You are spending the summer in the capital and you are bewildered by the choice of outings available in Paris. This is not something new; this great city that is filled with history and its culture is overflowing with unusual and unique places to visit. One can wander about the sites checking out monuments that are known throughout the world as well as streets and picturesque sights in a city that bears the stamp of history yet remains contemporary. To help you choose, here is a selection of five sites to be visited for the first time or re-discovered this summer.
#1 : Take another look at the story of the Titanic at the Musée des Arts et des Lettres
Dive into the accounts and artefacts of the most famous massive ocean liner.
During the night of 14 April 1912, the passenger liner, Titanic, of the White Star Line, a shipping company operating the transatlantic route, sunk off the coast of Newfoundland, five days after beginning her maiden voyage from Southampton to New York.
#2 : A meeting of the worlds of Louis Vuitton and Marc Jacobs at the Musée des Art Décoratifs
What would this capital city be like without its love of fashion? The museum of Les Arts Décoratifs is currently shining the spotlight on two of the most significant players in the world of beauty and luxury: Louis Vuitton (1821-1892) and Marc Jacobs.
#3 : A journey through time to the heart of prehistoric research… at the Palais de la Découverte.
Delighting youngsters and grown-ups every year, the objective of the Palais de la Découverte is to teach in an amusing way. The exhibition includes demonstrations and hands-on interactive experiments. Science is for everyone. This year, families will be able to travel through time with the “Prehistory, an investigation” exhibition. © EPPDCSI / V.Castro Just like real detectives, visitors can investigate a crime scene that is 7,400 years old: Téviec’s double grave. The questions abound. Who are the two humans buried one beside the other? At what age, in which period and how did they die? And what is the meaning of all the shell jewellery they are wearing? The only way of finding out is to open an investigation. In order to do this, budding detectives can make use of a range of modern archaeological tools broken down into the following 5 investigative areas: “technological”, “chronological”, “environmental”, “anthropological” and “social”. In addition to the investigation, the exhibition’s decor is remarkable, particularly thanks to the recreation of a section of flora and fauna from the prehistoric era. A journey 7,000 years into the past, exploring the history of our ancestors, that is open until 6 January 2013.
# 4 : A moment of Glamour at the Crazy Horse.
Check out the glamorous side of Paris and the eroticism of the Crazy Horse’s shows and its sophisticated dance routines.
# 5 : The head spins at the Jeu de Paume
Can you tell truth from fiction? This is the question on everyone’s lips as you pass through the corridors of the Laurent Grasso exhibition. The filmmaker’s intention is to bewilder visitors with a series of short films and paintings that are troubling, worrying and moving all at the same time. © Laurent Grasso / ADAGP, Paris, 2012 Looking through cut-out windows in a dark corridor, visitors catch sight of objects and videos, the origin and age of which are often not easy to ascertain. Each one of these works raises many questions thereby transforming the familiar into an experience that is psychological and sometimes physical. Mythologies and beliefs, that are viewed through a disturbingly and occasionally worrying aesthetic filter. The visitor is invited to take part in the diplomatic cortège of the pope’s funeral in 2005 as well as see a falcon’s eye view as it flies over the desert and the lunar landscapes of the United Arab Emirates. These images that are both magical and intriguing can be enjoyed at the Jeu de Paume until 23 September 2012.