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Did you know that in France there is a "Jardin Remarquable" label ? Set up in 2004 by the Ministry of Culture and Communication, the label Remarkable Garden identifies, on a national scale, the gardens which are of a historic, aesthetic or botanical interest .“Jardins Extraordinaires” exhibition is a series of sixty photographs showing some of the world’s most beautiful gardens and is exhibited on the gates of the Luxembourg Garden.
Extraordinary gardens, The Luxembourg Garden
69 boulevard Saint-Michel, Paris 75006 until July 23
On July 14, 1789, the French Revolution began with the storming of the Bastille prison. The Bastille has become such an important historical symbol that visitors to Paris seeking to get a look inside the fortress are often surprised to discover that it’s no longer there—it was demolished soon after its fall. But there are still a few places where we can see a piece of the original.Tower Stones at Square Henri-Galli During excavations for construction of the Paris Metro in 1899, stones from one of the Bastille’s eight towers were discovered and later moved to a park for display. They can still be seen, looking rather modest, at Square Henri-Galli.
9 Boulevard Henri IV, 75004 Paris
WHERE WE LIKE TO GO BEST
25,000 people visit the Louvre every day, and most of them rush to the undoubtedly sublime masterpiece MONA LISA once entered the museum. So because we know that we will not be able to fully enjoy the beauty of the painting (due to the 100 people standing in front of it), we usually choose to explore the other works in the museum. The Louvre is simply too big to take in on one visit so each visit is an opportunity to delve into the extensive collection of French sculpture and painting from the 14th to the 19th centuries.
Rue de Rivoli, 75001 Paris
ONE OF OUR FAVORITES PLACES
It is not a simple cafe... It's a bookshop, a bar and an exhibition space aswell. La Belle Hortense is a great demonstration of how much the French love books, wine and art. We like this original place very much because it offers the opportunity to cruise into a bar, order a glass of fine wine, pick up a book and enjoy it in the intimate atmosphere of the back room among some modern works of art. La Belle Hortense is located in le Marais, known for its cultural qualities (several museums such as le Musée Picasso). Although most of the books are in French, there are always some titles in English to be found.
31 rue Vieille du Temple, Paris 75004