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Charles de Gaulle

Who is Charles de Gaulle? What you didn’t know about the French most famous president. If you enter Paris by air, the name Charles de Gaulle will be the first one you will hear. And if you know anything about history, you have most heard of Charles de Gaulle or General de Gaulle already. De...
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Flemish Renaissance in the Louvre

Ah, the Renaissance… The Sistine Chapel painted by Michelangelo, Mona Lisa’s portrait by Da Vinci, the paintings by Raphaël… Too often, we only think of Italy when it comes to the great artworks of the 1400s and 1500s. But in the Netherlands, these centuries also brought forward what is often called the Dutch or Flemish...
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Chartres and its cathedral, capital of light

During the winter season, we try to use as many opportunities as we can to go learn new tours. This week, we had the pleasure of going to Chartres, a city located 56 miles southwest from Paris. It is famous worldwide for its cathedral. The cathedral of Chartres was built for the most part between...
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Paris with teenagers

Contrary to what some may assume, Paris is actually a family friendly city. As we discussed in a previous article, there are many wonderful outings and activities for children that families can do while visiting Paris. But what about teenagers, who are notoriously hard to please? My Private Paris has designed custom tours and visits...
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Take a beautiful picture

Ever wanted to improve your skills and take more personal and arty pictures ? When you travel it’s almost mandatory to take pictures, for your own memories, then to share with your friends and family and to shine on social media ! In some of the most famous cities of the world like Paris, Roma,...
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French Schools and College in Paris

Discover in a FAQ how it is to study in France ! Does France have a free education ? Just like in the United States, France has public schooling which is free and subsidized by the French government. Education is obligatory from the ages of 3 to 16 years old. The notion that education is...
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History of the University

Paris has been around for more than 2000 years, and it has preserved many of its historical neighbourhoods. Most notably the Latin Quarter. The latin quarter is actually the cradle of the university of Paris, which is where it bears its name. « Latin » because the language of study was not French in the Middle Ages...
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Ancient Treasures at the Louvre Museum

Be amazed by ancient Treasures at the Louvre Museum, we selected for you a list of wonders. From Egypt to Mesopotamia and Middle-East. Ebih-Il The deep blue eyes of this alabaster statuette freeze the visitors who pass by in its gaze, a gaze that was once enhanced by golden eyebrows. The hands are joined in...
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Best Outdoor Experiences in Paris

Flowers are beginning to bloom and the birds are chirping ! Paris is great to visit during all seasons of course, but Spring and Summer are especially magical. With warm temperatures on the horizon, there’s plenty of things to do outside in Paris to take advantage of the good weather. Here are some of our...
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5 Can’t-Miss Churches in Paris

Despite it’s secular reputation, France was for many centuries a Catholic country. This heritage is visible everywhere in daily life (most catholic holidays are public holidays), but also in the architecture. Because of course, religion implies places of worship. And there are many : up to 100,000 in all of France, including around 40,000 churches...
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