Museums & Gardens

Our essential guide to visiting Versailles

As the hit TV series Versailles returns to our screens, VINGT Paris pays a visit to the world-famous palace at the heart of the show – and reveals a few of the must-see sights not to be missed… Read more

A secret garden haven away from the crowds

If you want to escape the crowded parks when the sun shines, Paris has some lovely ‘secret’ gardens just waiting to be explored, such as this hidden gem tucked away in the north of the city…  Read more

Japanese Gardens: An oasis of order and calm

Text: Anna Bromwich Image: Christine and Hagen Graf These last few weeks, craving some nature, I’ve been dreaming of exploring a number of Japanese gardens I’ve come across, hidden around the city. Many of these gardens I have stumbled on by accident, stowed away behind… Read more

Sainte Chapelle

Text: Emily Ruck Keene Image: Luciano Guelfi I’d been past this place so many times on my bike and wondered at the long lines of predominantly Asian and American tourists standing outside, but never once had I dismounted to investigate the Sainte Chapelle, perhaps because… Read more

Le Musée d’Edith Piaf: a little-known Paris museum

Text: Sara Waldron Tucked away in northeastern Paris’ Ménilmontant neighbourhood is the Musée d’Edith Piaf, a small, unassuming collection of mementos of the singer’s life and work.  Truly one of the city’s musées insolites,the only thing that hints at its location from the outside is… Read more

Musée des Arts Décoratifs

Text: Tiffany Tang Image: Jean-Pierre Dalbéra Situated in the Louvre’s 19th-century Rohan and Marsan wings is the Musée des Arts Décoratifs, a museum of decorative art and design that houses over 150,000 objects, showcasing collections of antiquities and modern designs from the Middle Ages to… Read more

Villefranche and the south coast of France

  The Cote d’Azur offers much more than the blockbuster cities of Nice and Cannes – nestled amongst the rocky crests and twisting curves of the southern coast of France lie some spectacular natural scenery, quaint villages and some excellent cultural destinations. Basing yourself in… Read more

The Smoking Museum: for Les Fumeurs and Les Non-Fumeurs alike

Text: Sara Waldron At first glance, the Musée du Fumeur, a tiny museum near Père Lachaise, has a bit of a head shop feel – with cigarettes, lighters, and all manner of smoking contraptions for whatever your choice of poison on sale in the boutique. … Read more

Le Lieu du Design

Text: Anne Ditmeyer, Prêt à Voyager One of my favorite parts of events like Paris Design Week is discovering new venues. One of these discoveries was Le Lieu Design. Located at located at 74, rue du Faubourg Saint-Antoine in the 12th arrondissement, not far from… Read more

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