The following are a few links to websites that may be helpful or of interest to you when planning a trip to Paris, France. Some of these museums, cathedrals, churches, gardens, sites, and stores I visited during my Paris trip in the autumn of 1974. Others I have yet to see. Paris or Bust!
This list is by no means comprehensive. I plan to add to it as I continue my Paris research. The websites are simply categorized; they are not “ranked” by me. Inclusion on this list does not necessarily constitute endorsement since I have not been to some of these places. Places that I have visited are marked with asterisk (*). These links below are presented only as a starting point for your own research.
Musée du Louvre (Louvre Museum)* — Once a royal palace, now one of the world’s largest and most famous art museums, featuring Mona Lisa (La Gioconda) by Leonardo da Vinci, Winged Victory of Samothrace (Nike of Samothrace), and Venus de Milo
Musée d’Orsay (Orsay Museum) — 19th-century and early 20th-century art, including masterpieces by French Impressionist and Post-Impressionist artists
Musée de l’Orangerie (Orangerie Museum)* — 19th and 20th-century art, featuring a series of 8 murals by Claude Monet, The Water Lilies
Musée Marmottan Monet (Marmottan Museum Monet)* — Features an extensive collection of paintings by French Impressionist Claude Monet, including his iconic work Impression, Sunrise, which gave its name to the Impressionist style, plus works by other 19th and 20th-century artists
Musée Rodin (Rodin Museum) — Museum dedicated to the works of the French sculptor, Auguste Rodin, including one of his most well-known sculptures, Le Penseur (The Thinker)
Centre Pompidou (Pompidou Center) (National Museum of Modern Art) — Features art from the 19th-century to the present day
Fondation Louis Vuitton (Louis Vuitton Foundation) — Art museum and cultural center, promoting modern and contemporary artistic creation
Musée national Picasso-Paris (Picasso Museum in Paris) — Art museum dedicated to the art of 20th-century master Pablo Picasso
Petit Palais — Art museum with a diverse collection ranging from antiquity to the modern era
Musée de Cluny (Cluny Museum National Museum of the Middle Ages)* — Medieval art, including the famous The Lady and the Unicorn tapestry series
Musée de l’Armée (Les Invalides) (The Army Museum) — Military museum that features Napoléon Bonaparte’s Tomb
Muséum national d’Histoire naturelle (National Museum of Natural History) — Natural history and science museum; located in the Jardin des Plantes in Paris
Musée de l’Air et de l’Espace (National Air and Space Museum of France) — Aviation and space museum located within the airport Paris-Le Bourget (Aéroport de Paris-Le Bourget) outside of Paris
Musée du Chocolat (literally Museum of the Chocolate, but called Choco-Story Paris) — A museum all about chocolate… free samples, too!
La tour Eiffel (The Eiffel Tower)* — Probably Paris’s most recognizable landmark where you can get great views of Paris
Arc de Triomphe — Another very famous Parisian landmark with great views of the city
Disneyland Paris — For anyone who loves Mickey Mouse and all the wonderful Walt Disney characters; Walt Disney Studio Park is the newer theme park also located at the Walt Disney Paris Resort (check it out, too)
Moulin Rouge — Celebrated Parisian cabaret (nightclub) made even more famous in the movies; the home of the dance, the “Cancan (Can-can)”
Jardin des Tuileries* — Beautiful park and gardens with free admisson
Jardin du Luxembourg (Luxembourg Gardens)* — Another beautiful Parisian park and gardens with free admission
Bois de Boulogne* — Expansive green area (woods) in Paris; boating, cycling, walking; picnic areas, playground area, gardens, parks, restaurants
Jardin des Plantes (Jardin des Plantes de Paris) (Garden of Plants) — Scientific and natural history exhibits, botanical gardens, and a zoo; location of the National Museum of Natural History
Bois de Vincennes — Large green area (woods) in Paris; includes the Medieval castle and fortress the Château of Vincennes; various recreational activities
Château de Vincennes — Medieval castle/fortress (14th and 15th-century) located in the Bois de Vincennes
Château de Versailles* — Magnificent residence of Louis XIV (the Sun King) and later Kings and Queens; contains the famous Hall of Mirrors; several buildings besides the main Palace; extensive beautiful grounds, fountains, gardens; a good day trip from Paris
Château de Fontainebleau* — Very impressive royal castle with architecture dating from the 12th to 19th centuries; nice day trip from Paris
French Impressionist painter Claude Monet’s House and Gardens at Giverny — Information on the Monet’s Gardens minivan and bus tours from Paris (good day trip)
Les Catacombes de Paris (The Catacombs of Paris) — Be sure to read the “before you go” section on the website since a visit to the catacombs is not recommended for everyone. The webpage also contains important information for you in preparation for going. The catacombs are not wheelchair accessible.
