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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BLOG POSTS SUSPENDED

Dear Paris Plus Plus subscribers,

Due to a health crisis for one of my close family members (no, not COVID-19!), I’m suspending the blog posts for the time being.  I look forward to being able to send out some new stories about Paris and beyond in the (hopefully) near future, and a time when we can all explore the world again and share our experiences.  Until then, keep safe and stay optimistic!

Cheryl

 

TRAVELS WITH YOUR NAVIGO – THE CHÂTEAU DE MALMAISON

Le Chateau de Malmaison. Photo, wikipedia

Famous as the last residence of the Empress Joséphine, it’s also synonymous with her cultivation of rare and exotic plant species hitherto unknown in France, but especially the importation and propagation of roses.  This small château, with its fascinating memorabilia of its most famous residents and its beautiful garden, is barely 15kms west of central Paris, making it a perfect day trip from Paris using your Navigo transport pass.

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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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