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Raphael Grignani

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Co-founder & CEO of this site right here. Going to San Francisco, Los Angeles, Helsinki or Paris, let me know and I'll make you a guide.

  • La rive gauche

    La Rive Gauche is where the artists, writers and philosophers are --the heart of bohemianism & counterculture. Stroll around, soak it in! Say hi to John for me!

    • Apr 2014
  • Pont des Arts

    Bridge

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    Le Pont Des Arts is the only pedestrian bridge in Paris with a beautiful view of the Seine river. I used to cross it everyday to go to Art School.

  • Berthillon

    Ice Cream

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    You like ice-cream. And this is one of the oldest and best ice-cream parlors in Paris. It's on the gorgeous Iles St Louis, the oldest Paris neighborhood.

  • La Hune

    Bookstore

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    La Hune is a fine art, photography, visual communication, and design bookshop. Highly recommended. Don't buy too many books, they're hard to carry back!

  • Mariage Frères

    Tea Room

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    Traditional tea house with hundreds of teas. Head there when you're tired of walking for a relaxing break. A little touristy, but worth it.

  • Musée d'Orsay

    Art Museum

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    Probably my favorite museum in Paris, mostly filled with Impressionist art. Make sure you go to the top and walk behind the clock. It's a really nice shot.

  • Le Bon Marché

    Department Store

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    Le Bon Marche started in 1838 and is a now high-end department store. It's the setting of Emily Zola novel Au Bonheur des Dames.

  • La Pâtisserie des Rêves

    Desserts

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    No words can describe this patisserie. Eat as much as you afford!

  • Coutume Café

    Coffee Shop

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    I think you mentioned you need to do a bit of work. Here's a hipster coffee shop with good coffee and wifi.

  • Musée Rodin

    Art Museum

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    If it's sunny, head to the Musee Rodin and enjoy the beautiful sculptures in the gardens.

  • Café Constant

    Bistro

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    On your way to the Eiffel tower, walk through (and eat) in one of the many excellent restaurants, bakeries, cheesemongers of Rue St-Dominique.

  • Le Plomb du Cantal

    French

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    Try some Aligot, a traditional dish from le Sud Ouest made from melted cheese blended into mashed potatoes, and served with a steak or sausage. It's amazing.

  • Jardin du Luxembourg

    Garden

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    When I was a kid, my grandma used to take me here to rent one of the small boats that you push from one end of the fountain to the other. You'll see. Try it!

  • Université Paris I – Panthéon-Sorbonne

    University

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    La Sorbonne is the most famous university in Paris abroad. It's also where Mai '68 started... Sous les pavés, la plage!

  • Catacombes de Paris

    Cemetery

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    The Catacombes de Paris is an underground ossuary which holds the remains of about six million people. Check their website for opening hours. Lines are LONG.

  • Bibliothèque Nationale de France (BNF)

    Library

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    Out of the way, the BNF is one of the most impressive libraries in the world. Since you like books and architecture, you should swing by.