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Today we are going to finish up our tour of a great Paris neighborhood – the Marais. This is the second of our two-part series on the fantastic neighborhood of the Marais in Paris.  Make sure to watch the first part of our Video Tour of Le Marais in Paris.

Video Tour of Le Marais in Paris, Part 2

Rue des Rosiers

The Marais used to be an important center of Jewish Paris and is still today to a certain degree. You can see the unique Agoudas Hakehilos synagogue designed by Hector Guimard at 10 rue Pavee, just off of  des Rosiers, which used to be the one of the main Jewish streets in Paris. While many of the traditional shops have been taken over by designer boutiques, there are still some shops selling Jewish specialties. You can pick up some tasty pastries at the various Jewish bakeries or grab a falafel at the famous l’As du Falafel (34 rue des Rosiers), home to the best falafel in the world!

Further down the street is Chez Marianne (2, Rue des Hospitalières-Saint-Gervais, on the corner at rue des Rosiers), a better option for a sit down meal. Here, patrons can make their own tasting menu of Eastern Mediterranean delicacies such as hummus, grilled eggplant and vine-leaf dolmas. The kitsch art adds to the charm of this restaurant. Read the entire story here…»

 

Today we are going to check out one of most historic (but also one of the coolest!) areas of Paris – the Marais. Refined 16th century mansions, peaceful gardens, Jewish delicatessens, ultra-trendy boutiques and the lively gay district show the great range of the Marais which has something for everyone!

Paris Neighborhood Video Tour: Le Marais – Part 1 (6:16)

History and Landmarks

The Marais, the French word for ‘marsh’, is located north of the Seine, sandwiched between Place de la Bastille, Place de la Republique and Les Halles. Its swamp lands were drained in the mid-1500s and the area was quickly bought up by aristocrats to build their elegant city mansions or hotels particuliers. The area was abandoned in the 18th century when the nobles started gravitating towards the west of the city.  The Marais would have seen the wrecking ball if it hadn’t been for a campaign led by the Minister of Culture, Andre Malraux, in the 1960s to save the area’s heritage. Today the Marais is one of the loveliest and trendiest areas of Paris. Read the entire story here…»

 

Welcome to the final leg of our 3 part series on the great Paris neighborhood, La Bastille. We invite you to catch-up with Part 1 of our Video Tour of Bastille and Part 2 of our Video Tour of Bastille.

Paris Neighborhood Video Tour: Bastille – Part 3 (5:44)

Shopping Scene

The area east of Place de la Bastille is known as the Faubourg Saint Antoine. Along rue de Faubourg Saint Antoine you are able to find some French chain fashion stores, but if you get off the main drag you can find all sorts of cool little boutiques scattered around the area.

And if you are headed north away from Bastille towards Place de la Republique don’t miss the cool concept store Merci, located at 111 boulevard Beaumarchais 75003, where you can find used books, designer and haute couture clothes and mega discounts – and all profits go to charity! Read the entire story here…»

 

This is the 2nd of our 3 part series on the neighborhood of Bastille in Paris. Check out Part 1 of our Video Tour of Bastille, and Part 3 of our Video Tour of Bastille. You can also watch them on our YouTube channel.  In this video we are going to continue our stroll through the Bastille and present more of the opportunities that this wonderful neighborhood holds.

Paris Neighborhood Video Tour: Bastille – Part 2 (5:45)

Bercy (boulevard de Bercy 75012)

If you head a little south-east past Gare de Lyon you’ll reach the Bercy Stadium, a large sports complex and concert venue. Covered by steps and diagonal slabs of grass, this is a favorite hang out for many skateboarders. However, if you walk a little further to the east, you’ll come up to a nice park and a few more lesser-known places in Paris. Read the entire story here…»

 

In this video we are going to have a look at the area around La Bastille, which is located in the southeast of Paris, just beside the Marais. A former neighborhood outside the city just beyond the infamous Bastille prison, this area is more off-beat than its sophisticated neighbor – the Marais. With its real Parisian feel, the Bastille has all kinds of unique hidden treasures.

