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Video: Inside the Paris Catacombs

MY PRIVATE PARIS VIDEO If you want to go to the Catacombs, book here: https://myprivateparis.com/tour/paris-catacombs-tour/ If you want to know more about activities in Paris, don’t forget to drop us...

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...

Eiffel Tower fun facts you didn’t know!

It’s safe to say that the Eiffel Tower is the most famous monument in Paris. The Tower, nowadays symbol of France, was built to be the majestic entrance to the...
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Where to buy art in Paris: The Ultimate Guide

Paris : the city of lights, love, and art. With the markets, studios and art galleries in the city it can sometimes seem daunting as to where to start. Whether...

Video: DDAY in Normandy

MY PRIVATE PARIS VIDEO DDAY in Normandy If you want to know more about activities in Paris, don’t forget to drop us a line at contact@myprivateparis.com !

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...
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A Beach in the Middle of Paris!? How to Escape the Parisian Summer Heat without Leaving the City

It can get pretty hot in Paris during July and August. If you’re visiting the City of Lights this summer and want to escape the heat, there’s no need to...
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Hemingway’s Favourite Spots in Paris

Ernest Hemingway wrote in A Moveable Feast, “There is never any ending to Paris and the memory of each person who has lived in it differs from that of any...
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Insider tips for exploring Versailles

Get ready to explore Versailles like never before. In this guide, we’ll reveal its hidden treasures and share insider tips for making the most of your visit. From grand halls...

Your Ultimate Guide: Practical Information About the Eiffel Tower

The Eiffel Tower stands as an iconic symbol of Paris, attracting millions of visitors from around the world each year. In this guide, we’ll provide essential practical information to ensure...
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The Most Romantic Restaurants in Paris

Paris… the city of Love and also of world famous haute-cuisine française. When you add these two aspects together it makes Paris the perfect setting for a romantic get away....

Unveiling Opéra Garnier: Paris’s Iconic Cultural Jewel

Nestled in the heart of Paris, Opéra Garnier stands as a testament to grandeur, elegance, and artistic excellence. Also known as the Palais Garnier, it has captivated audiences for a...

Finding the Real Paris

Paris is known for its iconic neighborhoods like the Champs-Elysees, but do you know where you can find the “Real Paris” ? These areas are must sees when visiting the...

Video: Royal Castles of the Loire Valley

MY PRIVATE PARIS VIDEO Visit Three castles of the Loire Valley This virtual tour was filmed in October 2020, in the Loire Valley. You can follow Flora Blanco, our guide,...

Unveiling Les Halles: Exploring Paris’s Vibrant Hub of Culture and Commerce

Nestled in the heart of Paris, Les Halles is a dynamic district pulsating with energy, history, and modernity. Once the bustling center of the city’s fresh food markets, it has...
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The Best Designer Clothing Shops for Kids in Paris

Paris is one of the fashion capitals of the world, and the options for designer shopping are endless. Whether you’re hitting the high end haute-couture boutiques, department stores, or cool...

Top 5 de tu día en Versalles

Versalles es mucho más que un palacio. Cuando Louis XIV, decidió convertir el palacete de caza de su padre en la residencia principal de la corte, del gobierno y suya,...
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The 100th Anniversary of the Treaty of Versailles

The Treaty of Versailles became effective 100 years ago on the 10th of January 1920. The agreement, signed by European leaders on the 28th of June 1919, marked the end...

Who were the Kings and Queens of Versailles ?

Versailles, the epitome of grandeur and opulence, stands as a testament to the power and prestige of the French monarchy. Nestled in the outskirts of Paris, this iconic palace has...

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...
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Christmas in Paris 2021

You may be asking yourself what you are going to do for Christmas in Paris. At the end of the Year, Paris will be magical in the streets with music,...
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Paris in WW2 – A Glimpse into Parisian Life During The Second World War

Good time to talk about Paris in WW2 as this year, August 25 marked the 75th anniversary of the Liberation of Paris. The Liberation of Paris was a 6 day...

How to Navigate the Busy Streets of Paris

I moved to Paris eight years ago and I can honestly say it took me three to four years to find my own pace living in Paris. By pace I...
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Video: The knights templar in Paris

MY PRIVATE PARIS VIDEO We are following Romain through the Knights Templar in Paris. The Knights Templar emerged during the early 12th century as a monastic order dedicated to protecting...

10 things to know about Vincent Van Gogh

The Musee d’Orsay just hosted an exhibition on Vincent Van Gogh, entitled “Van Gogh a Auvers-sur-Oise” (Van Gogh in Auvers-sur-Oise). This is the first show to focus on Van Gogh’s...
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Da Vinci Exhibition at the Louvre 2019: An Unprecedented Retrospective

This fall 2019, starting October 24th, an unprecedented exhibition dedicated to Leonardo da Vinci opens its doors to the public at the famous Louvre Museum. The worldwide-known genius is considered...
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Exploring the Rich History of the Marais: A Parisian Gem

Nestled in the heart of Paris, the Marais is a charming neighborhood brimming with history, culture, and architectural splendor. From its medieval roots to its present-day vibrancy, Le Marais has...
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Top Things to Do in the Latin Quarter in Paris

South of the River Seine and Notre Dame in Paris lies the Latin Quarter, a neighborhood filled with bustling cobbled streets, historic landmarks and fantastic restaurants. Full of hidden gems,...

