Paris Video Tour: The Latin Quarter – Part 3 (6:02)
The Latin Quarter has its borders from the Seine River to the top of Mount St. Genevieve, a hill named for the city’s patron saint, and is an area full of liveliness that attracts both tourists and native Parisians.
The Luxemburg Garden
The Luxemburg garden is an oasis of green in the middle of Paris, perfect for strolling or sitting. Luxemburg Garden is the garden of the Luxemburg Palace, built in the early 17th century by the widow of King Henry IV. The palace is now home to the French Senate. The gardens have a lovely pond, a fountain and beautiful statues. The garden even has a taste of modern living, with free wifi! Read the entire story here…»
The Latin Quarter stretches from the Seine River to the top of Mount St. Genevieve, a hill named for the city’s patron saint, and a popular destination between tourists and locals.
Paris Video Tour: The Latin Quarter – Part 2 (4:30)
Cluny Mansion and Medieval Museum
We begin Part 2 of our video tour at the Cluny Mansion and Medieval Museum. This is the house built by the abbot of Cluny. It was built between 1485 and 1510 in a flamboyant Gothic style. It has since become a medieval museum (6 Place Paul Painlevé). Read the entire story here…»
Paris Neighborhood Video Tour: The Latin Quarter – Part 1 (5:12)
Located on the Left Bank of the Seine River in Paris, where the Roman city of Lutetia once stood, the Latin Quarter stretches from the river to the top of Mount St. Genevieve, a hill named for the city’s patron saint. Why do so many people flock here, tourists and Parisians alike? Let’s take a look. Read the entire story here…»
Your journey starts on the place de la Sorbonne in Paris, a small square overlooking the entrance to the famous university, which started out in the 13th century as a theology college for destitute students. A clothing store now shares the space with cafes and bookstores, but the plaza remains a good starting point to explore the Latin Quarter.
Venture in the nearby rue de la Sorbonne and you might be allowed to enter the lovely 17th century college courtyard. On weekdays, it is teeming with students reading on the stone steps or rushing to class in the college’s stately amphitheaters.
Linking the square to the rue des Ecoles is the narrow rue Champollion, a lovely alley that packs not one but three Latin Quarter independent movie theaters, where students and professors attend retrospectives of filmmakers like François Truffaut or Fritz Lang. To see what’s playing at Le Champollion, which everyone calls Le Champo check out their website . For a cheap after-movie beer and “croque-monsieur” (a toasted ham and cheese sandwich), head to Le Reflet, on the same street. Read the entire story here…»
As we make our way into summer, you’ll want to spend more and more time outdoors on your next Parisian vacation. We here at New York Habitat are going to be highlighting some of the great outdoor parks and gardens in Paris so that you’ll already have some places in mind before you go. These spots are all great for strolling, picnicking, or just sitting and people-watching, a favorite pastime of Parisians!
This week, we’ll be looking at the largest park in Paris: le Jardin du Luxembourg! This park is actually located on the Left Bank of Paris, near le Quartier Latin which is the 5th arrondissement, and there are so many things to do. The garden itself is home to French Senate, located in the Palais du Luxembourg, at the north end of the park. Le Jardin du Luxembourg is a favorite place of Parisians to sit back, relax, and people watch. You can also stroll through the many walkways and take in the many statues that can be found in the park, including the original model for the Statue of Liberty. Along the fence that surrounds the park, there is often a photography exhibit. There is also plenty to do for children, like launching a sailboat in the large, central fountain, watching a puppet show, and getting a pony ride. Le Jardin du Luxembourg is a must-visit spot in Paris, if only for the quintessential Parisian atmosphere it offers. Read the entire story here…»
If you love to cook, there’s really only one way to vacation in Paris. Skip the pint-size hotel room and rent an apartment with a fully equipped kitchen so you can enjoy the treasure trove of ingredients sold around the city. Paris is dotted with open-air markets offering the freshest breads, meats and seafood, fruits and vegetables, and of course, cheeses. Fill your tote with artisanal finds in the morning and cook gourmet meals back at your own New York Habitat vacation rental in Paris at night.
Rue Mouffetard Market, or La Mouffe as it’s affectionately known to locals, is one of the city’s best-known markets. Located in the popular 5th arrondissement, this narrow cobblestone street is among the oldest in Paris and feels like a tiny village unto itself. You’ll find boucheries (butchers), boulangeries (bakers), poissoneries (fish stores), fromageries (cheese shops) and magasins du vin (wine stores) – a true gastronomic paradise. The merchant street is also lined with restaurants and cafes, perfect for people watching while soaking up the sites and smells of the bustling market.
Located on the Left Bank in the fifth arrondissement, La Mouffe runs from the Place de la Contrescarpe, just behind the Panthéon, down to St. Médard Square. It’s open daily (except for Monday’s) and is best to visit in the mornings, as some stalls close in the afternoon. New York Habitat has dozens of charming apartments in the 5th arrondissement right along Rue Mouffetard, including: Read the entire story here…»
New York Habitat has been showcasing some of the lesser-known museums in Paris. Despite their lack of popularity, when compared to the Louvre or the D’Orsay, these museums are still great places to visit and will really make your next trip to Paris much more exciting. This week, for our #1 hidden gem museum, we have 5 great attractions, all located in one small area of Paris.
