Paris & Surroundings

One can spend a lifetime exploring Paris and the greater Paris called Ile de France. While most of the articles in this section focus on sights, tastes, history, shops, art and life in the capital, we also make frequent trips to Versailles, Fontainebleau, Vaux-le-Vicomte, Barbizon, Chantilly, Auvers-sur-Oise, the Chevreuse Valley and other notable places in the surrounding region.

Va-nu-pieds: Notre-Dame, Early Morning and Point Zero, Early Summer

For Va-nu-pieds, the Barefoot Photographer, catching an unhindered view of Notre-Dame de Paris doesn’t mean stopping by in the off-season. Indeed with 13+ million...

The Cranky Urbanist: Paris Doesn’t Need the Triangle Tower

Responding to France Revisited's call for an opinion article from various opponents to Paris City Hall’s push to approve the construction of a 180-meter (590-foot) high-rise known as the Triangle Tower, Patrice Maire, president of the association Mont 14, stepped up to the plate with "Will Paris Be Modernized or Disfigured?"

Montmartre Celebrates Grape Harvest with Wine Auction at La Bonne Franquette

Montmartre celebrated its annual Grape Harvest Festival (Fête des Vendanges) in early October with a series of joyful community events including lectures, concerts, tasting...

Photolog: A Daytrip to the Chateau de Chantilly

Photolog of a daytrip to the Chateau de Chantilly, 25 minutes north of Paris by train, at the entrance to the Picardy region. It includes the Conde Museum of Henri d'Orleans (Duc d'Aumale), palatial stables, gardens (including by Le Notre) and park.
Le Génie de la Bastille / The Spirit of the Bastille.

Va-nu-pieds: The Spirit of the Bastille

Va-nu-pied, the Barefoot Photographer, feels the spirit of the liberty at Place de la Bastille.

Dali Retropective at the Pompidou Center

A retrospective of the work of Salvador Dali, the last giant of the history of 20th-century art, showing at the Pompidou Center in Paris, Nov. 21, 2012 to March 25, 2013. Article by Catherine Rigollet translated and adapted for France Revisited.

Versailles, an alternate approach

To get a sense of tourist hell in France in summer, go inside the Palace of Versailles sometime between 11am and 4pm. While your...

Insights into French Identity: 2012 National Commemorations in France

Every year the National Archives of France selects events of historical significance to highlight as national commemorations on the occasion of a multiple of their centennial or semicentennial, providing insights into the French national identity.

The Art of Punching, Kissing and Lunching: Monet, Renoir and the Impressionist Island near...

From the Orsay Museum to Impressionist Island in the suburb of Paris, a view of Impressionism both indoors and out. Featuring Monet, Renoir and a couple of art vandals.

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