- Museum de la Resistance – Invalides. Remarkable small museum of WW2 Resistance fighters, full of good stories and photos
- Musee Carnavalet – free and remarkable. Look out for the lock of the Dauphin’s hair that was used in a DNA analysis to identify his heart in 2002.
Maison de Victor Hugo – Place des Vosges. Free entry
- Nissim da Camondo and then picnic in Parc Monceau – exquisite. Owned by a wealthy Jewish dynasty who were gassed in the Nazi death camps during WW2.
- Picasso museum in Marais at Hôtel Salé
- The Parvis excavations next to Notre Dame cathedral. See the ancient underground streets of medieval Paris by the Notre Dame
- Jacquemart André museum in the 8th. Superb works of art and a lovely café for afterwards
- Cluny Museum – Unicorn Tapestries and the genuine 2,000 year old Roman Baths – amazing
- Fragonard – Museum of Perfume. Great for buying gifts and sniffin’- near Opera
- Tour St Jean: Climb the medieval Tour St Jean – you will be on your own as it is so overlooked and is fascinating. See a medieval toilet and toilet paper!
- Louvre Museum of Decorative Arts – bookstore is a highlight! (next to the Louvre on rue de Rivoli)
- Musee Delacroix – on the left bank. A wee museum which shows Eugene’s house and garden he rented in the 19th century. A beautiful little spot and never crowded. Look out for the superb and remarkably sensuous portrait of Mary Magdalene that Baudelaire said was one of the most amazing paintings he had ever seen. In one of the loveliest little Places (square) in Paris at 6, rue de Furstenberg, Paris 6th it is closed Tuesdays and opens all other days at 9.30 am.
- Musee Rodin over the road from the Hotel des Invalides on the Left Bank. This lovely old house called Hotel Biron houses many of Rodin’s most famous sculptures and has a lovely peaceful park to roam in and admire such works as the Thinker, the Gates of Hell and the moving rendition of the tragic tale of the Burgers of Calais. Such a lovely place to roam and visit.
- Museum of Natural History at Jardin des Plantes. Wonderful!
ee the Rose Garden and a must see is the Cabinet of Curiosities & Cabinet de La Mosson
Hotel de Ville :
few visitors to the French capital know that the town hall organises free exhibitions. Walk round to the back of the imposing 19th-century building and more often than not you’ll see Parisians queuing patiently for the latest show. Their topics are usually, but not exclusively, capital-related.
The most successful have been: Jacques Prévert’s Paris, grande-dame designer Andrée Putman’s Parisian interiors, La Commune and Communards.
- Le Trianon
Rest assured, Marie-Antoinette’s idyllic abode in Versailles hasn’t been transformed into a cabaret. In fact, Le Trianon Theatre, built at the foot of Montmartre, has known many lives and disguises since it opened as a music hall in 1894. Partly destroyed by fire, it was rebuilt by Art Nouveau engineer Joseph Cassien-Bernard in 1902. By the late ’30s, it was dedicated exclusively to cinema and, with its 1,000 seats, offered a great venue for movie buffs. Le Trianon died in 1992 only to be resurrected a few years later as a concert venue. Carla Bruni is among the chanteuses who have recently performed here.
- • 80 boulevard Rochechouart, 18th, +33 1 4492 7800 ,letrianon.fr. Métro: Anvers