Le Muséum National d’Histoire Naturelle, housed in the Jardin des Plantes in the 5th arrondissement, is really 5 musuems in one! In this one area you’ll find: le Jardin des Plantes, le Ménagerie, la Grande Galerie d’Evolution, les Galeries de Paléontologie et Anatomie Comparée, and les Galeries de Minéralogie et Géologie. Le Jardin des Plantes was built under Louis XIII and was originally used to grow medicinal plants but has since become a botany museum, displaying all types of herbs, plants, and trees, both native and non-native to France. There is also a rose garden containing hundreds of species of the beautiful flower. Le Ménagerie is a small zoo that was put in place in le Jardin shortly after the French Revolution, and houses mainly small animals and birds. La Grande Galerie d’Evolution is a magnificent display of taxonomy and evolutionary science, housed in a beautiful building on the north end of le Jardin des Plantes. It is also participating in a year-long celebration of Charles Darwin’s 200th birthday, which will include special exhibits, tours, and talks. Les Galeries de Paléontologie et Anatomie Comparée contain thousands upon thousands of skeletons, including those of dinosaurs and some rare medical oddities as well. Finally les Galeries de Minéralogie et Géologie is home to stones, gems, and other precious minerals. Due to the limited area of le Jardin des Plantes, each attraction is limited in scope but still fascinating to see. You can visit just one or all five in a single trip! Read the entire story here…»
Picture of the Arab Institute of Paris by M. Gasmi
The enduring legacy of French colonialism is omnipresent around the world, heard in the dialects spoken in New Orleans and witnessed in the colonial architecture of Casablanca. North Africa in particular traces much of its modern culture and society on a melange of traditional roots along with an infusion of all things French. Often overlooked however is the reciprocity of the French-African relationship.
Modern France is full of North African influence, from the Moroccan and Algerian restaurants that dot the city to the popular French-language manipulations originated north of the Sahara. Visitors to Paris surely won’t have a hard time recognizing the remnants of a disputed colonial past. Those wishing to dig beyond the surface of the evolving history will find many questions answered at the Arab Institute’s Bonaparte and Egypt exhibition, running until the end of March. While sifting through the complexities of history can be hard work, finding a New York Habitat accommodation couldn’t be any easier. Read the entire story here…»
In continuing with our theme of Middle Eastern and North African influence on modern French culture New York Habitat reveals an entirely different kind of guided Paris tour. Besides being the home to one of Paris’ most interesting museums, the Institute of the Arab World is also the site of arabic-language courses, child activities, film showings and the start of the Paris-Arabe Historique: a walk through the streets of Paris’ 5th arrondissement. The guided walking tour takes visitors through the streets of the 5th arrondissement, taking special note of sites and monuments relating to the Arab influence on France. The quarter has many attractive apartments and New York Habitat can have you calling a vaction rental home in no time.
The Paris-Arabe History guided tour takes place every Saturday afternoon from late Spring to early Fall. The tour starts out at the College de France and La Sorbonne, two sites not normally thought of as anything but Français. This part of the tour highlights the intellectual curiosity of the French towards the Middle East during the reign of Francois the 1st. The tour then moves on to one of the oldest churches in Paris, the church Saint-Julien-le-Pauvre. Tour guides outline the relationship of France and Christian Arabs. The third stage of the walking tour focuses on the Arabic language. The 5th arrondissement is where the first printing presses and newspapers were introduced in Arabic and the dozens of Arabic bookstores and libraries in Paris are rooted in the quarter. The tour then arrives at the Mosque of Paris , one of the grandest Mosques in the West. The tour comes to an end back at the Institute of the Arab World and, if you still have the energy, guests can take in an exhibition or shop in the on-site store. Read the entire story here…»
Photo of the Institut du Monde Arabe: Paris, France
We’ve already commented on the substantial Arab influence including the Grand Mosque in Paris, but it is definitely worth revisiting. Surely religion is a big part of said influence, but those looking to dig a bit further can visit the Institute of the Arab World (l’Institute du Monde Arabe).
Located on the Seine’s left bank in the lively 5th arrondissement, just next to the Jardin des Plantes, the cultural center is housed in a beautiful building. The facade of the center, designed in part by renowned architect Jean Nouvel, is an integral part of central Paris’ architectural landscape. The center houses an excellent museum and is steps from all of the sights and sounds of the 5th arrondissement. Not surprisingly, New York Habitat has apartments of all shapes and sizes are situated in the chic 5th arrondissement.
The institute’s museum holds a permanent collection with artifacts and artwork spanning across the Arab world. All year long the institute features wonderful exhibits highlighting the role of the Arab World in human history. Currently showing at the museum is a captivating exhibit titled From Delacroix to Renoir, l’Algerie des Peintres. The exhibition examines the artwork of French painters during the 19th century. Over 100 paintings (some 15 by Renoir) are displayed in the context of their time–a period when France was developing deep colonial roots in Algeria, and Africa as a whole for that matter. The exhibition captures a balance between marvelous artwork and interesting history to create a genuinely captivating presentation. Read the entire story here…»
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