Constructed by Louis XV in 1744 in gratitude for recovering from gout, this massive temple to the great men of France houses the bodies of Voltaire, Rousseau, Mirabeau, Marat, Victor Hugo, Emile Zola, and Jean Moulin (hero of the French Resistance during WWII).
Situated on the Quay just east of Place St-Michel, moved here after its location on rue de l'Odeon. This charming and chaotic bookstore is housed in an old building and run by the charitable octogenarian George Bates Whitman and his daughter Sylvia Beach Whitman, who have made it a meeting place for writers and expatriates. Nearby, on quai de la Tournelle, is the famous restaurant, La Tour d' Argent.
Jardins de Plantes (Botanical Gardens), also encompasses a zoo and the Museum of Natural History which kids love to visit, especially when the animals go for the daily walks and the ceiling changes color.
The Mosque of Paris
Is a Moorish-style building with soaring Minarets and pink marble fountains. It is a wonderful place to have a massage (hamman) and afterwards sit in the courtyard and sip sweet mint tea.
The Arab Institute
Designed by Jean Nouvelle to resemble the boats that carried Algerians; Moroccan and Tunisian immigrants to France. The institute has a unique shutter-like window system which opens and closes automatically triggered by the sun. There is a Moroccan restaurant on the roof and a superb view over Paris from the rooftop terrace.
In the east of the 5th arrondissement is Rue Mouffetard, a famous picturesque open market, which has been here since the 13th century. It leads into Place de la Contrescarpe made famous by Ernest Hemingway in his book about life in Paris. 'A Moveable Feast'. You can see where he lived lived in the 1930s.
A highway leaving Paris for Rome 2,000 years ago, Rue Mouffetard still boasts a street market that has functioned since about 1350, not to forget a public fountain erected by Marie de Medici, and church that briefly hosted a convulsionist sect in the 1700s.
Discover the Latin Quarter and Place St Michel on a private walking tour with one of our professional photographers. See the Pantheon, Sourbonne and some of the oldes parts of Paris where the intellectuals like to hang our and quote from great French philosophers.
The Latin Quarter is the intellectual center of Paris and acquired its name around 1253 when all students and professors at the Sorbonne spoke Latin. Bookstores, schools, churches, jazz clubs, Roman ruins, publishing houses, and boutiques, characterize the district. It is the traditional center of what was called "bohemian Paris." It formed the setting for Puccini's opera, La Boheme.
Place St-Michel is the busiest spot in the Latin Quarter with its pink marble fountain, built in 1860, surrounded by cafes facing the Seine and Notre Dame. The Paris Commune of 1871 began here, as did the student uprising of 1968.
Visit the famous St. Germain des Pres Abbey (built, destroyed and rebuilt from the 6th to 19th centuries), the 13th century Cordeliers monastery refectory, and the 15th century Cluny abbots' "townhouse" - now a marvelous museum on the Middle Ages, Place Maubert where a 16th century printer was burnt alive for heresy for having re-translated one of Plato's Dialogues, and the Bernardins Monastery refectory dating from the 13th century.
The 5th arrondissement is home to the Sourbonne University. Student life was not always very calm! from the 12th through the 16th centuries with students such as St. Ignatius of Loyola (founder of the Jesuits) and Protestant reformer Jean Calvin.
This whole area is steeped in history and secrets just waiting to be discovered. We will enter the moving and visually stunning monument to the deportation. We will roam the banks of the river and the twisting backstreets rich in atmosphere and echoes of the past. And we will investigate the legendary Latin Quarter.
Wine Tasting - Dinner - Jazz
Listen to Jazz on rue de la Huchette (Here Lies The Heart Street) at one of the most famous traditional Jazz clubs in Paris where the greatest jazz men have performed regularly since 1946.
Paradis Latin welcomes you to the oldest Parisian cabaret and totally renovated, for an evening in its theatre built by Gustave Eiffel to watch the latest show "Paradis d "Amour".
Celebrate a special occasion in the City of Lights and let our expert photographer capture these memories forever. For one hour he will photograph you in one the most beautiful locations in the world.
Paris... the world's most romantic capital! And also one of the most painted. Surprise your friends and family with a Postcard of Paris painted by YOU.
Visit one of the bakers in France, taste cheese from a Ouvrier de France, visit a market , sample olive oil, and indulge in the best ice cream in France.
The aim of this wine tour is to immerse you in the authentic wine and bar culture of Paris. We have chosen to concentrate on the 5th arrondissement on the Left Bank because of its historic associations and interesting and picturesque ambience.
We can help you find the right apartment on the left bank. We offer studios to 3 bedrooms with a minimuim of 7 nights and sometimes 5 nights. Book in advance as the best apartments get rented early