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Jardin des Plantes :: Paris, France

April 2, 2012 by  
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Situated on the left bank of the River Seine, the Jardin des Plantes is Paris’s primary botanical garden and renowned for its centuries-old beauty. A popular tourist attraction, the garden is also a favorite venue for Parisians. Located on sixty-nine acres, the Jardin des Plantes features many internationally famous gardens, greenhouses, and exhibits.

With Louis XIII’s approval, the Jardin des Plantes was established in 1626; however, it remained closed to the public until 1640. This first garden was founded as a medical herbal garden by two of the king’s physicians, Jean Herouard and Guy de la Brosse. A school of botany, natural history, and pharmacy was also founded along with the garden. Today, the Jardin des Plantes still boasts a school of botany as well as a natural history museum and zoo. With so many exceptional features, the garden is one of Paris’s most illustrious parks. Read more

Carnavalet Museum :: Paris, France

September 26, 2011 by  
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Devoted to preserving the history of Paris, the Carnavalet Museum opened in 1880 and continues to collect and showcase historical elements of the city. One of the city’s most renowned attractions, the museum spans two adjacent mansions that were once nineteenth-century hotels. With its vast holdings that stretch back to the earliest settlements of the area, the Carnavalet Museum hosts more than a million visitors each year. Read more

Hotel de Nesle :: Paris, France

July 9, 2010 by  
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Reserve a Room at Hotel de Nesle in Paris

In the heart of the Saint Germain quarters in Paris, France sits an artistic hotel for those who dream of the bohemian Paris of writing and painting, the Hotel de Nesle (pronounced nell). With 20 rooms uniquely designed by the owner and her son, they feature frescos based on historical French events and themes. The hotel not only provides distinctively unconventional yet comfortable accommodations, it’s great location on a calm backstreet only one block from the Seine River puts you within walking distance from all the major attractions such as Notre Dame de Paris, the Louvre, the Palais Royal and much more. Feel free to enjoy a leisurely stroll past the art galleries and fancy shops found throughout the St. Germain area. Read more

Disneyland Paris :: Paris, France

July 5, 2010 by  
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Also known by its original name of Euro Disney, Disneyland Paris is a wonderful vacation and recreation resort in the eastern suburbs of Paris, France. Disneyland Paris is made up of two theme parks, a retail, dining and entertainment district and seven Disney-owned hotels. Opened in April 1992, it is the second complex opened outside the United States and the first to be owned and operated by Disney. Disneyland Park and Walt Disney Studios are the complex’s two theme parks and combined, the two parks bring in over 15 million visitors annually making Disneyland Paris and Disneyland Park (12+ million on its own) the most visited attractions in France and Europe. Read more

Palace of Versailles :: Paris, France

June 19, 2010 by  
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The Chateau de Versailles is without a doubt one of the most beautiful if not the most beautiful example of French 18th century art. The original site was used by King Louis XIII as a hunting lodge. Upon his death his son and heir Louis XIV started a transformation of the building and even moved the government and royal court to the newly renovated site. The Palace was continually upgraded and enlarged until the French Revolution when the royal occupants were ceremoniously beheaded! Read more

Opera Garnier :: Paris, France

March 11, 2010 by  
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Opened in 1875, Opera Garnier is an amazing example of Neo-Baroque architecture at its finest. Designed by a then unknown French architect Charles Garnier, Opera Garnier has served throughout the years as one of the principal venues for Parisian Opera and Ballet. It is known by many names such as Opera de Paris, Palais Garnier, and Paris Opera, with its most official name being Académie Nationale de Musique. It is the thirteenth theater to house the Paris Opera since it was founded in 1669 by Louis XIV. The theater was built over a fifteen year span on the orders of Napoleon III as part of a reconstruction project. Construction was Read more

The Five Hotel :: Paris, France

February 24, 2010 by  
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Reserve a Room at the Five Hotel in Paris' Latin Quarter

The Five Hotel in Paris, France is a unique 24 room boutique hotel in heart of the city that mixes elements to appeal to your five senses. It is adorned with the art of Isabel Emmerique, who has been working with Chinese lacquer for 30 years and is world renowned as the only non-Asian artist to win the Kanazawa Triennale prize in Japan. It offers a wide array of services and amenities designed to pamper and entertain. With its wonderful location in Paris’ “Latin Quarter”, you are within walking distance from a variety of amazing places including the Pantheon & the Jardin du Luxembourg (Luxembourg Gardens). The Five Hotel also is a 15-20 minute metro ride from the world famous Louvre Museum, Notre Dame Cathedral and Eiffel Tower. Read more

Notre Dame Cathedral :: Paris

February 17, 2010 by  
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Notre Dame Cathedral, officially named Notre Dame de Paris, in Paris, France is widely considered one of the finest examples of French Gothic architecture in Europe. It was one of the first Gothic cathedrals and its complete construction spanned nearly 200 years until it was completed in 1345. With over 13 million visitors each year, Notre Dame de Paris is the most popular monument in France even beating out Read more

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