Paris Photo Gallery

Walk Through the Courtyard of the Musée du Louvre

The Louvre, both a palace and a museum, houses one of the greatest art collections ever. To enter, pass through I. M. Pei's glass pyramid -- a startling though effective contrast of the ultramodern against the palace's classical lines.

Photo by: Markel Redondo

While Away an Afternoon in a Parisian Cafe

The cafes are where passionate meetings of writers, artists, philosophers, thinkers, and revolutionaries once took place -- and perhaps still do. Parisians stop by their favorite cafes to meet lovers and friends, to make new ones, or to sit in solitude with a newspaper or book.

Photo by: Markel Redondo

Be Challenged By Modern Art at The Pompidou

When it first opened in the 1970s, the Centre Pompidou was hailed as "the most avant-garde building in the world." The building's exterior is very bold: brightly painted pipes and ducts crisscross its transparent facade, and an outdoor escalator flanks the building, freeing up interior space for exhibitions.

Photo by: Markel Redondo

Ascend the Eiffel Tower at Sunset

One of the most recognizable structures in the world, the 7,000-ton Eiffel Tower provides some spectacular views of Paris. When Gustave-Alexandre Eiffel built it for the 1889 Universal Exhibition, it was denounced as the "world's greatest lamppost"; over a century later, it's the city's most enduring icon.

Photo by: Markel Redondo

Stroll the Luxembourg Gardens

The Luxembourg has always been associated with artists, though children, students, and tourists predominate nowadays. The gardens are designed in the classic French tradition: well groomed and formally laid out, the trees planted in patterns. An extra bonus: being able to play boules (lawn bowling) with a group of elderly men who wear black berets and have Gauloises dangling from their mouths.

Photo by: Markel Redondo

Overlook the City from the Roof of Notre-Dame

Notre-Dame is the heart of Paris and even of the country itself: Distances from the city to all parts of France are calculated from a spot at the far end of place du Parvis, in front of the cathedral, where a circular bronze plaque marks Kilomètre Zéro.

Photo by: Markel Redondo

Pay Your Respects at Père-Lachaise

When it comes to name-dropping, this cemetery knows no peer; it has been called the "grandest address in Paris." Everybody from Sarah Bernhardt to Oscar Wilde to Richard Wright is resting here, along with Honoré de Balzac, Jacques-Louis David, Eugène Delacroix, Maria Callas, Jim Morrison, Max Ernst, and Georges Bizet.

Photo by: Markel Redondo

Experience the Majesty of Sacré-Coeur

Built as a votive offering to cure France's misfortunes, Sacré-Coeur is one of Paris's most distinctive landmarks. Artist Maurice Utrillo never tired of drawing and painting it, and he and poet Max Jacob came here regularly to pray. Set atop Montmartre, its multiple gleaming white domes and campanile (bell tower) loom over Paris like a 12th-century Byzantine church.

Photo by: Markel Redondo

Browse the Bookshops of Paris

The most famous bookstore on the Left Bank is Shakespeare and Company, on rue de l'Odéon, home to Sylvia Beach, "mother confessor to the Lost Generation." Hemingway, Fitzgerald, and Stein were frequent patrons, as was Anaïs Nin, the diarist noted for her description of struggling American artists in 1930s Paris.

Photo by: Markel Redondo

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