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Picture of the 7th Arrondissement and Eiffel Tower in Paris View of the Eiffel Tower and 7th Arrondissement of Paris

It’s a sight that will stick with you for the rest of your life: the first time you lay eyes on the magnificent Eiffel Tower rising above the rooftops of Paris. First-time visitors to the City of Lights often head to the 7th arrondissement as soon as they arrive, as this is where the Champ de Mars and the Tour Eiffel can be found. It’s a shame that some of these visitors don’t take the time to also explore the neighborhood itself, as it is one of the most beautiful areas in Paris! The 7th arrondissement is an ancient and affluent neighborhood that boasts some of the best museums in town, as well as architecture that will absolutely take your breath away.

In this article, we’ll explore the 7th arrondissement in Paris and show you what it’s like to live here as a local!

The 7th arondissement is famous for its tourist attractions, such as the Eiffel Tower and Hôtel des Invalides, as well as for its many amazing museums, such as the Musée d’Orsay and Musée Rodin. However, it’s also a very popular residential neighborhood in Paris. Not only because many of the apartments in the 7th Arrondissement provide splendid views of the Eiffel Tower, like this beautiful 1-bedroom rental in Invalides, but also because the area is simply one of the best residential neighborhoods in Paris. Still associated with the French nobility and upper class, this central Paris neighborhood is fittingly shaped like a diamond. It’s bordered in the north by the Seine River, to the southwest by the Avenue de Suffren, and to the southeast by the Rue de Sèvres. It’s very well connected to the other arrondissements of Paris by the Metro lines 6, 8, 10, 12 and 13, and by the RER C. This means it both provides a fantastic base to explore the city during a holiday and an ideally located home for a longer stay in Paris. Welcome to the 7th arondissement! Read the entire story here…»


Photo of Musée d’Orsay in Paris, France Photo of Musée d’Orsay in Paris, France

Experienced Paris museum-goers often prefer the Musée d’Orsay over the bigger, more popular Louvre situated on the other side of the River Seine.

Sure, the Louvre has it’s share of iconic pieces and a reputation second to none, but the Orsay museum is often lauded for it’s own collection of notable art work. Located in the 7th arrondissement, the Orsay is housed in a beautiful old train terminal, and the airy, bright feel of the space provides a contrast for the endless halls found in the Louvre. Many feel that the Orsay is a much more manageable space than the Louvre due to its open architecture and the lower number of tourists cramming its gallery space. Surprising to many is the collection at the Orsay which is second to none, not even its big brother across the river. Read the entire story here…»


Picture of Chopin Picture of Chopin

We’ve commented in the past on the Parisian love for music; the numerous jazz clubs dotting the city’s winding streets, the street performers of concert quality and the rock and pop festivals that set up shop each summer on the city’s outskirts. The embrace of music in this city is genuine and far from genre-specific. Parisian’s get their music fix in many different ways, but for most out-of-towners there are few types of music that match the feel and architecture of this city better than classical music. Throw a few classical songs on your iPod before going for a walk around the St. Germain des pres district and you’ll know what we’re talking about.

Not surprisingly, Parisians hold classical music in very high regard and have a special affection for Frederic Chopin who, although Polish, was born to a French father and spent much of his adult life living in Paris, as many Frenchman are quick to point out. In fact, the city is so in love with Chopin’s musical genius that they’ve been hosting a festival in his honor going on 27 years. This year’s Chopin festival will also pay tribute to another noted romantic composer, Robert Schumann. The Chopin Music Festival, taking place from June 18th to July 14th (Bastille Day), at the Orangerie de Bagatelle, with an opening concert at the UNESCO Grand Auditorium, will celebrate the music of the two composers with eight candle-lit concerts and three afternoon recitals featuring some of the world’s finest living pianists, composers and classical musicians. Concert prices are reasonable and take place a short walk from the Eiffel Tower. Can you think of a better place on earth to take in classical music? Read the entire story here…»


musée du quai Branly: Iranian Photography musée du quai Branly: Iranian Photography

Thanks to a wealth of world-class museums and galleries, Paris is one of the premier cities for cultural learning through the arts. To the credit of curators city-wide, the art offerings not only cross genres but go far beyond the work created by artists within l’Hexagone. Visitors to Paris have the opportunity to engage with artists and artwork from all corners of the globe. The collections found in this city go far beyond the European masterpieces (although these are not in short supply here). This fall, the musée du quai Branly, located in the 7th arrondissement, will present an exhibition entiled 165 Years of Iranian Photography, continuing the Parisian tradtion of importing great art as a means to greater understanding and appreciation.

