Discover Paris

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

 (Photo © Reid Bramblett)

Why visit Paris?

The cathedral of Notre-Dame of Paris (Photo by Giorgos~)

Free things to see and do in Paris

The cathedral of Notre-Dame of Paris (Photo by Giorgos~)

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

Le Penseur (The Thinker) in the garden of the Rodin Museum of Paris (Photo by Nicholas Boos)

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

La Tour Montparnasse, French for "Architectural Sore Thumb" (Photo by Greg_Men)

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?

Skype is the cheapest way to make international calls (Photo by Skype)

Free things to see and do in France

Self Portrait playing a lute (c. 1663/65) by Jan Steen, in the Museo Thyssen in Madrid, Spain (Photo courtesy of the Museo Thyssen)

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 Ren Hao)

The mysteries of the metric system

 (Photo by Neville Nel)

Wine in France