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The Louvre

The Louvre quartier is in the 1st arrondissement of Paris, between the Metro stations of Concorde, (Place de la Concorde), Tuileries (Jardin and Palais des Tuileries and Place Vendôme), Pyramides (Place du Marché Saint-Honoré), Palais Royal – Musée du Louvre (Louvre museum, Place du Carrousel) and Louvre – Rivoli (shopping on Rue de Rivoli and Les Halles).

You must visit the Louvre museum at 99 rue de Rivoli, then the Carrousel du Louvre built by Napoleon, the famous monument to Napoleon I's victory at Austerlitz.

The Palais Royal with its long gardens and the famous Buren columns.  You can take coffee in one of the café-restaurants in the gardens. 

The Comédie Française where plays by France's greatest authors are acted out.

Le Jardin des Tuileries: these gardens were created by Catherine de Medici and altered by André Le Nôtre in 1664.  You will find many things to attract and entertain children. There are plenty of places to sit and rest and take the time to dream a little.

Avenue de l'Opéra: this avenue was constructed in 1876 to link the Opéra quartier to the Palais Royal quartier.  You will find plenty of exciting things going on all along this avenue. 

La Place Vendôme: this square was constructed to the plans of Jules Hardouin-Mansart.  The statue of Louis XIV that was installed when the square was first built was destroyed during the Revolution and replaced by a column under Napoleon.  Place Vendôme is home to big luxury hotels and jewellers.  A real delight for the eye, if not for the wallet.

Marie-Eve of RentParis reveals that her favourite place is this superb hotel at 1 place Vendôme.  The hotel has an excellent restaurant on the first floor with a 'Gris Dior' decor designed by Michele Bönan, with luxurious fixtures and fittings: checked tweed armchairs with silver studs, velvet sofas, silvery silk and satin curtains and pink satin cushions.  You can enjoy a traditional seasonal food prepared by the masterly chef, Josselin Marie.  This restaurant is chic, refined and has already become HQ to the select world of high fashion.

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