Les Ponts de Paris

It doesn’t run quite through the centre of Paris, but the Seine river is both the heart of the city and the thing that splits it in two. You’ll hear Parisians refer to their location in a number of ways – arrondissement, closest metro station – but the main geographical distinction in Paris is between … More Les Ponts de Paris

Musée du Quai Branly

French presidents of the Fifth Republic have a thing about museums. Towards the end of their tenure, they tend to announce lofty ambitions for major new museums that will enrich the cultural landscape of Paris- and not least, cement their legacy in it. It started with Georges Pompidou and his radically-designed museum of modern art. … More Musée du Quai Branly

Fondation Custodia

It’s been a long time since I’ve been transfixed in front of a painting. It’s been years since I’ve been so struck by an image that I’ve circled back more than once to drink it in. It’s not that I’ve lost my love of arts or that I haven’t been seeing good exhibitions. I just … More Fondation Custodia

Château de Sceaux

Within a couple of hours of Paris – and in some cases, a couple of minutes – there are literally dozens of châteaux. Some are rather austere but historically significant, like the Château de Vincennes, while others are impossibly decadent and ornate (hello, Château de Versailles). These castles may look like something out of a … More Château de Sceaux

Salon Chopin

In the heart of the city, in the middle of the Seine, on the enchanting Ile Saint-Louis, inside the quiet Bibliothèque Polonaise de Paris, up a spiral staircase and through multiple sets of ornate doors, lies the smallest museum in Paris. The Salon Chopin is just one room. In it you will find a piano, portraits, … More Salon Chopin

Bibliothèque Nationale de France (François Mitterrand)

There’s one place in Paris that can make me giggle just to think of it. It’s not a comedy theatre, humorous artwork or playful museum. In fact, it’s a very serious place. Constructed in the 1980s by President François Mitterrand to replace its much smaller predecessor and house every book published in France, the Bibliothèque … More Bibliothèque Nationale de France (François Mitterrand)

Hôtel de Ville

The Paris town hall looks like a fairy tale castle. Located in the heart of the city, on the border of the first and fourth arrondissements, the Hôtel de Ville is known for its striking façade. Throughout the year, an old-fashioned carrousel (or manège) twirls delighted children around. At night, the façade is illuminated and … More Hôtel de Ville