See and Do in Paris
Expats moving to Paris will certainly be familiar with some of the city’s iconic landmarks – the Eiffel Tower, Notre-Dame, the Louvre – but there are plenty more attractions to see, and an equally impressive amount of activities to pursue in this romantic city. Cruise along the River Seine; spend an hour over coffee and cake at one of the many sidewalk cafés; or watch the street performers in any of the many city squares. There are also some less known museums and galleries to visit, as well as beautiful gardens to enjoy.
Recommended sightseeing in Paris
The first stop for any expat in Paris has to be the world-famous Eiffel Tower, where stunning panoramic views of the city can be enjoyed from its top observation deck.
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Dating back to 1163 AD, the Gothic cathedral of Notre-Dame is a quintessential Paris landmark and is a wonderful attraction to spend the day exploring.
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One of the world’s most famous art museums, the Louvre is a fascinating place for expats to discover the beautiful paintings, sculptures and antiquities that have made their way here from all over the world.
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Arc de Triomphe
A must-see for expats in Paris – actually quite hard to miss – is the impressive Arc de Triomphe, set within a star-shaped arrangement of picturesque avenues.
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Musée National Picasso
The Picasso Museum houses a definitive collection of this wonderful artist’s work, including paintings, drawings, ceramics, sculptures and poetry – a great attraction for arty expats. The museum will be closed for renovation until 2013.
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This museum features a collection of Auguste Rodin’s marble sculptures, some of the most famous being The Kiss and The Thinker. There are also paintings by Van Gogh, Renoir and Manet at the museum.
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Jardin des Plantes
The expansive Jardin des Plantes is a beautiful botanical garden for expats to relax in; the more adventurous can explore its Labyrinth maze.
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Built by Louis XIV in 1670, Les Invalides dome is the burial site for many of France's war heroes, including the famous Napoleon Bonaparte.
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The ultramodern Pompidou Centre is home to the Musée National d'Art Modern, as well as cinemas and theatres that host arts performances.
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This is the place for expats to see a vast collection of art from the 19th and early 20th centuries including Art-Nouveau, Impressionist and Post-Impressionist pieces.
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