Iran is a country that is often spoken about and debated in the West. But for all of the political discussion that surrounds the Middle-Eastern  nation, little is mentioned about the country’s proud artistic tradition beyond a word or two on Persian rug making. This most recent exhibition sheds light on both the artistic and political evolution of modern Iran. Read the entire story here…»


Teotihuacan: City of Gods at the Museé du Quai Branly Teotihuacan: City of Gods at the Museé du Quai Branly

Paris has no shortage of notable museums. From the masterpieces of the Louvre to the sculptures of the Rodin museum to the Erotic Museum fittingly placed in the city’s Pigalle district, the French capital has something for every museum goer. This is the type of city where a visitor could easily spend an entire trip within the walls of a curated space and still only see a fraction of the city’s vast collection of art, historical artifacts and various curiosities. Most travelers however, are content to have museums complement their visit, not be the driving force behind it. And some visitors to Paris are happy to just see the Louvre because, well, it’s the Louvre. All very well, but for visitors looking for a good Parisian museum beyond the Louvre and the Musée d’Orsay (and there are dozens) New York Habitat always suggests the Musée du Quai Branly, a magnificent modern museum on the banks of the river Seine, in the 7th arrondissement. Open since 2006, the Quai Branly is devoted to the indigenous art and culture from Africa, Asia, Oceania and the Americas, a real departure from the European-focused art found in most of the city.

The Quai Branly Museum has a wonderful permanent collection available year round but also features an eclectic offering of temporary exhibits that continue to draw visitors back for a second, third and forth visit. This fall and winter, the museum is hosting an exhibit entitled Teotihuacan: City of Gods focusing on artifacts and artwork from the mythic ancient Mexican culture and city of the same name. The museum will have some 450 items of Teotihuacan culture, many of which have been recently excavated. The exhibition offers a window onto the Mesoamerican world rarely seen in modern Western museums. Visitors to the museum are presented with the history of the city (100 BC-650 AD) and with extraordinary pieces that illuminate the political, social, economic, artistic and religious lives of a people lost to most history text books. Read the entire story here…»


Champ de Mars - Eiffel Tower Champ de Mars - Eiffel Tower

The Eiffel Tower is the most famous landmark in Paris, attracting millions of tourists each year. But if you’ve filed the Eiffel Tower under the “been there done that” category, think again. The Champ de Mars, the sprawling lawn that spans from the southeast side of the Eiffel Tower to the Ecole Militaire, is the perfect place to enjoy a baguette, some fromage and a bottle of wine.

Located in the popular 7th arrondissement of Paris, the Champ de Mars (Field of Mars) was named for the Roman god of war and was originally used as a military training ground. The lawn was also a key site during the French Revolution. Today, the large public greenspace is home not to feuding soldiers but to students, young couples and families, socializing against the breathtaking backdrop of the Eiffel Tower. The ideal time to throw down a blanket is at dusk, as groups gather in anticipation of the hourly light show. When the tower starts twinkling against the darkened sky, the crowd is set abuzz. Read the entire story here…»


Photo of Eiffel Tower Photo of Eiffel Tower

Paris, and France for that matter, are often defined by the symbol of the Eiffel Tower. It represents the beauty of French architecture, the resistance of a city once occupied during the second World War, and a glimpse towards a future of French innovation. Located in the 7th arrondissement of Paris, the Eiffel tower seems to invite foreign visitors to come and experience the city of Paris, to climb aboard its skeletal frame and to view the beauty of its bridges, buildings and parks from a bird’s eye view. Indeed the Tour is ubiquitous in this city of low-rise buildings and Haussmannian uniformity. From anywhere in the city the tower acts to orientate lost Parisians and beckon first-time visitors. The tower is celebrated everyday by the thousands of visitors that climb its stairs and ride its elevators, but this year, on the 120th anniversary of its completion, the city of Paris will pay homage to the man for whom the tower is named, Gustave Eiffel.

