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Pompidou Centre and the Grande Arche de la Defense

Paris tourist attractions, are not only the Eiffel Tower, the Arc de Triomphe and the Sacre coeur. Visit Pomidou Centre and the Grande Arche de la Defense in Paris.

Pompidou Centre

Pompidou Centre or Beaubourg has been visited by thousands of visitors every year. You find Beaubourg between the Boulevard des Halles and the Bastille. It is a great place for everybody and particularly for kids.

Address: Rue St-Martin, 4th arrondissement. Metro: Hotel de ville or Rambuteau. Near Les Halles in Paris.

Opening hours: Museum and Exhibitions: 11am to 9pm. Library: from Monday to Friday (except Tuesday) from 12 noon to 10 pm, weekends from 11am to 10pm

Museum & Exhibitions. It takes at least two hours to visit. Created in the 1970s the President Georges Pompidou initialized the project of this populate place. The Pompidou Center was designed by Richard Rogers, a British architect and Renzo Piano, an Italian architect. Now it's one of the best Paris tourist attractions.

The architecture is extremely modern with colorful tubes very surprising view from outside. On the front there is a square where you can enjoy a very good entertainment with musicians, fire-eaters.

You find inside the Museum of modern art (Musee National d'Art Modern), Brancusi Workshop, one of the public librairies and a cafe where there is an amazing view of Paris.

Museum of modern art: The National Museum is free on the first Sunday of each month. Find all the modernists of the 20th century like Chagall, Dali, Picasso...

Brancusi Workshop: it's free. You can see Constantin Brancusi's wood and plaster work..

Atelier for kids (Atelier des enfants) 

Restaurants near the Centre Pompidou

Le Hangar: 12 impasse Berthaud, 3rd arrondissement. Almost next door to the Centre Pompidou Excellent French bistro food, steak tartare, foie gras, chocolate souffle. Walk north on Rue Beaubourg toward Impasse Berthaud, turn right at Impasse Berthaud. 

Au Bourguignon du Marais: 19 rue de Jouy. Handsome bistro and wine bar. Very good French specialities like Oeufs en meurette (eggs poached in red wine sauce), cepes mushrooms velote, the traditional boeuf bourguignon (beef cooked in red wine). Ten minutes walk from the Pompidou Centre. Walk south on Rue Beaubourg toward Rue Rambuteau, continue onto Rue du Renard, turn left at Rue de la Verrerie, turn right at Rue du Bourg Tibourg, turn left at Rue de Rivoli, turn right at Rue Tiron, continue onto Rue de Jouy. 

Grande Arche de la Defense

Modern Paris, it is the place of the European business Center with convention and conference centers. It's a fascinating Paris tourist attraction.

You can see the Arche de la Defense from the Arch de Triomphe, in the same axis of the obelisk of the Concorde square. Its architecture is colossal looking like a big cube, 110m high. The Danish architect Johan Otto von Spreckelsen died two years before it was completely built.

Le Ô110 restaurant: restaurant at the top of the Arche de la Defense. 

Many hotels around like the Renaissance La DefenseHilton La Défense,Pullman Paris La Défense...

Underground attractions in Paris

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Museums to visit

Louvre Museum is opened every day except Tuesdays. See the Mona Lisa painting,  Venus de Milo 

Musee d'Orsay is closed on Mondays. Impressionist paintings, Monet, Renoir, Gauguin

Museum Rodin open daily except Mondays. See The Kiss, The Thinker

Churches to visit

Notre-Dame Cathedral was built over 200 years. See the South Rose window, the Treasury

La Sainte-Chapelle Church walking distance to the Cathedral. Most beautiful church in Paris with stained glass

Eglise Saint-Eustache is splendid with paintings and the great organ

Shopping in Paris

Le Marais district is famous for its small boutiques

Galeries Lafayette major department store in Paris. Beautiful stained glass dome

Avenue Montaigne where to find most luxurious boutiques

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