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A MUST SEE ONCE PER YEAR
PALAIS DE L'ELYSEE,
The Élysée Palace has been the official residence of the President of France since 1848 and it is open to public once a year on Les Journées du Patrimoine, so go for it! The palace itself is amazing. There are some amazing rooms that you can visit. The highlights for us are the Silver Room, the ultra modern dining room from Francois Mitterrands' time in office, and the Presidents office. The tour is an amazing insight into an amazing building. However, be aware, if you want to be able to see it, you need to put in the time to get there. It makes the queue at Versailles look positively minimal. And of course, you will need to wait a year.
55 Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré, 75008 Paris
The Cité Véron, whose entrance is located at 94 Boulevard de Clichy, is one of the most picturesque streets of the 18th arrondissement, but also one of the narrowest streets. This impasse is famous because its charming little buildings are lined with gardens that are particularly pleasant to look at, but also because several poets and writers lived there such as Boris Vian and Jacques Prevert.
WHERE WE LIKE TO GO BEST
A good alternative if you love unusual experiences. Main French saleroom, Drouot has always been, since its creation during the 19th century, an essential actor of the national and international art market. No matter what day and time you come, you will meet an excited crowd which gathered for one same intention: the search for THE item. Drouot, it’s all year long over 800.000 sold lots for a total of 441 million euro in 2010. Everything is for sale here, and you can buy anything for ten euro or a few million… To try this unforgettable experience, just enter the doors of the saleroom, walk through the different floors and soak up the atmosphere of the salerooms. And don’t be afraid of squeezing in a crowded room, it is the real way to enjoy Drouot ! You will rapidly get into the game of this quite different market, with its own code and a unique setting. So please mind the beginner’s mistake of tidying your hair during a sale session… as a risen hand means you’re bidding!
Visit Drouot Auction Market, 9 Rue Drouot, 75009 Paris
ONE OF OUR FAVORITES PLACES
Inside the Palais Royal, sumptuous palace built for Richelieu in the 17th century, is a amazing contemporary work : Buren’s Columns (also called “the two trays”).
2 Rue de Montpensier, 75001 Paris