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Institutions
Cité Internationale Universitaire de Paris - The Cité Internationale Universitaire de Paris was founded in the early 1920s to promote harmony by providing facilities and housing for talented young people from all over the world.
Museums
Museé de l' Orangerie - The museum chosen and arranged by Claude Monet to showcase his “testamentary” masterpieces as “Unique in its genre”. The museum offers a fabulous concentration of masterpieces from the Jean Walter and Paul Guillaume Collection, featuring Cézanne, Renoir, Picasso, Rousseau, Matisse, Derain, Modigliani, Soutine, Utrillo and Laurencin. This museum was closed for renovation in 2000 when I last visited Paris and remained closed until May of 2006, when it reopened. Well worth a visit I suspect. Houses the painting of Monet that launched the Impressionist movement.
Museé d' Orsay - One of the great museums of Paris and of the world. It houses a great collection of Impressionist art. There's a wonderful virtual tour of the museum. The picture to the left is a shot of the Monet Room. Click on the image to see a full-sized image of the room.
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Museé Dupuytren - A museum of anatomical items illustrating diseases and malformations. It is located at 15, rue de l'Ecole de Médecine, Les Cordeliers, Paris, France, and open weekdays except holidays and university vacations. Among other notable items, the museum contains brains of aphasic patients, preserved in alcohol by the celebrated anatomist Paul Pierre Broca and used in his research on the localization of brain function.
Museé Rodin - This in one of the nicest museums in all of Paris. Many of Rodin's most famous sculptures are here including "The Cathedral" and "The Thinker" which sits outside in the beautiful garden that surrounds and is part of the museum.
Museé du Vin Paris - The Wine Museum of Paris. The Wine Museum is housed in what used to be crude limestone quarries that were mined between the 13th and the 18th centuries to provide the dressed stone used to build Paris. The three vaulted cellars that house the Museum restaurant were used in the 16th and 17th centuries by the Friars of Passy Monastery for storing their wine.The information panels in the corridor leading to the Museum recall the history of this Monastery, which was built by the mendicant Friars in the Minimes Order founded in 1472 by François Martorille (1436-1507) who was canonised as Saint François de Paule. A wikipedia article about the museum.
The Pantheon Paris is a spectacular building in the Latin Quarter that looks out over all of Paris. It was originally built as a church dedicated to St. Genevieve, but after many changes now combines liturgical functions with its role as a famous burial place. Foucault's famous pendulum experiment that demonstrated that the earth rotated on its axis was performed here in this building. Among the famous luminaries buried here are: Voltaire, Rousseau, Victor Hugo, Emile Zola, Marie Sklodowska-Curie, and the Soufflot, the building's famous architect.
Cultural Attractions
Arc de Triomphe - one of the most famous monuments in Paris. Located at the center of the Place Charles de Gaulle at the western end of the Champs-Élysées.
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Giverny - the village where Claude Monet, founder of Impressionism, lived for 43 years. Monet's house and gardens are here, where he painted those famous water lilly paintings.
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Institut du Monde Arabe - The Arab World Institute was established in Paris in 1980. The institute was established to disseminate information about the Arab world and sponsor research on Arabic and the Arab world's cultural and spiritual values. This Wikipedia article provides some background on the institute and discusses the architectural features of the building.
Le Caveau de la Huchette - Paris' most famous jazz club where countless American jazz greats have played as well as the best European jazzers.
Le Cordon Bleu Cooking School - The most oldest and most famous culinary school in the world. This is where Julia Child trained while living in Paris. The recent film Julia & Me is in part about Julia Child's experiences here at the Cordon Bleu.
Paris Jazz Clubs - Webpage devoted to the jazz clubs of Paris. Here's another Jazz Website that provides plenty of links to jazz clubs in Paris and information on the jazz scene in Paris. As the website's author notes "There are few countries in the world to rival France in its respect for Jazz as an art form and for Jazz Musicians. Many of the leading exponents, particularly american musicians, have found both temporary and permanent homes there, enhancing both their artistic and personal lives in the process of doing so"
Poilaine's Bakery - Site of one of the most famous bakeries in the world. The bread baked here is baked in the old fashioned way, using artisan bread-making techniques that go back to the last century. This bread is made using natural yeast starters that give the bread a wonderful texture and flavor and protect the bread from mold. A loaf of Polaine's bread will last for many days and the natural yeasts and bacteria permanently protect it from spoiling.
La Sainte-Chappelle - is a Gothic chapel on the Ile de la Cité in the heart of Paris. It one of the most beautiful architectural structures in all of Paris. No website but here's an article from the Wikipedia Encyclopedia and a link to a surround view of the chapel that lets you view the interior while listening to Kiri Te Kanawa sing Schubert's Ave Maria (Quicktime plug-in needed to view). Note: Use your mouse and arrow keys to navigate.