Walk the nooks of the old Roman city of Lutetia at the heart of Paris. Marvel at the learned professors (and reveling students) of one of Europe’s oldest medieval universities, the Sorbonne. The Latin Quarter is home of Notre Dame Cathedral, the Pantheon, cobblestone streets, countless churches and even the Great Mosque of Paris. Streets are lined with bookstores (from mangas to scholarly tomes), cafés and hole in the wall party hotspots.
Although most deciduous trees in the Jardin des Plantes are still bare-branched, you can't miss the cherry trees (and related species such as apple, pear) blooming in a riot of white and pink! The most remarkable must be the Japanese Cherry Shirotae (Prunus serrulata shirotae) along the central main allée, with its low branches that seem to ply under the weight of a thousand white flowers.
The Musée Guimet is friendly to babies and prams, any day including weekends. There is an easy sloping ramp on the left handside for prams and wheelchairs. The museum has impressive collections of Asian arts and civilisations from Borneo to the Hindu Kush, Greco-Bactrian to Meiji.
Our baby boy loves opera and ballet. Is it the singing or the music or a bit of both? While he's still too young to enjoy a full performance of Carmen or the Swan Lake, we thought we'd try touring the Opéra de Paris.
Located a stone's throw away from the Tour Eiffel, the Quai Branly is a great museum to visit with kids. It showcases beautiful pieces from the four continents, from huge totems and masks to everyday objects and musical instruments.
Here's another reason to celebrate! Head to one of Paris' quartiers chinois (Chinatowns) and celebrate the Lunar New Year! Celebrations last two weeks, until the day of the first full moon after New Year.
Paris is romantic. Well, that's the cliché, right? For us Parisians, we've all fallen in love in Paris..... And out of love, not to mention being dumped! For (almost!) guaranteed kisses, head to Gnarfgnarf's top 5 romantic spots in Paris. All visits are free!
Ah! Traveling with kids! With a few tips from Gnarfgnarf we hope you can plan your days in Paris so everyone is happy, adults and kids alike! Our tips are either free (at least free for kids), or fairly cheap.
Paris no longer produces commercial wine (nor any Grands Crus!), but our wine heritage is being revived in mini vineyards around the city, usually thanks to the efforts of local city councils and citizen groups.
The Grande Mosquée was opened in 1926, close to the Jardin des Plantes (Botanical Garden) in the 5th arrondissement. It is built in Mudéjar (Hispanic-Moorish) style with elements from Moroccan and Tunisian mosques. Craftsmen from North Africa were in charge of designing the colourful enamel tiles and the intricate details on the timber doors.