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...

Zorro, Le Musical

Paris, February 2010—I get a thrill whenever I walk into the Folies Bergères, past its Art Deco façade and into its kitsch lobby that...

Paris, the world’s largest image

March 13, 2010 - Paris is now officially the world's largest image, in pixels that is. It's 26 gigapixels are sure to be beat in the future as the pixel race continues (Paris took the title from Dresden), so enjoy it now while you can still say you saw the world's biggest. Take a virtual interactive tour here

Happy New Year – Bonne Année

France Revisited wishes readers around the world a happy new year and une très bonne année 2013 with the image below of the Smiling...

European Heritage Days: “Paris Historique” decries destruction of historical buildings

The architectural heritage of France—local, regional, national, European—is part of what makes this the world’s number one tourist destination and what makes Paris such as magnificent walking city. But should that architectural heritage be maintained at all cost?

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 at...

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.

Private Paris & France Tours

Award-winning travel writer and editor Gary Lee Kraut is the go-to guy for individuals and agencies seeking personalized tours, events and advice in Paris and throughout France.

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