History of Paris

It would take centuries to complete the stunning Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris.It would take centuries to complete the stunning Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris.

The 10 Best Things to Do in Paris on Your First Visit

  At Paris Unlocked, we tend to focus coverage on lesser-known corners of the capital, and encourage readers to look well beyond the obvious and the wildly popular. But for first-time visitors, getting […]

Medieval Paris: A Self-Guided Tour of 5 Intriguing Places

During the 19th century, the Baron George-Eugène Haussmann gutted much of what had been medieval Paris-– forging the iconic skyline and enormous, grandiose boulevards we now (wrongly) tend to think of as timeless. […]

Edith Piaf was born in Paris; for fans of "la mome", there are several key sites to see in the French capital. Image credit: Piano Piano/Creative Commons 2.0

Seeking Edith Piaf in Paris? Visit These 4 Places

  Affectionately dubbed “the little sparrow” and “la môme” (the kid) in France, Edith Piaf is a musical legend who has (rather surprisingly?) resonated with successive generations of listeners. Thanks in part to Olivier […]

Exploring Belleville: One of Paris’ Most Interesting (And Elusive) Areas

  I’m a former resident of Belleville, that fascinating, messy eastern Parisian district that many tourists find unnerving and odd when they stumble on it. The reason behind the frequent cognitive dissonance? Noisy, […]

These 5 Places in Paris Aren’t Usually Associated With African-American History. They Should Be.

“It’s a great city, Paris, a beautiful city––and––it was very good for me.”– James Baldwin, Another Country (1962) One of the most singular and important American authors of the 20th century, James Baldwin […]