Which you won’t find in a typical guidebook
Every tourist knows how great it is to find places hidden from public views and to learn a unique atmosphere of a big city. Paris is not the exception. This huge capital of France hides a lot of secrets and mysteries on its streets. Here are some secret places of Paris that are definitely worth your attention.
Promenade Plantee Park
This kingdom of greenery lies between the Place de la Bastille and the ring road Peripherique, Paris Ring Road. With the length of 4.7 km, this park was built on the site of abandoned railroad tracks in 1993. According to legend, this green boulevard was built under the inspiration of the myth of the Gardens of Babylon. One-half of the park is a ground pedestrian mall. Other so-called “gallery” is located on the viaduct (bridge-type building, located at the intersection of the road with a deep ravine). Here you can see spectacular panoramic views, as well as enclosed spaces, which are surrounded by tall old and new buildings.
Grande Arche in La Défense
La Défense is an ultra-modern quarter in the close suburbs of Paris, which is the largest business center in Europe, and even called “Paris Manhattan”. The length of the pedestrian zone equals to 1.2 km and the width is 250 m. Roads, along with the railway and subway, are hidden in the underground tunnels. Grande Arche (La Grande Arche de la Défense) – a modern version of the famous Arc de Triomphe – is a cube with the correct form of a passage inside. RER (suburban express subway) and underground connections are located under it. Government and commercial offices occupy side “columns”. On the upper floors, there is the Informatics museum, a restaurant, and an observation deck with great views of the city and the “historical axis” of Paris, stretching from the Grande Arche in La Défense to the Louvre.
Edith Piaf Museum
Edith Piaf is not just a great singer. She is a true embodiment of the spirit of France. The house-museum of Edith Piaf is a small two-room apartment, located in a building on the right bank of the Seine. Rooms are filled with relics associated with the different stages of the life of the famous singer: posters, CDs, portraits, accessories, and even the famous black dress. The entrance is free, although private, so you can get there by appointment only. The owner of the museum is a true fan of the singer – Bernard Marshua.
Bois de Vincennes
Bois de Vincennes will be a real paradise for lovers of the beautiful green landscapes. It is a park of 995 hectares – the largest green area in Paris. It is also called “the lungs of Paris.” In the past, it was a hunting estate of all the kings of France. The area was planned in the style of an English park with a developed water network of lakes and canals, as well as bridges, fountains, and restaurants. Moreover, in the Bois de Vincennes tourists can find a hippodrome, zoo, tropical and botanical gardens, and the Buddhist pagoda. You can also take a boat for rent.
Locals believe that the Carnavalet Museum is “the most Parisian museum” because it is the city museum of Paris history. By the way, the entrance is free. Carnavalet museum is located in a mansion of the 16th century, which is decorated with bas-reliefs and has several gardens, decorated with floral ornaments and statues of the famous French sculptor Jean Goujon.
Museum of Magic and Wonders
Museum of Magic and Wonders was opened in 1993. It is located in the basement of a building of XVI century, under a mansion of the Marquis de Sade. Georges Proust, a collector of magical attributes, is a founder of this museum. It is worth noting that the pride place is given to Jean Eugène Robert-Houdin, who is considered the father of modern magic. The museum exhibits various items for magic tricks: boxes for sawing people, flying man, magic wands, and mirrors.
Paris is breathtakingly beautiful and atmospheric. It is really a place that worth seeing!