The Unusual Paris And Its Best Kept Secrets
The following is my personal tribute to the City of Paris in the wake of recent events.
Paris – the city of romance, beauty, haute cuisine and of course the Eiffel Tower, but also a place of many secrets, hidden gems and treasures. Unexpected and out of the ordinary localities border here closely on mainstream attractions, right there in the heart of the French capital.
For those who have visited the City of Light a number of times, or simply aren’t satisfied by conventional pleasures and instead are looking for more unusual (if not exotic) adventures, here’s the ultimate guide. A Paris guide, unlike any other:
Last one of its kind. The curiosity cabinet Deyrolle features archives of extinct and rare species. A renowned institution since 1831, this unique place attracts not only fans of Natural Sciences and professional naturalists, but also passionate collectors and unlimited number of school excursions. Collections of minerals, shells, butterflies, insects, microscopic preparations and osteology material are guaranteed to benefit those seeking knowledge as well as purely visual entertainment.
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Become a poet for a day or two. Recite poems from Rimbaud, through Aragon to Césaire in front of a live audience. Every Tuesday, Friday and Saturday starting from 8 pm, the Poetry Club, founded in 1961 by Jean-Pierre Rosnay, offers free poetry readings, accompanied by wine and nibble.
Experience Paris sightseeing without leaving your bedroom. In this boutique hotel, tucked away in the Trinité quartier in the heart of Paris, every room is designed to symbolise the city’s most famous monuments. Do you prefer the Eiffel Tower, Opera Garner or perhaps a Moulin Rouge room? This unique hotel guarantees to suit everybody’s sightseeing preferences and needs.
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Ride back to the Middle Ages with this French eatery in the caves of Saint-Sabin, not far from Bastille. Every second and forth Thursday of the month, experience medieval music, shows (including fire-spitting) and games, all in the traditional folklore atmosphere. Un unforgettable setting not only for lovers of medieval heritage.
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5. Fly yoga
Learning to fly while toning your butt – sounds tempting, doesn’t it? Try your hand (or wrist) at the innovative yoga concept and lift your spirits high. This combination of traditional yoga techniques and silk hammocks assisted acrobatics, will improve your strength and balance with an incomparable ease. Are you ready to fly?
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There’s not only pigeons to be looked at in Paris. Situated in the East of Paris, with a territory of 995 hectares, Bois de Vincennes is the largest green area of Paris. It features a renowned bird observatory where you can admire up-close hundreds of enchanting species.
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If you’re tired of watching birds in Bois de Vincennes you can always have a look at the stars in the astronomical observatory of La Sorbonne. Twice a week, on Monday and Friday Société Astronomique de France opens its doors to the public, allowing a small audience (maximum of 5 people) to admire the skies of Paris from a completely different perspective.
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Do you prefer dinner or massage after an exhausting sightseeing tour of Paris? What about both? In this one-of-a-kind zen inspired restaurant you can experience a delicious dinner while swinging on wooden swings, or even getting a professional Shiatsu massage before you’re done with dessert.
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Nothing summarizes the exquisiteness of Paris better than this quote from Victor Hugo:
“He who contemplates the depths of Paris is seized with vertigo. Nothing is more fantastic. Nothing is more tragic. Nothing is more sublime.” – Victor Hugo