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Louvre in A Nutshell

Though the Eiffel Tower represents the very spirit of Paris, the Louvre Museum is all about the story of France.  After all, it began as a fortress (by Philip the II in the 12th century ), was converted to a palace (by Francis the I), and became  a storage place for the crown’s treasures when Louis XIV moved the Royal household to Versailles after Paris got too built-up and, as European cities were in those days, disease-ridden.   Versailles became a symbol of all that had to change during the French Revolution in 1789.  It was liberated by the people,  the Royals were guillotined, and the Louvre opened just 4 years later as a museum to display what the French...

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Museum d'Orsay

Hotel "Stayability" Index  (Five is the highest rating possible) 1, rue de Bellechasse, 62, rue de Lille, Paris, 75007 33 1 40 49 48 14 - Groups: adults 33 1 45 49 16 15  Solférino /   Musée d'Orsay  /   24, 63, 68, 69, 73, 83, 84, 94   Museum d'Orsay History It's hard to believe that this light-filled building with a collection of amazing art was once a train station, but it was.   After the Louvre, it is the most famous museum in Paris. The station was built by Victor Laloux and inaugurated in 1900 for that year's Universal Exhibition. After having received the first electric trains in France, the station was closed in 1939, a victim of progress as newer bigger...

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France Train Information

LinkParis.com is an authorized Rail Europe agency, let us book, print, and ship all of your European rail for you, call us toll free in the US at 1-866-996-9727 or 1-424-386-5222 or email us info@linkparis.com.  Search for Rail Tickets now. Major Paris Train Stations Paris has six major train stations. If you are traveling outside of Paris or to another country by rail you will indeed pass through one of these six stations. Gare d'Austerlitz, Gare de l'Est, Gare de Lyon, Gare Montparnasse, Gare du Nord, Gare Saint Lazare. Click here for a map of all six station locations. Gare Saint Lazare : Major destinations - Normandy. Gare Montparnasse: Major destinations - Brittany, Atlantic coast, and southwest France. Gare du Nord: Northern France, Belgium, Luxembourg, Netherlands and the UK...

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Tuileries and Opera

The 19th-century grandeur of Baron Haussmann's Grands Boulevards offsets the bustle of bankers, theater-goers, sightseers and shoppers who frequent the area around the Opera. Throughout the neighborhood, a profusion of shops and department stores draw the crowds. Much of the area's older character is found in the early 19th-century shopping arcades, with elaborate steel and glass roofs which are known as "galleries" or "passages" and were restored to their former glory in the 1970s. Gallery Vivienne, which is the choicest, has an elaborate, patterned mosaic floor. the Passage des Panoramas, Passage Verdeau and the tiny Passage des Princes are more old school Parisian. The streets abound with food shops of all kinds, noted for their mouthwatering displays of expensive jams,...

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