DISCOVER THE CANAL SAINT-MARTIN NEIGHBOURHOOD IN PARIS

Take a leisurely cruise along the Canal Saint-Martin. Photo, Paris + Plus

For many visitors to Paris, if they know of its existence at all, the attraction of a leisurely boat ride along the Canal St. Martin lies in its being a great way to relax after a frenetic few days packed with sightseeing, or a few too many shopping trips.  Delightful as a canal trip is, there is a whole lot more to this northern part of Paris to discover.

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EXPERIENCE THE UNIQUE ATMOSPHERE OF A CONCERT IN A PARIS CHURCH

A concert in the magnificent Sainte Chapelle. Photo, monuments-nationaux.fr

If you’ve never attended a concert in one of the many historic churches in Paris, you’re in for a very special treat.  The wonderful acoustics, soaring ceilings, beautiful stained-glass windows, timeless stone sculptures and sometimes priceless paintings, all combine to create an atmosphere that cannot be experienced in a regular concert venue.

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DISCOVERING THE PALAIS-ROYAL, PARIS

The Palais-Royal and Gardens. Photo, parisselect

It has always come as a surprise to us that the Palais-Royal, although situated in the heart of Paris, is so often missed by visitors.  Perhaps it’s because the entrance isn’t obvious or perhaps visitors are distracted by a visit to the Louvre, which is opposite.  For a weary visitor, the beautiful gardens of the historic Palais-Royal are a haven of peace and relaxation away from the crowds of the Louvre and the hustle and bustle of the city.

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THE REMARKABLE STORIES OF THE THREE PARIS PAGODAS – Part 2

La Pagoda Paris is unmissable on its prominent street corner. Photo, wikimedia

This story continues on from my previous post about one of the three Paris pagodas, the Japanese-style pagoda, known as La Pagode, which was converted to a much-loved cinema.  The other two are equally fascinating, with their own surprising stories to tell.

The three Paris Pagodas are as visually startling, unexpected delights today as they were when first created.

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THE REMARKABLE PARIS PAGODAS – Part 1

When the cinema was known as LaPagode de Babylone. Photo, utube

Paris has three remarkable and unusual pagodas.  Curiously, only one of them was built as a shrine.  Of the other two, one is bold and conspicuous, while the other is discreet and hidden within a dense bamboo and ginko garden.  What the three have in common is that their histories are fascinating, with just a hint of mystery.

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