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More than a church…

Paris’ Cathedral of Notre-Dame, a masterpiece of Gothic architecture, and is one of the most visited monuments in France. Built during the Middle Ages, situated in the heart of Île de la Cité, she is a stunning gem that lights up Paris’ city center. Work started in the 13th century and finished in the 15th century.   The history of this monument also seeps out at every turn! Damaged during the French Revolution, the cathedral…

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The Dark Side of Sacre Coeur

A bit about this religious and (not widely known) political monument. The Sacred Heart of Paris is on top of a hill in Montmartre, a trendy, village-like part of the 18th district in the north of the city. One of the “rough around the edges” artists’ districts with the neon glow of Pigalle and the frills and kicks of the Moulin Rouge. The Christians proclaimed it “mount of Martyrs” in honour of St Denis in…

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City Tour1 pioneers a new way to experience the Eiffel Tower

Today, we get to do something a little different. I am sitting down with the tour operator of Paris Tour1, Linda Shell, a true vanguard, who is the creator of the first Guided Climbing Tour at the Eiffel Tower. She answers questions about how she created this tour. Arlyne: So Linda, Where are you from? Linda: I grew up in Brooklyn, and lived in New York all my life until January 9th 2017 when I…

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7 Best Places For a Photo Opp in Paris

Ah Paris… with a city this breathtaking and charming as this, why wouldn’t you want to capture every inch of it, every moment in it, and every glass of wine sipped all throughout it, am I right? But whether you’re a newly wed couple enjoying an idyllic honeymoon, or a a future instagram queen looking to shine, we’ve mapped out the best places in Paris to take in your surroundings and make all of your…

Liberty Enlightening the World (and her little sister)

Many people know that the Statue of Liberty, or Liberty Enlightening the World (her actual name FYI!), was a gift from the French to help the USA celebrate its Centennial. But not many people also know that the USA returned the favor a few years later with a gift to commemorate the French Centennial: a petite version of this famous statue. During my years as a New York Tour1 guide, I visited the Statue of Liberty hundreds…