Paris

Paris Travel Guide

TGV

As the world speed record holder, the TGV is the fastest way to travel throughout Europe. Every day roughly 450 trains zip back and forth at a speed of up to 322 kph (201 mph) through a network of cities.

A trip to Paris is not complete with a jaunt along the Left Bank, or the Latin Quarter, home of the University of Paris. A typical walk begins at Saint-Michel fountain before heading toward the Pantheon. Many luminaries are buried here including Rousseau, Voltaire, and Madame Curie.

Opened in 1852, The Drouot Richelieu in the Ninth Arrondissement is the oldest auction house in the world.

Not your average Parisian boutique, Claude Nature on fashionable Boulevard Saint-Germain feels part natural history museum and part curiosity shop.

Decades of fads and trends haven’t changed this old-fashioned, working-class dance hall much.

Before opening his chocolaterie at the end of 2008, Parisian pastry chef and food stylist Jacques Genin only sold direct to Paris’ top restaurants.

In the Eighth Arrondissement, near the Eglise de la Madeleine and not far from the Champs Elysees, this French fashion shop features a black façade with the company name in white over the doors, set among Haussmann buildings.

Atelier des Chefs provides one of those must-do-while-in-Paris bucket list experiences: instruction in the preparation of authentic French cuisine. A half-hour to four hours in length, group classes are offered in red and white kitchens with stainless steel tables.