This château has two significantly inspired events. One was the tragic downfall of Fouquet, a minister who paid the price of life imprisonment because King Louis XIV was jealous of his beautiful château. And under the influence of Fouquet, Vaux-le-Vicomte became a haven for French artists, writers and sculptors who gave their all for the glory of the residence. Check the website for information on the different visits. There is a candlelight visit that is going to be apt for all the lovebirds. Hours vary throughout the year and you can buy passes for more than one day; see the website or call for more information.
Nearly 2.5 million visitors each year come to see Musée d'Orsay's mammoth collection of French art. The building itself, called the Gare d'Orsay, was built as a railway station in 1900; the principal gallery of the ground floor, 138 meters long (453 feet) and 32 meters tall (105 feet), is a reminder of the building's history. Among the masterpieces in this gallery are the scandalous Enterrement à Ornans by Gustave Courbet and the Glaneuses by Jean-François Millet. Fans of impressionism should head directly up to the fifth floor, where works by the greatest masters of this genre can be found.
Underneath the glaze of the Parisian sky, the Eiffel Tower captures the dazzling spirit of its French capital. A magnificent wrought iron lattice tower that was originally built as an entrance to the 1889 World's Fair, the tower was designed by Gustave Eiffel after his inspiration was fueled by the pyramidal form of Egypt's historic landmarks. This comparison was met with ardent disapproval from several eminent Frenchmen before the tower came to be the celebrated global icon that it is known as today. At a stunning height of 324 meters (1,063 feet), the Eiffel Tower dominates the skyline as the city's tallest, and the country's second-tallest freestanding structure. Its majestic form sports three shades – darkest at the lowest level and colored in a light contrast as the tower ambles up to the top – an illusory mechanism adopted so as to complement its surroundings. The Eiffel Tower is one of the most winning sights in all of France, and even after more than a century, people continue to extol this monumental symbol of architectural beauty.
The Louvre Museum houses one of the largest collections of artwork and antiquities in the world. The museum is located inside the Louvre Palace, which was constructed in the 12th Century as a fortress by Philip II. After Louis XIV decided to move his court to Versailles, the palace was occupied by a variety of institutions related to the arts. The museum was first opened under the National Assembly in 1793. The establishment is separated into sections, including drawing, painting and sculpture, and houses antiquities from Egypt, Rome, Greece, and several other cultures. Visitors to the museum can explore its many wings and see famous works like the Mona Lisa, Venus de Milo, and Liberty Leading the People.
La Gaîté Lyrique is situated where the former Théâtre de la Gaîté was and has combined the original theater's facade into its new existence. This contemporary music and digital arts center opened in 2010. La Gaîté Lyrique is a seven-storeyed building with the first five available to the public while the last two are private, including artisan shops. This huge space has three performance venues, various exhibition spaces, a resource center, video gaming area and artist rooms. Majority of these areas are adaptable and movable such as the dressing rooms and offices. You'll find concerts, lectures, films, and workshops at La Gaîté Lyrique.
Still extremely well preserved thanks to numerous renovations, the Grand Rex (1936) is the last of the grand old movie houses in Paris. Étoiles du Rex (Stars of the Rex) guided tours are a must for all cinephiles. A definite must-visit theater. The theater is designed with art deco style of architecture with intricate detailing, leaving every visitor in awe. It is well-equipped with light and acoustic facilities making sure each show hosted here is a phenomenal one.
Inaugurated in November 2006, this cultural center facilities cultural performances ranging from concerts to puppet shows and houses an auditorium that has a seating capacity for more than 230 people. It possesses latest sound equipment and has a cozy atmosphere. The performances held at the venue are entertaining to the core and are a major crowd puller. Contact for event updates and more details.
The Commons Farm which is also known as La Ferme des Communes in the local language is the cultural center. A number of local artists perform to exhibits their talent. It has a decent seating which can accommodate a number of people with good light and acoustic arrangements. Do visit the center if you want a local culture experience.
This rustic hall is actually an old grange transformed into a cultural center in 1995. It was named after a member of the community who died in 1992. Consult the tourist office for information.
Born out of a desire to create a complete cultural center, the File 7 is a super venue that hosts concerts, dance performances, exhibitions and even workshops and business meetings. The formal and industrial sounding name of the venue apparently is a reference to a particular area or a 'file' during the construction of the building where the team faced many problems and difficulties. It serves a nostalgic purpose. No problems are faced anymore at this venue, with its four sub venues: the Salle de concert, Côté Kfé, two recording studios, and Le Point Infos / Centre de resources de File 7, all equipped with modern facilities that make any event here a success. So do checkout the schedule of this happening venue in the Val d'Europe and enjoy an evening filled with memorable entertainment. The venue does not accept credit cards, so do carry cash.
Located near the Disney village, the Lac du Disney Village, makes for great outing trip. This beautiful lake is surrounded by Disney hotels all around. The lakeside is a perfect venue for major theme events, concerts and other activities. With enchanting landscapes, the lake is a must visit for all those exploring the area. Call at +33 87 0503 0303 for details on upcoming events.
Le Château de la Belle au Bois Dormant is the heart of the Disneyland Park in Paris. It is the counterpart to the original Sleeping Beauty Castle in the California Disneyland. The creation of the castle was a massive project. Inspiration was drawn from a Monastery of Mont Saint-Michel in Normandy, as well as the fanciful illustrations in the Les Très Riches Heures du Duc de Berry. The authenticity is apparent in the structure with its towers and turrets, tapestries and colored glass. Peter Chapman, who had formerly worked on the restoration of Notre Dame, was in charge of the installation of the stained-glass windows.