This will be the first of a three-part series on this fantastic neighborhood. Check out Part 2 of our Video Tour of Bastille, and Part 3 of our Video Tour of Bastille.

Paris Neighborhood Video Tour: Bastille – Part 1 (5:45)

La Bastille History and Landmarks

The Place de la Bastille is the area where The Bastille, a formidable fortress on the eastern gate of Paris, was built in the 1300s. From the early 1600s to 1789 it was used as a prison and, during that time, it held some well-known inmates:

The writer/philosopher Voltaire did two stints. He was locked up  in  1717 and again in 1726. Also, the erotic writer, Marquis de Sade, was locked up for 5 years.

During the wee morning hours of July 14th 1789, it became the target of the large mob of early revolutionaries that stormed it, sparking the first French Revolution. Now, July 14th is known as Bastille Day in France as a memorial. After the revolution, the prison was dismantled and many of its study blocks went to the building of the Concorde Bridge. You can see the last vestiges of the prison in the little garden at the end of Boulevard Henri IV as well as in the metro station on the platform of line 5. Read the entire story here…»

 

Today we are going to finish up our tour of one of the great Paris neighborhoods, the Quartier Latin, or Latin Quarter.

This is the third episode of our 3-part series on The Latin Quarter. Make sure to watch Part 1 of our Video Tour of the Latin Quarter, and Part 2 of our Video Tour of the Latin Quarter.

Paris Video Tour: The Latin Quarter – Part 3 (6:02)

Location

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…»

 

Today we will continue our look into the Paris neighborhood known as the Latin Quarter. This is the second episode of our 3-part series on the Latin Quarter.  You’ll find the First Part of our video tour here and the third part of our Video Tour of the Latin Quarter here. You can also subscribe to our YouTube channel.

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…»

 

In today’s video tour we’re going to explore one of the liveliest and most popular areas of Paris, the Latin Quarter.

There is so much to see in this area, this will be the 1st episode of a three-part series dedicated to the Latin Quarter.  Make sure to check out Part 2 of our Video Tour of the Latin Quarter and Part 3 of our Video Tour of the Latin Quarter. You can also subscribe to our YouTube channel to get all the latest videos.

Paris Neighborhood Video Tour: The Latin Quarter – Part 1 (5:12)

Location

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…»

 

In today’s video we are going to explore the neighborhood of Oberkampf. Oberkampf is still like a little village inside the big city of Paris; it is located in the 11th arrondissement of Paris, specifically on the right bank and in the East side of Paris above the Opéra Bastille. It extends from the covered Canal Saint Martin to the famous Belleville village. The neighborhood of Belleville offers plenty of things to do and to see too.

Paris Video Tour: Oberkampf (5:11)

History:

Oberkampf gets its name from the Industrialist Christophe-Philippe Oberkampf, famous for his “imprimé” or printed fabrics. King Louis XVI declared his company a “Manufacture Royale” in 1783, and gave Oberkampf the nobility title “écuyer”, or esquire, and today he has a metro station and a street named after him. Very “royale” indeed!

The Lower East Side of Paris:

If you’ve watched our video tour of the Lower East Side in New York City, you will see a similarity in Oberkampf. With its trendy cafes and restaurants, its Arab pastries and its colorful markets – you won’t soon forget this hip village.

Constantly showing up in movies, from Bollywood to Hollywood, there is definitely a sense of magic in Oberkampf! Read the entire story here…»

 

Paris offers plenty of things to do and to see. In this video we’re going to show you yet another treasure of  the city. Today we’re going to explore Les Grands Boulevards, which is a place with both amazing day and night life, with so much to see.

The Grands Boulevards – the big boulevards – start at Place de la République and end at the prestigious Grands Magasins.

Paris Video Tour: Grands Boulevards (5:40)

History

From Charles the Fifth, in the 14th century,to Napoleon III’s modification of Paris, the Boulevards, famous for their theaters, offers 600 years of Paris’ History. From 1853 to 1870, le Baron Haussmann was obsessed with the culture of straight lines, and so he transformed the old Paris of Charles V to the one you can still see today, the Paris of Napoleon III. Read the entire story here…»