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July 5, 2007updated Dec 20, 2023

The 3 Best Things To Do In Paris

By Chris Boyle

Paris

Don’t miss out on the wealth of attractions and adventures in Paris

MUSÉE D’ORSAY

Housed in an impressive former railway station on the left bank, the Musée d’Orsay showcases mainly French art from 1848 – 1915.

Inside its Beaux-Arts exterior lies the largest collection of impressionist and post-impressionist masterpieces in the world by painters such as Monet, Manet, Degas, Renoir, Gauguin and Van Gogh. Among these are classic works such as Degas’ The Ballet Class, Monet’s Saint Lazare Station and Renoir’s Dance at le Moulin de la Galette, paintings that capture the French essence like no others. Vastly less crowded than its neighbor across the Seine, the Louvre, its open spaces and well-planned distribution of pieces allow for a slow and full appreciation of the masterworks on show. Arrange a private viewing with an accompanying lecturer to enhance your visit, or hire out the museum’s restaurant or one of the galleries for a private event.

CHÂTEAU DE VAUX-LE-VICOMTE

A trip to Paris is incomplete without a look at how the elite of yesteryear lived.

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A visit to a stately home in or around the capital is invaluable in bringing the city to life; it allows you to imagine what kind of people would have wandered through the courtyards and arches of the Louvre, the Palais Royal, and the Place de Vosges. Château de Vaux-le-Vicomte, which once belonged to Louis XIV’s finance minister, is one of the most beautiful examples of its time, and was the inspiration for the Château de Versailles. Surrounded by manicured gardens filled with splashing fountains, this privately-owned castle is more manageable in size than Versailles and more attractive for it. During your visit, take a carriage ride around the grounds, dine at the castle’s gourmet restaurant, or on a Saturday evening watch as more than 2,000 candles are lit inside the castle and grounds to recreate the atmosphere of the famous party given by the minister to the young Sun King in 1661. The castle is also available for parties, weddings and you can even choose to take a private tour with the owner, organized upon request.

Jean-Charles de Vogüé

+33 (0)1 6414 4255

Château de Vaux-le-Vicomte, 77950, Maincy

www.vaux-le-vicomte.com

RESTAURANT GUY SAVOY

Cuisine: Modern French

Paris has long been considered the gastronomical capital of the world, and it is said by many that Restaurant Guy Savoy is the gastronomical capital of Paris.

Situated near the Arc de Triomphe, this threestar Michelin restaurant encapsulates all that could be wished from such a highly-rated destination; consistently excellent service, a convivial atmosphere and, of course, heavenly cuisine. Signature dishes include Savoy’s artichoke soup dressed with black truffle shavings and accompanied by brioche slathered with truffle butter, and the chocolate orb dessert, over which warm mango coulis is poured at the last minute to create a devastatingly delicious melting effect.

Christophe Leboursier, General Manager

+33 (0)1 4380 4061

18 Rue Troyon, 75017

www.guysavoy.com

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