(Paris UT+2)

Paris chic

This elegant district grew from two small villages – Passy and Auteuil. Fine houses line the quiet avenues, concerts are regularly given by the Radio France Philharmonic Orchestra, horse riders trot along the sandy pathways, the hamlets are shrouded in foliage, and birds chirp above the tennis courts.

In the past, people came here to enjoy the thermal springs and pleasures of the countryside away from Paris. Boileau, La Fontaine, Molière, Racine and Ninon de Lenclos were regular visitors to the Auberge du Mouton Blanc, rue d’Auteuil. Formerly the parade ground for carriages and fine clothes, people now come to the “Bois” on Sunday to enjoy the open air jog, or row on the lake. Several mansion houses were built here, along with some rather crazy-looking villas.

Today, the district makes for surprising architectural tours. Looking for Guimard, one comes across the Studio Building de Sauvage, rue d’Agar, and the sandstone building of the Perret brothers, rue Franklin. Visiting Le Corbusier, square du Docteur-Blanche, one discovers the nearby light and cubic Cité Mallet-Stevens, built in the 1920s … Chic, simple, and peaceful.

Fondation Pierre-Bergé – Yves Saint Laurent

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Fondation Pierre-Bergé – Yves Saint Laurent

Who made iconic fashion items of the three-quarter coat and the trouser suit, square shoulders, puffed sleeves, the spencer, gypsy blouses, etc. The legendary designer Yves Saint Laurent, of course!

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Musée Baccarat

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Musée Baccarat

This famous house specializing in crystal, offers a unique collection in its genre, which brings together some of the most prestigious pieces to have been produced in its workshops. A fairytale visit to a museum dedicated to this famous brand, with a very confidential atmosphere.

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Musée Dapper (don't miss)

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Musée Dapper

Ancient and contemporary African arts, and cultures of the Caribbean and the diasporas of sub-Saharan Africa are promoted through exhibitions, shows (music, theatre, stories), conferences and a movie club.

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Musée Marmottan-Monet (don't miss)

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Musée Marmottan-Monet

A former hunting lodge devoted to several passions. From the Middle Ages, there are illuminated manuscripts, while under the Third Republic, the art historian Paul Marmottan reconstituted the grandeur of the First Empire with a bronze and mahogany bed belonging to Napoléon, a backgammon table and pieces of Sèvres biscuit porcelain. Also over a hundred Impressionist paintings by Degas, Manet, Berthe Morisot, Pissarro, Renoir, Sisley and especially Monet. The Nymphéas (Water Lilies) are here, as well as the Cathédrale de Rouen, and the Pont Japonais.

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Rue de Passy

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Rue de Passy

A good place to browse for a fashionable new wardrobe. For something to eat, stop off at place de Passy, with its covered market leading on to rue de l’Annonciation and the church past delicatessens, greengrocers …

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Musée du vin

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Musée du vin

Former wine cellars in rue des Eaux are a delightful place to find out more about the history of wine, wine regions, and utensils. Oenology courses and tasting sessions are also offered as an option. Wine tasting and wine appreciation classes are also offered.

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Maison de Balzac

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Maison de Balzac

Located in a former 'folie' built at the end of the 18th century, and then on the outskirts of Paris, the Balzac Museum, the writer’s only residence to survive to the present day, offers a showcase for his personal mementoes, manuscripts and objects. Don’t hesitate to visit this fascinating museum where you’ll discover the author’s secrets and - if only for an hour or two - the capital’s distant rural past.

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Fondation Le Corbusier

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Fondation Le Corbusier

The foundation which houses the work of the Swiss-born, French-naturalized architect, designer and painter, occupies the Jeanneret and La Roche maisons (houses), built in 1924. The latter is open to visitors and applies the 'five points of modern architecture' defined by Le Corbusier: free-standing pillars, roof garden, free façade, an open plan, and long windows. White dominates, light floods in, and the configuration is astonishing.

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Auteuil racecourse (don't miss)

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Auteuil racecourse

Do you have a preference for steeplechases or flat racing? If you prefer steeplechases, then go to Auteuil Racecourse with its 18 hectares of track and hedges, on the eastern side of the Bois de Boulogne. And there is plenty to do around the track and stands: panoramic restaurant, brasserie, picnic areas, free play areas for children, games and ponies, and behind-the-scenes visits.

