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MARAIS WALKING TOUR

TOUR DESCRIPTION

See for yourself why everyone is talking about the Marais! Site of the first Jewish settlement, this eclectic neighborhood now welcomes up-scale boutiques and an active nightlife. Modern museums share cobbled streets with ancient hôtels creating a unique contrast.

 

TOUR highlights

  • Notre Dame - The most famous cathedral in the world is a masterpiece of Gothic architecture. Construction began in 1163 during the reign on King Louis VII and has stood as a symbol of Paris for almost nine centuries. On the top of the building sit 13 statues; 12 are the apostles and one is a statue of the architect himself.
  • Place des Vosges - The perfectly symmetrical trees lining the Place des Vosges remind us of Catherine de Medicis' love of precision. Now visitors flock to this once royal park to enjoy lazy picnics and visit the home of Victor Hugo, located at pavillon number six.
  • Rue des Rosiers - Possibly the cheapest & tastiest eats in the city can be found on this street! Lined with falafel shops and Jewish bakeries, the cobblestoned Rue des Rosiers is the place to experience authentic Jewish cuisine and culture. The only trouble is deciding between a bagel and a rugelach. Mazal tov!
  • Centre Pompidou - This inside-out building constructed in the late 1970's still has Parisians talking. Known for its obscure collection of modern art, it also showcases works from household names such as Henri Matisse, Pablo Picasso, Salvador Dali, Andy Warhol, and Jackson Pollock. Street performers often take advantage of the large arena in front of the museum.
  • Hôtel de Ville - This is city hall of Paris and home to the mayor, Bertrand Delanoë. The original building dates back to 1553 but has been rebuilt on several occasions after destructive fires. The front square welcomes an ice skating rink in the winter, a jumbo viewing screen during sports tournaments, and various art galleries throughout the year.
  • Memorial de la Shoah - Inaugurated in 2005, the Shoah Memorial attempts to bridge the generational gap between surviving contemporaries of the genocide in Europe and the future generations. Here you can discover many personal accounts of Holocaust victims from France during WWII.
  • Musée Carnavalet - A masterpiece of the 17th century construction, this former mansion now houses the Musée Carnavalet: a free history museum of Paris. Inside, you can see replicas of the Bastille Prison as well as a miniature guillotine. The outside courtyard is a great example of the French style manicured garden.
  • Also see... Place de la Bastille, Hôtel de Sully, a Jewish synagogue and some of the oldest houses in Paris.
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