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Paris - travel to the museum and art gallery capital of the world!

One of the world's great cultural destinations, Paris, capital of France and home to over 12 million people, is a must-see on anyone's bucket list. Flights with Air France will see you in the 'city of light' in as little as 7 hours 20 minutes with a non-stop flight from New York to Paris Charles de Gaulle or Paris Orly airports. From there it's a quick train, taxi or shuttle bus ride to the city center. Visitors from the US do not need a visa for stays of under 90 days, but it's best to check for updates and changes before you fly.

The local currency is the euro and Paris is between 10 hours and 6 hours behind US time, depending on your exact location.

Due to its huge selection of indoor attractions, Paris can be enjoyed in any season. Rainfall is distributed fairly evenly throughout the year and snowfall is rare.

The city has one of the largest concentrations of globally-important art collections in the world, and names like the Louvre, the Musée d'Orsay and the Centre Pompidou are just the tip of the iceberg. Paris boasts over 60 galleries and more than 500 commercial art galleries, many of which focus on one individual artist. Some of the most notable display the works of famous sculptors, like Rodin, Zadkine and Bourdelle. Others showcase the paintings of artists who may be less familiar to non-French visitors, like Eugène Delacroix, Gustave Moreau and Max Fourny.

It's well worth remembering that given Paris' efficient public transport system, it's perfectly possible to roam further afield and see what art treasures the wider Ile de France region has to offer. A few gems include:

  • The Museum of the 1930s in Boulogne Billancourt (works by Tamara de Lempicka)
  • Musée Maurice Denis, St Germaine en Laye (symbolist/Nabis painter),
  • Van Gogh's last residence in Auvers sur Oise, in the Auberge Ravoux, open between March and October, (his grave, and that of his brother Theo is also found in this village)
  • the Musée Albert Kahn (historic photographs on display adjoining a Japanese garden
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Paris - stunning architecture from every period

One of the pleasures of a holiday in Paris is the sheer variety of architecture on display. Each district has its own style, from the grandeur of the 19th century apartments, hotels and shops on Haussmann-designed streets like Boulevard Raspail, the Rue de Rivoli and Boulevard Haussmann itself, to the village-like streets of the Butte aux Cailles.
The best of medieval Paris is to be found in a radius around the Ile de la Cité. Notre Dame cathedral is unmissable, but if you want to avoid the crowds, try the Hôtel de Sens, (originally the residence of the Archbishops of Sens, now a library), and stroll past beautiful half-timbered houses from the 14th and 15th centuries in the rue François Miron and the rue des Barres, both in the Marais district.
If it's modern architecture you're after, then head for the Fondation Louis Vuitton, designed by Frank Gehry (housing an art gallery), the Philarmonie de Paris, a concert hall set in the Parc de la Villette, and last, but definitely not least, the Parc André Citroën. This is a quirky park which makes masterful use of architectural design to complement spacious lawns and seven small gardens representing the seven days of the week. A tethered balloon offers a bird's eye view to up to 30 passengers - and considerably smaller queues than the Eiffel Tower!
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