The Sainte-Chapelle of Paris (ie, Holy Chapel of Paris) is one of the most beautiful reliquaries in the world. Constructed in the former Palais de la Cité, it was intended to house very important treasures of Christianity (like the Crown of Thorns) and it’s estimated that the Holy Relics acquired by Louis IX cost three times the construction of the chapel! Apart from the Sainte-Chapelle, the only vestige of the Palais de la Cité is the Conciergerie, known as the prison of Marie Antoinette!
Rouen is the capital of Normandy and one of the most beautiful cities in this French region. But Rouen is much more than a picturesque and photogenic destination: it’s a place with centuries of history, dating back to the beginning of the Roman Empire! If you visit the historic center of Rouen, you’ll find a little of everything: typical German-inspired wooden houses, monuments reminiscent of the Hundred Years War, and religious buildings, which are true masterpieces of Gothic architecture!
Mont Saint-Michel is one of the most indescribable places in France and was even inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1979, as proof of its historical and architectural importance. And although many people have already heard about this magical place in Normandy, I’m sure I found 10 things you probably didn’t know about Mont Saint-Michel! So, read this article and discover fun & interesting facts, hidden gems, and secret places about Mont Saint-Michel!
In 2019, Paris won the (unofficial) title of World Capital of Culture thanks to its 297 museums, 1251 bookstores, 1142 art galleries, 1047 public libraries, 836 theaters, 312 cinemas, 16 large concert halls, and 4 UNESCO World Heritage Sites, among others! Now, with so many cultural spaces to explore in the French capital, most tourists end up choosing to visit museums. But even so, what are the best museums in Paris? Read this post to find out!
The Grévin Museum is a wax museum located in Boulevard Montmartre, one of the Grands Boulevards in the 9th arrondissement of Paris. With about 200 celebrity figures on display, the Grévin Museum is the ideal attraction to visit with friends or family in the French capital. And if you’re looking for more activities in this area of the city, you can complement your day with a visit to the Ópera Garnier, the Galeries Lafayette, the Musée de la Vie Romantique, or the Musée National Gustave Moreau!
The Centre Pompidou opened in 1977 but was conceived in the late 1960s by President Georges Pompidou, who had the goal of creating an arts center in the heart of Paris. And today, the Centre Pompidou is home to the largest collection of modern and contemporary art in Europe! In addition to the several dozen exhibitions, the Centre Pompidou offers a wide cultural program, with music, theater, and dance shows, cinema cycles, conferences, and even activities for the youngest!
The Musée de l’Orangerie started as a greenhouse of orange trees of a royal palace, but now houses an extraordinary collection of impressionist and post-impressionist paintings, including some of Claude Monet’s masterpieces. Smaller (and less crowded) than other museums in Paris, it has the most perfect location ever: right in the heart of the Tuileries Garden. So, take this complete guide with you and get ready to enjoy Monet’s wonderful “Water Lilies”!
Although the French capital has thousands of cultural sites to visit, there are many incredible destinations for day trips from Paris. From imposing castles to medieval cities and port villages, there’s a little bit of everything within a short distance from the “City of Light”. So, if you have a few extra days and want to experience more of France, read this post. I’ve already tried these tours (some even more than once) and they will undoubtedly be worth the detour and enrich your trip!
Giverny is a lovely village mostly known as the location of Claude Monet‘s home and gardens, including his famous pond of water lilies. Wherever your look, you’ll notice a fairytale-like essence, which was so beautifully captured on a canvas by Monet. Located in the Normandy region, Giverny is definitely a must-visit destination from Paris, since it’s less than 60 minutes away from the French capital. Check out this travel guide, because I’m sure you’ll fall in love with the bucolic landscapes!
If you’re looking for a day trip from Rouen or Paris, then Honfleur is the ideal option for you! This picturesque and photogenic small town in Normandy (France) is just by the sea and has lots of buildings and monuments, that look straight out of a fairy tale. With more than 1000 years of history, Honfleur invites you for coastal walks and promenades in the historic center, apart from being close to other must-visit places, such as Trouville-sur-Mer, Deauville, or Le Havre!