Paris’ Parc André Citroën 150 Meters Above the City

First open to the public in 1999, Parc André Citroën’s hot-air balloon, the biggest in the world, was first introduced as part of larger pre-Millenium celebrations throughout Paris. First sponsored by Eutelsat in 2004, the balloon was recently renamed Balloon Air de Paris in 2008. Although the balloon remains tethered to the ground, it rises […]

Paris’ Last Two Windmills

Of thirteen original windmills that used to be situated on the hills of Monmartre during the 16th century, only two remain standing today, Moulin de la Galette (originally named Blute-fin) and Moulin Radet, collectively known as Moulin de la Galette. The older of the two, Moulin de la Galette was built in 1622 and was […]

Paris’ Chez Papa: Cuisine du sud-ouest à Paris

In spite of being a chain restaurant, for the value and quality it offers, Chez Papa is well worth a try during any visit to Paris. Focusing on traditional and authentic recipes from the south-west region of France, the well-known bistros regularly attract crowds during lunch and dinner service. Various preparations of duck including  foie […]

Paris: Art & Architecture of the Métro

The sculpted green cast iron arches with overhanging amber lamps showcasing the iconic yellow and green “METROPOLITAIN” sign that marks the entrances to Paris’ Métro system have become iconic symbols of the city. Designed by architect Hector Guimard for the opening of the Métro on July 19, 1900, the Art Nouveau entrances were created in […]

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