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Places we like to visit in and around Paris

It's not hard to find things to do and places to see in Paris. But what if you want to do things that are a little less expected? As a travel blogger and Paris expert, I felt it was my duty to share some of our favorite places to go whether it be a museum, interesting architecture, or a cool cemetery. 

 
Rodin Museum

Rodin Museum

77 Rue de Varenne, 75007 Paris

This museum is one of my favorites because it's small, which makes it easier to appreciate what you are looking at. Also, it has a great outdoor exhibit and garden. Even thought we went in the fall when it was rainy and slightly cold, it was still beautiful and green. However, I would recommend seeing this museum in the spring or summer.

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Musée Nissim de Camondo

63 Rue de Monceau, 75008 Paris

This is a beautiful example of a former Parisian mansion which butts up against the posh Parc Monceau. Another bonus to visiting this museum is the restaurant just next door called 'Le Camondo'. Delicious food with a modern and rich interior.

Le Petit Palais

Avenue Winston Churchill, 75008 Paris

I would say this is one of the most underrated museums in Paris. This building is absolustely gorgeous, and houses one of the finest collections of artwork I have seen, including medieval and art nouveau works.

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Palais Garnier (Paris Opera)

8 Rue Scribe, 75009 Paris

If you come to Paris, this is a must-see. You must enter at the side of the building where you will go through security and pay for tickets. Save time by using the automatic ticket distributor. Your visit begins in the lower floor, which details almost look like an ornate grotto and then opens up into the main mezzanine space. It is everything you would hope and imagine it to be.

Atelier des Lumières

Atelier des Lumières

38 Rue Saint-Maur, 75011 Paris

In the 11th distric of Paris, there is a wonderful light show museum that features different artists. Currently, the Klimt exhibit has been there, I believe for over a year. They play animations of his artwork projected onto the walls and play music at the same time. It is truly an immersive and interactive experience. If you're looking for something very unique, this will do the trick.

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Musée des Arts Forains

53 Avenue des Terroirs de France, 75012 Paris

Located within the Pavillions de Bercy, you will find this hidden jewel of a museum featuring vintage and antique carnival rides and games. This place is unlike anything I've ever seen before. You will receive a guided tour and can even go on some of the rides! But, make sure to book your tickets online in advance as there are no walk-ins! 

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Cité de l'Architecture et du Patrimoine

1 Place du Trocadéro et du 11 Novembre, 75116 Paris

If you are a lover of history and architecture, this museum will be really enjoyable for you. On display since 1882, you will be able to see sculptures and actual pieces of buildings from various historical sites around France. The way they have arranged it makes you feel as if you are standing in different cathedrals! In one of the galleries, there are large windows that provide a view onto the Eiffel Tower. It's also a smaller museum, so not stressful at all to go through. Make sure to check out the book store (which the French called Librarie) on your way out. 

Musée de Montmartre

Musée de Montmartre

12 Rue Cortot, 75018 Paris

A museum showing the work of artists that lived and worked in Montmartre. After buying your ticket in the gift shop, you will enter a courtyard that almost makes you think you are no longer in Paris, with stretches of green grass, patches of flowers, and a little greenhouse style café. As I was there in February, they were still selling vin chaud (hot spiced wine), a nice touch to the welcoming ambiance. A stone staircase leads to a terrassed garden providing a softened view of the Paris skyline. The museum itself houses many beautiful works of art from the post-impressionism era. 

Montmartre cemetery

Montmartre Cemetery

20 Avenue Rachel, 75018 Paris

Not everyone is into cemeteries, but cemeteries in Paris have an intriguing beauty to them. If you want to see a cemetery just as good as Père Lachaise but if you want to avoid the crowds, this is the place to go!

Disneyland Paris

Disneyland Paris

Boulevard de Parc, 77700 Coupvray

About an hour outside of Paris

Disneyland Paris is a nice day trip outside of Paris. Obviously it's best in the summer, but I really enjoyed it right before Christmas, as they had all of their decorations up. Downside is that a lot of rides are closed at that time of year. So, if you want to maximize the rides, go in the summer!

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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