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Palais du Luxembourg
A highlight of the sixth arrondissement, the Palais du Luxembourg was built as a residence for former Queen of France Marie de’ Medici in 1625. Though the palace has lost none of its luster in the ensuing centuries, its purpose has changed: the once-regal address now houses the Senate, the upper house of the French parliament.

The Basics
The Palais du Luxembourg has taken on numerous guises throughout its history. Originally created as a royal palace, it served as a prison during the French Revolution, housed senators appointed by Napoleon, and was occupied during World War II. Today, it houses the French Senate; as a result, you’ll often hear the building referred as “the Sénat.” Built in the Italianate style, and inspired by Florence’s Pitti Palace, the Palais du Luxembourg is also flanked by the Jardin du Luxembourg, a manicured public park that’s among the most popular in the city.

Generally, visiting hours are limited to days when the Senate is not in session (typically Mondays and Fridays) and group tours must receive advanced approval to visit. Otherwise, walking tours through the Jardin du Luxembourg are an excellent way to get acquainted with the site and admire the palace’s impressive exterior.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • For organized group tours of the palace, the Senate recommends requesting a reservation roughly three months in advance.
  • The Senate’s debates, typically held on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays, are open to the public, but visitors must obtain an invitation from a senator.
  • The Jardin du Luxembourg, modeled on Florence’s Boboli Gardens, contains numerous fountains, statues, greenhouses, and other attractions.

How to Get There
Take Métro lines 4 or 10 to the Odéon, Mabillon, or Saint-Sulpice stations, which are all located just a short stroll away. The RER B additionally stops at the Luxembourg station. Alternatively, buses 58, 84, 89, and 96 stop nearby. The site can also be accessed on foot, by Velib’, or by car.

When to Get There
During the third weekend of September, the Senate opens its doors to visitors during European Heritage Days. Otherwise, while the Palais du Luxembourg can be tricky for visitors to access, the Jardin du Luxembourg appeals to flâneurs year round. 

The Musée du Luxembourg
Located just steps from the Palais du Luxembourg, the eponymous museum is also a worthy stop. Originally located within the palace walls, it moved to its current location (in the palace’s orangery) in the 19th century. Today, it hosts a changing roster of temporary exhibitions.
Address: 15 rue de Vaugirard, Paris 75291, France
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Gourmet Saint Germain: 10 Tastings Private Food Tour with a LocalHalf-day Tours

Gourmet Saint Germain: 10 Tastings Private Food Tour with a Local

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Want to try some of the best local food in Paris? Head over to the Saint Germain district and try the food that the locals eat day to day - plus some treats that they save for special occasions. With a Parisian foodie at your side try 10 delicious tastings chosen by a local food expert. Explore a lively neighborhood where the Parisian upper class and students both live. The area is full of classic little epiceries, luxury shops, traditional bakeries and of course the local market. From traditional foie gras products to wine, cheese, and meat, this area is a foodie's paradise and is the perfect place to try traditional French food. Peek into the life of the Parisians at an epicerie. These local grocery stores are where the locals pick up their favorite local products and it is the perfect chance for you to get your favorite treats to take home with you.
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America's Founding Fathers in Paris Guided Historic Walk

During the years leading up to the French Revolution, Benjamin Franklin, John Adams and Thomas Jefferson lived in Paris. These great men made history in the United States but also impacted France’s. Why did the American colonies send such high profile Ambassadors to Paris as early as 1776? Let’s walk on their footsteps, along other figures who took part of the American War of Independence: Lafayette, Rochambeau, Thomas Paine, John Paul Jones and more. Find out which one of these men was delighted to mingle with ladies at Versailles ; which one became a deputee at the National Assembly ; which one fought against his own nation to help the American cause ; and which men were imprisoned. You’ll see where they lived or died. We’ll explore decisive events such as the Treaty of Independence or the Louisiana Purchase with Napoleon! Join me on a journey back in time with the U.S. Founding Fathers! DETAILS: Adapted to all ages. Approx. 2hrs & 3,5Km/2Mi. Walk runs rain or shine.
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Discover the iconic monuments and bohemian charm of Paris’ Rive Gauche, or Left Bank, while riding in style in a vintage 1960’s Peugeot 404. Cruise in style past famous attractions like the Eiffel Tower, Boulevard Saint-Germain, Opéra Garnier, and the Musée d’Orsay while a private driver and guide shares local history and legends. Choose from a morning or evening tour, and opt to pop a bottle of Champagne during the night ride.
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In a Private group, Awaken all your senses while you eat your way around the most charming and sophisticated neighbourhood of Paris. Saint-Germain-des-Prés is considered as the soul of the City of Lights. It is home to the very best chocolatiers in the world and has a stunning mix of history, prestigious art galleries, charming little streets and small squares full of cafes and restaurants. It is a must see for foodies visiting from all over the world. We will lead you to some of the most respected and passionate artisans to taste at least 7 delicious sweet and savoury bites. You will discover an award-winning food market, meet an "un-brie-leavable" cheesemonger and stroll through one of the most beautiful parks in Paris, find out about its secrets and this tour woudn’t be complete without the nation’s favourite drink: Un verre de vin :) - glass of wine Meet the people behind the food!
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In a Private group you will eat your way around St Germain des Prés. This is the capital of Mr. Eclair and Madame Macaron! So, no trip to Paris would be complete without a copious amount of dessert and a fun, delicious sugar rush while discovering the charming neighbourhood of St Germain des Prés which is known to house some of the best Chocolatiers in the world with the daily fresh aroma of pastries, luxury chocolates and other deliciously prepared foods by artisans and chefs filling the air. Our local fun and friendly guide will lead you to a stunning neighbourhood full of history, prestigious art galleries, charming little streets and small squares full of cafes and restaurants. It is a must see for foodies visiting from all over the world. 8 Stops Chocolate and pastries Tasting Crisp and buttery fresh croissants from an award winner boulanger A Chocolat Chaud à l'ancienne (hot chocolate) to die for. Some of Frances finest chocolates
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Paris Sights and Bites

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