Paris is more than just a city; it’s a mosaic of villages and neighborhoods (Montmartre, Belleville, Saint Germain des Près, Batignolles…), each with its own identity, each different from the others. You’ll soon fall under the spell of their architecture, their appearance and their atmosphere.
From Les3chambres you can get to the main monuments and museums of Paris on foot: 20 minutes from the Louvre, 30 minutes from the Musée d’Orsay, 45 minutes from the Eiffel Tower and only 10 minutes from Montmartre.
The best way to get a feel for Paris is on foot. Take the time to head off in search of the city and its inhabitants as they really are, together with their mysteries and historical anecdotes.
Street by street, seek out the unusual, soak up the personality of each of the different neighborhoods, where craftspeople, artists and shopkeepers await you in their workshops and boutiques.
The eiffel tower
The Eiffel Tower is the symbol of Paris, a feat of architectural engineering, a visual signpost, a glittering beacon in the skies of the capital and the most visited paid-for monument in the world. The Eiffel Tower, 324 meter tall, is located on the Champs de Mars on the left banks of the Seine river and was constructed by Gustave Eiffel in 1889 for the Universal exhibition in Paris.
Musée Nissim de Camondo
One of the most sumptuous private homes from the early 20th century in Paris. Moïse de Camondo, a reputed Parisian banker during the Belle Epoque, was a passionate collector of French furniture and art objects from the eighteenth century. In 1911, he hired architect René Sergent to build a private mansion next to Parc Monceau that would be worthy of this collection and suitable for his family.
Montmartre is often talked about by Parisian the way New Yorkers talk about their Village : as a commercialized « Disneyland », a playground for film-makers and a honeypot for tourists, from which generations of longstanding locals and artists, have been evicted because its charming cobbled streets have become so desirable that they can’t afford to live there anymore. There is much still to love about this singular and special neighborhood, perched on a hilltop and steeped in the romance for which the city is so famous.
Les Passages couverts
Former shopping centers of today, these galleries dating from the 19th century are often a little known aspect of Paris.
They lead you to the heart of an unusual Paris, between quaint shops and architectural beauty. Coming out of les3chambres you will reach the Louvre Museum via 4 interconnecting walkways, Passage Verdeau, Passage des Panoramas, Passage Jouffroy and the Galerie Vivienne. By the tiny Passage des 2 Pavillons, you will arrive in the gardens of the Palais Royal.
A divisive figure in the city’s history, Georges Eugène Haussmann (1809-1891) was an astounding urban visionary and is the architect of the city we know today. Much of the design and aesthetic of modern-day Paris is Haussmann’s Paris.
French conceptual artist Daniel Buren created the stark installation « The Two Levels » in 1985. What is so visually appealing and interesting to many, and a complete abomination to others, is its bold, confident confrontation with its surroundings.
The baguette is an instantly recognizable symbol of Gallic life and has been part of its esteemed culinary history for more than a century, so often copied, yet never rivalled . A true baguette tradition has a caramel-coloured crust with an unmistakable audible crunch and a creamy crumb with a slightly acidic tang from its natural fermentation.
Paris river Seine docks
Following the Seine through Paris is a way of enjoying a thousand different escapades on the river, its bridges and islands. Daytime or night time, Left Bank or Right Bank, you will appreciate the buzz of activity along the quaysides and the lapping of the waves. There are any number of ways to relax – aboard a boat, cycling, walking briskly, sauntering lazily, or working out, dining, dancing on barges, exploring an area between two exhibitions, taking a post-shopping break, or sunbathing in a swimsuit. You never fail to be filled with wonder at these riverbanks, classed as a world heritage site by Unesco.
LE PONT NEUF
Despite its name (meaning the new bridge), le Pont Neuf is the oldest bridge in Paris and has joined the Left and Right banks and the Ile de la Cité, the birthplace and heart of Paris, for more than 400 years. Flanked by the 14th century façades of the Left bank quays and the former La Samaritaine department store on the Right, it crosses the island to set off the Square Vert-Galant which is dominated by an equestrian statue of Henri IV.
THE LOUVRE PYRAMID
When architect I M Pei first designed the giant glass structure in the Louvre’s central courtyard in the 1980s, critics argue dit was sacrilegious to tamper with such a prozed jewel in the French architectural crown, a megalomaniacal folly. Others declared it to be an innovative, successful merging of modernism with classicism.
SAINT OUEN FLEA MARKET
Once upon a time, flea markets were places to go to snag a reral bargain and one-of-a-kind gems. Sadly, the opposite can now be said the famous puces in Paris’s northern suburb of Saint-Ouen, which has been victim of its own success. Claiming to be the largest market in the world, the sprawling maze of alleyways and market stands is divided into 14 seperate markets.
NOTRE DAME CATHEDRAL
Gothic cathedrals were the skyscrapers of their day, buildings of eminent stature, grandeur and visibility and, thanks to Paris’s strict building regulations, which govern the height of new construction in the city, Notre Dame continues to boost these attributes, enjoying a clear sightline from across the city.