Discover Paris

Paris topics of interest and background information to help you learn more about it

 (Photo © Reid Bramblett)

Why visit Paris?

Place de la Concorde (Photo by Guido Radig)

Free things to see and do in Paris

The Arc de Triomphe at night (Photo by Mr. Jason Hayes)

Classic sights and experiences that just scream "You're in Paris now!"

The amazing facade of the Institute du Monde Arabe (Photo © Reid Bramblett)

My favorite things to see and do—and places to sleep and eat—in Paris

The Jardin Alpin in the Jardin des Plantes (Photo © Reid Bramblett)

What do do in Paris that will make the whole family happy—Sights, experiences, restaurants, tours, and more

Just the start of the list of museums that are free on the first Sunday of each month (Photo courtesy of the Paris Tourism Office)

Free on the first Sunday of the month

Impression, sol levant (Impression, Sunrise) (1872) by Claude Monet—the painting that inadvertently lent its name to the artistic movement of Impressionism (Photo Public Domain)

Just who are these "Impressionists" anyway?

This Provençal home in the countryside just outside of Avignon sleeps six amid olive groves, a pool, and rows of lavender—and its owners would love to visit California (Photo courtesy of Homeexchange)

Free things to see and do in France

Portrait of Georges Seurat in 1888 (Photo by Unknown)

Art and architecture in France

Portrait of Louis XV of France (1748) by Maurice Quentin de La Tour, in the Louvre (Photo Public Domain)

From the Gauls to De Gaulle, a brief primer on French history

 (Photo by Tom Page)

The mysteries of the metric system

 (Photo by Neville Nel)

Wine in France