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Longchamp racecourse (don't miss)

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Longchamp racecourse

To cheer on jockeys and thoroughbred horses, the place to go is Longchamp Racecourse (57 hectares), on the west side of the Bois de Boulogne. At the two racecourses, you don’t have to be a racing fanatic, or wear a feather hat and cocktail outfit to have a good day out! There is plenty to do around the track and stands: panoramic restaurant, brasserie, picnic areas, free play areas for children, games and ponies, and behind-the-scenes visits.

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Bois de Boulogne (don't miss)

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Bois de Boulogne

A part of the forest that once surrounded ancient Paris, the Bois (Wood), a place of debauchery in the 18th century, became a fashionable promenade in the Belle Époque period thanks to the wide lane linking it to Paris, the creation of lakes and little rivers, the Pré-Catelan in 1855, along with racecourses in 1857 and 1873. A green 845 hectare ‘lung’, whose paths are a favourite place for joggers, horses and cyclists; the great waterfall attracts photographers, while rowing boat fans enjoy the lake, and children have fun in the play areas.

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Parc de Bagatelle (don't miss)

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Parc de Bagatelle

The result of a bet wagered between Marie-Antoinette and the Comte d’Artois, this Anglo-Chinese bagatelle nestling in the Bois de Boulogne was created in just 64 days! Here you’ll discover a rose garden, peacocks, little bridges, water lilies, pagoda, waterfalls, a salon de thé, classical concerts, and exhibitions in the Trianon and the Orangerie...

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Stade Roland-Garros

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Stade Roland-Garros

Borg, Connors, McEnroe, Noah … What tennis champion has not played on the centre court or No 1 court? The stadium was built in 1928 to create a venue worthy of defending the Davis Cup (won on American soil). Since then, Roland-Garros has staged the International Tennis Championships each year welcoming 500 players and 400,000 spectators!

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Tenniseum

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Tenniseum

Roland Garros is also about the Tenniseum, a multimedia tennis museum that uses the latest technology to present sports through the ages. A professional guide conducts tours visiting the stadium 'wings', as well as other usually-inaccessible facilities, such as the space set aside for the players, or the famous red-clay Philippe Chatrier court!

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Jardin des serres d’Auteuil

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Jardin des serres d’Auteuil

This garden is a world of surprises: classic and regular, but also winding with little hills and vales in the English style; Japanese here, Mediterranean there, rich in art with its Dalou fountain and Rodin mascarons, and in botany, with its 230 varieties of trees and flowers. And so exotic too, in the tropics of the 19th-century hothouses! Palm trees, birds in an aviary, banana trees, hibiscus, carps and passionflowers thrive in the turquoise reflections of the metal framework.

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Behind the scenes at the Parc des Princes

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Behind the scenes at the Parc des Princes

Take a tour of the home of the capital’s football club and discover the stadium, changing rooms, etc.

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Domaine national de Saint-Cloud

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Domaine national de Saint-Cloud

On this estate there is no chateau but 460 hectares of greenery for walking and cycling, a pedagogical farm for children and also a museum retracing the history.

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Musée du château de Malmaison

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Musée du château de Malmaison

Acquired in 1799 by Joséphine Bonaparte, the Château de Malmaison became the residence of the future emperor and his wife and the seat of the French government: cabinet meetings, receptions, balls, etc. took place here.

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Maison des Jardies

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Maison des Jardies

This former wine-grower’s house was transformed in the 18th century into a country house and was home to Balzac in 1838, who was fleeing his creditors, then to Léon Gambetta in 1878, who came here to relax.

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Château de Sceaux, musée d’Île-de-France, Parc de Sceaux

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Château de Sceaux, musée d’Île-de-France, Parc de Sceaux

Jean-Baptiste Colbert, a minister of Louis XIV, acquired the estate in 1670 and commissioned the greatest artists of the time to make his residence fit for a king. Since 1937, the chateau has housed the Musée de l’Île-de-France.

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