Cimetière du Père Lachaise (Père Lachaise Cemetery) — Well-known “residents” include French singer Edith Piaf, classical composer Frédéric Chopin, French playwright Molière, French Impressionist painter Camille Pissarro, and Jim Morrison of the rock band, The Doors.
Medieval Cathedrals, Churches, Chapels
Notre-Dame de Paris (Our Lady of Paris)* (1163) (in Paris on the Ile de la Cité) — Beautiful 2nd-generation Gothic Cathedral, which remains closed until further notice due to the disastrous fire of April 15, 2019
Sainte-Chapelle* (c. 1240) — Exquisite Rayonnant Gothic Chapel in Paris with incredible stained glass windows; built to house the relic of Christ’s Crown of Thorns
Basilique Cathédrale de Saint-Denis (Basilica Cathedral of Saint Denis) (c. 1140 and later) — Early and Rayonnant Gothic Cathedral; the narthex and ambulatory date from 1140–1144; the place where the Gothic style was born; located in Saint-Denis, France (suburb of Paris)
Notre-Dame de Chartres (Our Lady of Chartres)* (1134–1155; 1194 and later) (in Chartres, France) —The Cathedral dates from 1194 or later except for the Early Gothic west facade and the lower tower, which date from the period 1134 to 1155. This building is a magnificent Early and High Gothic Cathedral that still has most of its original Medieval stained glass windows. The quaint town of Chartres is a nice day trip from Paris.
Paroisse Saint-Pierre de Montmartre (consecrated 1147) — Built on the site of an earlier Merovingian church as the Church for Montmartre Abbey
Basilique du Sacré Cœur (Basilica of the Sacred Heart)* (1875–1914; consecrated 1919) (located in Paris on Montmartre, which means “Mount of the Martyrs”)
The American Church in Paris* (interdenominational Christian Church)
Galeries Lafayette Paris Haussmann* (Department Store — actually several stores in one) — A great shopping experience! There’s a fine view of Paris from the rooftop terrace. Check out the interior of Galeries Lafayette with its stunning dome!
Printemps (Au Printemps)* (Department Store) — There’s a rooftop café where you can enjoy refreshments with views of beautiful Paris.
Fauchon* — Gourmet Food Store and Delicatessen, offering gifts, tea, wine, chocolates, and pastries
WHSmith* — British Bookstore and Café on the Rue de Rivoli in Paris
Shakespeare and Company — Independent Bookstore and Café, Paris
Seine River Cruises
Bateaux Parisiens — Seine River Boat Cruises (sightseeing, lunch, dinner)
Bateaux Mouches — Seine River Boat Cruises (sightseeing, lunch, dinner)
Tea in Paris
Hotel Ritz, Paris — Tea in the Salon Proust at the Ritz (Ooo-la-la!)
Angelina Paris — Known for their hot chocolate and pastries; their Mont-Blanc pastry is a specialty
Ladurée — Famous for their macarons
Paris or Museum Pass
ParisInfo.com (Official Website of the Convention and Visitors Bureau)
Learn or Review French
Duolingo (free to use)
Busuu (free plus a premium paid membership level)
Rosetta Stone (paid, not free)
U.S. Passports — Info about United States passports
Rick Steves’ Europe — This website has travel tips and a travel forum plus Rick’s online store. Check out his books in his store or on Amazon.com and his European travel TV series on the PBS television network.
TripAdvisor — Has helpful reviews
Travel for Disabled
Sage Traveling — Travel agency for people with disabilities; website contains disabled travel advice
Accessible Journeys — Another travel agency for people with disabilities
Rick Steves’ Easy Access Europe (free book in .pdf files) (Go to this webpage on Rick Steves’ website for the actual download links.)