Category Archives: Paris, Île-de-France

Episode 39 Montparnasse, the Catacombs, and French Cemeteries

Montparnasse, the Catocombs, and French Cemeteries

Paris as seen from the Tour Montparnasse
Paris as seen from the Tour Montparnasse. Photo Benh LIEU SONG.

Today we are going to talk about the area of Paris called Montparnasse. Montparnasse is “younger” than most of Paris, a nice place to stay not too far from the city center on a smaller budget, and a major transportation hub. As we are releasing this episode close to Halloween, we also talk about two places in the Montparnasse area that are creepy: the Montparnasse Cemetery and the Catacombs. Both are well-worth a visit, and we explain why in this episode. Enjoy!

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Best Covered Passages in Paris, Episode 29

 Best covered passages in Paris, shopping

Best Covered Passages in Paris

This week we look at the Best Covered Passages in Paris (we call them “galeries” in French) and why return visitors to the City of Light should definitely consider visiting the some. There are lots of them, but we have our favorites, which is why we are concentrating on the best covered passages in Paris.

Elyse explains how they came to be historically, why she likes them so much, and suggests a few you may want to concentrate on because they offer particularly wonderful architecture or ambiance.

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Episode Highlights

    • What are the Covered Passages?
    • Where are the best covered passages in Paris?
    • How French Kings and Noblemen created the Galleries
    • The Galleries were the original shopping malls
    • The Best Passages in Paris:
      • Passage Panorama (Near Galeries Lafayette and Printemps, 1799)
      • Passage Jouffroy (1847)
      • Passage Verdeau (think “verre d’eau!”, 1847)
      • Galerie Vivienne (Palais Royal area)
      • Galerie Véro-Daudat
      • Passage Brady (ehtnic foods from Pakistan and India)
      • Galerie Colbert near the Bibliothèque Nationale
      • Passage du Grand Cerf between rue Saint-Denis and place de la République
      • Passage des Princes
      • Passage de Choiseul (1825, had theaters and cabarets)

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Le Marais Neighborhood in Paris, Episode 27

Le Marais Place des Vosges
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Le Marais Neighborhood in Paris

Today on episode 27 of Join Us in France we explore Le Marais neighborhood in Paris. Yes, it used to be a swamp, but be assured it hasn’t been one for many centuries! The Marais is one of the oldest, most charming neighborhoods of Paris, full of windy streets, wonderful restaurants, antique shops, small museums, and Elyse can’t get enough of it.

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Episode Highlights

  • Historical Backgroud of Le Marais neighborhood in Paris
  • Knights Templars
  • Later developments with Henry IV
  • Place des Vosges
  • Village Saint-Paul
  • There are many museums in Le Marais
  • Jewish Museum in Le Marais
  • Brunch is the new trend in France
  • Le Marais as a gay neighborhood
  • The feel of Paris
  • More Must-See in Le Marais
    • Place des Vosges
    • Hôtel de Sully
    • Musée Carnavalet (at least peek in the courtyard)
  • Picasso Museum
  • Cognacq-Jay (free)
  • Hôtel de Soubise
  • Victor-Hugo apartment (free)
  • Maison Européenne de la Photographie
  • Musée de la chasse et de la nature
  • Musée de la poupée (dolls)
  • Elyse’s tour in the Marais

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