This summer, Paris’ Hôtel de Ville in the 4th arrondissement will retrace the career of the inventor and architect of France’s national emblem. The exhibition will make en effort to honour Eiffel’s work on the iconic tower, but also to examine the man himself and the other projects he dedicated his life to. In doing so visitors will be able to look at this remarkable man’s contributions to his engineering as a whole, aerodynamics, and academia. Of course, the exhibition will also have a stock of documents, photographs and other artefacts on hand exploring Eiffel’s role in creating his crowning achievement. The exhibit will run until August 29th and is free and open to the public. New York Habitat’s accommodations in the 7th arrondissement owe a debt of gratitude to Eiffel as many of them enjoy views of his sparkling masterpiece. Read the entire story here…»


View of the Eiffel Tower from the Champs de Mars View of the Eiffel Tower from the Champs de Mars

Earlier we learned about a Top Parisian Park known as Le Jardin des Tuileries.

As we make our way through spring and 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! We’ve seen the two large parks on the eastern and western edges of Paris, but now we turn our focus to the gardens within the city.

This week, we’ll be looking at le Champ de Mars.  This park is home to the most famous Parisian monument: the Eiffel Tower! Located in the 7th arrondissement of Paris, the tower was first placed in the park during the Universal Exposition of 1889 and it was only supposed to be a temporary structure. Today, it is one of the most visited places in Paris, if not the world.  But the park, which itself dates back to the 16th century, has much more to offer.  At the opposite end of the field sits the Ecole Militaire and on some days you can still some military exercises being carried out in the park.  There is also the large Monument to Peace at this end of the park.  Built in 2000, this modern structure lets visitors leave their own hopeful messages to be seen by the world.  Le Champ de Mars is a great place for picnics as well since you can actually sit and relax on the grass, a rarity in Paris! Read the entire story here…»


Picture of the inside of the Paris Musee des Egouts Picture of the inside of the Paris Musee des Egouts

Earlier we learned about the Le Muséum National d’Histoire Naturelle being a Hidden Gem Museum in Paris

Throughout our hidden gem museum series here at New York Habitat, we’ve taken you to places that encompass the best of French life: wine, fashion, and money.  This week, we take you underground, to see not just a hidden gem museum, but also a hidden side of busy Paris.

Le Musée des Egouts de Paris (The Paris Sewer Museum) is a fascinating little place, dedicated to a public service that we all take for granted. Sewers first came to Paris in the 11th century when King Philippe Auguste ordered that they be installed, though they were above ground and uncovered.  Napoleon introduced the idea of covering them and when Haussmann began his large-scale renovations to Paris in the mid-nineteenth century, underground sewer tunnels were a large part of his plan.  Victor Hugo dedicates a long passage to this innovation in his novel Les Misérables.  Tourists have been visiting the sewer system since its completion, first in carts and boats, but since the 1970’s, they have dedicated space, underneath the Quai d’Orsay in the 7th arrondissement, to see the history and stories behind the Paris sewer system. Read the entire story here…»


Quai Branly gardens Paris, France picture Quai Branly gardens Paris, France

Paris is all about museums. The Louvre, Musee d’Orsay, Musee Rodin, Centre Pompidou, the list goes on and on. It seems as if every Paris neighborhood has its own museum, or at least a couple of fine art galleries.

Paris is home to museums celebrating fashion design, hunting, sex and even dolls and dollhouses. Nevertheless, for a long time there was an obvious absence of non-Western art in the city. That substantial void was filled in June of 2006 with the opening of the spectacular Quai Branly Museum. Designed by renowned architect Jean Nouvel, the modern design of the building–and the non-Western collection–sit in stark contrast to its Seine-side neighbors the Louvre and the Musee d’Orsay. Thankfully for visitors New York Habitat is, of course, a regular in the neighborhood. Read the entire story here…»