DISCOVER RUE PONCELET’S OUTSTANDING OUTDOOR MARKET

Spectacular fresh produce display, rue Poncelet. Photo, pinterest

According to the Mairie de Paris, there are more than 82 markets in Paris.  This equates to at least one market in every one of the 20 arrondissements of Paris, and the number increases the further out you head from the centre.

One of the best-loved markets for Parisians is located in the rue Poncelet in the 17th arrondissement.

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A FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS AT THE JARDIN DES PLANTES, PARIS

The official poster for the Festival de Lumieres. Photo, parisinfo

This year’s Festival de Lumières at the Jardin des Plantes is the first time the event has been held in Paris and the region.  Called Especes en Voie d’Illumination, ‘Species in the Process of Enlightenment’, it’s an incredible visual feast for adults and children alike that takes the form of a nocturnal walk along the paths and lawns, spread out over most of the park. 

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TRAVELS WITH YOUR NAVIGO – CHATEAU DE VERSAILLES

Neptune Sculpture in the gardens of Chateau de Versailles. Photo, Paris + Plus

The history of Versailles is inextricably linked with Louis VIV, although there had been a residence there for centuries before he ascended the throne.  As Dauphin, Louis XIV had loved to hunt in the forests surrounding the small chateau that his father Louis XIII had rebuilt from the original brick and stone hunting lodge.  These works were ongoing until 1634, which laid the basis for the chateau we know today.

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EUROPEAN HERITAGE DAYS: VISITING RARELY ACCESSIBLE PLACES—FOR FREE!

Emmanuel Macron welcoming visitors to the Elysee Palace. Photo, araratadvertiser

This year was the 35th edition of European Heritage Days that take place in September every year.  During the designated weekend doors are opened to thousands of monuments and sites, many of which aren’t normally open to the public, or offer only limited access.  As visits are free, the idea is to encourage people to learn about their local cultural heritage, and become actively involved in safeguarding it, not only for the present, but for future generations.

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