6 for those


La Nuit aux Invalides (A night at the Invalides)

May 14th, 2014

This year marks the 3rd time La Nuit aux Invalides has been presented in the historic inner courtyard of the Hôtel des Invalides, created by royal edit of Louis IV in 1670 to care for wounded soldiers.  Narrated by famous French personalities, the show recounts key historical events related to this site.  And this year, for the first time, there’s a download for smartphones available in English (for an additional charge).  Now even if you don’t speak French you can follow the story. Nightly shows at 9:30


Happy Belated Birthday – The Eiffel Tower at 125

April 4th, 2014

The Eiffel Tower turned 125 on March 30.  Happy Belated Birthday!  Not bad for a structure that was planned to last for only 2 years!  If you didn’t know that little fact and would like to learn more ‘secrets’ about Paris’s most favorite landmark click here!