Louis Philippe and Versailles: How the Palace of Versailles became a Museum

Visiting the Palace of Versailles soon? You might fancy a tour of the Trianon and the Queen’s hamlet, or the King’s apartments. The former residence of the last royal family...
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5 things to do in Paris in Winter

Temperatures are setting just above zero degrees (Celsius!), a grey unchanging sky blankets the city, and a freezing drizzle comes and goes and banishes us inside. What could we possibly...
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Notre Dame Cathedral Reopening: A Momentous Return to Splendor

Notre Dame Cathedral, an architectural masterpiece and cultural icon, suffered a devastating fire in April 2019, leaving its future uncertain. However, after extensive restoration efforts, the beloved cathedral is almost...
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The Most Magnificent Fountains in Paris

Paris, the City of Light… and water? The use of water in French gardens has been an important design element since the Renaissance, following the Italian style. French gardens and...

European Heritage Days in Paris: Where to go and what to expect

Les Journées du Patrimoine, or European Heritage Days, are events happening in all across Europe which aim to promote visits of monuments or buildings normally closed to the public. This...
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The Mysterious Women of Père Lachaise Cemetery

I get it, we’re nowhere close to Halloween yet, but in my opinion it’s never a bad time for spooky Parisian stories! I would like to pass onto you obscure...

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...

Navigating a River Seine Cruise: Practical Tips for an Enchanting Experience

Embarking on a river Seine cruise in Paris offers a magical perspective of the city’s iconic landmarks, including the Eiffel Tower, Notre-Dame Cathedral, and Louvre Museum. However, ensuring a smooth...
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Famous French Artists: All about Henri Matisse

Learn all about Henri Matisse, the famous French painter and major figure of 20th century art. A draughtsman, printmaker, painter and sculptor, he was known for his bright use of...

Paris 2024 Olympics Sporting Events Calendar Revealed!

Get ready to mark your calendars as the Paris 2024 Olympics unveils its exhilarating lineup of sporting events. The first gold medals From July 27, 2024, the day following the...
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Emily in Paris: filming locations

The Netflix series “Emily in Paris” premiered in October 2020 and was a huge hit. Viewers were delighted by the character played by Lily Collins, her extravagant fashions and well...

Thanksgiving in Paris: Where to Celebrate

France has many wonderful holidays throughout the year – several of which are not celebrated in the US. Yet, for American expats living in Paris and tourists visiting around Thanksgiving...

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...
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The 5 best things to see at the Louvre Paris

Previously a grand palace for France’s Kings and Queens, the Louvre is the world’s most famous museum. Masters and masterpieces, antiquities and artifacts fill its decadent halls, from 700BC to...

Chinese New Year in Paris 2019: Best Addresses

Chinese’ new year is upon us! In Nankin (China) on the Purple Mountain observatory, the date was set on February the 5th based on the lunisolar calendar. The year of...

400th Anniversary of Molière

Molière was born and died in Paris. 2022 marks 400 years since the birth of French playwright Molière. The special festivities began on the 15th of January, the date on...

Bastille Day: the National French celebration

Why celebrate Bastille Day? French National Day, also called ” Bastille Day” on July 14th was declared a national holiday in 1880. Today, military parade on Champs-Élysées in front of...

Video: Spring in Paris Bastille area

MY PRIVATE PARIS VIDEO Spring in Paris Bastille area If you want to know more about activities in Paris, don’t forget to drop us a line at contact@myprivateparis.com !
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5 Classic Books Set in Paris

Paris – the City of Lights, the City of Love. You may not be able to travel at the moment, but still you are allowed to daydream, get lost in...

The different Vibes in Paris

Paris is comprised of twenty different arrondissements, or administrative districts. Beginning in central Paris with the first arrondissement, which is the location of the Louvre, the Tuileries Gardens and the...
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Our Top 10 Movies Set in Paris

With more time on our hands, now is a great opportunity to get inspiration for your next trip to Paris! Be transported to France from your couch with our favorite...

Notre Dame Cathedral Fire: an update from Paris

Tomorrow, the 15th April marks the first anniversary of the terrible fire in Notre Dame Cathedral last year. The medieval church on Île de la Cité is France’s most iconic...
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Top 5 Secrets hidden in Montmartre

Montmartre – winding cobblestone streets, bohemian bistros, Sacré Coeur and the Moulin Rouge. There is so much to see in this French neighbourhood that makes it a must during a...
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Paris Christmas Markets 2019 You Cannot Miss

Looking for the Best Paris Christmas Markets 2019? Europe is known for its many Christmas Markets, and in France the most famous markets are found in the Alsace region in...

Have there truly been no great women artists? Reconfiguring the canon in the Louvre

If you think of the Louvre, you’ll have no difficulties identifying its most well-known icon: that is, the Mona Lisa. In the world’s biggest museum, the celebration of the female...

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...

Sacre Coeur History: Over 100 Years Overlooking Paris

It is one of the icons of Paris, perched up on the hilltop of Montmartre, overlooking the city. What’s behind Sacre Coeur history? Its unique architecture and location makes it...

Memories of WW2 in Paris

Unlike many other European cities, Paris did not suffer much destruction during the War. But here are some places of memories of WW2 in Paris. When the Nazis were marching...

Easter in Paris 2019: Hunt for the best chocolate!

You want to find the best chocolate of Easter in Paris? The city hosts a lot of different activities for you and your family, specially designed to celebrate this time...

Bling Bling Wonders: Discovering the Magnificent Louvre

The Louvre is not only a treasure trove of priceless artworks, but also a sanctuary of “bling bling” extravagance. Some examples are the mesmerizing Crown Jewels, the lavish Apartments of...
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Christmas with Kids in Paris 2019 – What to Do & Best Plans

Christmas with Kids in Paris 2019 Paris is a magical city through the eyes of children and even more so at Christmas time. Twinkling lights along the iconic boulevards like...

Why you should visit Fontainebleau castle

Fontaine-what? Fontainebleau – literally the beautiful fountain. Or the fountain found by a dog, called Bliau. Or maybe it was its master’s name. We’re not sure – which is not...
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