Carrying on my research into the 5 European cities I may be visiting this summer, I thought I would look next at Paris, France. Sure everyone already knows about the Eiffel Tower and The Louvre, so I thought I would look into some of the lesser known attractions Paris has to offer. In case you missed it you can read my top 5 things to do in Budapest, Hungary here and then at the end of this post I will be putting another poll for you to cast your vote.
Centre Georges Pompidou
The Centre Pompidou named after Georges Pompidou, has been called both an art gallery and a hub of culture. This amazing building, a fine example of High-tech architecture, houses a vast public library, a National Museum of Modern Art and also functions as a center for music and acoustic research. It can be found in the Beaubourg area.
Piscine Josephine Baker
You probably shouldn’t swim in the Seine. But you can swim in the Piscine Josephine Baker. It is open during the summer months for your swimming pleasure. The 25 meter floating pool is nestled in a barge that is moored permanently on the river near the Bastille.
For a more cultural view of the cities local color, you can check out this neighborhood full of peddlers and local talent. Located within the neighborhood is the Montmartre Cemetery. Unlike other cemeteries, Montmartre is the final resting place of Degas and a few other famous souls that once lent their colour to the world.
This shopping district, once a marsh, is a shopping mecca for all things nice. From amazingly well-crafted stationery, to fine knit wear, you will find plenty of goods to shop for. The Marais area has a long and colorful history.
Shakespeare and Company Book Shop
The shop, mentioned in Hemmingway’s memoirs, A Movable Feast, was originally opened by Sylvia Beach. It served many literary purposes including a boarding house for aspiring writers, a publisher and a library. Today it serves mostly as a used book store. While there, check out the restaurant Le Procope for a little of the Philosophes.
I hope you enjoyed my top 5 lesser known things to do in Paris, France. If you have any recommendations for things that I should check it out in Paris then please let me know in the comments below. Now feel free to cast your vote for Paris, Budpest or any of the other European cities below.